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EB43: 130 Mile Self-Supported Thru-Hike of the NorthEast Texas Trail – A Chat with Riley Evans


Fellow trail runner, Riley (Jacob) Evans of Texas, was the first person to successfully thru-hike the entire 130 mile NorthEast Texas Trail (NETT) self-supported in 69 hours 15 minutes and 30 seconds!



This fascinating and challenging journey began on the morning of February 3rd as good friend, Lynn Ballard (fearless leader of the DamNation aid station at Rocky Raccoon 100) sent Riley down the trail heading east from the town of New Boston, Texas, tucked in the north eastern corner of the state.

Riley would spend the next nearly three days working his way along the developed and less developed NETT system on way to finishing the journey in Farmersville, Texas, just northeast of the DFW metro area.

The NETT Coalition (non-profit) has hopes of having the entire 130 mile trail system officially open in 2015. And once it is officially complete, it will be the longest hike/bike/equestrian trail in Texas and the fourth largest in the United States!

Enjoy my chat with Riley that includes his journey in endurance sports and other musings and useful goodies:

  • what started his love of endurance sports
  • exploring the triathlon scene and memories from his first multi-sport adventure at Metroplex Sprint Tri
  • a triathlon journey that progressed to the Ironman distance and participating in the Ironman World Championship on the island of Kona in Hawaii
  • first trail run at Pikes Peak Ascent – one of the most scary and incredible experiences. Hey look, it’s hailing.
  • first local trail race at Hog’s Hunt
  • what you do when you see a bear at mile 50 of a 100km
  • why endurance sports?
  • cross training and high intensity training
  • small towns, amazing people, Allsup burritos, and a special sunset and moon rise experience at the 890 mile RAT (Race Across Texas) on Mountain Bike
  • plus a buffet table of moments and memories of traveling by foot for 130 miles from New Boston to Farmersville, Texas

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Bonus Fun! – Riley’s Complete Gear List

Pack List:

  • Osprey Manta 30L Pack
  • Platypus 3L bladder (only filled to 2L at one time)
  • Handheld Ultimate Direction 16oz water bottle
  • Two compression sacks
    • One for sleeping gear (Small Sea 2 Summit evac compression sack)
    • One for misc gear (X-Small Sea 2 Summit evac compression sack)

Sleeping Gear:

  • Outdoor Research Bivy Sack
  • Therm-A-Rest Z pad cut in half
  • Kelty Cosmic 41 Degree down bag
  • Sea 2 Summit Extreme bag liner
  • Caccoon Ultra Light Air Core pillow

Misc Gear:

  • Sierra Designs Down Jacket
  • Warm Sleeping socks
  • Beanie, Gloves, and Fleece neck cover to sleep in
  • Rain Jacket and Rain Pants
  • Extra AA and AAA Batteries
  • Garmin E-Trex 20 GPS unit
  • Digital Camera
  • Waterproof bag with phone, debit/credit car, cash, mileage chart
  • Baggy w/ wet wipes
  • Small roll of duct tape
  • Pocket knife
  • Emergency Whistle
  • Small stuff sack for food
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • 1 Extra pair of athletic socks
  • 1 Extra pair of Arm Warmers (never used)

Worn Gear:

  • Warm fleece lined jacket
  • New Balance MT110 Shoes
  • Started with Injini Toe socks
  • Craft Underwear
  • Under Armour tight pants and long sleeve shirt (fleece lined)
  • Arm Warmers
  • Running shorts
  • Long Sleeve Technical fabric running shirt
  • Beanie w/ a hat
  • Gloves with jersey knit gloves underneath
  • DeWalt headlamp bought at Lowe’s

Things added along the way:

  • Glock 26 (which I’m licensed to carry)
  • Small tub of Vaseline
  • Extra Batteries

And now ya know!

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About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

3 Responses to “EB43: 130 Mile Self-Supported Thru-Hike of the NorthEast Texas Trail – A Chat with Riley Evans”

  1. on 20 Feb 2015 at 9:47 am Lynn B

    Riley Evans has never been encumbered with the thought that training is actually necessary for an ultra-endurance event… just sayin’

  2. on 20 Feb 2015 at 10:19 pm Steven

    Wow! I truly enjoyed hearing about this journey.

  3. on 25 Feb 2015 at 5:51 pm David Hanenburg

    @Lynn B – Missed seeing ya down at Rocky!

    @Steven – Great to hear!

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