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New John Muir Trail Speed Record

I hiked the John Muir Trail in 13 Days. People tell me that’s fast, and I guess that it is (although it didn’t really feel fast when I was doing it).

But in August, ultrarunners Hal Koerner and Mike Wolfe set a new John Muir Trail speed record when they finished the trail in 3 days, 12 hours, and 41 minutes — or 3 days, 9 hours, and 5 minutes if they’d started from the summit of Mt. Whitney (technically the southern beginning/end of the John Muir Trail). They traveled south to north — that is, from Mt. Whitney to Yosemite (most people choose to hike the JMT from north to south). But no matter which direction you go, three days is damn fast.

Adventure Journal has a nice feature gallery of the adventure, which (if I may be so bold) isn’t quite as comprehensive as my photos from the John Muir Trail.

You can read Wolfe’s account of the adventure over at iRunFar.com. Oh, and there’s a short video.

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