I'd like to publicly announce that I will be attempting the overall unsupported fkt on the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango starting this Saturday 7/14/2018.
This will follow a traditional unsupported fkt attempt-
I will carry everything except water from start to finish.
I will not accept any trail magic, support, or outside assistance.
I will not be picking up caches or supplies at any point.
I will be on foot the entire time and accept no muleing/pacing etc.
I will be using a SPOT device to track my location at various times along the way. I will send off a location at night and some point during each day. There will be no live tracking due to battery life.
I will be posting updates on Instagram if you want to follow along (@colahikes).
I’m excited to follow behind those who have hiked before me especially those who have set/ attempted the fkt already.
Good luck Cola! Hope you have a safe and successful journey!
The CT officially reopened today.
I'd like to publicly announce that I will be attempting the overall SELF-supported FKT on the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango starting this Monday 7/16/2018. I will likely start at 0400. I will try to better the current self-supported FKT at 9d14 hrs and ideally JZ's FKT at 9d12 as it is lower than current self-supported.
This will follow a traditional self-supported "thru-hiker" FKT attempt.
I will not accept any trail magic, support, or outside assistance.
I will use mail drops, caches and businesses as necessary. I will only have a total of 3 resupplies.
I will be on foot the entire time and accept no muling/pacing etc.
I will be using an Inreach device to track my location along the way. I will likely send off a location at night. There will be live tracking as long as battery management is reasonable. For verification, I will also use a Garmin Fenix 3 which has GPS as well to backup Inreach.
My inreach link is here: https://share.garmin.com/DrDre
I am excited to go for this. It will motivate me that Cola is on route too. I will most likely never see him (he'll be 100 miles ahead when I start!) but it will be nice to have a "rabbit" way ahead of me!
JZ's time is amazing and I'm excited to try to beat it. Lets pray for rain and no more fires.
I am starting a female supported FKT attempt of the CO Trail tomorrow late afternoon in Durango. Here is the link to my DeLorme: https://share.garmin.com/SheilaHuss
I will be going from Durango to Waterton Canyon and taking the east variation in the Collegiate area. I will have plenty of witnesses, photo documentation, and written documentation in addition to the DeLorme. I posted the link on Facebook, and my husband, other crew, and friends who run with me likely will update that post with information and pictures (or create separate posts) on a regular basis.
My connection to the CO Trail is strong, and I'm really looking forward to spending the next 9ish days out there!
Sheila stopped at Carson Saddle early this morning. She was a attacked and injured by sheep dogs yesterday afternoon, and needed to have her injuries attended too. Really a shame as she seemed to be doing very well!
Hi guys, I want to announce that I am attempting an unsupported FKT attempt of the CT from Durango to Denver this July. I am going to be carrying all of my food from start to finish. There will be no outside support. I will be taking the CW route. Wish me luck!
I am planning a FKT attempt for self-supported Colorado Trail East-West w CWE route. Thru-hiker style. No outside assistance including trail magic. Will begin in Waterton, July 21, 2019. Attempting to best John Zahorian’s and Brandon Staponowich’s records. It will be a huge challenge as their times are very strong.
Hopefully, there won’t be too much avalanche debris and downed trees! I will post my inreach link so I can be tracked. I will attempt to maintain tracking whenever moving, unless I have battery life issues. I will also verify a successful FKT attempt with my Garmin watch.
Third times the charm?
Just a bit of clarification, are you attempting a SELF supported FKT or an UN supported FKT? John Zahorian holds the FKT for unsupported at 9d12h32m. Brandon Stapanowich holds the FKT for the self supported at 9d14h28m. Self supported means you would have mailed packages to resupply. Unsupported means you will have everything with you from beginning to end with no resupply or outside support whatsoever.
Are you SELF or UN supported? Also, please send your garmin Inreach link.
Hello FKT world!
I will be attempting an UNsupported FKT on the Colorado Trail beginning August 1st at 5 AM. I will be traveling from Waterton Canyon to Durango and use the Collegiate East route. I will carry all my food and supplies from start to finish and not accept any outside assistance, to include no trail magic. I have informed John Zahorian, current unsupported FKT holder, of my attempt. My attempt can be followed/verified by my Garmin Inreach device in two places:
Garmin Inreach: https://share.garmin.com/ScottJaimeColoradoTrail2019
I will also have the ability to post on Twitter (@mexifast) and FB along the way via the Garmin Inreach.
I was unable to complete my journey on the Colorado Trail. I was unprepared mentally and physically to go unsupported. My FKT attempt ended pretty early as I was only able to complete ~35 miles a day for 3 days with a much too heavy pack. I'm really intrigued to become more efficient in the mountains based on this attempt.
Big congrats to Dr. Dre for setting the Self-Supported FKT!
Good effort! I can’t imagine unsupported.
One of the main reasons I did the Colorado Trail was seeing your documentary in Durango back in the day. Great job on all your efforts. Maybe someday our paths will cross.
David is doing a great job. I hope he can continue. It’s nice to see so much activity on the record. Take care, dre’
I noticed that as of this morning David Ruttum declared a new UNsupported FKT for the Colorado Trail. However, his initial announcement said he was starting a "fully supported" attempt starting on August 4. While tracking his spot, it appears that all of his sleeps were at road crossings. Based on this as well as the language in the updates, someone else was with him likely helping him.
Given this, I wish to challenge this being the new UNsupported record. Here are David's announcements and updates [emphasis mine]:
I intend to challenge the current fully supported FKT on Colorado Trail Northbound with Colorado Trail West. I will start in Durango morning of Sunday 4 August.
Day 1 (8/04): Left Junction Creek TH about 5:00AM. David hiked until about 2AM and slept a bit at Little Molas Lake, about 72 miles.
Day 2 (8/05): Reached Hwy 149, 127.2 miles (55 for the day).
Day 3 (8/06): Hwy 114, 182.2 miles in 3 days!
Day 4 (8/07): Marshall Pass, 217.8 miles.
Day 5 (8/08): Cottonwood Pass (Collegiate West), 218 miles to go.
Day 6 (8/09): Twin Lakes, 181.2 miles to go.
Day 7 (8/10): Cataract Creek (east of Camp Hale), 134.3 miles to go.
Day 8 (8/11): N Fork Swan River, 91.4 miles to go.
Day 9 (8/12): At 10PM David took a break of less than 3 hours at Wellington Lake Rd, 40.4 miles to go. He started again around 12:45AM, leaving him about 16h45m to break John Zahorian's unsupported FKT! GO!
Day 10 (8/13): Finished at Waterton Canyon TH about 2:30PM, for a total time of about 9d9h30m ! NEW UNSUPPORTED FKT by about 3 hours!
My bad! Somehow I got it mixed up in my mind. Supported is right, so no FKT. I’ll fix that ASAP. (David made no such claim - entirely my fault.)
No worries. Thanks. :)