FKT stands for Fastest Known Time and can be accomplished by bike or on foot on just about any respectable trail or route you can come up with. Many FKT’s tend to be on trails that races aren’t allowed to be held on. Attempting an FKT allows you to train & schedule for it as you wish. The date you chose to make the attempt is up to you. An FKT can also be established during what would generally be a normal training day for you but you just happen to feel FKT good. There are 4 ways to go about an FKT.
Supported - Involves dedicated support teams that help you along your adventure. They are there for safety, efficiency, aid, support, etc. They allow you to travel the fastest and lightest.
Self Supported - FKT is attempted completely on your own, carrying all necessary gear but can include stashes or mini aid-stations you set up along the intended route. You can also use stores that you may come across.
Unsupported - This FKT requires you to travel and rely solely on yourself. All your gear is carried from start to finish but water and nutrition can be obtained along the way from edible plants, berries, etc. and water can be collected from natural springs or by water purification.
Party of 2 or more - All of the above can be accomplished with another athlete or as many as you wish, with respect to the FKT attempt, trails, wildlife, other people you may encounter, safety, and so on.
FKT’s are extremely intense and difficult in nature. They are dangerous and should only be attempted by experienced athletes who feel fit, knowledgeable and fully informed about their intended route. If you decide to attempt / establish an FKT or explore some of the routes, please inform someone about your intended route, start time, approx. finish, bailout points, emergency contacts, etc.
Plan C was to head north to ride the Camel’s Hump by the Bamforth Ridge, where the trailhead was about 2k feet lower. It was raining hard as I drove north, and I was starting to accept that I might be out for a 7 hour ride with no run.
This was plan D, and what a fine plan it turned out to be. The forecast for Sunday did look quite bad, with rain and high winds (50-70mph), and the possibility of thunderstorms...
Karl Meltzer just completed the 2,190 mile Appalachian Trail in record time, 45 days, 22 hours, 38 minutes, beating Scott Jurek's 2015 record by 9 hours 30 minutes!
A few weeks ago, I received an email from Rufus Frost asking me if I was interested in being involved in the filming of a FKT attempt on the 18.4 mile Presidential Traverse. They thought the idea of an FKT attempt would be a good fit for a World of Adventure episode on Outside TV, as well as provide good footage for a Subaru ad.
Date: December 27th, 2015
Location: Bear Mountain & Harriman State Park, NY.
Adventure: Suffern Bear Mountain Trail North to South
Data: 23 miles, 6,000+ feet elevation gain.
Date: November 22nd, 2015
Location: North Eastern Catskills of New York
Adventure: Devil’s Path, 25 miles of Catskill rocks and roots with 10k of climbing
Date: Sunday, September 20th, 2015
Location: New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest
Adventure: Kinsman Ridge FKT - 15 miles, 6,850 feet of elevation gain.
Date: Sunday, August 30, 2015
Location: New Hampshires White Mountain National Forest & Sandwich Range Wilderness.
Adventure: 13.6 miles, 6,400 feet of elevation gain.
FKT date: August 8th, 2015
Location: Pemigewasset Wilderness, NH
Adventure: Pemi Loop FKT, 31 Miles, 9,500 feet elevation gain
Date: July 12th, 2015
Location: Suffern NY through Harriman State Park to Bear Mountain NY.
Adventure: 23 miles, 5,400 feet elevation gain
Date: June 14th, 2015
Location: Carter Moriah Range in New Hampshire
Adventure: 17.5 Miles, 6 summits over 4k, 8,000 feet elevation gain
Date: May 5th, 2015
Location: Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania
Adventure: 43 miles, 7000 feet elevation gain
On 1/19/15 Ben Nephew set a Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the Pachaug Trail which is a 24 mile U shaped trail through Eastern Connecticut from Green Fall Pond, to route 138 in the town of Griswold, with a short visit to Rhode Island. Like the Nehantic and Narragansett trails, it is mostly rolling single track interspersed with sections of jeep roads and few road crossings.
After several of the locals, mostly Ryan Welts and Adam Wilcox, had suggested that I would really enjoy the Tripyramid loop, I found some time to head up on August 10th...I’m finally getting around to posting some runs from this past summer!
Date: November 2nd, 2014
Location: Breakneck Ridge, Northern Hudson Area of New York
Adventure: 12.5 miles, 5,500 feet elevation gain
In 1958, Chris Goetze broke the 31 year-old record for the Mahoosuc Traverse by over two hours, running the rugged 29 mile route with over 10k of climb in 8:06:30. Late last week, Ryan Welts emailed a few of us to see if anyone was interested in joining him for a hard run over the traverse.
Soon after I finished the North South trail in RI, I started thinking about some of the nearby Blue Blazed trails in CT. I had done an out and back on the Nehantic trail and was impressed by how well it was marked and the quality of the terrain. A few people mentioned that the Narragansett Trail was a much more interesting route,
By Ben Nephew
While I’m not the only one who struggles to select which pair of shoes for a race, I may be particularly challenged due to the vast number of inov-8 models I have to select from. Even after over 15 years of trail racing, I still find it difficult to decide on shoes for some races.
Date: October 13th, 2013
Location: Southern Catskills of NY, Slide Mountain Wilderness
Adventure: 14.2 Miles, 5,000 feet elevation gain
Date: September 9th, 2013
Location: White Mountains of New Hampshire
Adventure: 18.5 miles, 8,700 feet elevation gain
Date: August 11th, 2013
Location: Adirondacks of New York
Adventure: 9.5 miles, 3,800+ feet elevation gain