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. 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. I spent 15 days as pacer and crew with Karel Sabbe during his successful FKT last year. (Women in italics.). 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 â¦ Updates will come on the Facebook page Karel Sabbe Ultrarunning. Thus she took little in the way of outdoor gear. Live Tracking can found as a link on my website www.kristianultra.com or directly here www.kristianmorganat.legendstracking.com. Culture Watch: STRINGBEAN â Joe McConaughyâs 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. (I forgot to switch off my Strava and was in the car to go to a pizza place near the trail). 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). If anyone would like to become a run coaching client of mine or ask any questions just check out my website here. Another AT record that has been pursued a few times is the most miles that can be run on the AT in 24 hours. 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. The de facto authority on FKTs is Peter Bakwin's website, which chronicles the attempts on various routes in the US and abroad. - Heather Anderson 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. STRINGBEAN â Appalachian Trail FKT Documentary (2017, YouTube) The AT Experience by Andrew âReptarâ 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). kristianultra@… I'll be going Northbound (back to my beautiful home state, Maine)! 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. Her forthcoming book The Pursuit of Endurance has very much more detail on these early records and personalities. Glad to have company for anyone interested in running. I learned a lot about running a long-distance hiking trail by setting the F.K.T. Greetings fellow hikers and runners. 75 miles of orienteering and peak bagging 26 peaks around the Wicklow Round in Ireland, establishing a new FKT. I will try to put out updates as often as batteries and time permits via the account @followforrest. Anyone is welcome to follow along with my journey on my IG @miss.clare.in.the.wild, and while I would love all the support in your heart, please do not offer any assistance during my attempt, so I can follow along with proper self-supported decorum. The story on the phone was titled, âUltrarunning Legend Scott Jurek Sets New Appalachian Trail Speed Record.â Jurek listened. 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. iRunFar: Bryon Powell of iRunFar here with Karl Meltzer after his record-setting run of the Appalachian Trail.First off, congratulations, Karl. Lastly... my trail name Mercury is inspired by the Roman deity, the wing- and fleet-footed messenger of the gods. 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 â Thursday, 6/8/19. My hike will begin at Mt. Scott Brockmeier started the attempt with Matt, but was unable to complete the traverse. I will provide occasional updates via Instagram but will focus primarily on moving down the trail. Like during my PCT run I will use a tracker that updates my location every 4 minutes. _ 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. 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. Update on 7/19: Harvey finished the AT today in 49d15h or so, the 8th fastest time to date. www.kristianultra.com, Messenger The accomplishments and contributions from Heather Anderson, Scott Jurek, Joe McConaughy, Karl Meltzer, Jennifer Pharr-Davis, and Karel Sabbe provide tremendous inspiration. Along with the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail, it is one of the "Big 3" National Scenic Trails. These early FKTs were finally blown away by Ward Leonard's 60.5 thru-hike (self-supported) in 1990 (see below). Most people today are pantywaist. In embarking on and sharing about this journey, I would like to deliver my own message of perseverance and hope. Our CFC number: 12230. Tue, 06/25/2019 - 02:43am. Our Tax ID number: 526046689. This short documentary follows Joe as he sets out to hike 50 miles a day, in order to break the FKT for the Appalachian Trail. 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. 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. The reason of the attempt is pretty simple: I love running and I love adventures. 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. 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. ... 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. 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. View map at RoadID.com/WheresHarvey. I would like to address that this thru-hike is happening in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Liz Anjos Administrator My name is Kristian Morgan, I am officially announcing my attempt to go for the supported north bound FKT on the Appalachian Trail. 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. It is with great respect and humility that I make this attempt. - Emma Gatewood, first solo female AT thru-hiker (1955), "Every morning it's wonderful, every evening I want to quit." John L. (Cactus Jack) Senter and Instagram: "After a couple hours It stopped raining. 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. 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 The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is a 501c3 organization. Katahdin in Maine on June 27th and I will continue southbound (SOBO) until I reach Springer Mountain in Georgia. There is a rich history of hard-charging endurance athletes and AT ambassadors who have advanced this challenge to what it is today. 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. After my PCT run they asked very detailed questions like "Why were you running at 40mph on day 29 in the evening?" Thanks! The Appalachian Trail runs from Maine to Georgia stretching 2,190 miles through 14 states. 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. I wanted someone else there to share everything with, good and bad. It is roughly the distance between Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., as the crow flies. May 10, 2015. 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. 3. For the first time in 51 days, 16 hours, and 30 minutes, Liz âMercuryâ Anjos stopped on the Appalachian Trail. 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. kristianultra@… 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, .. Progress will be tracked with a Garmin Inreach Explorer every 10 minutes and can be found at https://us0-share.inreach.garmin.com/T5KKA Joe McConaughy | Appalachian Trail FKT and Ultrarunning eric schranz September 14, 2017 Podcasts. May 10, 2015. Sat, 01/26/2019 - 11:05am. 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. karelsabbe Hugh MacMullan IV Episode 20. Itâs more likely â¦ This site is an awesome resource to remind us all to get back to nature and experience everything that comes along with it. "The trail has a way of answering the questions you most need answered, even if you are afraid to ask." Pete Palmer: 48 days 20 hours 11 â¦ February 25, 2019 Doug Williams A great example of this is the Appalachian Trail. These trips established stylistic norms and also guidelines for FKT aspirants. The record is currently held by Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy (@thestring.bean) who finished the 2,191 miles in 45d 12h 15m last August. Episode 20: Candice Burt - 200mi race creator and Wonderland Trail FKT-holder. He did a phenomenal job and leaves a daunting legacy. Sat, 07/07/2018 - 02:32am. He will move into his adapted home built by Homes for Our Troops next week. They did not ask where or for how long, as they knew she was resilient and would take care of herself. It took 45 days, 22 hours, and 38 minutes, but today (Sunday, September 18, 2016) ultra-runner Karl Meltzer broke the record for the fastest supported thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. ], "Grandma" Emma Gatewood was the first woman to thru-hike the AT alone. It was McConaughyâs 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 â¦ I had hoped I’d stop being miserable after it stopped raining, but that wasn’t the case. I will start July 1st at 4am. - Chris Bakwin (AT hiker, 2017), Here's a rough timeline of speed trips. Denton L. (Whiskey Tango) Akers Jr, kristianultra@… 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. This is his third and final attempt to run the 3,524km (2,188 miles) in record time. Wide-open vistas beyond the footpath offer respite and are essential to the Wild East. I will be hiking/running the trail self supported Southbound and am aiming to start on the 23rd or 24th of July. 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." 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. 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. Admin note: Eric's InReach stopped sending signals in the morning of July 1. I would like to say I have learned so much from Karel and his amazing strength as a runner. On July 7th, beginning from the southern terminus on Springer Mountain, I’m attempting a supported FKT on the Appalachian Trail. My motto is, "Carry as little as possible. My name is Henry Wakley from McCoy, VA. Scroll down on the Q&A page of the website for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and youâll find the followingâvery reasonableâquestion: If hiking the Appalachian Trail is so hard, why would I want to do it? 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). My live tracking info has been shared privately with the site runners at Fastest Known Time. 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. Ultrarunner Karl Meltzer has long dreamed of setting the speed record for crossing the USA's Appalachian Trail. Sat, 07/20/2019 - 09:13am. 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. Sun, 07/05/2020 - 06:34am. Warren Doyle lowered the overall AT record to 66 days, supported at road crossings by his father during much of the hike. David Horton is a long haul veteran the fastest appalachian trails. My thru-hike will be supported by educator and hiker Warren Doyle, who set an endurance record on the trail in 1973 and has set an informal record for hiking the entire trail the most times (18). And counting. Many thanks to everyone who contributes their time to the FKT website and Buzz's podcast. 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. He'll probably join us for a weekend as well which would be awesome. 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. hawkeye2180 Using a Garmin Inreach with tracking updates every 10 minutes. At 2,189 miles, the Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. This adventure will be conducted with great reverence to the Appalachian Trail and especially those that have attempted a FKT there. The Appalachian Trail Conservancyâs mission is to protect, manage, and advocate for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. 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. cactusjack 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. The Long Start to the Journey by â¦ Watch now on YouTube. âThe Appalachian Trailâs 2,189 miles, thru-hikers gain and lose over 464,464 ft., or more than 89 milesâ So we are not talking about flat ground any longer. I’m posting today to announce my intention to start an attempt at the speed record for the AT. The live-tracking website will be www.ATspeedrecord.com . He averaged about 50 miles a day and completed the â¦ Clare "Star" Olson Olympia, Washington, Admin note: Clare stopped after about 9 days. 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. The attempt will be unsupported; I'm aiming for 21-24 hours. 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.). Watch later Stringbean tells the story Joe as he attempts to break the speed record on the Appalachian Trail. I'm Karel Sabbe from Belgium and I'm a 28 year old hiker / ultrarunner. I also have the possibility of being record holder of both A.T. and P.C.T. 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." I am finalizing some logistics and am already up in Maine not far from Katahdin. It may not be a ânormalâ look at life on the trail, but it will undoubtedly leave you craving miles. "I found things in the woods that I didn’t know I was looking for..." - Jennifer Pharr Davis 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. Karel thank you for the inspiration you inspired in me and for setting the standard so high. 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). The Long Start to the Journey Joe âStringbeanâ McConaughy began the trail on July 17th at 6:31 am EST in Georgia, where he hiked the trail from South to North. Episode 21: Paddy O'Leary - East Bay Skyline Trail. I'm tying the adventure in with a weekend visit to friends - wish me luck! By Jennifer Pharr Davis Scenic Views. 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? The magazine gave her the impression of easy walks and clean cabins at the end of each day's walk. This attempt will be done as a team and self supported. Joe 'Stringbean' McConaughy set a new record on the Appalachian Trail today, beating both unsupported and supported times. Posted in r/AppalachianTrail by u/gramps14 â¢ 35 points and 30 comments On July 19th, Dan Binde summited Mount Katahdin in Maine, the northernmost stop on the Appalachian Trail and claimed an FKT (fastest known time). You can follow my journey using the following link and PW: https://share.garmin.com/EricStrumpf / ATFKT2018. The Run For Colin crew reunites for an epic road trip down the Pacific Coast Highway – completing two ultramarathons in one week. hawkeye2180 Our campaign will begin from the southern terminus at Springer Mountain in the predawn hours on Sunday June 9th. Going for overall FKT (with assistance) on the AT leaving at first light, 5:56am from Springer Mountain on Wednesday, May 30th, 2018. “I promise we’ll never have to hike again after we reach Kahtahdin,” I whispered to myself.". I will be heading southbound and using Gaia GPS to track my progress. FKT routes can be anywhere from minutes in length to multi-week journeys, such as Joe McConaughy's 45 day traverse of the entire Appalachian Trail. I think the A.T. is a unique trail and I look forward to hike/run it. 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. Through my InReach I can also message my father and he will update these messages to Twitter. Karl Meltzer 2016 Appalachian Trail FKT Transcript. The Appalachian Trail (AT) runs 2,189 (in 2015) miles from Georgia to Maine. Thank you to all those who have been helping me in preparation for this attempt, I do not see this as my attempt but OUR attempt. Episode 19: FKTOY Final Results. One of the most beloved trails in the United States, the AT weaves through 14 states from Georgia to Maine with over â¦ [Click here if you canât see the video above.] But choose that little with care." If you feel so moved, please contribute at: https://www.myhfotusa.org/ATChallenge. The attempt will be unsupported; I'm aiming for 21-24 hours. In addition I will track everything on Strava and will upload to Strava when cell service allows. Inside an FKT Attempt on the Appalachian Trail Liz "Mercury" Anjos just completed a mid-pandemic thru-hike of the ATâwith the help of a small, dialed support squad and a van named Pegasus. Stringbean tells the story Joe as he attempts to break the speed record on the Appalachian Trail. On Bakwinâs FKT proboards website, the discussion about FKTs on the Appalachian Trail received 55,000 viewsânearly 10 times the usual numbers. Much progress was made throughout the early 1930âs as trails were blazed in West Virginia, Virginia and Connecticut. 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). We, John L. Senter and Denton L. Akers Jr, are formally announcing a fastest known time attempt northbound on the Appalachian Trail. Â¦ episode 22: `` after a couple hours it stopped raining clare. 27 miles behind end of day 18, but was unable to complete the traverse, as knew! 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