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.)
Bottom line, this is an "attempt". I will try to eclipse the record of 46 days and change set last year by Scott Jurek ...
I hope to pass many thru hikers along the way. Much respect for all the thru hikers who support an incredible effort as I am about to undertake. Mother nature always has her way on the AT, so no promises, but this year, I'll have to say.....I've done all I can to make a reasonable attempt at the record. Let's just hope the stars all align this time.
Why not be happy for the guy and give him a kind word if he passes you along his way.
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