FKT: Billy "Wahoo" Meredith - Triple Crown of Thru-Hiking (USA) - 2023-12-22

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234d 9h 55m 16s

On May 2nd 2023 I set out on a self supported effort to set the Fastest Known Time for the Calendar Year Triple Crown. While I was aiming to set the FKT, I was well aware that Cam "Squami" Honan completed the CYTC in 236 days in 2012. A time faster than both the listed supported and self supported FKTs on this website, so that was the time I was aiming to break. On 12/22/23 I completed my CYTC when I arrived at Springer Mountain after completing 7,514 miles in 234 days 9hrs 55min 18sec.  I was hoping to complete all three trails in one continuous stretch, but with the highest snow year on record in the Sierra, I opted to flip from the PCT to the CDT to allow the snow to melt in late May and got back on the PCT in August. I averaged 32 miles/day and 5,556ft of elevation gain/day to set the record, taking a total of four "zero days" along the way. For anyone interested in pursuing this attempt going forward feel free to reach out as I'm more than happy to share any lessons learned and wisdom that may help you on your journey.