John lives in Australia, where the whole country is sports-mad, the runners are fast, the routes long ... and it's now summer.
"Normally it's starting to get hot, 40 degrees, but it's a La Nina year so it's raining now and the conditions are still good."
He's been exploring the tricky canyons of the Blue Mountains, which are very different. His recent FKT is "Passes of Narrow Neck", which took 16hrs 40min. He and his partner did 14 passes in one day. What does that mean?
"A pass is an unlikely, in-obvious, or difficult passage through a rock cliff."
This route is a mixture of scrambling, hiking, running, and canyoning. At one point he and his partner climb a tree to surmont a pass. As the Route Page says, "This route is only for experienced scramblers who understand the risks, and who have rehearsed every metre in advance. Only two of these passes are maintained by National Parks - any other ropes, spikes, chains or ladders you encounter could snap." As John's partner Keith wrote:
"The Passes Of Narrow Neck is a significant undertaking that definitely needs thorough preparation and familiarity with the route and terrain, as well as a good head for heights & strong scrambling ability. By the end expect to be covered in charcoal, battered and scratched by the scrub and to have had an unparalleled adventure in the wilderness of the Blue Mountains."
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- City: Sydney, Australia.
- Family: Just married Sarah; young fella due in March. I swear those facts aren't related.
- Occupation: All things Bridge (the card game).
- Sports Highlights - - -
- The more beautiful things I can scamper up, the happier I seem to be
- In 2021 I've logged 100 vertical miles and counting
- Passes of Narrow Neck FKT
- Social Media - - -
- Strava: https://www.strava.com/athletes/44124336
- Story on recent FKT: http://mag.bushwalk.com/2017-magazines-korrowall-buttress/