Having moved to Darwin, I have been lamenting the surprising lack of trails around the city. So, I was contemplating organizing a fat ass event to get the trail bug out of my system (at least for a few months, anyway).
The trail I'm proposing is the Jatbula Trail. It runs from the Nitmiluk Centre on the Katherine Gorge (approx 30k from Katherine) to Leliyn/Edith Falls (approx 220km from Darwin). It has been described by the NT gov't as, "a long and potentially difficult walk". So why not run it instead?
The trail is 58km long, and includes a ferry river crossing across the Katherine River that's pretty close to the start. According to the info sheet there is plenty of fresh water availble from creeks and rivers, but carrying 3 litres between water stops is recommended.
The other restriction is that it would have to be done during the Dry - many of the areas along the trail are impassable during the Wet Season due to river crossings, Oct to May is out.
A quick runown on my running history - I'm somewhat new to running, but I've recently completed 6 Foot and Trailwalker Melbourne. I look little, but I'm wiry (like most distance runners). I'm also keen to get a bit more experience on the trails. For those with a sweet tooth,I tend to carry a candy shop in my camel back whenever I'm out for more than a few hours.
So, any interest in exploring this part of the world?
Edited after reading the pedant's corner thread - corrected a dangling participle, and inserted American spelling
Edited by azza, 03 August 2008 - 10:21 PM.