Attempts We're Tracking

FKT attempts we're tracking right now. (Tap to expand.)

Ajay Pickett on Superior Hiking Trail (MN)
Complete - new FKT!
Athlete: Ajay Pickett
Start date:
Style: Unsupported
Status: Complete - new FKT!

Ajay appears not to have a tracker.  Mike Ward has the FKT of the 310-mile trail in 8d7h59m in 2016.  No updates yet - if anyone has any info on how this is going please let us know!

Ajay reports a successful completion in 7d20h56m (unsupported)!  See FKT page:  https://fastestknowntime.com/fkt/ajay-pickett-superior-hiking-trail-mn-2018-09-13

Annie Weiss on Ice Age Trail (WI)
In progress
Athlete: Annie Weiss
Start date:
Style: Supported
Status: In progress

Annie made an attempt on the full IAT in May 2017, but had to stop after 405 miles in 8 days due to infection.  Her trip is supported, going from west to east.  A nice video explaining her approach is here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFn324BtQ3U&feature=youtu.be

"People seem excited for this, and I have to do it!" - Annie Weiss

DAY 1 (9/8):  45 miles, "The trails were perfect, and the roads were long. One step at a time; one day at a time."

DAY 2 (9/9): 50 miles (95 total); "slow, long, and tough miles."

DAY 3 (9/10): 50 miles (145 total). "Last year day 3 broke me. This year...I broke it!!"

DAY 4 (9/11): 50 miles (195 total). "I can’t be more grateful to those helping me on trail and behind the scenes including IAT volunteers."

DAY 5 (9/12): 258 of 1200 miles completed. "Today was really tough, BUT with a few ups and downs (even a couple tears), the day ended on a high note."

DAY 6 (9/13): 38 miles (296 total). Annie's report today is titled "Climbing the Wall". 'Nuff said.

DAY 7 (9/14): 40 miles (336 total). "I feel exhausted to be honest, but then I think about how I’m officially ahead of last year's Day 7 and just wow."

DAY 8 (9/15): 40 miles (376 total). "I think I’ve hit the point where my body and mind accept the demands of each day on this adventure. It’s not easy; it’s just a level of acceptance."

DAY 9 (9/16): 45 miles (421 total). "...right on track for my goal of ~21 days. ...I’m sun burnt, full of bug bites, and scratched up from my waist down...I’ll take it!!!"

DAY 10 (9/17): 463 of 1138 miles "Today was really tough. It was mostly road miles, ridiculously hot, and pterodactyl size mosquitos bit at me constantly."

DAY 11 (9/18): 48 miles....42 road + 6 trail (511 total). "My body hurts in so many ways...just taking it one day at a time and right on track."

Witt "El Matador" Wisebram on Hundred Mile Wilderness (ME)
Complete - new FKT!
Start date:
Style: Unsupported
Status: Complete - new FKT!

Witt started 9/9/2018 around about 1:00pm, headed southbound.  He started a day early due to impending weather.  He's also providing updates via Instagram as cell service allows.

Checked in at the SE end of Nahmakanta Lake at 7:10pm (9/9), Katahdin Iron Works Rd (69.5 miles) about 11:28am (9/10).

Witt seems to have completed the route sometime after 11pm on 9/10, so 34+ hours?  We await confirmation, but he appears to have snagged the FKT by an hour or so.

Witt confirmed the new FKT via Instagram:

"After 34 hours 11 minutes and 55 seconds of constant running, hiking, crawling, smiling, hallucinating, and crying I set a new unsupported Fastest Known Time traverse of Maine’s 100 Mile Wilderness section of the Appalachian Trail. My mind is mush, and my body is pretty spent."

Aurelien Sanchez on John Muir Trail (CA)
Complete - new FKT!
Start date:
Style: Unsupported
Status: Complete - new FKT!
Tracker: SPOT tracker

Aurelien announced his attempt on the JMT Route page (referencing his failed attempts of 2017 and Aug 31 - Sept 3, 2018):

"I'm going back for a third unsupported attempt this Tuesday, Sept 11th, starting again at 10am.  Third time's the charm they say...  Aurelien"

Tracker shows 9:54am (9/11) start time, 1:09pm (9/11) at Whitney summit, 6:55pm (9/11) at Forester Pass, 10:25pm (9/11) at Glen Pass, 12:49am (9/12) at Woods Creek, 3:40am (9/12) at Pinchot Pass, 6:55am (9/12) at Mather Pass, 2:30pm (9/12) at Muir Pass, 12:14am (9/13) at Selden Pass, 7:32am (9/13) at Silver Pass.  At about 12:10pm on 9/13 Aurelien was at the Duck Lake junction after over 50 hours with no apparent significant sleep breaks, but it looks like he took about a 4 hour break.  Aurelien had a very solid night, crossing Donahue Pass at 2:30am (9/14), and left Tuolumne Meadows around 7:11am (9/14).  At 3d3h30m (approx) he had just about 2 miles to go - definitely an FKT by several hours !!! (Previous FKT 3d10h59m by Andy Bentz.)

Completed! Aurelien's tracker shows Happy Isles at 2:15pm, for a total time of 3d3h55m10s.  Unsupported!

 

Jamieson Hatt on Bruce Trail (ON, Canada)
In progress
Athlete: Jamieson Hatt
Start date:
Style: Supported
Status: In progress

"I am announcing my supported FKT attempt of the Bruce Trail!  Adam Burnett (current record holder, 9d21h14m) and I have been in contact via Facebook, and he is well aware of my plans.  He may even make it out on the trail and join me for a bit!  I am planning on starting in the early morning of September 11, 2018.  I am heading southbound (Tobermory to Queenston).  My crew are my parents Ken and Rose. They will be pulling a small camper with everything I need, meeting me as often as possible.  I have some friends that may come out and join for a day or two as well.  My friend Casey has made a Facebook page, which he may post some updates on. It's called 'Jamieson and the Bruce'.  I will be carrying a Delorme inReach. This is my first time attempting something of this magnitude.  Only one way to find out what will happen.  Let's go!"

Looks like the tracker is showing Jamieson's location, but not laying down "breadcrumbs", which makes it a little hard to figure out what has happened.  Many thanks to Casey Thivierge for the following updates:

Day 1 (9/11) - Tobermory to Lions Head, 52 miles. This is a remote section of the trail with little access and a rugged, technical route.

Day 2 (9/12) - Lions Head to Wiarton, 54 miles. Now out of the Peninsula portion of the Bruce.

Day 3 (9/13) - Left Wiarton very early with little sleep. Tried to make it to the KOA campground outside of Owen Sound, but came up short by about 6 miles. This Sydenham portion of the trail is considered the toughest by many.

Day 4 (9/14) - A major thunderstorm and buckets of rain delayed his start a couple hours in the morning, but the extra sleep was very much needed. Tough day on the trail with another long night left him about 15 miles short of Blantyre and remaining of the Sydenham portion of the trail.

Day 5 (9/15) - Better weather and the understanding of friends joining him on the trail today motivated Jamieson to an early start. It was a good day with solid motion and lots of smiles as he finished the day at 10:40pm near the southern point of the Beaver Valley Section.

Day 6 (9/16) - It was a good day for Jamieson. His spirits were high and his progress was solid as he was joined by the current male and female Bruce FKT record holders (Adam Burnett and Chantal Warriner) as well as fellow trail angel Cait Foisy and other friends. He trekked northbound towards the end of the Beaver Valley section of the trail. Tomorrow the plan is for an early rise to head into the Blue Mountains. He's covered about 275 miles of the trail thus far and the most difficult sections are now behind him.

Day 7 (Sept 17) - The day started early with a 3am rise and back on the trail to the conclusion of the Beaver Valley section of the Bruce and then north into the Blue Mountains near Collingwood. Around mid-day he concluded the last northbound section of the Bruce Trail and made the turn south which will lead him down toward Toronto and Hamilton. Jamieson finished the day at 7:44pm at the Nottawasaga Bluffs Conservation Area. This most likely means another early start tomorrow. 316 miles of trail are behind him and 14 miles remain of the Blue Mountain segment, which will then be followed by the Dufferin Hi-Land.

Day 8 (Sept 18) - Another early 3am start had Jamieson through the Blue Mountain segment and into the Dufferin Hi-Land. He was joined by current female FKT holder Chantal Warriner and they progressed consistently all day making their way within 4 miles of the end of the Dufferin section. Jamieson has thus far completed 350 miles of the Bruce Trail and has 206 miles remaining. He shut it down a few minutes past 7pm tonight just past Boyne Valley Provincial Park, which will most likely result in another 3am start tomorrow.

Charlotte Clews on Hundred Mile Wilderness (ME)
Complete - new FKT!
Start date:
Style: Supported
Status: Complete - new FKT!

Planned start time of 4am on 9/15.  Charlotte has a SPOT tracker but without the tracking service, so plans to send out frequent location messages to designated individuals.

At 7:06am on 9/15 she was about 7.5 miles in, 11:23am (9/15) at Barren Mtn Lookout Tower, around 21 miles at 1:18pm (9/15), 8:57am (9/16) at the west end of Lower Jo-Mary Lake, 12:52pm (9/16) at SE end of Nahmakanta Lake.

Here's an update from John Rodrigue:

"Hello all....we just left Charlotte in the capable hands of Jerome, Turtle and Doug. We ran the prior section with her and she is moving well and looking good. We are moving ahead to Abol Bridge at the end of the 100 mile Wilderness to possibly run in and meet she and Jerome as he chose to run the last 16.7 mile section with her. Doug will be moving the car ahead and following Turtle. She is most likely going to finish roughly at 2am if she continues to move as she is. Keep your fingers crossed as she has never been awake and on her feet this long.  From experience, it can be interesting but it's good she has Jerome with her. "

Complete!  44h30m.  More to come.

Bradley Friend on Superior Hiking Trail (MN)
In progress
Start date:
Style: Unsupported
Status: In progress

Bradley started southbound at 5:30am on 9/16.  Day 1 (9/16) ended at around Mile 36, spent 2nd night along Cascade River (about Mile 70), 3rd night near CR-2 (about Mile 100).

Nick Lewis on Wonderland Trail (WA)
In progress
Athlete: Nick Lewis
Start date:
Style: Unsupported
Status: In progress

Depending on this last weather cell pushing through, either Sunday (9/16) or Monday (9/17) I will attempt the Wonderland Trail unsupported & solo around Mt Rainier, carrying my own gear/food and getting water from natural sources. My plan is to start around 10am PT from Box Canyon and head clockwise around the mountain. To following along, here is the link to the Garmin inReach I will be running with (thanks Steve!): https://share.garmin.com/NickLewis. As soon as I have made a final decision on day to start, I will post an update here. 

Men's unsupported FKT is Gabe Wishne, 24h54m in July 2018.

Announced start for 9/17 at 10am. Tracker stopped transmitting at 3:43am (9/18) along Granite Creek.  We don't know yet what happened.

Nils Wydler on John Muir Trail (CA)
In progress
Athlete: Nils Wydler
Start date:
Style: Unsupported
Status: In progress

Planning to start 9/19 at 7am. "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."

Started 7:03am on 9/19 at Whitney Portal.