What's next? Lots of smaller stuff and slower big trips with my wife for the next bit. My next big 'fast & light' hiking trip may be the 2013 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open next May, plus a few training trips for that.
If anyone looking to hike the Stein wants more specific info on any section (ie. campsites, navigation, washout crossings) let me know and I can go into detail.
I highly recommend anyone interested in fast and challenging hikes to check out the Bob Marshall Wilderness Open. It's a low key event (ie. no cost, no registration, no t-shirts) that takes you through amazing wilderness in the Rockies at a very challenging time of year.
In 2009 a guy from work did it in 27hrs, give or take an hour. I just checked my e-mails to see what time he had said and it took 17hrs to within 20km of Lytton before his stomach shut down and he had to stop. He didn't say his whole time in the e-mail but from personal communication I believe it was another 10hrs for the last 20km.
Thanks for the info. I presume he spent all of that 17 hours hiking and didn't stop for the night. Do you know if he started in the evening from Lizzie Lake and did the alpine at night? Or was he in the valley at night? The former seems more feasible - especially in 2009 with the lower snow levels allowing for a traverse earlier in the year. If someone could start in July and coincide the hike with a full moon then it would really open up possibilities.
He started around 3am ish from lillooet lake meaning he was only in the dark for a few hours on the logging road. It was mid July.
There is also a entry in the lizzy log book from a pair who tried to run it in a day starting at midnight at lizzy lake but got turned around by rain at pip pass. I'd be very surprised if it had not been run sub 24hrs and just hasn't been posted.