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KD Talbot
09-16-2008, 10:15 PM
Karl generated a lot of interest on this sight when he tried to set the record for the AT. I thought this might be of interest to the folks here. My friend (I say friend even though we are really just acquaintances because everyone he meets he treats as an instant friend), Mats Roing is going to do a north to south Direttissima of the New Hampshire 4000 Footers. He did this last year, too. Basically, this means he will do them all continuously, hiking the distance between mountains as well, with no support, carrying all he needs.

You can follow Mats starting Friday from here:

http://www.instamapper.com/

username: Matsroing

password: hiking

KDT

MsCntry
09-16-2008, 10:22 PM
All I can say about these guys is "WOW" to have that kind of stamina is amazing. Of course until I got hurt, Joe and I were planning a 6 month hike on the AT south to north. Hopefully it is still somewhere in the future:(:o

Acrophobe
09-16-2008, 10:24 PM
Haha. Now there's a guy who needs a professional psychiatrist. What a grueling ordeal that would be. :)

Still, I suppose it would be kinda fun. In an arghh-my-legs-how-can-anything-hurt-this-much kinda way.....

And what did you do, ma'am? Hope it wasn't our beloved Whites that injured you?

MsCntry
09-16-2008, 10:43 PM
And what did you do, ma'am? Hope it wasn't our beloved Whites that injured you?
No hun, unfortunately it was an on the job injury. I have 2 herniated discs in my lower back. I am only able to walk for 20 max before I have to sit and possibly have a pain pill. I had 2 surgeons say I am not a candidate for surgery, because the discs are sitting on my spinal cord and spinal nerves. Joe is trying to get me back into shape slowly though. http://www.mountwashington.org/forums/showthread.php?t=4140 So hopefully next year I can do some hikes, and get back to my fiesty old self again:D

TrishandAlex
09-17-2008, 08:03 AM
i just hope to be in that kind of shape one day. Probably never will be. I'm amazed and a bit envious.

billysinc
09-17-2008, 08:16 AM
I've never met Mats but he seems to be a really good guy. Hopefully the weather cooperates.

mtruman
09-17-2008, 11:24 AM
The 4000 footer club history says that a Direttissima has been done before, but maybe not more than once. This is an amazing undertaking. Best of luck to Mats in making it happen again.

KD Talbot
09-19-2008, 03:44 PM
Mats completed the first leg of his journey, along the Kilkenny Ridge Trail over the Pilot and Pliny Ranges which include Cabot, Terrace, the Weeks, Waumbek and Starr King. Long day. He was picked up in Jefferson and will spend the night in Bethlehem from what I can tell, then be dropped off at todays ending point in the morning to head up Jefferson, Adams and Madison.

When you think about it, it's only 240 miles and 88,000 vertical feet. :)

Here's a thread from last year:

http://www.viewsfromthetop.com/forums/showthread.php?t=18132&page=1&pp=15

KDT

mtruman
09-19-2008, 04:35 PM
When you think about it, it's only 240 miles and 88,000 vertical feet. :)


When you put it that way it sure sounds easy. :eek: Why would he even bother to go off the trail to sleep in between?

KD Talbot
09-19-2008, 04:40 PM
Why would he even bother to go off the trail to sleep in between?

You know, I'm not even sure that's what he did, I just surmise that's what he's doing judging from the map and the straight line to Bethlehem.

Maybe he's a wiseman? :)

KDT

billysinc
09-19-2008, 05:50 PM
Is he doing it in a kilt?

KD Talbot
09-19-2008, 08:23 PM
Nekkid. :D

KDT

KD Talbot
09-19-2008, 08:54 PM
I guess he didn't go to Bethlehem, not sure why there was a straight line there. It must be some sort of triangulation. Nearest cellphone towers or something. Here's what Mats has to say:


hey ......I'm here.....made it about 4 miles on route 2.....at Jefferson campground close to 115/2 intersection.....tough day....pack is kind of heavy.....cooking chicken breasts and mashed potatoes.....at&t reception good...lovely weather......JasonPatrik was with me....ran into adventurer on the way down Cabot....no other hikers....starting at 6 tomorrow.....don't want to hike on route 2 in the dark....mats
If you click on the yellow dots it gives info about the speed and elevation. The speed is definitely off, not sure about the elevation, but it seems pretty accurate.


Direttissima Update
Mats is done with the Killkenny range, and walking along RT 2. The reason for the lines with the instamapper is that I went to check on a motel room for him for the night and while doing so i was charging is phone as the batteries didn't even last a day.

Summary of the day;
Hit trail around 5:30 AM summited Cabot just before 8am, back at the col where we left are packs Kim caught up with us. She opted to do Cabot then Drive over to Star Kind Trail Head and meet us on Waumbek, which timing did not work out.

After parting with Kim we made progress south leaving the Tresels around 1030am. We made the long Climb up the first Weeks, the cols dip pretty good hear, but a beautiful section of trail. We finally made it to the last Weeks and then started up Wuambek, which seemed to take awhile. Hit the summit at 2:45pm (ish) with no sign of Kim we pressed on eventually stopping in the col before Star King. Mats made up the Push Ups missed on Waumbek here on Star King, even doing them at a decline. We hit the car around 5pm. Kim we got your note, thanks for meeting up in the AM unfortunately it didn't work out for Waumbek.

Over all he was in great condition for hiking nearly 19 miles with a 65lb pack, temps were perfect for the day. He was hoping to make it to the motel else he was going to find a spot along side RT 2. Jason Patrickz


KDT

KD Talbot
09-22-2008, 10:23 PM
Mats had to give it up Sunday morning. He made it over Jefferson, Adams and Madison, but a nagging knee pain made him call it quits. I'm guessing a 65lb pack wasn't helping that knee! :) Oh well, valiant effort, but smart enough to know when he was beat at his own game. Here's to getting that knee feeling better, Mats, and future attempts.

KDT