FKT: Dan "Knotts" Binde - Appalachian Trail - 2017-07-19

Gender
Male
Route Variation
Northbound
Style
Self-supported
Start Date (Optional)
Finish Date
Time (duration)
53d 22h 57m
Photos
Notes

Dan "Knotts" Binde claimed a new overall thru-hiker FKT of 53d22h57m (northbound), but so far this is unverified. Binde carried a SPOT tracker, but there were problems with the device and there are large gaps in the record, which is archived on trackleaders.com. Binde posted his daily miles and an account of his SPOT problems here. However, the report doesn't match up with the SPOT data in some important ways. Also, the SPOT data clearly show a first point on Springer Mtn at 17:28:30Z on 26 May 2017, and a last point on Katahdin at 17:00:35Z on 19 July 2017, for a total time of 53d23h32m - 35min longer than Binde's claim. With the help of others in the AT community, Bill Townsend ("Just Bill") did a detailed investigation of Binde's claim, and issued a 10-page report (also summarized on whiteblaze.net) which concluded that the evidence was inconclusive. Additional discussion of this is on the whiteblaze.net forum, which is devoted to all things AT. Kathryn Miles wrote a piece for outsideonline.com about Binde's claim. Here's an interview with Binde. This situation highlights the need for different types of verification data, including real-time satellite tracking, time- and geo-located photos, and a detailed notes taken during the trip.