Carly Moree Aims to Set New Pacific Crest Trail Speed Record
You read that correctly. Our very own Carly “Papi” Moree, co-author of Pacific Crest Trials, is attempting a self-supported thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail in just 59 days. Moree will be embarking SOBO on the PCT starting on August, 8th 2016. The reigning record holder, Heather “Anish” Anderson, set the self-supported FKT (fastest known time) at 60 days, 17 hours, and 12 minutes in 2013.
According to the FKT proboard, a self-supported thru-hike is defined:
” hiker may use mail drops, facilities in towns along the way, and the kindness of strangers. Technically, any pre-arranged support such as friends meeting you along the trail with supplies would be considered ‘supported’.”
Moree is new to the world of FKT attempts, but is no stranger to long distance backpacking, coming off of a thru-hike of the PCT last year, and having hiked ~2,000 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 2013.
In her official announcement, Moree expresses gratitude toward previous thru-hike record holders and experienced long distance hikers, writing, “…thank you to everyone who took the time to answer my questions! Specifically, Heather ‘Anish’ Anderson, Ryan ‘Tuna Helper’ Weidert, Jen Pharr Davis, Joey Camps, Andy Bentz, and The Hiking Viking. I have so much respect and admiration for these individuals, as well as for Scott Williamson, Karel Sabbe, Joe McConaughy, Sam Fox, Swiz, David Mitchell, and all other people out there getting after it.”
As a good friend of Carly’s, I will not give the false pretense of objectivity. GO PAPI!!!! 🙂 But also a king kong sized high five for having the audacity to even try this. Anish is a superstar, and attempting to dethrone the Michael Jordan of hiking is an awe-inspiring undertaking. Live big!
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