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 it charged.
Provide, if possible:
- 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 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.
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 DeLormes can send custom text messages explaining your situation ("Weather is bad, I'm exiting at XX trailhead, please pick me up in XX hours”). Note that SPOT and DeLorme do not archive data files; download and save it soon.
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. They do, however generate a GPS track of your activity.
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, etc), it is likely they will be used more for verification.
Canyons and forests can obscure the signal from the orbiting GPS satellites. Occasionally find a clear area to get a signal.
You can turn your tracker OFF overnight to save battery life. Keep it charged, and extra batteries help.
The most time-honored means of verification is a trip report written ASAP after the completion of your trip based on detailed notes taken during the trip. Not only is the TR important for verification, it helps everyone connect with your experience of the trip.
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.