I think the A.T. is a unique trail and I look forward to hike/run it. Jennifer Pharr Davis, Scott and Karl have all been really helpful as well with advice - that is one of the nice things about this FKT community. Admin note:  Eric's InReach stopped sending signals in the morning of July 1. Live Tracking can found as a link on my website www.kristianultra.com or directly here www.kristianmorganat.legendstracking.com. The accomplishments and contributions from Heather Anderson, Scott Jurek, Joe McConaughy, Karl Meltzer, Jennifer Pharr-Davis, and Karel Sabbe provide tremendous inspiration. Hiking the AT has been a dream in the making for a long time, and I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to now realize that dream. It may not be a “normal” look at life on the trail, but it will undoubtedly leave you craving miles. Tue, 05/29/2018 - 07:12pm, In reply to Going for overall FKT (with… by hawkeye2180, Love to have you follow on Facebook - Harvey Lewis Ultrarunner and Instagram Harvey Lewis Ultrarunner, Hi there! While our documentation from mile 300-900 is unconventional by FKT standards, he has tons of witnesses, photos and live videos to make up for an unfortunate SPOT device. A bestselling book about Gatewood was published in 2014. Stretching from Maine to Georgia, the trail goes through … I suggested a route addition of the NY section of the AT but it has not been added yet, so I'm announcing my intention to set the FKT here (also an only known time). Other times of the year have other hazards so I'm feeling OK with what is coming and will try to adapt and overcome as things come up to us (heat waves, storms, etc.). May 10, 2015. I will be heading southbound and using Gaia GPS to track my progress. Preparation has gone well and I am very excited to be so close to the start of this FKT attempt. (Women in italics.). Update on 7/19:  Harvey finished the AT today in 49d15h or so, the 8th fastest time to date. Update on my AT Self-Supported FKT. For the first time in 51 days, 16 hours, and 30 minutes, Liz “Mercury” Anjos stopped on the Appalachian Trail. Joe ‘Stringbean’ McConaughy began the trail on July 17th at 6:31 am EST in Georgia, where he hiked the trail from South to North. I would like to say I have learned so much from Karel and his amazing strength as a runner. The miles ticked by easily and I found i cared less and less. Sat, 07/20/2019 - 09:13am. We, John L. Senter and Denton L. Akers Jr, are formally announcing a fastest known time attempt northbound on the Appalachian Trail. On Bakwin’s FKT proboards website, the discussion about FKTs on the Appalachian Trail received 55,000 views—nearly 10 times the usual numbers. The Appalachian Trail Landscape Partnership is a dedicated coalition of local, state and federal partners led by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the National Park Service. - Earl Shaffer, first AT thru-hiker I’m very thankful to have this opportunity and can’t wait to get started. Inside an FKT Attempt on the Appalachian Trail. Using a Garmin Inreach with tracking updates every 10 minutes. I'm going for the overall record set by Joe McConaughy last year, and I've been in touch with him a lot discussing my record attempt. After my PCT run they asked very detailed questions like "Why were you running at 40mph on day 29 in the evening?" Her forthcoming book The Pursuit of Endurance has very much more detail on these early records and personalities. Joe McConaughy | Appalachian Trail FKT and Ultrarunning eric schranz September 14, 2017 Podcasts. The entire trail from Georgia to Maine is open for use, though some restrictions for out-of-state visitors remain in the northern-most states; this may mean leaving the trail to get tested before entering certain states, contacting state health departments regarding this particular circumstance and following their guidance, and/or making some difficult decisions if the situation gets worse over the next month. at the same time which would be a first (David Horton and Joe McConaughy have held both records but not a the same time I think). If anyone would like to become a run coaching client of mine or ask any questions just check out my website here. Karel ran the uphills where other runners would have walked and he stayed positive throughout the entire time I was present on the AT. Sat, 01/26/2019 - 11:05am. In 1960, Lochlen Gregory and Owen F. Allen completed the trail in 99 days (south to north), a time that was matched by Earl Shaffer in 1965 (north to south this time). Tue, 06/25/2019 - 02:43am. I am formally announcing my intent to challenge the self-supported FKT for the Appalachian Trail. The attempt will be unsupported; I'm aiming for 21-24 hours. He did a phenomenal job and leaves a daunting legacy. Glad to have company for anyone interested in running. I don't know the Appalachian Trail which is a weakness but also a strength as I'm very curious to what's coming and to the scenery that I'll run through. My name is Kristian Morgan, I am officially announcing my attempt to go for the supported north bound FKT on the Appalachian Trail. The women’s record stands at 46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes by Jennifer Pharr Davis supported by Brew Davis, and the overall record stands at 41 days, 7 hours, and 39 minutes by Karel Sabbe supported by Joren Biebuyck. This supported style took hold after Doyle's accomplishment, and in 1978 John Avery shaved 9 hours off the FKT, hiking and running for 65 days, and receiving support throughout the trip. My crew and I will post trail updates from my blog and I won’t be posting on social media during the hike, as to not take up space or glorify traveling and thru-hiking at this time. In addition I'm having some friends coming over to run sections with me (of 1-3 weeks), and my wife Emma will be there during the entire month of August. The live-tracking website will be www.ATspeedrecord.com . Hi all, I'm now about one week before starting my speed record attempt on the A.T. and as it's getting really busy with last-hand preparations I'm announcing it officially here now. Our CFC number: 12230. The record is a … Another AT record that has been pursued a few times is the most miles that can be run on the AT in 24 hours. My motto is, "Carry as little as possible. Pete Palmer: 48 days 20 hours 11 … This site is an awesome resource to remind us all to get back to nature and experience everything that comes along with it. (The previous record was 22 days, 6 hours). Thanks! I also ran the Marathon des Sables in 2016 during which I learned a lot about running in heat and how to hydrate in those conditions. With Mount Katahdin enveloped in a midday cloud on Aug. 28, Belgian ultrarunner Karel Sabbe summited Baxter Peak to claim the overall Fastest Known Time, or FKT, on the Appalachian Trail. ], "Grandma" Emma Gatewood was the first woman to thru-hike the AT alone. I will also be supported along the way by my family in Virginia and Pennsylvania, as well as friends I have met through the amazing hiking and trail running communities in the Eastern US. When did nobo and sobo become different records? A great example of this is the Appalachian Trail. Keep on keeping on. The magazine gave her the impression of easy walks and clean cabins at the end of each day's walk. We'll try to add Scott's data as well but he hasn't been able to extract it yet from his DeLorme device/website. But choose that little with care." She wore Keds sneakers and carried an army blanket, a raincoat, and a plastic shower curtain in a homemade denim bag slung over one shoulder. “The Appalachian Trail’s 2,189 miles, thru-hikers gain and lose over 464,464 ft., or more than 89 miles” So we are not talking about flat ground any longer. I also have long-distance hiking experience from hiking New Zealands Te Araroa Trail, the Pyrenean High Route, the Sierra High Route, Corsica's GR-20, .. As a dedicated trail and ultrarunner, he has 95,000 miles of running under his belt, including his record-setting run of the 2,160-mile long Appalachian Trail in 1991, which was the subject of his book, A Quest for Adventure. I'm Karel Sabbe from Belgium and I'm a 28 year old hiker / ultrarunner. Tue, 09/11/2018 - 06:41pm, Hi I (Kristian Morgan) crewed/paced/muled for Karel Sabbe over a 15 day period during his successful attempt. I, Justin Schott, will attempt to set an FKT for the NY section of the Appalachian Trail (89.8 miles according to the AT Distance Calculator) from Wednesday, 6/7/19 – Thursday, 6/8/19. He averaged about 50 miles a day and completed the … (I forgot to switch off my Strava and was in the car to go to a pizza place near the trail). February 25, 2019 Doug Williams The Appalachian Trail (AT) runs 2,189 (in 2015) miles from Georgia to Maine. Watch now on YouTube. Katahdin in Maine on June 27th and I will continue southbound (SOBO) until I reach Springer Mountain in Georgia. [Click here if you can’t see the video above.] You can follow my journey using the following link and PW: https://share.garmin.com/EricStrumpf / ATFKT2018. Karel thank you for the inspiration you inspired in me and for setting the standard so high. Update on 6/17:  Harvey started falling behind Stringbean's pace on Day 14, and has continued to lose ground each day since. I felt so lonely. hawkeye2180 Tue, 06/25/2019 - 09:56pm, In reply to My name is Kristian Morgan,… by kristianultra@…, Opps... use this as a direct link to tracking http://kristianmorganat.legendstracking.com, Henry Wakley Best wishes to all! He'll probably join us for a weekend as well which would be awesome. Administrator In 2016, Utah ultrarunning legend Karl Meltzer, 48, bested Jurek’s … David Horton is a long haul veteran the fastest appalachian trails. I am finalizing some logistics and am already up in Maine not far from Katahdin. On July 19th, Dan Binde summited Mount Katahdin in Maine, the northernmost stop on the Appalachian Trail and claimed an FKT (fastest known time). 27 miles behind end of Day 18, but coming closer to matching Stringbean's daily miles again. cactusjack Sat, 07/07/2018 - 02:32am. Episode 19. - Emma Gatewood, first solo female AT thru-hiker (1955), "Every morning it's wonderful, every evening I want to quit." Thank you Karel for the great company. Liz Anjos By Jennifer Pharr Davis Scenic Views. 3. 38-year old Beacon resident Greg Buzulencia will attempt to run the 88-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail supporting domestic violence awareness. Episode 20. The Run For Colin crew reunites for an epic road trip down the Pacific Coast Highway – completing two ultramarathons in one week. Episode 20: Candice Burt - 200mi race creator and Wonderland Trail FKT-holder. In addition I will track everything on Strava and will upload to Strava when cell service allows. Instagram:  "After a couple hours It stopped raining. Scott Brockmeier started the attempt with Matt, but was unable to complete the traverse. Episode 19: FKTOY Final Results. Episode 21: Paddy O'Leary - East Bay Skyline Trail. My live tracking info has been shared privately with the site runners at Fastest Known Time. Along with the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail, it is one of the "Big 3" National Scenic Trails. I'll be going Northbound (back to my beautiful home state, Maine)! Sun, 06/02/2019 - 04:55pm, Greetings FKT community. John L. (Cactus Jack) Senter and kristianultra@… Greetings fellow hikers and runners. I live on an island where each February there is a 100 miler individual event, it has 26,000+ feet of elevation gain over some fairly gnarly terrain. iRunFar: Bryon Powell of iRunFar here with Karl Meltzer after his record-setting run of the Appalachian Trail.First off, congratulations, Karl. This adventure will be conducted with great reverence to the Appalachian Trail and especially those that have attempted a FKT there. May 10, 2015. The Conservancy’s answer is a little underwhelming: Thru … It takes most hikers 5-6 months to complete the 2,190 mile long trail, but in the summer of 2017, Joe set out to hike it in 45 days. He will move into his adapted home built by Homes for Our Troops next week. I will be heading southbound and using Gaia GPS to track my progress. www.kristianultra.com, Messenger I will start on Springer Mountain, on the 18th of July and will be going northbound. Here is what Wikipedia says about Gatewood's first AT thru-hike: In 1955, at the age of 67, Gatewood told her children (who were by then adults) that she was going for a walk. Watch later Stringbean tells the story Joe as he attempts to break the speed record on the Appalachian Trail. Posted in r/AppalachianTrail by u/gramps14 • 35 points and 30 comments Hugh MacMullan IV Fri, 09/18/2020 - 01:35pm, In reply to Hello, my name is Liz Anjos… by Liz Anjos, http://fastestknowntime.proboards.com/thread/6/appalachian-trail, https://whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php/129659-Harvey-Lewis-2018-AT…, https://us0-share.inreach.garmin.com/T5KKA, http://kristianmorganat.legendstracking.com. It's a unique opportunity to be able to run a trail like this with a crew, and I feel privileged to be able to do it. The Appalachian Trail runs from Maine to Georgia stretching 2,190 miles through 14 states. Many thanks to everyone who contributes their time to the FKT website and Buzz's podcast. Episode 22: "Stringbean" McConaughy - Self-Supported (and Overall) 2017 FKT on the Appalachian Trail. Episode 21. It is roughly the distance between Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., as the crow flies. I'll be following the guidelines and procedures set before me by Stringbean and Anish. Culture Watch: STRINGBEAN – Joe McConaughy’s Appalachian Trail FKT Documentary Watch Joe McConaughy's recently released 14-minute documentary depicting the challenge and beauty of his self-supported FKT record on the Appalachian Trail in 2017. hawkeye2180 While this is a personal journey at its core, I want to be transparent about my progress in the record attempt. Sun, 07/05/2020 - 06:34am. She would later say "For some fool reason, they always lead you right up over the biggest rock to the top of the biggest mountain they can find." Our Tax ID number: 526046689. Through my InReach I can also message my father and he will update these messages to Twitter. _ On May 27 at 5:56 am, Scott set off on a personal journey to complete one of the most iconic National Scenic Trails, the AT. 75 miles of orienteering and peak bagging 26 peaks around the Wicklow Round in Ireland, establishing a new FKT. Ultrarunner Karl Meltzer has long dreamed of setting the speed record for crossing the USA's Appalachian Trail. “I promise we’ll never have to hike again after we reach Kahtahdin,” I whispered to myself.". I will be    hiking/running the trail self supported Southbound and am aiming to start on the 23rd or 24th of July. The attempt will be unsupported; I'm aiming for 21-24 hours. About 5 years earlier, Gatewood read an article in National Geographic about the AT and thought "it would be a nice lark," though in retrospect considering the difficulty she added "It wasn't." Much progress was made throughout the early 1930’s as trails were blazed in West Virginia, Virginia and Connecticut. I also have the possibility of being record holder of both A.T. and P.C.T. Inside an FKT Attempt on the Appalachian Trail Liz "Mercury" Anjos just completed a mid-pandemic thru-hike of the AT—with the help of a small, dialed support squad and a van named Pegasus. STRINGBEAN – Appalachian Trail FKT Documentary (2017, YouTube) The AT Experience by Andrew “Reptar” Forestell (2015) The Green Tunnel (A six month journey along the 2,200 mile long Appalachian Trail, condensed and reinterpreted into five minutes of stop-motion). In the past 24 hours there has been a lot of dramatic news: Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, Donald Trump used a whole lotta cash from his foundation to settle legal disputes for his personal businesses, and a completely unknown female named Kaiha Bertollini may or may not have set a new FKT for the Appalachian Trail. Exercise is good for you. Ten days after his summit he posted the following on a Fastest Known Time Pro Boards forum: “Yo what up fkt…. Their achievements, and those of Heather Anderson and Joe McConaughy (self-supported record holders), Scott Jurek, Karl Meltzer, Andrew Thompson, Pete Palmer, David Horton, and the list goes on, are not only feats of extraordinary athleticism, but a testament to the power of the mind, planning, strategy, the ability to roll with the punches, and above all… relentless forward motion. Tue, 05/29/2018 - 07:10pm. Karl Meltzer 2016 Appalachian Trail FKT Transcript. My crew and I are taking every measure to minimize the risk of contracting or spreading Covid-19 by getting tested, wearing masks as required indoors or when keeping a distance of 6ft isn’t possible, minimizing resupplies and arranging contactless delivery when possible, and providing our own shelters and avoiding places where hikers congregate. Going for the self-supported record of the AT, starting at first light on June 16th. It was McConaughy’s second attempt to set a FKT on the Long Trail, following a failed bid in 2015 and successful FKTs on the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails.But this time, not even the extra weight could hold him back, and he smashed the previous record by more than a day, finishing the trail in 4 days, 23 … Like many of these trails, the route has changed slightly over the years, and there has been a general tendency for the trail to become longer over time as reroutes are made to take the route off of roads. View map at RoadID.com/WheresHarvey. I’m posting today to announce my intention to start an attempt at the speed record for the AT. The record is currently held by Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy (@thestring.bean) who finished the 2,191 miles in 45d 12h 15m last August. The Long Start to the Journey I am also hoping to raise awareness and funding for this great organization. I had hoped I’d stop being miserable after it stopped raining, but that wasn’t the case. Stringbean tells the story Joe as he attempts to break the speed record on the Appalachian Trail. I would like to address that this thru-hike is happening in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. If you feel so moved, please contribute at: https://www.myhfotusa.org/ATChallenge. This attempt will be done as a team and self supported. My hike will begin at Mt. karelsabbe In March 2004 Matt Kirk has run 99 miles through Shenandoah National Park, beating David Horton's previous record of 91 miles. I spent 15 days as pacer and crew with Karel Sabbe during his successful FKT last year. Like my PCT run I will also verify this record as a Guinness World Record attempt, because it is nice to go for an official world record and to have a neutral and professional instance analyze all my data and claims. A well-known speed hiker set a new record on the Appalachian Trail on August 31st, hiking the 2,190-mile route in the fastest known time (FKT) of 45 days, 12 hours and 15 minutes. On July 7th, beginning from the southern terminus on Springer Mountain, I’m attempting a supported FKT on the Appalachian Trail. In embarking on and sharing about this journey, I would like to deliver my own message of perseverance and hope. I am dedicating this hike to Marine Sergeant Jacob “Jake” Pope who lost his left leg to an IED while serving in Afghanistan. Harvey Lewis' FKT attempt is also being discussed here: https://whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php/129659-Harvey-Lewis-2018-AT… As best I can tell, at the end of Day 14 he is 17 (ish) miles behind Stringbean's pace? I'm tying the adventure in with a weekend visit to friends - wish me luck! There is a rich history of hard-charging endurance athletes and AT ambassadors who have advanced this challenge to what it is today. Check out other videos featuring Stringbean below. Episode 18. … Greetings! Whether or not he set the new FKT on the AT this year, Knotts has well over 12,000 miles of trail under his feet. The de facto authority on FKTs is Peter Bakwin's website, which chronicles the attempts on various routes in the US and abroad. Cheers! The first section of the Trail was opened on October 7, 1923 in Bear Mountain, NY and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) was founded soon after in 1925. One of the most beloved trails in the United States, the AT weaves through 14 states from Georgia to Maine with over … Progress will be tracked with a Garmin Inreach Explorer every 10 minutes and can be found at                  https://us0-share.inreach.garmin.com/T5KKA I’ll be starting in early to mid-afternoon on Wednesday – I’m flying in from Detroit in the morning and taking public transit and Lyft to the Wing Road NY-CT state line from White Plains, and taking transit home afterward from the Stateline parking lot in NJ. - Chris Bakwin (AT hiker, 2017), Here's a rough timeline of speed trips. Most people today are pantywaist. I will start July 1st at 4am. Let's do this thing! My name is Henry Wakley from McCoy, VA. It appears that his attempt is over. Lastly... my trail name Mercury is inspired by the Roman deity, the wing- and fleet-footed messenger of the gods. My friend and brother-in-law Joren Biebuyck will be there to support me all the way again (he's a physiotherapist which is very helpful during this record attempt) and he also has a lot of crewing experience from being there the entire PCT which is way more remote and harder to access for crews. Challenging overall FKT as well as fastest assisted and fastest assisted northbound. On June 21, 30-year-old ultrarunner Coree Woltering finally stopped running after setting the Fastest Known Time (FKT) for the 1,147-mile Ice Age Trail that winds its way through the state of Wisconsin. Woltering completed the task in 21 days, 15 hours and 35 minutes. I wanted someone else there to share everything with, good and bad. It will be very hot but Joe has proven that it is possible to do it at this time of year. I will be tracking my attempt with an InReach device that I have given to the administrators of the website and a few other family and friends. My brain went in loops and my heart pouted in the corner. The story on the phone was titled, “Ultrarunning Legend Scott Jurek Sets New Appalachian Trail Speed Record.” Jurek listened. Warren Doyle lowered the overall AT record to 66 days, supported at road crossings by his father during much of the hike. Speed records on the AT are known going back to the first true thru-hike by Earl Shaffer in 124 days in 1948 (south to north). Clare "Star" Olson Olympia, Washington, Admin note:  Clare stopped after about 9 days. A quick follow up on what happened during my Appalachian Trail FKT attempt. And counting. Our campaign will begin from the southern terminus at Springer Mountain in the predawn hours on Sunday June 9th. It takes most hikers 5-6 months to complete the 2,190 mile long trail, but in the summer of 2017, Joe set out to hike it in 45 days. ... Sabbe set his FKT in 2018, completing the route in just over 41 days, and Anjos ran hers earlier this year, finishing in 51 days. He ticked off all 2,190 miles of the AT in 41 days, 7 hours and 39 minutes, eclipsing by more than four days the previous northbound FKT … Scroll down on the Q&A page of the website for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and you’ll find the following—very reasonable—question: If hiking the Appalachian Trail is so hard, why would I want to do it? Then, in 1970, Branley Owen dropped the AT record all the way down to 73 days, using good backpacker style which we call "self supported". Hello, my name is Liz Anjos. We'll try to include Joe's GPS data on this site so you can see Joe moving on the map as well so people can have an idea of how I'm doing compared to the current record. I've learned about so many new routes that I didn't know exist and can't wait to explore them. This is his third and final attempt to run the 3,524km (2,188 miles) in record time. Very thankful to have this opportunity and can ’ t the case 27 miles behind end of day. 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