Allen Currano’s Adventure Blog

I live near Berkeley, California and have enjoyed challenging myself and spending long days in the mountains for as long as I can remember, whether it be trail running, climbing, hiking, skiing, biking, or occasionally just hanging out by a pristine alpine lake.

I started out hiking and backpacking with my dad, and soon got into climbing, doing numerous long backcountry routes in the Arizona and Nevada desert before moving to the bay area. I have climbed El Capitan 4 times, including a continuous 27 hour ascent of the Nose route with Jeremy Collins. I have also climbed the Regular Route on Half Dome 4 times, each in one day. I have redpointed 5.12, climbed Astroman twice and the Rostrum a handful of times, and climbed most of the major formations in Yosemite at least once. More recently I have fallen in love with trail and ultra running, and for the last 3 years I have been focused on setting a new Unsupported FKT (Fastest Known Time) on the John Muir Trail. The current FKT is just under 83 hours, set by Andrew Bentz in 2014. I enjoy long unsupported or self-supported runs in the High Sierra, and do much of my training in the hills of the East Bay and Marin.

Milestones and Accomplishments:

2015 Summary:

Total Miles hiking/running: 1834.3
Total Elevation Gain hiking/Running: 348,331 feet
Total Hours hiking/running: 447.5
Total Runs/hikes: 140
Average miles per outing: 13.1
Average hours per outing: 3.2
Average Elevation gain per outing: 2,488 feet

Total miles on JMT and nearby trails 693.2
Total complete JMT equivalents: 3.13

Total Alpine Ski days: 18
Max MPH skiing: 54.8
Max ski descent in a day: 35,771


Dec 5, 2015 – The North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Mile Trail Race, Marin CA. Time: 8:57:03, 116th overall out of 483, 14th of 56 in age group

Sep 12-14, 2015 – JMT Unsupported FKT attempt – covered approximately 165 miles and 26,000 feet elevation gain in approximately 65 hours with 5.5 hours of sleep. Solo and Unsupported. Bailed at Red’s Meadow after getting caught in a storm near Silver Pass. BPL Thread

July 28-30, 2015 – JMT Unsupported FKT attempt – covered approximately 175 miles and 28,000 feet elevation gain in 67 hours with 3 hours of sleep. Solo and Unsupported. Bailed at Agnew Meadows due to sleep deprivation/disorientation. BPL Thread with Split times, Spot Updates and Discussion Gear List

May 13, 2015 – East Bay Skyline Trail from Wildcat to Redwood and back. 46.3 miles, 8800 feet of gain, 11 hours. Solo and Unsupported.

May 6, 2015 – 50 Mile Run in Marin Headlands, 11:36, 50 miles, 10,000 feet of elevation gain and loss, one stop at car for supplies. Mostly followed the North Face Endurance Challenge SF 50 Mile course with some variations. Solo and Self-Supported with one stop at the car to resupply food and water, plus 1 stop for water at the fountain Cardiac aid station would be.

March 18, 2015 – Grand Canyon Double Crossing – Approximately 48 miles and 11,400 feet of elevation gain and loss in 12:45, via South Kaibab to North Kaibab to Bright Angel. Solo and unsupported.

January 15, 2015 – FKT on the East Bay Skyline Trail, 31.3 miles and 6350 feet of elevation gain through Wildcat, Tilden, Sibley, Huckleberry, Redwood, and Chabot Regional Parks. 5:50, Solo and unsupported. Strava Link

October 18, 2014 – Coyote Ridge 50K  in Marin Headlands. 32.2 Miles, 7000 feet elevation gain, 6:49, 14th place in my 2nd 50K ever – in spite of some early cramping and missing a turn which added a bonus mile or two.

August 1, 2014 – JMT Unsupported FKT attempt #2. a few days after my wedding, started at Whitney Portal and made it 83 miles to the Bishop Pass junction. With bad weather coming in and a mild ankle sprain slowing me down, I bailed at Bishop pass in a rain/snow/hail storm that tested the limits of my ultralight clothing setup.

July 28, 2014 – Married the love of my life, Amy, at Fallen Leaf Lake near Lake Tahoe. Probably my greatest accomplishment so far.

July 5-6, 2014 – South Lake to Red’s Meadow (route in Sierra Mapper) 93.5 miles, +17,471 feet / -19,640 feet, 32.6 hours moving, 37.5 hours total, average speed 2.81 mph. This is the heart of the JMT and close to half of the total the distance and elevation gain.

October 4-5, 2013 – JMT Unsupported FKT attempt #1. 48 miles and 12,000 feet elevation gain in about 20 hours. Slept at Dollar Lake and bailed at Kearsarge Pass the next day. Too cold, too slow, too late in the season, but good learning experience. I was pretty destroyed after this one. Government shutdown was in effect so it was eerily quiet on the trails. Original plan was to go in late September, but was shut down by an early winter storm with 80 mph winds at the crest and 6″ of snow in Tuolumne Meadows before I even started.

September 2013 – Mount Williamson in a day with Dan Krotz, Bryan Zeitler, and Brian Daly. About 18 hours car to car, 30+ miles with a lot of elevation gain and talus hopping. Very fun day, this is when I really started thinking I might have a shot at the JMT FKT and started talking about it giving it a try. Unfortunately no one even tried to talk me out of it.

August 2013 – Rae Lakes Loop (aka Rae in a Dae) from Road’s End 42 miles, 7000 feet elevation gain, 14:15

April 2010 – Skyline to Sea 50K 5:42, 70th place out of 191 in my first trail race, first Ultra, and first 50K. Had severe leg cramping for the last 10 miles or so –  I had no idea I should have been taking electrolytes! This was also my first run over 20 miles.


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