FKT: Josh Sanders, Lindsay Sanders - US State Highpoints - 2015-07-12

Gender
Mixed-gender team
Route Variation
48 contiguous states
Style
Supported
Finish Date
Time (duration)
19d 7h 17m
Notes

Josh & Lindsay Sanders - 19 days, 7 hours, 17 minutes (July 2015)
Jake Meyer - 23 days, 19 hours, 31 minutes (July 2006)
Dennis Stewart & The Highpoint Hoppers - 30 days (July 1991)

On July 12th, 2015 siblings Josh and Lindsay Sanders broke the United States Highpointing (lower 48) record in a time of 19 days, 7 hours and 17 minutes.  They broke English climber Jake Meyer's (youngest man to climb the seven summits) record by 4 1/2 days.  The original record was set by Dennis Stewart and the Highpoint Hoppers in a self-supported record verified by Guinness.  Meyer's team broke the record in 2006 the year after he became the youngest man to summit the 7 summits, however, Meyer's record was heavily supported and his team did not adhere to the Guinness records guidelines.  In the Sanders' attempt, all original Guinness rules were obeyed (No 4 wheel drive, high clearance vehicles were used to gain altitude off road, no fresh drivers were used, etc).  The record was documented by GPS, photo and video which were all posted online as they crossed the country in their minivan. They documented their record attempt on social media and several regional media stations covered the record.  Links of their story are below:

www.facebook.com/thegreat40eight
www.great48.org
fox17online.com/2015/07/21/west-michigan-siblings-climb-to-world-record/
wabi.tv/2015/07/12/brother-and-sister-team-beat-u-s-climbing-record-on-mt-katahdin/
www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0eM0YNIhxA