https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hundred-Mile_Wilderness: The Hundred-Mile Wilderness is the section of the Appalachian Trail running between Abol Bridge just south of Baxter State Park and Monson in the state of Maine. It is generally considered the wildest section of the Appalachian Trail, and one of the most challenging to navigate and traverse. This section of the A.T. is crossed by several logging roads and is maintained by the Maine Appalachian Trail Club. It consists of a small corridor of protected wilderness surrounded by large tracts of public and private land controlled by paper companies. An increasing amount of the adjoining lands are being protected by groups like the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Nature Conservancy.
Sorry if this has been addressed elsewhere, but isn't the 100-mile wilderness well under 100 miles? Or do I have the course wrong? Does it end atop Khatadin?
I wouldn't trust google maps to show the correct distance for a footpath. Look at the FKT reports. Rob Erskine's GPS track shows 95 miles. And, no, it does not go to Katahdin.
Hello! I wanted to officially declare that I'm going to attempt to set a new overall FKT for the Hundred Mile Wilderness section of the Appalachian Trail, starting at sun-up on Monday, Sept. 10th. I also wanted to humbly notify Rob Erskine, Josh Katzman, and Robert Rives that I will be attempting to break their records. I will be traveling SOBO, and I'll be unsupported. I plan to track my attempt using a SPOT tracker, and I'll post a public link to view my attempt, in real-time, this Sunday. I'll also be taking photos and videos to help verify my attempt, and I'll be sure to write a detailed report at the end. I also plan to share moments during the hike on my social media page, when I have cell reception. (Instagram - ElMatador.Witt) I plan to finish the section regardless of whether I fall off FKT pace or not. Thanks to those that did this before for the inspiration.
El Matador (Witt Wisebram) AT '03, PCT '15, CDT '17, AZT '17, NPT '18, Ultra-Marathoner
Hello everyone! So, I changed my plans to adjust for a storm that seems to be coming in the next couple of days. I will be starting my attempt today, 9.9.2018, at around 1:00pm. I will still be heading sobo from Abol Bridge to Monson. I have my SPOT set to track every 30 minutes, and I'll also be using STRAVA Beacon as a back-up. You can follow my progress on my public SPOT page here. https://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0d7xaquEOl7sBKKcGcqxntd8QKAimMziT. I'll also be updating my instagram, @elmatador.witt, whenever possible. Wish me luck!
New unsupported FKT set! 34 hours 11 minutes and 55 seconds. Data and run report coming soon.
Wow well done! Can't wait to read the trail report. What's next??
Could you also edit the run type from "Long Run" to "Race" in your Strava activity? "Long Run" filters out sub-2mph pace and makes the analysis weird.
There are no recorded female times for this route, I believe I was first woman to go sub 48 hours. I completed the Hundred Mile Wilderness with my husband, gIANt Parlin, we received support at 6 locations.
I started my sub-48hr supported attempt at 4:14am Saturday, September 15 at the Monson AT trailhead and completed the trail at 1:14am Monday, September 17 at the Abol Bridge trailhead. I received support at 7 locations. And yes, I crossed paths with Gnarls Barclay and gIANt Parlin about ten miles into the attempt and was happy to see another woman out there. I'm sure many more will follow as this is an excellent and worthy trail adventure! [My digital documentation is spotty however I have lots of photos and witnesses to my adventure and will write up a full blog post soon - link to follow.]
Hi! I’m officially attempting the Unsupported Hundred Mile Wilderness FKT NoBo. I’m currently thru hiking the Appalachian Trail. I wanted to give a heads up that I will be attempting the FKT. I’m still unsure of exactly when I will start since I’m just about to reach the Vermont state line tomorrow. As of right now, I’m planning on starting in Monson either 7.13.19 or 7.14.19. I will be using my DeLorme inReach to track my attempt. I will be taking pictures/videos and post on my Instagram(rabbit.foot) story when I get service to verify my attempt besides the inReach. I will farther notify the start date and time once the time gets closer. I want to let Witt Wisebram know that I will be attempting to break record.
Be in touch soon,
Aubrey “Rabbit Foot” Dawson
I forgot to mention that I will also be using Strava as well for a backup while using my inReach.
Update: I will be doing my attempt on Tuesday the 9th at 3am. Had to move it sooner due to the weather for the next 3-4 days afterwards
I'll be attempting this route starting tomorrow around 5am. My spot tracker is https://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0ybTNYtU49…
I will I'll also use a gps watch
this will be a supported attempt
I'm also publicly notifying the good sir erskine that his record is probably quite safe but I'll still do my best and likely only help underscore how impressive his 2013 run really was!
Hi all! I want to officially declare that I'm going to attempt to set a new unsupported FKT for the Hundred Mile Wilderness section of the Appalachian Trail, starting around 9AM on Thursday, Sept. 26. I want to humbly notify Witt Wisebram that I will be attempting to break his record. For this attempt, I will be traveling NOBO. I will be tracking my attempt using a Garmin InReach Mini, and will post the link to follow along on my journey. I will also be using Strava Beacon so I can have multiple forms of verification. Additionally, I'll be taking photos and videos of my attempt, and I'll write a detailed report at the end after some much-needed sleep. I’m inspired by all those that set current and previous records on this section of trail— thank you. I can’t wait to get back to those white blazes.
Hello! I will attempt to set the female unsupported FKT record starting early morning this upcoming Saturday (June 13, 2020) from Monson/Rt 15, heading north. I will be recording my route with a SPOT tracker and Gaia- I will post my spot tracker link shortly. Following the attempt, I will write up a detailed report and provide photo documentation.
I want to acknowledge that I am definitely not the first womxn to complete this route unsupported, as AT hikers have been doing that for ages, but I am excited to have the opportunity to try to set the first "official" female unsupported fkt. Also, thank you Charlotte for your detailed report on your supported trip- it has provided much inspiration.
On Sunday morning at 7am I left the trail at Jo Mary Road after experiencing left knee/IT band pain for the last 25 miles or so. I covered the 57ish miles in 25 hours, unsupported. I will write up my trail report and post it here, in an effort to share some of the knowledge learned from the trail:) I am excited to try for the record again at some point!
Nice work! I hope you will try again!
Hi everyone! Thank you for all of the inspiring efforts both for this section and on the site as a whole.
On Saturday June 20 between 6-9 am I will begin my attempt at an unsupported speed hike of the Hundred Mile Wilderness, north bound from route 15 to abol bridge. I’m not confident that I have what it takes for an FKT but I want to leave the door open to the possibility.
Endless gratitude to Poet and Hippy Chick at Shaw’s hiker hostel- the true Hostel Kings of Maine. The15 hour days picking blueberries for the endless pancakes has provided me with the necessary cross training to make this a success. Living out of last years hiker box helped too. :)
Big thanks to El Matador as well as Rob Rives and Jack Katzman for setting the bar and being all around super cool dudes.
Also huge thanks and congrats to Katelyn Star Mann for paving the way for this attempt and being a general BA.
A detailed report of my quarantine training cycle in Monson and breakdown of the event to follow.
Spot tracker: https://maps.findmespot.com/s/1CYQ
Hi y’all- I bailed at the KI road- about 50k in- heat in the 90s and tech problems pushed me to drop the effort. I am considering another attempt in the coming weeks.
34 hrs is stout! El matador is king!!!
I keep messing this link up- on my first comment, click on the DNJJ section of the link and you will be able to view.
Hello all! I am making my attempt for first female unsupported on Aug 1st! Training in the heat lately is brutal but I’m sure it will pay off.
Hi all! Me again, coming back for more. I want to officially declare that I'm going to attempt to set a new unsupported FKT for the Hundred Mile Wilderness section of the Appalachian Trail, starting around 8AM on Saturday, August 1 2020. I have humbly notified Witt Wisebram that I will be attempting to break his record. For this attempt, I will be traveling NOBO. I will be tracking my attempt using a Garmin InReach Mini, and will post the link to follow along on my journey on my Instagram page. I will also be tracking with Strava and with my Garmin watch so I can have multiple forms of verification. Additionally, I'll be taking photos and videos of my attempt, and I'll actually write a detailed report at the end this time. Barring a serious injury, I am excited to finish the route regardless of my time, FKT or not. I’m inspired by all those that set current and previous records on this section of trail— thank you.
On Saturday, September 5th, 2020 (weather pending), I will be going for a self-supported FKT on the 100 Mile Wilderness.
I will not have a crew. But I will be leaving a resupply cache at the Jo Mary Road crossing when I pass by.
Based on this forum, it appears this will be the only (documented) self-supported attempt. All other attempts have been unsupported or supported.
So, I look forward to setting at least some sort of time standard for this style.
I wrote more details about the plan here: https://www.strava.com/athletes/12412496/posts/11425087?_branch_match_id=825721022091180168
Finn "Politician" Melanson (NOBO AT '14)
Got it! New unsupported FKT. 29 hours 18 minutes.
Congrats Finn! I've been hoping someone would lower the overall FKT for several years now. Well done, especially unsupported!
And thank you, Rob!
Taking another crack at it this morning around 6:00 am est. last minute for reasons I’ll have time to explain later. This time I will be unsupported. Here is the link to my spot https://maps.findmespot.com/s/M92N/2T
How did it go?
I'll be going NOBO (Monson to Abol Bridge) on the Hundred Mile Wilderness this Saturday (10/10) seeing if I can still move like I did when I went SOBO 7 years ago. The run will be supported with plenty of extra "trail magic", especially for those final NOBO AT 2020 thru-hikers. Sorry no live tracking but I'll log my run to a gpx file for verification, and will certainly have photos and a report to share. Thanks to Finn Melanson for lowering the time standard and giving me the "excuse" I needed to do this again!
Not going to happen this weekend. Probably not until next year.
Love that this route is finally getting more attention. I really think sub 24 hour is possible! Keep me posted on your next effort!
I'm attempting to get the supported FKT tomorrow. I'm going for 29hrs and running the trail Northbound. I will be starting at sunup. I will have my Garmin Inreach mini and my Garmin GPS watch tracking me. I'll post a link for my Inreach on my FB page in a minute. I have two people crewing me and will be receiving aid at multiple stops.
Taking advantage of this mild November to sneak in a supported NOBO run starting tomorrow morning. No live tracker.
I was about a day late on the mild weather but still enjoyed the awesomeness of this route from Monson to Nahmakanta Lake (73 miles) this time. I’ll hopefully be able to give it another shot next year under better conditions.
A little DNF report from my attempt 2 weeks ago. Hopefully, some good beta for others wanting to take on this awesome and beautiful challenge. Click here or go to http://brotherpine.blogspot.com/2020/11/back-to-wilderness.html
I "ran" a 37hr 45min 25sec supported northbound effort this weekend. I had little expectation of gaining any FKT this time, but this was my first time completing the wilderness northbound (NOBO). It was great to share the trail with many NOBO thru-hikers nearing the end of their journey. Rain on day 1 certainly slowed things down a bit, but I was reminded how difficult and awesome this route is. Here is the Strava link: https://www.strava.com/activities/5920847334
I will be attempting the female Supported FKT. I am starting September 13, 8am. I am going NOBO, Monson to Abol Bridge.
Tracker link: https://share.garmin.com/V4V8U (if this works, still trying to figure it out).
I completed a new supported and overall FKT, running NOBO September 13, 5:45 to September 14, 10:51am. This lowers the FKT by only 12 minutes!
Here is a link to my spot tracker: https://maps.findmespot.com/s/YTRL
I had problems with my GPS watch so official verification will hinge on time stamped photos, the spot tracker link above, and my very detailed trip report
Thank you to all the previous FKT holders on this route, particularly Adam, Rob, and Finn. You were each a huge inspiration to me.
Congrats Barry! Patience and perseverance paid off! I can tell this route means as much to you as it does to me.