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Jeff Garmire on Arizona Trail (AZ)
Complete - new FKT!

34.1255014, -111.4859466

Athlete: Jeff Garmire
Start date:
Style: Self-supported
Status: Complete - new FKT!
Tracker: SPOT tracker

On 4/21, Jeff set a new OVERALL FKT of 15d13h10m!

Jeff started his NoBo hike at about 7:00AM on 4/6/2019.

Day 1 (4/6):  Reached about 3.5 miles short of Patagonia around 10:00PM (about Mile 47.6).

Day 2 (4/7):  Finished the day about 10:30PM just past Twin Tanks (start of Passage 7), right about Mile 100!

Day 3 (4/8):  45.6 miles, finishing at 10PM about 5.6 miles south of Reddinton Road (a little past Italian Spring) - 145.5 miles done.

Day 4 (4/9):  A late (11:30PM) finish at Highjinks Mine, about 51 mile for the day, and 196.5 miles done.

Day 5 (4/10): Jeff finished (11:00PM) about halfway through Passage 15, north of Ripsey Ranch.  We have him at 249 miles - a 52+ mile day!

Day 6 (4/11):  Past midnight, just north of Hwy 60, 301+ miles - another 52 mile day.

Day 7 (4/12):  Vineyard Mtn, 350 miles in 7 days!  Go Jeff!

Day 8 (4/13):  McFarland Canyon, about 398.5 miles. ? "I am holding on by a thread. My feet are a mess and I am growing more tired with each day."

Day 9 (4/14):  Whiterock Mesa, 444.3 miles.  "The margin for error each day out here is so small. In order to get enough sleep to function, take care (preserve) my body and intake enough calories, I have to be deliberate and purposeful."

Day 10 (4/15):  Battleground Ridge, 486.3 miles.  Jeff lost a bit of time due to the logistics of resupply at Pine.

Day 11 (4/16):  52 miles to Mormon Lake(?) "Energy, motivation and pain all appear in waves. One minute I might be eating a tortilla wrap, and the next I might be dozing off (only awakening when my hat falls off)."

Day 12 (4/17): Schultz Pass, mile 605.1.  Still averaging over 50mpd! "53 Miles for the day and now I’m dreaming of sleep."

Day 13 (4/18):  "Another 50 mile day."

Day 14 (4/19):  Jeff reached Skeleton Pt, about halfway down the South Kaibab Trail into the Grand Canyon.  708.4 miles in 14 days! "I am not sure the construct of a day anymore since I am awake every hour with the exception of short dirt naps, so for the sake of the Day 14 post, I covered 58 mil s before my first dirt nap."

Day 15 (4/20):  At 3AM on 4/21 Jeff was 3.6 miles south of Telephone Hill, with about 68 miles to go.  His Instagram report for the day says a lot: "It was the hardest I have ever worked. My worn out legs, exhausted mind and aching feet continued relentlessly though. After a short nap I climbed out of the Grand Canyon and then the fun began. The snow was patchy for the first 10 Miles, but then it transitioned to a constant blanket on the Kaibab plateau. I have never worked so hard for progress in order to preserve the chance to finish tomorrow. The snow had few breaks and was over 4 feet deep in most places. If my body didn’t feel broken already, it does now. There were no footprints on the trail as most other hikers walked the road. Signs were covered with snow, water sources frozen over and trees sat in deep wells. Luckily I had two things going for me, the snow was hard packed enough (or I am so light I didn’t sink in) and it was largely flat. If I was persistent I could exert myself to a decent pace, but it crushed my constantly wet feet. The landscape reminded me of the AT and the winter of 2016 when I learned to tell which path a trail would follow without blades or signs. The corridor was intuitive all day and I fought for every mile I could. I should be able to finish tomorrow!"

Day 16 (4/21): DONE at 8:19PM.  "It took 15 days, 13 hours and 10 minutes to complete the Arizona Trail. A new self supported and overall FKT (Speed Record). It was truly one of the harder things I have ever done. My feet are cut and bruised, my mind is cloudy with exhaustion, and my body has wasted away down to nothing. It was not exactly the experience I was expecting, but it was the one I was searching for. But enough about me. Thanks to a lot of people: my family for accepting I’m quite crazy and always supporting it, my friends for letting me stay on couches (when I’m not in nature) this last year of being homeless, all the companies that have helped out with gear for the trip, @elmatador.witt for breaking the FKT last fall and putting the thought in my mind, and everyone who sent a positive message. There were many low points out there, and positivity and mental toughness were the only ways to overcome them. I’m quite tired, my body needs to recover, and my mind needs to process this incredibly taxing accomplishment; but I do have more giant goals for 2019."


Bryce "Z" Griffiths on Arizona Trail (AZ)

34.1255014, -111.4859466

Start date:
Style: Self-supported
Status: DNF

Day 1 (4/18):  Z started at 12:06PM, heading NoBo.  "knocked out 27 miles before I hit my first week bedtime of 930pm"

Day 2 (4/19):  "Heat got to me earlier in the day but after a good 2 hour break in town [Patagonia] was able to recover and make it a 40 mile day.", 64.5 miles.

Day 3 (4/20):  Just south of I-10, 109.7 miles.

Day 4 (4/21):  Italian Spring (Mica Mtn), 144.4 miles.

Day 5 (4/22):  Molino Basin, about 162.3 miles

Day 6 (4/23):  Summerhaven, 198.3 miles.

Day 7 (4/24):  Past Oracle, 211.4 miles

Bryce has dropped well behind FKT pace. "Enjoying taking things a bit slower to be honest."

Léonie van den Haak on Shikoku Pilgrimage (Japan)
Complete - new FKT!

33.7432238, 133.6375314

Start date:
Style: Supported
Status: Complete - new FKT!

Leonie previously set the FKT for the 537km long Nakasendo Way.

Started morning of April 18 near Naruto, at the northeastern end of the island, heading counter-clockwise.  Leonie is posting frequently to Instagram.

Reports 153km in the first 2 days (4/18-19).

Day 3 (4/20):  "we covered a symbolic 88km today" (241km total)

Day 4 (4/21): "Day 4 is done and we are 321km down the road"

Day 5 (4/22):  Passed 400km, reached Susaki.

Day 6 (4/23):  "we are 480km down the road"

Day 7 (4/24):  another 80km to 560km "torrential rain included today"

Day 8 (4/25):  running up the west coast of the island, 640km - like clockwork.

Day 9 (4/26):  720km, near Ehime (now heading back towards the NE)

Day 10 (4/27):  Some off-road sections. "You may have crushed my pace and my legs today, but not my spirit ☺️ Damn you nature, tomorrow my feet are hitting the asphalt again 🏃🏼‍♀️ 785km down the road"

Day 11 (4/28):  870km

Day 12 (4/29):  "What seems to be quad tendonitis is slowing me down but not yet stopping me. We are 940km down the cold and rainy road"

Day 13 (4/30):  "It’s the last day of the Heisei era in Japan and we’re 1.005km down the road"

Day 14 (5/1):  "It’s the first day of the Reiwa era in Japan and we are 1.075km down the road. Now, before you all start popping the champagne when I hit temple 88: it’s still another marathon back to temple 1 after that to complete the loop (which is 1.140km total) If I make it there I’m pretty sure there will be some champagne involved (and McD, obviously 😉) "

Day 15 (5/2):  "14 days 10 hours 29 minutes is the FKT on Shikoku Pilgrimage 1.140km"

Daniel Munsell on Arizona Trail (AZ)
Complete - no FKT

34.1255014, -111.4859466

Start date:
Style: Self-supported
Status: Complete - no FKT

The SPOT didn't ping exactly at the border, but it would have been before 1PM on 4/25.

Day 1 (4/25):  Started a bit before 1PM.  Ended just east of Lookout Knob (Canelo Hills), about 31 miles.

Day 2 (4/26):  Kentucky Gulch, 78.5 miles.

Day 3 (4/27):  Rincon Valley, 123.6 miles.

Day 4 (4/28):  Upper Sycamore Canyon, 169.8 miles

Day 5 (4/29):  Tuscon Wash, 210.2 miles

Day 6 (4/30):  Just south of Kelvin in the Tortilla Mountains, 259.8 miles

Day 7 (5/1):  Whittford Canyon, 304.5 miles

Day 8 (5/2):  Theodore Roosevelt Lake, 346.3 miles

Day 9 (5/3):  Cross F TH, 390.7 miles

Day 10 (5/4):  Copper Mtn, 437.2 miles

Day 11 (5/5):  Highline, 475.2 miles  Dan is averaging about 45mpd, vs. the FKT of >50mpd.

Day 12 (5/6):  Van Deren Spring, 528.3 miles

Day 13 (5/7):  Tip Tank, 578.3 miles

Day 14 (5/8):  Cedar Ranch, 640.4 miles

Day 15 (5/9):  Somewhere between the Lookout Tower and Tusayan (683-696 miles)

Day 16 (5/10):  North Rim park entrance, 738.0 miles

Day 17 (5/11): Reached the AZ/UT border around 5:10AM on 5/12, total time of 16d16h25 

Arsénio Santos on São Miguel Island 360 (Azores)
Complete - new FKT!

37.72030504068, -25.513513878711

Start date:
Style: Supported
Status: Complete - new FKT!

Arsénio started about 6AM (5/4) at Ponta Delgada, heading counter-clockwise around the island.

100km in just about 12 hours

Arsénio reached 100 miles in just over 20 hours (Ribeirinha)

200km close to 25 hours (near Pico de Mafra) - the tracker stopped transmitting shortly after.

finished!  29h16m9s on Strava.