12 Foot Track
Posted 23 March 2012 - 11:40 AM
We will likely be starting at 6am (day light saving) and aimming to finish around 13 hours later.
It is all self sufficient but we will refuel from the Caves house with whatever the cafe serves that day.
Welcome all to join either one way or the full monty!
No, its not a joke , and I wouldn't take off like my old typical Singapore Slingshot style!
Car share / Pick up available from Lower to Upper North shore.
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 07:18 PM
I think I'll do Hellgate BOTW on 7th April and save 12 foot for the winter.
Have an great run guys!
Posted 29 March 2012 - 08:34 AM
Would be good to know condition of Cox at crossing when you are out.
Anticipate it should be about waist 2 chest height / wet feet and shins only if you cross on the rocks.
Appreciate your comments.
Posted 29 March 2012 - 11:43 AM
Posted 29 March 2012 - 03:36 PM
Oh just realised 1st is a sunday not a saturday. In that case..... we ... should... miss.... you but if we don't be very very kind to us. It means things have gone more horrible than usual.
Posted 30 March 2012 - 12:23 PM
Have a great time boys. I just checked weather and it looks perfect. Min 9, Max 22.
Posted 30 March 2012 - 02:20 PM
Funny I did think of that - Until I was reminded It's fatass hence 12FT can be on any weekend. Of course, the Official "Jan Hermann Double " is on the City2 Suf weekend...
I am sure 6FT misses you dearly Kev
Posted 02 April 2012 - 10:51 AM
It was a pretty cruisy run in many respects, starting well after sunrise, stopping at both watertanks on the way out and on return, photos en route, and buying some lunch at Caves House. We finished in 13:50.
The track was in reasonable condition, although there was a lot of water about, with what are usually minor creek crossings or dry creek beds being wade-through situations. Weather was fine on the way to Jenolan, though the forecast thunderstorms hit soon after we passed Binda Cabins on the return.
The Coxs was armpit deep on the way out, but a few hours of rain brought it to chin deep for the return. We could just touch the bottom midstream and we did drift downstream a little as we crossed. The level would have been fine for race day with the added security of a rope, though I couldn't imagine the race being staged with much higher water.
Plenty of wildlife out there. I have never seen so many Eastern Grey Roos and Red-necked Wallabies while running the track. We startled a couple of lyrebirds at one stage, returned an errant Eastern Snake-necked Turtle to the Coxs, saw a few Cunninghams Skinks on the rocks above Caves House, including a mother with young, and found a Giant Burrowing Frog in Megalong Valley farmland.
I give it 4 stars!
Edited by Paul Every, 03 April 2012 - 11:31 AM.
Posted 03 June 2012 - 10:52 PM
7am Saturday 11th August, 2012
Count me in!
Posted 05 July 2012 - 05:13 PM
PS no more whinging by me about a short leg as I've made some new you beaut roman sandles with a raised one for the short one. Itching to try them out on a long run.
Posted 05 July 2012 - 05:21 PM
Posted 05 July 2012 - 10:20 PM
12FT sprint sounds like heaven in comparison. I'm keeping my options open for now, but I'm certainly down for a 12FT of some form.
Wadaye, Let's stick to this thread. Two threads would be confusing.
Edited by RawAussieAthlete, 05 July 2012 - 10:21 PM.
Posted 06 July 2012 - 12:17 PM
Go for it RAA - it won't take much to nab the unofficial record so get in while the going is good.
Posted 07 July 2012 - 04:33 PM
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Posted 08 July 2012 - 02:01 AM
I figure we should start Thursday or Friday night perhaps by 9 or 10pm. 6FT is easy enough to navigate in the dark, but I'd rather do the return from Kanangra Walls in daylight to avoid having to worry so much about missing sharp turns.
Edited by RawAussieAthlete, 08 July 2012 - 02:02 AM.
Posted 08 July 2012 - 08:37 PM
Posted 08 July 2012 - 08:54 PM
Now I definitely want to experience it
Posted 08 July 2012 - 09:02 PM
Depending on Grant's flight it may be that the 12gaters and the 12botwgate candidates could depart together, though certainly not likely to arrive together, speaking of which I am probably likely to fall a long way behind. Grant was so far in front on Hellgatebotw that I couldn't even see his footprints and I actually started to worry for a while until we bumped into each other on his return journey on the ridge just before Kanangra.
Thanks Trailpuddin for trailblazing this one for us. It certainly is a nice time in the wilderness especially towards Kanangra. Six Foot Track seemed like the autobahn with all the motorbikes and quadbikes and all. I loved the Kanangra waters, it's a great delayed reaction weight loss regime of water + giardia etcetera ... talk about probiotics.
PS I'm certainly bringing a snake bite bandage this time - and I'll be keeping more than an eye out for those two gnarly snakes which got all excited on Hellgatebotw, one by sidewinding and the other by reversing off the path. I was quite impressed. Snake bite management plan - apply bandage, lie down and wait.
Posted 08 July 2012 - 09:07 PM
Could be a 12 month wait out there, Wadaye!
Posted 08 July 2012 - 09:48 PM
Posted 09 July 2012 - 07:18 AM
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Posted 20 July 2012 - 09:55 AM
6ft track out and back - Sat 11th @7am
6ft track out and return via Hellgate gorge with Martin - start evening friday 10th approx midnight
6ft track out and return via Hellgate with Bouncing off the Kanangra Walls out and back start (subject to confirmation by RAA) Friday 10th @ 5am start
Posted 20 July 2012 - 09:24 PM
- Fri 10th Aug@5am: 12BOTWGATE (182km?) (6ft track out and return via Hellgate Gorge with Bouncing off the Kanangra Walls out and back) (26hrs before 12FT start, 19hrs before 12GATE start)
Known Starters: Wadaye (Dan), RawAussieAthlete (Grant)
- Sat 11th Aug@12am (midnight): 12GATE (126km?) (6ft track out and return via Hellgate Gorge) with Martin (7 hours before the 12FT start)
Known Starters: Martin Dugdale
- Sat 11th Aug@7am 12FT (90km): 6 Foot Track out and back
Known Starters: Trailpuddin
Edited by RawAussieAthlete, 20 July 2012 - 09:24 PM.
Posted 07 August 2012 - 08:17 AM
Posted 07 August 2012 - 06:42 PM
Posted 07 August 2012 - 09:30 PM
I thought we were making for a Friday 5am start.
I think it was a typo, but I can make it for Thu 5am if Wadaye meant what he wrote.
I don't fly to LA until Mon
I figure 12BOTWGATE is about 172km sticking to the trail out and back to Kanangra. Do you agree Trailpuddin?
Posted 07 August 2012 - 10:42 PM
Posted 08 August 2012 - 12:57 PM
Posted 08 August 2012 - 01:18 PM
You'll have to settle for the crazy tales we'll post of our experiences
Posted 10 August 2012 - 05:33 PM
It's going to be fun, it's going to be great, it's going to be ... well FREEZING.
Can hardly wait.
Posted 11 August 2012 - 01:22 PM
It snowed the night before at Black Range!
We started at 7am intent on doing 12BOTWGATE.
I was recovering from a bruised heel which I reinjured on a rock coming down Nellies Glenn (in the first km).
I hobbled with a limping run/walk until a couple of km past pluvi before deciding that I needed to turn back while I could still make it.
With a bruised heel and hobbling, my calves were getting super tight and I was experiencing all sorts of niggles, none of which were good.
I headed back to Wadaye who was over an hour behind (after stopping to sunbathe...which beats hobbling any day!).
Coming off the flu, Wadaye was doing it tough and had resolved to walking the rest of the way, so we headed back to the tree together.
I did an 8FT (60km total) and Wadaye did a 6FT (45km total).
The weather was glorious; a perfect sunny day with very little wind.
Coming back from the Cox's in daylight was a new experience for me. It's much more scenic than in the dark!
We were only in the dark for the last 90 mins, finishing at 7:40pm, a total of 12 hrs 40 mins.
Not bad for a leisurely hobble through the mountains!
We didn't carry an EPIRB but we did register our outing with Katoomba Police station which worked out well as they gave us an update on the men's 200m and the bathroom facilities were convenient and clean.
I hope everyone's journey today is fondly memorable, and more pleasant than my hobble
Edited by RawAussieAthlete, 11 August 2012 - 01:25 PM.
Posted 12 August 2012 - 06:58 PM
Posted 12 August 2012 - 10:57 PM
Your unofficial record is still on safe ground for a while, trailpuddin
I'm glad you had an enjoyable day on the track and back.
Posted 14 August 2012 - 10:59 AM
I woke up early at 3am and couldn't get back to sleep, somehow my body knew I had a HUGE day ahead of me.
Allison and I drove down together and met up with Kirrily at the start of the 12 Foot Track. It was bitterly cold but we we were ready for an adventure !! :-)
Allison and Kirrily are both much more experienced runners and this was my first 12 Foot Track so I was hoping they would cut me some slack ... WRONG !! ... I was still putting my iPhone back in my bag after taking a photo at Explorers tree, when I looked up they were gone ! ... all I could hear was Kirrily's voice in the distance saying, "Hurry up princess !"
I eventually caught up with my new ultra runner friends and the kms ticked by very quickly. Breathtaking scenery and great companionship were a welcome distraction from some of the tricky parts. It was great to see the way the track changes throughout the day, watching the wallabies laze in the afternoon sun and then the big finale when the stars come out at night, the southern cross above our heads as we crossed the wibbly wobbly bridge at the Cox's River. I had my first snowball fight in Australia and learnt never to look back on the trail in case medusa turns you to stone ha ha !
It was great to see so many animals out on the course. We saw wallabies, joeys, kangaroos, owls, possums and 2 wombats ! ... Some of the larger kangaroos scared the bejesus out of me during the night sections so I'll take some emergency vegemite with me next time just in case ;-)
The run was pretty comfortable until the last 1.5kms climbing up out of Nellie's Glen, wow that climb is ridiculously tough, especially after running 89kms ! ... then at the top Kirrily and Allison forced me to walk straight past the car and brave the biting wind to finish at Explorers tree ... it wasn't the grandest finish but certainly one of the most satisfying
Kirrily and Allison told me that very few runners join them for more than one ultra adventure ... a bit of me can see why, they set a tough pace and there is zero tolerance for hanging around but I have to say, it's only been a couple of days since the run but I am looking forward to the next ultra adventure already, thanks guys ! :-)
Joey Joe-Joe Junior Shabadoo
Posted 14 August 2012 - 02:37 PM
I look forward to your next report, because it's clear that you'll be back for more!
Posted 10 December 2012 - 06:52 PM