Route: Pemigewasset Loop (NH)

New Hampshire, US

The Pemigewasset Loop is a rugged 31-mile route in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It has become a popular backpacking route, as well as a tough 1-day challenge. This page has detailed information about the route.  Here we record FKTs for the loop in either direction, plus for the Double Pemi, as well as for the so-called "Super Pemi", or "Super Extended Pemi", which adds on North Twin, Hale, and Zealand (or the reverse) to create a larger loop of around 43 miles with about 15,000' of climbing. More information on the Super Pemi is linked in the FKT report by Nate Weeks.

Here's a summary of FKT activity on the (single) Pemi.  See the FKT reports for more detailed information:

Ryan Welts launched a recent spate of FKT attempts on the Pemi by running the route in 7h05m32s on August 9, 2009. He had support on Mt. Lafayette and had made a food drop at Galehead Hut the day before.

Less than a month later, on September 4, 2009, Ben Nephew (9 time Escarpment Trail winner) and Kevin Tilton ran the Pemi in a new FKT of 7h04m47s, taking just 45 seconds off of Welts' record!

Jan Wellford beat Nephew & Tilton's time on September 8, 2010, running the loop in 6h47m04s.

Next, on June 19, 2011, Adam Wilcox did the Pemi in 6h46m10s, less than 1 minute faster than Wellford.

On September 11, 2011, Ben Nephew cruised the Pemi in 6h27m48s. This time stood as the FKT for nearly 4 years.

Adam Wilcox reclaimed this hotly contested FKT on June 14, 2015, running the route in 6h14m34s. Wilcox said "After almost 4 years of trying, this one meant a lot to me."

Not to be outdone, Nephew reclaimed the FKT from Wilcox less than 2 months later, running 6h10m7s on August 8, 2015.

Finally, Ben Thompson has brought the FKT down by a few more minutes, running the loop in 6h6m53s on September 12, 2017.

As best I can tell, prior to Welts the FKT for the Pemi Loop was held by Alex Kahl, at "about 7h25m" in (August?) 2005. Charles Dona reported doing 7h26m31s in September 2008, which seems to be close enough to "about 7h25m" to be considered a tie.

"Is someone chasing you or are you doing this for fun?" -- Kevin Tilton

Men's Pemi Loop FKT progress:
Alex Kahl, about 7h25m, 2005
Charles Dona, 7h26m31s, Sept. 2008
Ryan Welts, 7h5m32s, Aug. 9, 2009
Ben Nephew & Kevin Tilton, 7h4m47s, Sept. 4, 2009
Jan Wellford, 6h47m4s, Sept. 8, 2010
Adam Wilcox, 6h46m10s, June 19, 2011
Ben Nephew, 6h27m48s, Sept. 11, 2011
Adam Wilcox, 6h14m34s, June 14, 2015
Ben Nephew, 6h10m7s, Aug. 8, 2015

Ben Thompson, 6h6m53s, Sep. 12, 2017


Kristina Folcik ran the Pemi in 9h3m15s on Aug. 27, 2011. Prior to this, the fastest women's time appears to have been by Sue Johnston, 9h15m. Folcik's time was bested less than a year later (June 16, 2012) by Larisa Dannis, who ran counter-clockwise in 7h40m52s.  Three months later, Dannis reported (below) beating her own FKT by about 6 minutes, running 7h34m25s on Sept. 17, 2012. Kelsey Allen reported (below) setting a new women's FKT of 7h12m55s on August 30, 2014.