The latest edition of the Cub Report from the Great Smoky Mountains Association is reporting that three hiking feats and records were set in the Smokies or on the AT this summer.
I was already aware of the fastest hike ever on the entire 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail, set by Jennifer Pharr Davis back in July. However, I was not aware of two amazing accomplishments set on Mt. LeConte last month:
* On September 22nd, Davis Soehn and friends hiked all 6 trails to Mt. LeConte in 22 hours and 2 minutes, hiking roughly 50 miles in the process. That's just over 2.25 miles per hour - every hour! You can read their report here.
* Another man set a record by hiking the most trips to Mt. LeConte in a single day. On September 30th John Northrup hiked to LeConte via the Alum Cave Trail 5 times in a day. That's 50 miles in just under 17 hours (just under 3 miles per hour!). Last year he hiked all 6 trails to Mt. LeConte and all the overlooks in under 17 hours.
The GSMA didn't mention (though they did in a previous issue) that David Worth broke the record last May for the fastest trek across the Appalachian Trail in the Smokies. David ran/walked/trekked 72 miles - from Fontana Dam to Davenport Gap - in 14 hours and 50 minutes (a little less than 5 miles per hour!).
Congrats to all!