Naresh Kumar’s 10 Tips for Conquering the Foothills Trail 77 Miler

Naresh Kumar ran the Foothills Trail 77 Mile Ultra a couple of weeks ago.  He said it was the second hardest race he has ever competed in (and he’s done some nasty ones).

So I asked him for some helpful tips for anyone that might be brave enough to tackle the FHT-77 Miler.

Naresh’s 10 Helpful Tips for the Foothills Trail 77 Miler:

  1. Review the FHT site info for instructions, directions, aid drop locations, etc. before attempting the BEAST
  2. FHT Trail map and trail guide is a must, hiking GPS would be an added advantage
  3. Ensure you are self sufficient before starting the Laurel Valley section
  4. Don’t get lost and if you do, don’t panic. Trace back to the nearest trail blazer and start over
  5. Ensure to carry enough batteries and GOOD headlamp
  6. Respect wildlife, stay cautious!
  7. A trail runners heaven, very beautiful trail, enjoy it, every bit of it unless you are trying to set a speed record
  8. Crew is a must, at most accessible aid points in case things turn sour. Don’t try to do this solo
  9. Be stealthy to avoid nosy park rangers
  10. Above all, understand the fact that you are going to be F$%&ED but at the end BMF Wallet is well worth it

Foothills Trail 77 Mile Finisher’s Wallet (NSFW)

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One Response to “Naresh Kumar’s 10 Tips for Conquering the Foothills Trail 77 Miler”

  1. Naresh Kumar says:

    Definitely a trail runners paradise. It’s a very pretty course yet one of the toughest to tackle mainly due to the wilderness area and for the elevation. I will be happy to give more details to anyone who wants to attempt this adventure run.

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