Admin note: The southern terminus for this FKT is Whitney Portal, even though the JMT ends at the summit of Mt. Whitney.
I lay down on a rock in the sun to warm up for a bit and I dozed off. A nice middle aged woman sat down next to me and looked at all my gear. She said, ‘Looks like you have some decisions to make.’ I said yes, I am trying to finish this trail but I have a plane to catch that I really can’t miss and tons of work to get back to and I’m trying to decide if I can/should try to make it. She replied, “Why are you here?” I went into a long explanation of how I was running the 225 mile John Muir Trail and I was doing it unsupported and I was trying to set a record. She smiled and looked at me with warm penetrating eyes, “But why are you here”. And then she just got up and walked away... -- John Stamstad, 2005 (from his report on a failed attempt at the unsupported JMT record in September 2005)
The John Muir Trail (JMT) runs 223 miles from Whitney Portal to Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley, crossing some of the most rugged and remote country in California. The JMT traverses Yosemite and Kings Canyon National Parks, and the John Muir and Ansel Adams Wilderness Areas (Inyo National Forest). The southern terminus of the JMT is "officially" on the summit of Mt. Whitney (14,495'), and hikers/runners must traverse an additional 11 miles between the summit and the trailhead at Whitney Portal (8,500 feet). Click here for a profile of the route. For FKT purposes we consider the JMT to be a TH-to-TH (pavement-to-pavement) route, but we also report Whitney summit times.
NOTE: There have been issues with people not following the "official" route. Going forward (from September 2017) we will NOT recognize any FKT that does not use the official JMT all the way. There are many places you can get off route, if you do you need to return to where you got off and continue from there. There are 3 main places where people have had confusion:
1) Red's Meadow. The JMT does NOT go to or through the campground or to the store, but stays mainly west of the Middle Fork San Joaquin River through Devil's Postpile National Monument. Follow the blue line on this map, NOT the red line.
2) Tuolumne Meadows. The JMT stays south of the campground and road, as per the blue line on this map. If you leave the JMT to go to the campground (etc.) you must return to the JMT at the same point!
3) Yosemite Valley. The JMT is on the south side of Nevada Falls. On a northbound trip you must cross the Merced above Nevada Falls at an obvious sign. DO NOT take the Mist Trail! Follow the blue line on this map, NOT the red line.
Speed attempts on the JMT have largely been done south-to-north (Whitney to Yosemite). This makes sense because the Whitney Portal TH is 4300' higher than the Happy Isles (Yosemite) TH. Also, NoBo trips get the higher, harder terrain over with earlier, while the hiker/runner is still relatively fresh. On the other hand, the majority of all JMT thru-hikes are done in the other direction (SoBo), probably because that direction allows for hikers to acclimate to the higher, southern altitudes more gradually. We report FKTs separately for each direction.
There have been many amazing, fast trips done on the JMT over decades. I have a lovely email from Mrs. Christine Speed, who's husband, Robert Speed(!), apparently set the speed record in 1948 when he was just 16 years old. Unfortunately, Mrs. Speed didn't know the time. Here's an exerpt:
I think that to hold a record in 1948 you had to at least jog the trail as late into the night as you could see, eat very little and drink out of streams. My husband was exceedingly self-reliant, fearless and needed very little in nature. He could just throw himself down anywhere on the ground and go to sleep. But someone must have timed him and obviously, his time was formally entered because he knew he had set the record. All he did say, in self deprecation, was that the record was superceded virtually immediately in the next year or two. - Christine Speed, June 15, 2005.
In the age of the internet it has become much easier to keep track of the records. Nevertheless, prior to the FKT trip of Peter Bakwin & Buzz Burrell in 2000 the actual record was murky. They concluded that Jim Knight held the record from Whitney to Yosemite (around 4.5 days), while Blake Wood held the car-to-car (from Whitney Portal) record at 4d22h, Aug. 9-13, 1998 (Jim had slept on top of Whitney.) Burrell & Bakwin beat both times on their trip (4d14h39m from Whitney Portal), but didn't reach their goal of 96 hours, car-to-car. Their trip reports are archived here. Some interesting discussion of the Portal vs. Summit issue, and other JMT items, is on at this thread.
We later learned via John Rosendahl that Don Douglass did the JMT supported in early August 1982 in 4d21h30m from Whitney Portal to Happy Isles. This time would appear to beat Blake Wood's 1998 time. The run was reported in the LA Times (8/11/1982). Douglass started with 6 companions. Nicki Lewis and David Hermitage finished the trip in 5d16h, while Greg Laval, Bob Holtel and Fred Copeland did not finish because of injuries. Lewis' time may have been the fastest by a woman up until Sue Johnston's 2007 trip, though Catra Corbett apparently did the route in 5d15h50m in 2004 as the first leg of a yo-yo (which she completed in 12d4h58m, which I think is the overall yo-yo FKT).
Peter Bakwin went back in 2003 and did 3d22h4m solo, supported, Whitney Portal to Happy Isles. His trip report is here. About a month later, Flyin' Brian Robinson failed to beat Bakwin's time due to getting lost in a sleep-deprived fog on the final night. The next year, Kevin Sawchuk ran it in 3d21h5m. The record was lowered to 3d20h0m by Sue Johnston in 2007. Johnston's time was the fastest by a woman for 10 years until Darcy Piceu's remarkable run in 2017. Michael Popov took serious stabs at Johnston's supported record in 2008 and 2009, but failed both times.
There have also been many fast unsupported trips on the JMT. Some unsupported people have liked to keep their times from the summit of Whitney, rather than the Whitney Portal (car-to-car) terminus preferred by supported runners, which can make for some confusion. Reinhold Metzger claimed the record for a long time, beating his own records from time to time, with a best time of 5d7h45m (Mt. Whitney to Happy Isles, 2004). However, it turns out that John Rosendahl did a faster trip way back in 1988 (Aug. 25-30), hiking solo, unsupported and uncached from Whitney Portal to Happy Isles in 5d7h50m. Rosendahl's trip was reported in the Los Angeles Times (10/3/1988), the Irvine World News (9/29/1988), and the Sierra Club Newsletter (Dec. 1988). Mark Davis hiked solo and unsupported from Whitney Portal to Happy Isles in 5d10h8m (5d5h18m from the summit), starting on August 18, 2008 -- a fast time but not faster than Rosendahl. Davis' report is very instructive for anyone wishing to try this, so I am quoting it extensively here:
I departed Whitney Portals at 5:10 a.m. on August 14, 2008. I hiked to the Summit of Mt Whitney in 4 1/2 hours and departed at 10:00 a.m. Kept hiking till midnight and camped at Rae Lakes. The next day I felt tired going over Pinchot and Mather passes, and camped on the Kings River. The third day went better. I made it over Muir and Seldon passes. This was my favorite part of the whole trail and I hope to go back there someday to explore. The fourth day also went great and I made it to Devils Postpile for the night. Leaving Devils Postpile the next day, I came upon a small wildfire, attempted to put it out as best I could and called 911 with my cell phone - which worked! I felt very good about doing something to protect this gorgeous wilderness. That afternoon my left leg developed a horrendous cramp and I limped into Tuolumne Meadows for the night. The next morning I felt a little better and hiked the 24 miles to Happy Isles, where I was surprised to find the bridge missing. My wife and kids met me here and took me down to Cathedral Beach so I could soak the dirt off of my feet and drink a beer. My total time on the JMT was 5 days, 5 hours and 18 minutes (not that I was keeping track). This was a very exciting and challenging 5 days...and I'm thinking about doing it agian. Also, I like the way it removed my "love handles". Through the whole trip I had doubts about being able to finish this trail and I was pleased every time I passed an exit trail and kept going. This helped build my confidence and made me feel real good. - Mark Davis
Davis' starting pack weight was 18 lbs, including 10 lbs of food, which consisted entirely of the Hammer Nutrition sports drinks Perpetuem and Recoverite. In his report he discusses the bear canister issue -- Davis did not carry one.
What is this disgusting yellow crap I'm coughing up? Should I be concerned? -- Brett Maune, hours after completing his JMT record.
Speed trips on the JMT have generated in some amazing stories. In the honorable mention category, John Tidd did the JMT north-to-south starting at Happy Isles at 4:14 a.m. on September 1, 2017. Tidd made it to within about 400 yards and 350 vertical feet of the Whitney summit, but then turned around at 4:07 a.m. on September 4 (just under 3 days) due to being unable to find the summit in the dark & fog, exacerbated by wind and fatigue. Had he been able to continue to the summit normally (or waited until daylight???) he would clearly have bested Panilat's Summit-TH time of 3d4h30m, and almost certainly the overall TH-to-TH FKT as well. Below, Tidd sums it up as follows: "Alone near the summit with no moon, no cell phone battery and in very windy and foggy conditions with poor sense of balance from limited visibility and fatigue and I could not find the summit and after going to what seemed to be the end of the trail (a large block of rock blocked or marked the end of the trail) I could not find any indication of where the summit was and turned around. Comparing GPS files I seemed to have been 125 meters of elevation from the summit. I was warm with my puffy jacket but sitting put and waiting for others or daylight never entered my mind." Tidd posted a detailed trip report on his Facebook and here (which is on page 13 of this thread). We note that Tidd took a route variation through Reds Meadow, and was off of the official JMT route in that area for about 2 miles, which would certainly have generated controversy had he completed the JMT and claimed the FKT.
Sleep deprivation is a pretty fascinating thing. Everything I could see was moving, even the rocks, they just kept shifting around... The mind also has an interesting way of coping with stress. I was starting to get a couple of blisters but in my mind they weren’t mine — they were someone else’s The one on my right heel belonged to a girl at the office which is even more strange because I don’t work in an office. I kept getting mad at her “would someone please tell her to stop smashing that blister, it hurts like hell!”, or “my god do I have to stop and bandage that for her again? Can’t she do anything herself?" -- John Stamstad, 2005
2020 Note: Everyone has amazing stories! The life of Don Douglass is a remarkable story in itself. He passed away at his home in Anacortes, WA on December 8, 2018.
Another story of the Nüümü Poyo
|François D'Haene||2d 19h 26m 0s|
|Leor Pantilat||3d 7h 36m 0s|
|Mike Wolfe, Hal Koerner||3d 12h 41m 0s|
|Kevin Sawchuk||3d 21h 5m 0s|
|Peter Bakwin||3d 22h 4m 0s|
|Peter Bakwin, Buzz Burrell||4d 14h 39m 0s|
|Blake Wood||4d 22h 0m 0s|
|Aurelien Sanchez||3d 3h 55m 10s|
|Andrew Bentz||3d 10h 59m 0s|
|Brett Maune||3d 14h 13m 0s|
|Michael Popov||4d 5h 25m 0s|
|John Rosendahl||5d 7h 50m 0s|
|Jeff Garmire||3d 0h 47m 56s|
|Joe "Stringbean" McConaughy||3d 1h 0m 34s|
|Kurt Achtenhagen||Flagged||4d 8h 12m 0s|
|Thomas Nelson||4d 8h 27m 0s|
|Ralph Burgess||4d 8h 43m 0s|
|Whit Rambach||6d 7h 54m 0s|
|Rod Farvard||3d 16h 2m 0s|
|Ashly Winchester||6d 4h 13m 0s|
|Jacqueline Florine||6d 12h 27m 0s|
This Saturday, 8/18/18 around 5.00 AM I’m headed out on an unsupported South to North run at the JMT. Goal 1 is to finish, goal B is to go sub 4 days, and the tertiary goal is to match Andy Bentz’ time of 3d 10h59m from Portal to Happy Isles. I’ll be tracking here:
P.S. My SPOT is strapped to my pack, which I’m planning to leave at the trail crest junction when I go up and tag Mt. Whitney, so you won’t see any dots at the summit. I’ll take some pics from the top in case verification is in question.
Honorable mention goes to Sean Ranney for the 3rd fastest unsupported time of 3d14h17m, just 4 minutes off Brett Maune's 2009 time! His trip was followed on backpackinglight.com. Here's Sean's brief account (8/22):
Just got home, wanted to give a few details since I’ve had some questions. Thanks a ton for all the support, it’s exciting to see people interested in our silly endeavors. I’m ecstatic with how things turned out, based on last year’s trip I figured 4 days would be a stretch and had put the record basically out of my mind. Not that I wasn’t doing the math on the trail, but I far exceeded what I had set out to do.
I’ll put together a full trip report in (hopefully) the next few weeks, but here’s the basics:
Felt great this year, enjoyed about 80% of the trip, with 15% of it meh and 5% as “I’m so $#&@^$# over this”. Last year the ratios was probably 30/40/30. Enjoying myself certainly produced faster times. Yes, I jogged whatever downhills I could, even if it was only 10-20′. I’m (comparatively) not that fast of a walker so this is where I was able to make up time. I had a starting weight of 14.5#, 9 of which was food, and stashed my poles in my pack for the downhills so I wasn’t tempted to use them to slow myself down. Legs felt good all the way through, although the feet are pretty bruised and sore (but only one blister!!)
So the sleep thing on the third night [prior to the 3rd night Sean was close to or on FKT pace]. I had a deep dark lull making my way from Virginia lake to the downhills to Reds, that section just seemed to go on forever and I was getting pretty frustrated. I was out of water so couldn’t eat anything, so the only thing I could think of to to break myself out of the funk was to start hammering the downhills and produce some endorphins. This worked, and by the time I got to Reds I was feeling good again. My plan was to sleep a few hours when it got dark, which I tried to do but couldn’t sleep since I was still jacked up from the run down to reds. Since I couldn’t sleep, I popped a few vivarins and pushed up the hill, which was a bad idea and left me loopy. I barely remember going to sleep that night, and I’m not sure how long I was out for but slept until about 3.30 AM, at which point I fired back up and was able to keep my act together. Managed to hold on to the finish after this.
Also, I had sort of forgotten about Brett’s time since Cathedral pass (and it’s subsequent ridges) took forever. I though I was hours behind him. As I was coming down the last switchbacks from Nevada Falls I changed my watch to elapsed time and realized I was neck and neck with him. I broke into a dead sprint for the last two miles, but they obviously installed a few extra switchbacks and uphills around Vernal falls, so I let it go and finished 4 minutes back of him. Looking back, probably shouldn’t have used the bathroom and lounged in the river at the top of Nevada Falls.
Here’s my splits (in elapsed time), I took pictures on top of most of the passes so these are more accurate than the spot tracks:
Whitney – 3.41
Forrester – 9.17
Glen – 12.44
Rest at woods Creek – 4 hours
Pinchot – 22.30
Mather – 25.57
Muir – 33.18
Rest at bottom of Muir/Seldon – 4.30
Seldon – 45.54 (approximate)
Slver – 53.29 (approximate)
Reds – 61.35 (approximate)
4-5ish hours rest total on the way up to Shadow lake?
Donahue – 75.25
Finish (Sign at Happy Isles) – 86.17
i will be this upcoming Friday at 10am PST time making a second unsupported FKT attempt NOBO after my first failure in 2017.
here is my tracker: https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id=1a2d15b4fd991cdc76
Like Sean, my primary goal is to finish, under 4 days, and we will see how close I can get to Andrew's time if I happen to succeed.
i will be taking videos on the trail and particularly at whitney summit.
Admin Note: Aurelien stopped at Tuolumne Meadows. He did very well up to reaching Reds Meadow in about 60 hours, but had had only 1.5-2 hours sleep to that point, and he struggled thereafter. His trip was followed here: https://backpackinglight.com/forums/topic/aurelien-unsupported-jmt-attempt/
My JMT number 2 failure report is here
I copied below also:
Last year I quit at Red Meadows feeling miserably, after 260km, 65 hours, and 1h30 total of sleep. I was thinking nutrition was my biggest issue, but without any certitude, and this is what I was hoping to figure this time.
This year I started this second attempt with many doubts: physically trained but slowed down due to many knee injury, and long event nutrition not dialed in yet.
Start time at 10am is a first, but it made sense to me for several reasons:
My strategy was to start strong, to always stay ahead of Andrew times, and then manage my advantage and my rest time depending my needs, trying to stay ahead of schedule.
My second John Muir Trail:
I started to climb Silver pass at 9:15am, and as I expected, I was again not able to breathe due to the heat and the steepness of the trail, my throat being very painful again, even worse. It is now very hot around here, above 25degre C for sure. This climb was the worse I felt along the entire trail, I was suffocating every meter, and it felt like I would never get to the top. I lost much time, arriving at the top at 12:30pm, but now staying 5 hours ahead of schedule thanks to the break I skipped.
I know now that I did a lot better than last year, covering the same distance, in a faster time, and feeling a lot better, I still can run, last year I was not able to walk. I am now 3 hours early compared to record pace, even 5 hours if I skip the next planned break, and I still feel very strong. I start to feel the adrenaline, getting emotional, this is getting real, I am maybe going to get this record in the end, and I start to believe it very strongly now. I was even considering chasing the time from Leor or Darcy since I felt in good shape, which was about 3hours faster than Andrew. I was sure it was going to be a piece of cake, I have done the most difficult high passes, and it is then all downhill, so my throat will not bother me anymore, there is no chance I will fail this time. I WAS WRONG!
I am very satisfied about how things went, I am now confident that I was physically ready for it despite my previous knee injuries, and I have for once made the nutrition a success. Sleep deprivation and lack of knowledge of the Donohue segment, and over confidence at Reds Meadow, were enough reasons for me to fail at finishing the JMT. I am going back next time, with the same gear, same food, same strategy, same everything, in 4 days 3-night length, trying to make it as far as possible. Just little extra knowledges on this last segment, little extra sleep at Reds Meadow, and being humbler and more careful, will help me next time I hope very much. And also, maybe some Vaporub to add to the gear list for preventing or curing the throat, or any advice?
Thank you again for reading this and for the support, the mental and physical suffering during the training and during the JMT are all rewarded by the support I get around me.
See you next time.
I'm going back for a third unsupported attempt this tuesday sept 11th, starting again at 10am.
tracker is here: https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id=1b1565b92f5a5e6653
Third times the charm they say...
Hello! Tomorrow morning at 7 am I depart for a NoBo Sub-4 day unsupported attempt on the JMT.
My primary objective is to go sub 4 days, complete the trail and have fun! If I am feeling good I will shoot for the for the FKT that was hardened last week.
Kurt Achtenhagen - Thank you for influencing me that a march like this is a fun thing to do :)
My tracking link is below.
Wish me luck!
On Saturday, 07/11/2020, at 10:00am PST, I will be starting my unsupported northbound JMT FKT intending to break Aurelien Sanchez's 2018 Unsupported FKT.
Link to my Garmin MapShare Live Tracking: share.garmin.com/jmtfkt2020
All the best,
-Daniel Maya, Nomad Ventures Idyllwild, CA
hello! I'll be attempting a women's unsupported FKT northbound on the JMT starting september 1.
my tracking will be located here if you'd like to follow along: https://share.garmin.com/abbyhall
I already have my first DNF out of the way on this route from 2016, so... second time's the charm? :-)
If conditions and regulations are permitting, I will be reattempting the Unsupported Nobo JMT FKT on Tuesday, September 15th.
Live map tracking will be available during the event at share.garmin.com/danielmaya.
-Daniel Maya, Nomad Ventures, Idyllwild CA
While I didn't hit Amber's blazing unsupported FKT, I did finish the route unsupported in 4d11h20m this past September. I finally got around to writing my trip report which I wanted so share here if the information is useful for anyone! I've benefitted from studying the amazing trip reports here for years, so hope this is helpful. cheers!
Trip Report: https://www.abbyandcordis.com/blog/2021/1/27/abby-hall-unsupported-nuumu-poyo-john-muir-trail-trip-report
Gear Report: https://www.abbyandcordis.com/blog/2020/9/13/abby-jmt-gear-list
Unsupported Northbound Monday morning ✌?
I'm headed out Tuesday Jun 29 for an unsupported JMT Yo-yo (Happy Isles to Mt Whitney and back).
Follow my progress here, if you care to:
- Alex "Drop Dead" Darr
Not this time. Full trip report to follow. In the meantime I will, in the words of the great philosopher Milli Vanilli, "Blame it on the Rain."
I'll be heading off to reattempt the Nobo Unsupported FKT on Wednesday morning, 7/21/21.
Tracking can be found at share.garmin.com/danmayajmtfkt2021
Kevin Westlake here sending a message to announce my attempt for the unsupported FKT South to north on the John Muir Trail. Starting tomorrow morning 8/19/21. Hopefully I’ll be happily arriving in Happy Isles in three days or less… regardless it’s all part of the experience no matter what happens. :)
Here is my link if you want to follow: https://share.garmin.com/JMTFKTkevAug19
Failed attempt… The altitude hit me really hard. I became unable to control an intense dizziness and shortness of breath to a point where walking was difficult. Very frustrating as I put in a lot of time and energy to prepare for this. Unfortunately it didn’t work out. I’ll be back again... Sometimes making a hard decision is the right one.
Hello FKT world!
My name is Carly Moree and I will be attempting the unsupported men’s record. I will begin my thru-hike at Whitney Portal. I will share my Garmin in reach tracking link with the FKT website team and will take time-stamped pictures and videos throughout. I will not be wearing a watch becasue I never do. My strategy is the same for this hike as it is for all my other thru-hikes, including my 2016 sobo PCT FKT attempt - to sing along to Spice Girls, Celine Dion, and Dr. Dre.
Thank you to the following for being such a huge inspiration and for reaching, either on this trail or others:
Jen Pharr Davis
Carly (Papi / Poptart) Moree
Greetings FKT Earthlings!
I wanted to share an update: WOW, what a BRUTAL adventure...exactly what I needed and wanted! I called off the attempt just before the Bear Creek Trail junction (around 126 miles in, just after Selden Pass), due to water filtration issues almost the entire time. This resulted in dehydration, not enough nutrition, and therefore slowed my pace to the point where it did not feel smart or safe to continue with the number of calories I had brought. If you want to know more about my attempt, you can read about it on my Instagram @carly.moree where I have provided a lot of detail.
If I ever attempt an FKT again, I will absolutely reach high for what I think I can do based on my abilities, and not pay any mind to men's or women's times. I hope this effort inspires others to do the same.
Greetings FKT community! On Friday September 24th, I be heading out to reattempt the Unsupported Northbound JMT FKT.
During my last attempt this past July, I don’t believe I performed at my fullest potential, so we’ll give it another go. The link to the live tracking is share.garmin.com/danielmayajmt
Possible tramping on a southbound unsupported attempt starting tomorrow pending smoke, organization, and fitness as per usual :) cheers!
Whoops never mind huge apologies. Had a tight time window and couldn’t get the logistics in place to even start. Maybe next time :)
I'm heading to Whitney Portal to attempt a supported run on this ridiculously magical trail. I don't know what will happen out there but I'm excited to immerse myself in the Sierra and see what happens. I have so much respect for everyone who has attempted a speed record on this trail - both successes and failures. I'll be recording my run on my garmin inreach, my coros watch, and if service allows, you may see an update or two from my small but mighty crew on instagram at @emilysweats
Wooo go Emily! I know that you'll chase this big, beautiful, goal with all of your heart.
Hey FKT community!
I somehow scored a last minute permit for the nüümü poyo (JMT) going southbound out of Happy Isles. I would be very disappointed in myself if I didn't give the southbound FKT a go, so I will be heading out tomorrow morning (time TBD) to attempt a fastpack of this glorious trail. I'm stoked. I'm terrified. I've been dreaming about this for years. Live tracking to come.
Grateful to have live tracking available at sps2022.com with incredible 3d imagery!
I’m heading to Whitney Portal to attempt my first unsupported JMT on 14th July. I have so much respect for everyone who has attempted this trail.
All the best.
-sky (Haneul Lee)
On Monday evening, July 25th, I will be taking my 4th attempt at the John Muir Trail northbound unsupported FKT. My trip will be recorded via my Suunto watch, Strava, and Garmin InReach. I’ve had some weird technical problems with the garmin, but all should be good to go by Monday. The live tracking link will be share.garmin.com/danielmayajmt22
Happy Trails everyone,
Attempt will start around 9:30
Heading out now unsupported SB from HI. 7/25/22 about 6:30 ish.
Headed out for a JMT sobo FKT tomorrow either in the morning or late evening. Big storms set to hit so that may affect my start time.
Much respect for Aurelian and Francois and hopefully I can do the trail some justice! Wish my luck. I'll try to be posting on IG @thestring.bean and have shared my Garmin with FKT admin.
Congratulations to Joe on a new overall unsupported 3 day 1 hour trip! I'll be attempting a 3 day trip of the trail going NOBO. I've shared my Garmin tracking details with the FKT admin team. I'll provide a trip report following the hike/run. Last year I attempted the same thing and made it to Selden Pass in roughly 54 hours and bailed after that due to a variety of reasons. I was very happy with my experience last year - it was wonderful! I'm really looking forward to what new things I learn this year!
Carly Moree (Papi)
Hi, this Kevin Westlake sending a message to announce my attempt for the unsupported FKT on the Nüümü Poyo John Muir Trail.
I will be leaving Whitney portal tomorrow Friday, September 2 at 2 PM South to north.
Below is a link for my tracker device on my Garmin inReach.
Decided to wait for a later date just didn’t feel right energetically / energy level not getting a good sleep past few nights prior.. strong believer in respecting mother nature/knowing when to respect your intuition/trust your gut instinct… i’ll be back sometime soon.
much respect to all the other people out there who have said FKT’s /anybody who has attempted this route.
Hello wonderful mountain folk!
I have so much admiration and respect for everyone here. Thank you for the inspiration :)
Tomorrow (September 7th, 2022) at noon I will be starting at Whitney Portal and heading north! This is an unsupported effort.
Live tracking can be found here: https://www.sps2022.com/
I have never done a multi-day effort before, or even run more than 50 miles in a single push but I figured why not start now!
As Peter Croft once said "better the magnificent failure than the mediocre success."
Whether I finish or not I'm sure it will be magnificent !
Hello! I’ll be setting out tomorrow morning with Mikael Jackson on 9/24/22 heading southbound from Yosemite Valley on a supported attempt at the FKT on the Nüümü Poyo/John Muir Trail. I’ll share tracking info with the fkt webmaster and post the track and Strava file here after if successful.