Karl Metzler’s third attempt to set the fastest known time (FKT) for hiking/running the Appalachian Trail begins in early August, 2016.
I know. This stuff makes you crazy, right? People react to such news as if Karl were making your mother carry his pack all the way and pick up his trash.
It seems “hike your own hike” ends when someone wants to use the Trail for their own personal measure of achievement. Me? Take 20 years and walk backwards. Skip on one foot from Springer to Katahdin, while singing, Waltzing Matilda. I don’t care. You get to hike your own hike. So does Karl. (Unless he wants your mother to carry his pack.)