New Long Trail Overall and Men’s Unsupported FKT on the 273 mile Vermont Long Trail - 4 days, 23 hours and 56 minutes ⛰⚡️. His effort raises the bar on through-hiking speed to an almost unfathomable level. Hiking unsupported meets all the requirements of the FKT and the additional requirements of Un-supported. However, this was an self-supported hike, so Meltzer’s time remains as the fastest supported hike. One of the biggest challenges of going unsupported, Anderson says, was dealing with business hours. . route is notable and distinct enough so that others may be interested in repeating He also provided GearJunkie with a private link to his SPOT GPS tracking device for verification of his endeavor. As setting FKT’s misses the point of hiking these places, where slowing down and enjoying the view is the essence of the adventure. I start my Long Trail FKT at 6:30 am in the morning, unsupported, southbound. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester. So I took the day of running – and hiked instead! Watch: Stringbean—The Appalachian Trail in Record Time "Stringbean" set the unsupported FKT of the Appalachian Trail in 2017. Stringbean’s new record shatters previous FKT’s. Hoping to be at DWG by 9am on Monday. Don’t let me down Stringbean, get that shit. Only one in four completes the journey. The previous unsupported speed record of 5 days, 23 hours, 48 minutes was set in 2019 by Jeff “Legend” Garmire, who has set multiple Fastest Known Time records on long-distance trails including the Pinhoti Trail and Arizona Trail (both of which have since been surpassed). Completing the trail at 50 miles per day is next-level endurance. 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? My Appalachian Trail unsupported record attempt this summer lasted little … It’s gonna be hard. 14:40/44.7 miles. Today, the modern era requires documentation. This is how I felt ha. Epic. Before GPS, speed records were simply taken at word. Support us! “I had to rearrange my schedule a few times for that.”. Your support is critical for keeping our website free and delivering the most current news, the most in-depth stories and the best photography in the running world. Would love your thoughts, please comment. That's insane! For more info on Housatonic Meadows State Park, click here. The John Muir Trail (JMT) is the OG Fastest Known Time (FKT). Her July 6 through July 8 effort bettered the overall women’s FKT of 59:36 set by Meghan Hicks in 2016.. Inside an FKT Attempt on the Appalachian Trail. For 20 years Trail Runner has committed to excellence and authenticity. Hikers and fans keep these unofficially. 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. At various road crossings, she would leave the trail, walk into town and pick them up. I am beyond words. Last Thursday, September 24, Heather “Anish” … Continue reading "Thru-Hiker Sets New Unsupported Record for Appalachian Trail" Anyone who’s hiked or run the 273 mile Long Trail knows it is a unique beast. Earlier this month, Joe McConaughy stepped off the trail in Maine after demolishing the Fastest Known Time (FKT) for the 2,200-ish mile Appalachian Trail. 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. GearJunkie may earn a small commission from affiliate links in this article. Matt Kirk, a 32-year-old school teacher, set a new self-supported* FKT on the 2,185-mile-long Appalachian Trail and became the first to do it under 60 days with his finish of 58 days, 9 hours, 40 minutes. Maybe more remarkably, it also means that, under his own power and without outside support, McConaughy beat renowned ultrarunner Karl Meltzer’s record set in 2016 of 45 days, 22 hours, and 38 minutes. #thestringbean #appalachiantrail #fastestknowntime #hikertrash #heartbreakhillrc #trailanimaltunningclub #everybodyrun Please note that all posts have been backdated to deter any assistance on the trail, as that would jeopardize the self supported rules, A post shared by Joe McConaughy (@thestring.bean) on Aug 3, 2017 at 3:28pm PDT. He competed in cross country and track and field for Boston College. My time to the Kennebec was 2 days, 15 hours, so he’s got it as long as nothing stupid happens. Peter Bakwin, manager of the FKT Proboards, wrote a 10-page report explaining why the record was not verified. I put in maybe 10-20 minutes total of running towards the end of the day, so we will see how tomorrow turns out. Anderson, a 34-year-old personal trainer, accomplished her feat unsupported: no van, no crew, no help, period. : so, my knee is now swollen and not letting me run. Doing it self-supported, just a man and the trail, boggles the mind. . In this case, it appears that Stringbean amassed a strong body of evidence supporting his record claim. “Sometimes a place is open 9 to 5 and I can’t get there until 6, or if you get in at 10 you have to hang out overnight to pick up your package,” she says. I was lucky enough to catch Unsupported during the Trail In Motion Film Festival international tour, and the documentary also showed at the Trail Running Film Festival held in Seattle in 2018. We don’t have a paywall and you don’t have to be a member to access thousands of articles, photos and videos. Enter before February 8th for your chance to win. With my right leg now cleared up from the swelling, my left quad joined the action. Joe 'Stringbean' McConaughy set a new record on the Appalachian Trail today, beating both unsupported and supported times. He set the fastest known time (FKT) on the Pacific Crest Trail and the Appalachian Trail.. His Appalachian Trail record was truly astounding because (at the time he finished the trail) his unsupported record was faster than any supported record! trailrunnermag.com is completely free. Joe 'Stringbean' McConaughy is a young legend in the thru-hiking community. Good luck, hopefully not too much of the trail … I’m calling it #deflategate, thank you @kylerevitt . That’s almost eleven hours faster than the supported speed record set by professional ultrarunner Karl Meltzer in 2016, and nine days faster than the unsupported speed record set by Heather “Anish” Anderson in 2015. To summarize, the type of FKT is based on how much support the athlete has during their attempt. Earlier this summer, Dan “Knotts” Binde claimed a new record of 53 days, 22 hours, 57 minutes. Those who have hiked long trails like the Appalachian Trail watch in wonder at those who can speed over the rugged terrain at such a blazing pace. If he does, it’s one of the great adventure milestones of the year. Kirk broke the 20-year-old record, set by Ward Leonard, of 60.5 days. almost out of the junk, if not already. Heather Anderson bested the previous record by four days Courtesy of Heather Anderson There is another new speed record on the Appalachian Trail (AT). 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. 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.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 set last year. Unsupported also means unaccompanied (no pacers). On Sun, May 27, 2018, I completed an unsupported Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the 150mi Fremont National Recreation Trail in 57 hours 37 minutes. Each year, thousands of people begin hiking it. An epic FKT. He was 23 years old at the time. That said, even Meltzer cheered for Stringbean’s success as he neared the end of the epic endeavor. Alex Kurt Most thru-hikers complete the trail in 4 to 6 months, some manage 2 to 3 months, and an even smaller, elite class of hikers are capable of completing it in under 2 months. Katie kindly carries the bag to the start and remarks that the bag is outrageously heavy, giving me a lot of confidence pre-trail. 1 collegiate runner. The Appalachian Trail is a 2,185 mile footpath running from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. Congrats to Stringbean on this accomplishment. ), This summer, Scott Jurek made headlines for covering the AT in just over 46 days, fully supported, setting a new overall record by about three hours. He hiked the 2,190-mile route in an unofficial fastest known time (FKT) of 45 days, 12 hours, 15 minutes. I will be heading southbound and using Gaia GPS to track my progress. The Fastest Known Time is now 41 days 7 hours 39 minutes, which is over 4 days faster than the previous record, held by an incredibly strong and unsupported @thestring.bean. He wrote the following on Stringbean’s instagram: meltzerkarl finishing time prediction: 11:24pm Thursday night. He averaged about 50 miles a day and completed the journey in an unsupported fashion. If verified by community-recognized officials who manage FKTs (and it likely will be), Stringbean’s hike beats both the self-supported and supported records. Had to start walking after 10 miles and just trudged. He ran several events from the 800 meters to the 3,000 meters steeplechase. The unsupported FKT was a fast 32:12 but I figured I could beat it. However, his hike came with an asterisk. 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Grayson Cobb attempted to break the Appalachian Trail unsupported record FKT by hiking the trail as a backpacker in under 58 days in the summer of 2015. Heather Anderson and Matt Kirk set unsupported records. Over 2000 years later there is still some truth in that sentence. You may unsubscribe at any time. The Nolan’s 14 line is a link-up of 14 mountains in excess of 14,000 feet in elevation. And she says she did it unsupported. Which leg is tweaked? Anderson’s time was 4 days 1 hour 52 minutes faster than the previous unsupported (or self-supported) record, set in 2013 by Matt Kirk, according to the Fastest Known Time website. He averaged about 50 miles per day without outside assistance. It’s an undertaking that shows remarkable human endurance and mental fortitude. Hoping this is nothing more than a short hold up. We’ll watch to see if Bakwin verifies this attempt. At 05:40am on Saturday, August 1st, Chaski Coach and HOKA pro athlete Mike Wardian set off for an attempt at the un-supported Fastest Known Time (FKT - an unofficial record on a common trail) across the Shenandoah National Park stretch of the Appalachian Trail. Like many thru-hikers, she addressed packages full of food and supplies to herself, then mailed them to (she estimates) 15 businesses along the way. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Day 24: Conodoguinet Creek (1132.9) to Remnants of Yellow Springs Village (1171.7). “Some charge a small fee, but some hold packages for free.”. It is amazing what you can accomplish when you are diligent and directed, although some easy terrain in the first half helped! Our editorial and design team—and all of our contributors—are trail runners just like you who love the sport and want to share all the great things it has to offer. 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