Presenter Name: Randall Roberts
Presentation Title: From EGGS to EPICC
Hike 20 miles around Burr Oak Lake in 12 hours? Add the wildcat hollow backpack loop for 40 miles in 24 hours? Add another lap around Wildcat for 60 miles in 36 hours? The Emma Grandma Gatewood Solstice (EGGS) hike challenge is an annual hiking challenge held at Burr Oak State Park around the Summer Solstice in June. The challenge hike is 20, 40, 60 or 80 miles in which participants have a maximum of 12, 24, 36, or 48 hours to complete. Come hear how Randall has successfully completed the 20, 40, and 60 mile challenges but not without struggle. He has also had three abandoned attempts at the 80 mile challenge thwarted by tropical storms, flooded trails, saturated mud and heat exhaustion. With each attempt he has learned more and more. To prepare for the 60 mile challenge he and his friend Kat LoGrande set out to hike the entire 45 mile “Loveland” section of the Buckeye Trail. Starting at Eden Park in Cincinnati at 7:30 a.m, they hiked mostly along the Little Miami Scenic Trail and finished in Caesar Creek at 3 a.m. after hiking 47 miles. They called their hike Eden Park into Caesar Creek (EPICC). Randall and Kat say they are not super athletes, they are just stubborn and willing to push themselves to their limits to find out where that is.
Randall Roberts was born in Cleveland Ohio. He served 12 years of active duty service in the US Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps and 8 years in the Reserves. He retired as a Commander and goes by the trail name “Buckeye Commander”. He hiked the entire 1,400 mile Buckeye Trail over an 8 year period, hiking a little at a time on the weekends. He went on to complete the remaining North Country Trail miles in Ohio and Pennsylvania. He has only 34 miles remaining to complete all the American Discovery Trail miles in Ohio. He resides in Strongsville, Ohio. In addition to the EGGS challenge, he has participated in the A-100 challenge twice, hiking 50 miles each time, the “Crucible HIke” on the Laurel Highlands HIking trail (70 miles in 3 days), and left Xenia Ohio at midnight on December 31 and hiked 51 miles to Milford Ohio, slept for four hours and hiked back to Xenia completing 102 miles in 48 hours. He dedicated the hike to mental health and suicide awareness making a live facebook video each hour dedicated to a specific someone who died by suicide – he had collected 43 names from friends and acquaintances.