FKT Verification

David Anderson in the Winds

Verify your FKT!

You put in a huge effort - you want people to believe you did it, right?

FKT activities are now quite popular, professional runners receive sponsorship, and the media is paying attention. So please reduce potential hassles for yourself and document what you do.

Do not later claim that you did not know you had to verify your effort. And just like with all your other gear, you need to know how to use your tracking device, and need to keep the battery charged!

NO VERIFICATION = NO FKT ! (But you are welcome & encouraged to post unverified FKTs in the Comments field of the route page).

 

Verification Procedure

Provide:

  • The original data file, usually in TCX, FIT, GPX, or KML format — copied directly from your device - GPX preferred.
  • A link to your activity on Garmin Connect, Movescount, Strava, etc.
  • A link to a trip report, if any.
  • Photos, submitting the original file; image files directly from the device contain valuable metadata that is stripped-out by social media sites.

For most routes, you may (optional) announce your intention by posting in the "Add new comment" box on the route page, but it is not necessary to tell us in advance - you can just run it, and submit your FKT afterward.

For our ten Premier Routes and a few renowned routes that receive publicity, please announce your intention in advance, and provide the link to real-time tracking. For these high-profile FKTs, real-time tracking, plus photos and a Trip Report immediately following the effort are the standard procedure. If you don’t want to publicly share your live tracker feed, send us the tracker link, tell us to keep it private, and we will.

If you do want to be seen in our Tracking Now section, send us the URL of your tracker, and the time and date of your start and estimated finish.  We will only do this for routes that are estimated to take more than 30 hours (or for one of the ten Premier Routes).  

 

Devices

Personal Locator Beacons

Besides providing real-time tracking to your friends and admirers, Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) are also excellent safety gear. The SPOT can send pre-written messages plus an SOS, while the Garmin InReach Mini is lighter, smaller, more expensive, and more useful (it can send custom text messages explaining your situation ("Weather is bad, I'm exiting at XX trailhead, please pick me up in YY hours). Note that neither device archives data files; download and save it soon. The Somewear Global Hotspot is a new sat comm brand that turns any smartphone into a two-way communicator, offers real-time activity tracking ability and offers SOS. 

Watches

GPS watches are nearly ubiquitous. They cannot report your position in real time (as the PLBs do), so they provide a lesser standard of verification, but are perfectly fine. They do generate a GPS track of your activity.

Phones

Phones are now part of standard gear list, as they can do almost anything, from photos to recording routes. There are now live-tracking apps, such as Strava Beacon, which require a cell-phone signal to be real-time. Since phones are also ideal for navigation (Gaia, Peakbagger, etc), they they are being used more for verification.
 

Notes

Battery Life

Make sure your device is fully charged and has the capacity to last the length of your route - this is your responsibility, just like bringing enough food or water.  "Ultra Mode" whereby the device takes GPS readings at lesser intervals in order to use less power creates an acceptable verification record.  For multi-day trips, you can turn it off overnight, and should recharge while stopped for the night (a separate .gpx track for each day is acceptable).  External batteries for backup don't weigh much and work well.

Signals

Canyons and forests can obscure the signal from the orbiting GPS satellites. Occasionally find a clear area to get a signal.

Trip Report

The traditional means of verification is a trip report written ASAP after the completion of your trip based on detailed notes taken during the trip. The TR along with photo's can be backup for verification, and it helps everyone connect with your experience of the trip.

Disclaimer

We are unable to verify the accuracy of every FKT submitted. If you think something is incorrect or misrepresented, please contact us and let's discuss it.