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Six foot track in a day?

PostPosted: Wed 04 Sep, 2019 10:15 pm
by Petew
Not sure if anyone here has done this walk in a day or not.

Just wondering what the experience was like?

Best to walk from Jenolan to Katoomba?

Re: Six foot track in a day?

PostPosted: Thu 05 Sep, 2019 10:36 pm
by Neo
I walked it once about 20 years ago, starting at Jenolan.
First day there was a father and son who were running the track in a day, had left from the Katoomba end that morning.

Re: Six foot track in a day?

PostPosted: Fri 06 Sep, 2019 7:02 am
by Xplora
My partner and I have done it there and back in a day. Quite a painful experience. Forgetting Peter Treseder's unsubstantiated claim, the best runners do it in around 3.5 hrs. I was around 5.5 hrs. If the plan is to walk only then you will most likely need a headlamp. Some sections you will be able to manage 4 or 5 k/h pretty easy but the hills will slow your average down. It is a good track to do by headlamp and you be amazed by how fast wombats can run when spooked.

Re: Six foot track in a day?

PostPosted: Fri 06 Sep, 2019 10:58 am
by Turfa
If you are fit, used to doing long days and have a good pace on smooth tracks, it is a fairly easy walk to do in a day.
It is not hard to average 5kph so you can do it in about 9 hours of walking time. Could do it all in daylight if you get an early start.
I prefer starting at Katoomba, but go with whatever makes the logistics easier. Could be easier to get dropped off at Jenolan and then walk back to your car at Katoomba.

Re: Six foot track in a day?

PostPosted: Fri 06 Sep, 2019 12:13 pm
by Petew
Cool, thanks for the replies. Definitely not a runner but sounds pretty doable at a brisk walking pace.

Re: Six foot track in a day?

PostPosted: Sat 07 Sep, 2019 5:59 am
by Xplora
Pick a full moon in spring or Autumn. Turfa is right, a longish day but doable during daylight as long as all goes well and you start at first light but I would struggle maintaining a 5kph average over the entire track just walking. Breaks for food and photos or just rest will effect your average speed considerably. Either direction is pretty much the same and just work that out based on your own logistics.

Re: Six foot track in a day?

PostPosted: Thu 19 Sep, 2019 8:45 pm
by rcaffin
K to J is an annual one-day race. Be there on the wrong day and the thundering herds will run you off the track! (Not true, they generally say 'excuse me'.)
We have had to guide a few runners back onto the track when they got down onto the river too soon. Cost them time.

Cheers
Roger

Re: Six foot track in a day?

PostPosted: Sun 15 Dec, 2019 3:57 pm
by Steve_L4Lucas
With a large group could you do it with ease in two days?
with a overnight stop at coxs river? approx 20-40 people?