Earlier this week Dwayne Parton arrived at the top of Mount Katahdin just 96 days after setting out from Georgia.
96 days isn't a record (the fastest time ever is 46 days) but completing the trail in under 100 days is still a great achievement.
The average thru-hike takes six months, so Dwayne was twice as fast as most hikers.
Dwayne needed to cover between 25 and 30 miles every day for 3 months.
In addition to his speed there's a couple of other notable things about his hike.
First, he did it all with his dog Lucy.
Second, he recorded videos on nearly every day of his hike.
If you're interested in what a thru-hike is like, it's well worth spending some time watching the videos on DwayneParton.com. You might not be able to complete the trail in 3 months, but you'll certainly get a feel for what it takes to finish the trail.
Here's the video from the first day of his hike:
And here's the video from the last day, with Dwayne on top of Katahdin:
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The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics & the Appalachian Trail Conservancy produced the "Don't Be That Guy" videos to protect the Appalachian Trail.