G: What sort of mental and physical toll did it take on you?
GJ: I entered into the route actually physically and mentally ready, however I believe it is close to difficult to really get ready for sleep deprivation. Physically I started to get considerably tired after about 30-hours, but was still able to move along relatively well. Mentally the tiredness was a lot more genuine with the absence of sleep (I did not sleep the whole time), and even easy choice making became challenging. Breaking the path into smaller “pieces” helped me keep things in potential and keep my act together when the job at hand ended up being frustrating.
G: How did your fēnix 6 Pro and inReach Mini help you train and track this run?
I used my fēnix 6 Pro for all micro level navigation, and I used the Garmin Earthmate app on my phone for bigger scale navigation– which was a fantastic combination and I never as soon as needed a paper map. They were able to keep track of my progress as well through Garmin MapShare online, which is invaluable for enjoyed ones.
December 20, 2020
In early September, mountain runner and Garmin Pro Gabe Joyes developed a brand-new fastest known time, or FKT, on Wyomings 100-mile Wind River High Route in 47 hours and 10 minutes. The route passes through the Wind River Range remaining as near to the crest as possible and is mainly off trail– covering stone fields, glaciers, and knife edge ridges. We overtook Gabe to hear a bit more about what the Wind River High Route was really like.
Garmin: Whats it like to train for something like that?
Gabe Joyes: Training for the Wind River High Route is daunting– the route is so big, hard to gain access to, and sort of an obstacle simply to cover your brain around. Numerous parts of the path are 20-30 miles from the nearby trailhead! Thankfully I work with a coach that assisted me balance frequent big mountain days with rest, and speedier runs. For me, “big mountain days” meant typically investing 5-8 (or more) on course as much as possible, or covering surface that was comparable to the Wind River High Route. There were a few circumstances I was short on time for training that I ended up doing hill repeats up and down a stone field filled with refrigerator sized rocks to replicate the WRHR experience!
G: What recommendations do you have for somebody who is interested in an experience run like this?
The Wind River High Route is not a trail run– its genuinely an all-terrain experience– and you have to psychologically and physically be prepared for moving through a large range of technical mountain terrain that is often slow going and tedious. I picked to do this path solo and unsupported as a personal obstacle, and as a way to really immerse myself in the experience.
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In early September, mountain runner and Garmin Pro Gabe Joyes established a brand-new fastest recognized time, or FKT, on Wyomings 100-mile Wind River High Route in 47 hours and 10 minutes. Gabe Joyes: Training for the Wind River High Route is daunting– the route is so big, tough to access, and sort of a challenge simply to wrap your brain around. For me, “big mountain days” implied typically investing 5-8 (or more) on course as much as possible, or covering surface that was comparable to the Wind River High Route. The Wind River High Route is not a path run– its truly an all-terrain adventure– and you have to psychologically and physically be prepared for moving through a wide range of technical mountain surface that is frequently slow going and tiresome.