The Dingle SK Route first completed 1965 (Although he did finish Smiths Creek shelter not Kaitoke) .95% of way….
Putara – Dundas Range – Tarn Ridge -Mitre-Jumbo- Holdsworth- Down to Powel hut -Down main valley along by Totara Flats-Over Cone-Out down main valley Turinikau- Then out to Kaitoke via Puffer.
DIST 84 KM
FKT TIME SUTTON 2017, 17:23
All Three Tararua S-K Traverses! Non-stop, Solo and Unsupported!
In 1965 a man named Graeme Dingle set an impressive record. Not only did he complete the ambitious journey from the northern to the southern end of the Tararuas via Tarn Ridge and the craggy Eastern Range and out through the valleys, He was also the first person to go under 24 hours! It took Graeme 18:30:00. That Record stood for over 50 years. Until Tim Sutton – the adventure machine sunk his teeth in and smashed it in true Tim Style. 17 hours and 23 minutes after setting out, Tim emerged as the first person to complete the 3 Tararua S-K Traverses in under 24 hrs. To cap it off he did it all non-stop, solo and unsupported! Another FKT record to inspire and challenge the rest of us.
You’re the man Tim!