Knobstone Trail - through trip, non-stop?

The outers: Anders Lindgren, Phil Schneider, Bryan Scott, and Brian Simpson

For some unknown reason, we decided we wanted to do the entire Knobstone Trail in one weekend. The original plan, well, Bryan's original plan, was to go all the way through Friday night and finish about 10 o'clock Saturday night. About 24 hours to do the 52 mile trail. When he nearly passed out while sleep walking at about 5am Saturday morning, we reconsidered the plan. After going into a coma for three hours, we woke up (how?) and were back on the trail. Nineteen miles and 4 Clif Bars later, we sacked out for about 9 hours. Good thing we brought those sleeping bags. We then spent most of Sunday's 14 miles cursing ourselves and trying to figure out what the hell we were thinking. We finally dragged ourselves out of the woods at about 1pm Sunday afternoon. We did 47 miles (a wrong turn at the Delaney Park end inadvertently lost us about 5 miles) in 38 hours. Delaney Park - Deam Lake. Somebody needs to beat it. Will we do it again next year? Probably.

Old Comments:

My wife and I want to do this some day. We hike the Knobstone all of the time. Try doing the Leota to Elk Creek out and back. It'll kick your butts. I'd like to know how the next attempt goes. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Matt commented:
I'm from southern Indiana (about 10 minutes from Deam's Lake) and have always been interested in doing this trail since I heard about it a few years ago. If you could tell me where I can find more info (maps, etc) I'd appreciate it. Thanks, Matt. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Patrick commented:
get a hiking guide to Indiana you can find it in Hodson's Bay or any Book Store in town
sloetoe commented:
On 11/11/02, I ran Deam->Elk Creek (31.5m) in 10:00. Going Deam->Delaney on 04/12/03 in 15:00, w/support. 19,290' of rise/fall can't be all bad, can it? Write me if interested. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Volunteers appreciated. Start is 04:30, hoping to finish before dark. Room for 47 more. BTW, walking the KT in 38:00 self-supported is a FEROCIOUS good time -- be proud.
Randy commented:
Sloetoe: i heard that the knobstone trail ultra went off with good success...congrats!
nate commented:
shouldnt you have eaten one of yr companions by that time?
Brian Simpson commented:
I was on that in original trip in '98. We did the whole thing again in summer of '99 in ~29hrs (3am - 8am). Wicked pain.
visitor commented:
didnt the legendary scott mckibbin do it in 25 hrS?  
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