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"One issue with this FKT, is that it's not a well-known Route by a well-known person, so some Voters may not understand how incredibly hard it is - the numbers do not describe this."
The next Podcast will reveal the #5, #4, and #3 FKTs of 2019. One thing for sure - they won't be the same-old Routes by the same people! The first three years of FKTOY Awards saw the John Muir Trail, Nolans 14, and R2R2R win 3 Awards and the Appalachian Trail 2 - in 2019, these four towering Routes are not even on the Nominations List!
"Six Athletes had 2-3 Nominations coming into this year - in 2019 none of them were Nominated - you're going to hear about new people!"
I made a mistake in on an off-the-cuff comment I made in this podcast. Fortunately Blake Wood emailed me the correction:
"At one point you say that Nolan's 14 was developed by "Fred Nolan". You are conflating two names: Fred Vance developed it based upon a suggestion by Jim Nolan. Both were present in the first years we gave it a shot."
At about 15:20 you guys said that Shasta is in the White Mtns. Far from it - Shasta is much farther north, in the Cascades.