About the Appalachian Trail

 

What is the prettiest part of the trail and what was the most difficult part?
The White Mountains of New Hampshire were both the prettiest and most difficult. The A.T. in that section has very few switchbacks and the climbs and descents were very frequent and dramatic.
Overall, how fast did you go?
I averaged just a little over 3.5 miles per hour. (11 hours and 24 minutes per day).
How many pairs of shoes did you use?
I used four pairs of Nike Air Pegasus.
Where did you sleep?
I slept in people’s houses and hotels most of the time (whenever I could). I also slept in the trail shelters, hostels, and the back of a pick up truck once.
What did you carry as you ran?
I wore a fanny pack with two water bottles. The amount of food I carried depended on how far I had to go. The number and placement of road crossings varies greatly. I carried a variety of food items, determined by eating desires of the day.
Did someone run with you all of the time?
I probably had someone running with me 300 to 400 miles out of the 2144 total miles.
How long did you plan on taking for the A.T. before you began?
I had planned on 56 days and maybe taking 2 or 3 days off and finishing within the 60.5 days previous record.
How long did the 1st half take as compared to the 2nd half?
The 1st half took 27 days and 4 hours and the 2nd half took 25 days and 5 hours.
Why were you faster in the second half?
I got rid of all my nagging injuries and reached a higher level of fitness.
What was the hardest and easiest part of an average day?
I enjoyed the morning hours most because it was cool and my energy level was very high. The afternoon hours were the hardest because of the heat and low energy levels.
Describe a typical day.
I would get up between 4 and 5 a.m. and run/walk 10 to 12 hours, shower, eat, get ready for the next day, make a few calls and try to get in bed between 8 and 9 p.m.
Did you have any major injuries or problems?
Coming out of the Smokies, I developed shin splints in one leg and later developed it in the other leg.
When did you run again after finishing the trail?
I ran two miles four days after finishing. It was unbelievably difficult to run those two miles.
How long did it take you to get fit?
I got fit and injury free at Harper’s Ferry W. VA. The mileage at this point is just under 1,000 miles.
What scared you the most on the trail?
Grouse. These birds (The size of a small chicken) would fly up (explode) right next to your feet.
What did you drink?
I drank Conquest (about 1.5 gallons per day) and water.
Is your A.T. Record listed in the Guinness Book Of World Records or any other place?
Guinness does not recognize the record because they can’t verify each and every mile was covered. The Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association (ALDHA) recognizes the record.
Are you and Maineak good friends and keep in touch?
We became and still remain the best of friends. I consider him one of my closest friends. During thesummer of 1997, Maniac, Muffy and I climbed Mt. Katahdin and some other mountains in Maine and New Hampshire. It was nice to be on top of the last mountain of the A.T. together.
Did Maineak run on the trail?
Maineak primarily walked on the A.T. He averaged over 16 hours on the A.T. for just under 56 days…..What an amazing feat.
Would you do the trail again?
Probably not, but if someone broke my record, it would really make me consider it.
Do you think anyone will ever break your record?
Yes, it is just a matter of time. I would like to be on top of Mt. Katahdin to shake their hand when they arrive there.

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