Route: Hundred Mile Wilderness (ME)

Maine, US
Description  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,[1] 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.


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. I'll also be updating my instagram, @elmatador.witt, whenever possible. Wish me luck! 


El Matador

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'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!