Warning: the following words and images will allow you to vicariously see the world with the eyes of Sultan. Read at your own risk. The name Sultan has many meanings, but derives from the peak Sultan Mountain in Silverton, CO!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Kitsuma Time Trial & Winter Backpacking

On my drive up to the Smokies for some winter back-packing I made a pitstop at the Kitsuma trailhead where I met up with MadA, Kay, Mike Vance, Joshua James, and a few other Charlotte trail runners.  I still feel a bit out of shape, and not up for a time trail, but what the heck, now I know I can smash this time later. 

The Kitsuma trail is a great 9-10 mile out and back and would be a perfect pitstop on your to and fro hwy 40.

Kay "Tasty Pie" Allen - 42:11/57:45 1:39:56 (2/12/11)
Sultan   - 42:30/1:01:04 1:43:26 (2/12/11)
Michael Vance - 43:02/1:11:09 1:54:11 (2/12/11)
Joshua James - 1:00:12 /58:45 1:58:57 (2/12/11)

I then scooted off quickly to catch up with some friends in the Smokies for a quick backpacking trip in the snow.  We hiked up 8 miles to Cosby Knob shelter off the AT and back on what was a sub-freezing cold night of about 15 degrees.  Searching for dry twigs in those temps was a challenge.

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