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Red Hat
07-12-2011, 22:34
Latest Warren update: "Odyssa update: In the last eight days, she has hiked 406.1 miles, a phenomenal 50.8 mpd. 19.5 days to go"... I'd say she has less than 1000 miles left.

Driver8
07-13-2011, 00:27
Day 20: Arden Valley Road to County 519 (NJ) -- 45 miles (851 total)
Day 21: County 519 (NJ) to Fox Gap (PA 191) -- 52 miles (903 total)


Latest Warren update: "Odyssa update: In the last eight days, she has hiked 406.1 miles, a phenomenal 50.8 mpd. 19.5 days to go"... I'd say she has less than 1000 miles left.

So depending on which day WD's post is through, she's either at 1257 through Monday or 1309 through Tuesday, probably the former, leaving her with either 923 to go from Monday or 871 from Tuesday. She has built up some cushion as hoped in the relative flats of the mid-Atlantics. If she can maintain a strong pace though to I-81, building up a little more cush, that would be great. At present, she has roughly 7 hours of cushion versus the average pace she needs to beat for the entire AT.

map man
07-13-2011, 01:01
Thanks for the update, Red Hat! Looks like she did about 50.5 miles per day in her fourth week of hiking. Looking very good. If my math and location guesses are right if she did 47.5 miles per day in the 18 days from day 29 to day 46 that would put her at Dick's Creek Gap in northern Georgia, and from there an around-the-clock push starting on the morning of day 47 would get her the record with maybe a half day to spare. A lot of ifs, I know, but she must be feeling like this really is within her grasp barring mishap.

Sly
07-13-2011, 07:16
If she can maintain a strong pace though to I-81, building up a little more cush, that would be great. At present, she has roughly 7 hours of cushion versus the average pace she needs to beat for the entire AT.

Seven hours of cushion doesn't sound like much but it looks like this could come down to the last few minutes.

Grinder
07-13-2011, 07:48
there have been several references to Warren Doyle reporting Jenn's progress on his web site/ facebook page/somewhere.

I can't find it. I found his facebook page, but no link from there.

Can anyone provide a link? I'd like to root for Jenn in the home stretch.

I love Brew's time lagged updates. I can't imagine finding the time to do them. The support work is as hard, in a different way, as the hiking itself.

TIA

Red Hat
07-13-2011, 09:22
there have been several references to Warren Doyle reporting Jenn's progress on his web site/ facebook page/somewhere.

I can't find it. I found his facebook page, but no link from there.

Can anyone provide a link? I'd like to root for Jenn in the home stretch.

I love Brew's time lagged updates. I can't imagine finding the time to do them. The support work is as hard, in a different way, as the hiking itself.

TIA

Sorry, no linki. you have to be friends with Warren to read it. It comes up on my "recent posts" in news feed on facebook.

Lone Wolf
07-13-2011, 10:03
I love Brew's time lagged updates. I can't imagine finding the time to do them. The support work is as hard, in a different way, as the hiking itself.

TIAbeen there, done that on 3 different speed hikes

Slo-go'en
07-13-2011, 10:39
I hope this current heat wave doesn't hurt her. It must be brutal down there right now!

Digger'02
07-13-2011, 10:44
Brew! Please tell JFD that she has all of our support from Asheville! Can't wait to see you guys do a victory-lap!

SawnieRobertson
07-13-2011, 10:56
The most wonderful thing about Odyssa is her humble attitude towards the FYI, the heat and humidity in SW Virginia is not as bad as it could be at this time. She lives even farther south. She knows what she is going to be going through. God bless and keep her.--Kinnickinic

Sly
07-13-2011, 12:49
There was a post on the at-l early this morning from a northbounder who claims Jen passed him in the SNP today. Moving too fast to get a picture. He didn't say where in the SNP.

So, after today she could have anywhere from just over 900 to about 800 miles left.

double d
07-13-2011, 14:04
Good luck, stay safe and don't forget to look around and enjoy how wonderful the AT is!

Driver8
07-14-2011, 16:51
Two nice new journals today getting her to last Thurs and between Port Clinton and Duncannon. Nice group photo of her collected support crew with one day's journal.

Red Hat
07-14-2011, 23:40
Another update from Warren: "Odyssa update (after 29 days) - 1303.9 miles 44.96 mpd
18.5 days left 877.1 miles 47.4 mpd " That puts her on Skyline Drive on day 29, and out of SNP by now.... fantastic!

map man
07-15-2011, 00:35
Day 1: Katahdin to Jo Mary Road -- 56 miles (56 total)
Day 2: Jo Mary Road to location near Long Pond Stream ford -- 44 miles (100 total)
Day 3: Long Pond Stream ford to Boise Cascade Logging Road -- 46 miles (146 total)
Day 4: Boise Cascade Logging Road to ME 27 (Stratton) -- 42 miles (188 total)
Day 5: ME27 (Stratton) to Sabbath Day Pond -- 41 miles (229 total)
Day 6: Sabbath Day Pond to Grafton Notch -- 38 miles (267 total)
Day 7: Grafton Notch to Gorham NH -- 31 miles (298 total)
Day 8: Gorham to Mt. Washington -- 34 miles (332 total)
Day 9: Mt. Washington to Gale River Trail Junction -- 30 miles (362 total)
Day 10: Gale River Trail Junction to Glencliff -- 38 miles (400 total)
Day 11: Glencliff to Hanover -- 43 miles (443 total)
Day 12: Hanover to dirt road near Stony Brook Shelter -- 36 miles (479 total)
Day 13: Near Stony Brook Shelter to Danby-Landgrove Road -- 42 miles (521 total)
Day 14: Danby-Landgrove Road to near Kid Gore Shelter -- 43 miles (564 total)
Day 15: Near Kid Gore to Cheshire MA -- 47 miles (611 total)
Day 16: Cheshire to Great Barrington (MA 23) -- 49 miles (660 total)
Day 17: MA 23 to West Cornwall Road -- 48 miles (708 total)
Day 18: West Cornwall Road to NY 52 (Stormville) -- 49 miles (757 total)
Day 19: NY 52 to Arden Valley Road -- 49 miles (806 total)
Day 20: Arden Valley Road to County 519 (NJ) -- 45 miles (851 total)
Day 21: County 519 (NJ) to Fox Gap (PA 191) -- 52 miles (903 total)
Day 22: Fox Gap to Fort Franklin Road -- 45 miles (948 total)
Day 23: Fort Franklin Road to PA 645 (Pine Grove) -- 48 miles (996 total)
Day 24: PA 645 to PA 850 -- 54 miles (1050 total)
Day 25: PA 850 to Sandy Sod Junction -- 52 miles (1102 total)
Day 26: Sandy Sod Junction to Crampton Gap (MD) -- 53 miles (1155 total)
Day 27: Crampton Gap to near Dicks Dome Shelter -- 50 miles (1205 total)
Day 28: Dicks Dome Shelter to Skyland Lodge -- 52 miles (1257 total)
Day 29: Skyland Lodge to Browns Gap (SNP) -- 47 miles (1304 total)

Here's the latest daily update from the web site. Days 21 through 24 comprised the stretch with the most cursed awkward rocky footing on the AT (though fairly flat by AT standards) and she averaged around 50 miles per day. She is doing very well indeed.

map man
07-15-2011, 00:50
Thanks Red Hat, for another update! Looks like that in days 25-29, on a stretch that is arguably the easiest on the AT (Central Pennsylvania through Shenandoah National Park in Virginia) she averaged around 51 miles per day. And after Waynesboro (which she's on pace to pass during day 30) the elevation gain and loss per mile gradually increases for the rest of the hike, but I doubt that will slow her down much.

Driver8
07-15-2011, 01:26
Thanks Red Hat, for another update! Looks like that in days 25-29, on a stretch that is arguably the easiest on the AT (Central Pennsylvania through Shenandoah National Park in Virginia) she averaged around 51 miles per day. And after Waynesboro (which she's on pace to pass during day 30) the elevation gain and loss per mile gradually increases for the rest of the hike, but I doubt that will slow her down much.

I expect her to have some 45 mile days from Waynesboro to Fontana Dam, but some near 50, too. I have a feeling that she will be so strong, if she has anything left in the tank, that she might even have it in her to pull a continuous hike from US 64 to Springer - as I think you speculated - to close it out.

Hoop Time
07-15-2011, 10:36
It looks like the only thing that might stop her now would be injury or illness. Both remain a concern to the end, especially since it seems she is getting less sleep than you would think would be ideal for someone involved in such a physically demanding endeavor. Hopefully she can avoid any sort of "breakdown" and accomplish the record.

On the downside, once she finishes, I will no longer be able to respond to my daughter's complaints about being rousted from bed at 9 a.m. by saying "Jenn Pharr Davis has already gone over 10 miles today"

perrito
07-15-2011, 12:12
On the downside, once she finishes, I will no longer be able to respond to my daughter's complaints about being rousted from bed at 9 a.m. by saying "Jenn Pharr Davis has already gone over 10 miles today"
Good one! I'm gonna use that!

Dutch2011
07-15-2011, 21:44
I suported Jennifer for the last ten days and left today to go to Washington. I can say she is doing really good. The rest you will see on her blog the next few days!

Hoop Time
07-16-2011, 00:20
Hey Dutch, was nice meeting you out at the 183 road crossing.

Just read her latest blog update. I was impressed before, but am even more so now. That 53.9 mile day 24 came last Friday. The post mentions the day long rain, but anybody who was at the Billville feed knows that was not just a slow steady rain. It absolutely poured. And I recall seeing the Doppler radar that day and thinking how the worst of it seemed to be over the areas between Duncannon and Pine Grove where I figured she would be passing.

Driver8
07-16-2011, 01:04
I suported Jennifer for the last ten days and left today to go to Washington. I can say she is doing really good. The rest you will see on her blog the next few days!

Thanks for your report, Dutch. Y'all are doing an awesome job, and Jen is simply amazing. That boardwalk photo speaks volumes - she has perfect form, superb posture, powerful, sculpted legs. To say she's a world-class athlete is to understate it overstatedly. :)

trixie
07-16-2011, 06:59
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2011/07/samford_grad_halfway_to_appala.html (http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2011/07/samford_grad_halfway_to_appala.html)

Carl in FL
07-16-2011, 12:13
Good article, although I see the Trail has been shortened again...

I'm rooting for her!

Red Hat
07-16-2011, 12:21
... That 53.9 mile day 24 came last Friday... If that is correct, then yesterday was day 31... and she is some 100 miles further south of Warren's report now... somewhere in central VA. Dutch, thanks for being part of her crew! I can't imagine running with her like you and Melissa... wow! Glad to have friends along for her safety in numbers...
Go Odyssa!

map man
07-17-2011, 10:48
I've updated post #265 with her daily progress through day 26 now. As Brew points out, she has averaged double marathons daily for days 24 through 26. I once did 52 miles in a day during a trail race and my quads were shot for a week-and-a-half afterwards!

Kerosene
07-17-2011, 11:41
I once did 52 miles in a day during a trail race and my quads were shot for a week-and-a-half afterwards!Your quads weren't developed like hers though! Actually, I believe that it is a combination of strength, strength balance (hams/quads/tendons), fast- vs. slow-twitch muscle make-up, mechanics, nutrition, body chemistry, pain threshold, and an incredible amount of mental stamina. Only a very tiny percentage of the human race would have all of these attributes to perform like this.

Sly
07-17-2011, 13:19
Your quads weren't developed like hers though! Actually, I believe that it is a combination of strength, strength balance (hams/quads/tendons), fast- vs. slow-twitch muscle make-up, mechanics, nutrition, body chemistry, pain threshold, and an incredible amount of mental stamina. Only a very tiny percentage of the human race would have all of these attributes to perform like this.

Then you have to want to. Cut the very tiny, to teeny tiny.

Carl in FL
07-17-2011, 19:07
Then you have to want to. Cut the very tiny, to teeny tiny.

In fact, cut that teeny tiny to miniscule and even though there's "x" that
can and want to, there's still only one out there doing it right now.
She is something else, that's for sure. Amazing!

k2basecamp
07-17-2011, 19:29
Yes, and a very good support crew.

SawnieRobertson
07-17-2011, 20:26
It looks like the only thing that might stop her now would be injury or illness. Both remain a concern to the end, especially since it seems she is getting less sleep than you would think would be ideal for someone involved in such a physically demanding endeavor. Hopefully she can avoid any sort of "breakdown" and accomplish the record.

On the downside, once she finishes, I will no longer be able to respond to my daughter's complaints about being rousted from bed at 9 a.m. by saying "Jenn Pharr Davis has already gone over 10 miles today"

That is funny. Thanks.--Kinnickinic

Second Half
07-17-2011, 20:34
She is crushing it.

Unbelievable.

map man
07-18-2011, 22:29
I've made another update to post #265, now with daily progress through day 28. One thing she and her crew are doing that future record attempters could learn from: it's a real morale boost to have friends (who are strong hikers) along to keep you company and hike short sections with you. And it seems like each new person who arrives to be part of the crew and hike with her gives her and everyone else an energy boost. I know that past speed hikers have also employed support crew and friends to hike along, but I'm getting the sense that the feeling of community that this particular bunch has is really proving to be an asset to her.

Driver8
07-20-2011, 23:18
Totally agree, Map Man. I marvel all the more at Jen that she did 31 miles the day she traversed the Presidentials. Insane! I did 5 miles each on an aborted attempt to ascent Mt. Washington via Boott Spur option (got to 4400' and turned back when leg cramping set in). By far and away the hardest trails I've seen. Rocks upon rocks, unrelenting granite. Gorgeous but fearsome. My hat is off to her.

Driver8
07-20-2011, 23:19
5 miles round trip, meant to say. ...

map man
07-20-2011, 23:32
I just updated post #265, adding day 29. Man, Brew's posts have been notable for candor, but I think he just topped himself with the day 29 post!

Second Half
07-21-2011, 05:15
Days 30, 31 & 32: Another 155.2 miles. Amazing.

How much ahead of record pace is she at this point?

Sly
07-21-2011, 09:44
So if she's about a week behind in her journals she's a little more than a week away from finishing? Next weekend sometime?

Second Half
07-21-2011, 10:22
So if she's about a week behind in her journals she's a little more than a week away from finishing? Next weekend sometime?

It's been said she started on June 15, to finish in under 47 days she'd have to be at Springer on July 31. Based on her distance after day 32, crunching some numbers it looks like she'll have to average about 48 miles per day over the last 15 days.

Red Hat
07-21-2011, 11:01
So if she's about a week behind in her journals she's a little more than a week away from finishing? Next weekend sometime? My thoughts exactly Sly. Daleville on Day 32... She is amazing! And I love Brew's journal writing. Anybody see her when she went through Damascus? should be past there now...

map man
07-21-2011, 23:49
Day 1: Katahdin to Jo Mary Road -- 56 miles (56 total)
Day 2: Jo Mary Road to location near Long Pond Stream ford -- 44 miles (100 total)
Day 3: Long Pond Stream ford to Boise Cascade Logging Road -- 46 miles (146 total)
Day 4: Boise Cascade Logging Road to ME 27 (Stratton) -- 42 miles (188 total)
Day 5: ME27 (Stratton) to Sabbath Day Pond -- 41 miles (229 total)
Day 6: Sabbath Day Pond to Grafton Notch -- 38 miles (267 total)
Day 7: Grafton Notch to Gorham NH -- 31 miles (298 total)
Day 8: Gorham to Mt. Washington -- 34 miles (332 total)
Day 9: Mt. Washington to Gale River Trail Junction -- 30 miles (362 total)
Day 10: Gale River Trail Junction to Glencliff -- 38 miles (400 total)
Day 11: Glencliff to Hanover -- 43 miles (443 total)
Day 12: Hanover to dirt road near Stony Brook Shelter -- 36 miles (479 total)
Day 13: Near Stony Brook Shelter to Danby-Landgrove Road -- 42 miles (521 total)
Day 14: Danby-Landgrove Road to near Kid Gore Shelter -- 43 miles (564 total)
Day 15: Near Kid Gore to Cheshire MA -- 47 miles (611 total)
Day 16: Cheshire to Great Barrington (MA 23) -- 49 miles (660 total)
Day 17: MA 23 to West Cornwall Road -- 48 miles (708 total)
Day 18: West Cornwall Road to NY 52 (Stormville) -- 49 miles (757 total)
Day 19: NY 52 to Arden Valley Road -- 49 miles (806 total)
Day 20: Arden Valley Road to County 519 (NJ) -- 45 miles (851 total)
Day 21: County 519 (NJ) to Fox Gap (PA 191) -- 52 miles (903 total)
Day 22: Fox Gap to Fort Franklin Road -- 45 miles (948 total)
Day 23: Fort Franklin Road to PA 645 (Pine Grove) -- 48 miles (996 total)
Day 24: PA 645 to PA 850 -- 54 miles (1050 total)
Day 25: PA 850 to Sandy Sod Junction -- 52 miles (1102 total)
Day 26: Sandy Sod Junction to Crampton Gap (MD) -- 53 miles (1155 total)
Day 27: Crampton Gap to near Dicks Dome Shelter -- 50 miles (1205 total)
Day 28: Dicks Dome Shelter to Skyland Lodge -- 52 miles (1257 total)
Day 29: Skyland Lodge to Browns Gap (SNP) -- 47 miles (1304 total)
Day 30: Browns Gap to VA 56 -- 53 miles (1357 total)
Day 31: VA 56 to Matts Creek Shelter -- 50 miles (1407 total)
Day 32: Matts Creek Shelter to VA 652 -- 52 miles (1459 total)
Day 33: VA 652 to Sinking Creek Mountain -- 47 miles (1506 total)
Day 34: Sinking Creek Mtn. to Pearisburg -- 47 miles (1553 total)
Day 35: Pearisburg to VA 615 -- 50 miles (1603 total)
Day 36: VA 615 to VA 16 -- 49 miles (1652 total)
Day 37: VA 16 to US 58 (Summit Cut, VA) -- 47 miles (1699 total)
Day 38: US 58 to Vendeventer Shelter (TN) -- 50 miles (1749 total)
Day 39: Vandeventer Shelter to Doll Flats -- 46 miles (1795 total)
Day 40: Doll Flats to Erwin TN -- 46 miles (1841 total)

If the surmise is correct that she started on June 15 this last journal post for Day 34 is only three days behind where she actually is. Perhaps they are cutting down on the lag time as they get closer to the finish. Her per day average through day 34 is about 45.7 miles per day.

And a reminder: if she did start on June 15 (4:06 AM) then in order to beat the record she needs to get to Springer Mountain before 5:37 PM on August 1.

map man
07-22-2011, 00:10
Based on where she is after day 34 (Pearisburg, around 628 miles from the finish) and assuming she might be willing to hike as much as 1.5 days around the clock for a final push, if she:

Averages 48.1 miles per day for days 35-46 she'd be at Unicoi Gap with only 51 miles left (a piece of cake for her to accomplish in 1.5 days -- she'd probably do it in 16 to 18 hours).

Averages 46.7 miles per day she'd be at Dick's Creek Gap with 67 miles left (still no problem in 1.5 days if she's not injured).

Averages 45.5 miles per day she'd be at Deep Gap with 82 miles left (very doable for her).

Averages 44.4 miles per day she'd be at Mooney Gap with 95 miles left (this would be cutting it close if she moves at her normal hiking pace the last 1.5 days around the clock).

Averages 43.4 miles per day she'd be at Winding Stair Gap with 107 miles left (this might be at her outer limit for 1.5 days of continuous hiking even if she's able to do a little running).

Driver8
07-22-2011, 01:21
Based on where she is after day 34 (Pearisburg, around 628 miles from the finish) and assuming she might be willing to hike as much as 1.5 days around the clock for a final push, if she:

Averages 48.1 miles per day for days 35-46 she'd be at Unicoi Gap with only 51 miles left (a piece of cake for her to accomplish in 1.5 days -- she'd probably do it in 16 to 18 hours).

Averages 46.7 miles per day she'd be at Dick's Creek Gap with 67 miles left (still no problem in 1.5 days if she's not injured).

Averages 45.5 miles per day she'd be at Deep Gap with 82 miles left (very doable for her).

Averages 44.4 miles per day she'd be at Mooney Gap with 95 miles left (this would be cutting it close if she moves at her normal hiking pace the last 1.5 days around the clock).

Averages 43.4 miles per day she'd be at Winding Stair Gap with 107 miles left (this might be at her outer limit for 1.5 days of continuous hiking even if she's able to do a little running).

She's got just over half a hiking day's worth of cushion, which, if she were willing and able to do a long haul for the last stretch into Springer would give her even more cushion. Assuming normal sleep and hiking schedule, she's got a solid 9 hours or so of cushion, which is very promising. Hope the weather turns cool for her. Assuming no calamities and reasonably cooperative weather, she's got a great chance here. She's outpacing the average needed pace by about three quarters of a mile per day. Very solid!

map man
07-22-2011, 22:34
I've updated post #291 through day 36 now -- there is now just a two day lag between the updates on the web site and her actual location. Brew mentions in his last post to please not try to meet Jen while she is en route but well-wishers are welcome to meet her at the end at Springer. He estimates on day 36 that if things go well she will finish either on the evening of July 31 or the morning of August 1. I'm guessing they will know more exactly as time goes on.

Red Hat
07-22-2011, 22:37
Warren FB Update: "Odyssa update: 37 days done 1,699.7 miles 45.9 mpd
10.5 days left 481.3 miles to go 45.8 mpd
+70.2 physical miles ahead of Andrew (+47.2 time/clock miles ahead)
Goodbye ridge&valley province. Hello western edge of the Blue Ridge."

so Warren's update is only one day ahead of Brew's and probably a day or so behind actual... Excited for her!

Driver8
07-22-2011, 23:22
Warren FB Update: "Odyssa update: 37 days done 1,699.7 miles 45.9 mpd
10.5 days left 481.3 miles to go 45.8 mpd
+70.2 physical miles ahead of Andrew (+47.2 time/clock miles ahead)
Goodbye ridge&valley province. Hello western edge of the Blue Ridge."

so Warren's update is only one day ahead of Brew's and probably a day or so behind actual... Excited for her!

So she did 47-ish miles Thursday. Every day for a long time above the needed 44.95 per day average for the whole trail. Nice! She's looking very strong coming into the home stretch. I believe, so long as significant misfortune is avoided, she will get this done, and Brew's forecast of late 7/31 or early 8/1 sounds solid. A little early for the happy dancing banana icon, but we're getting close. :)

Violent Green
07-23-2011, 00:08
She's still got some pretty hefty climbs ahead of her, especially with how hot it is in the southeast right now. 105-110 heat indexes suck the life out of you. But, I'm excited that she's on pace to do it! Admittedly, I didn't think she could.

Ryan

Red Hat
07-23-2011, 00:23
She's still got some pretty hefty climbs ahead of her, especially with how hot it is in the southeast right now. 105-110 heat indexes suck the life out of you. But, I'm excited that she's on pace to do it! Admittedly, I didn't think she could.

Ryan You are kidding, right? She's been hiking in the same heat for the past few weeks. And she's headed into the Tennessee Turnpike now! Nothing "hefty" until GSMNP.

Lone Wolf
07-23-2011, 05:51
She's still got some pretty hefty climbs ahead of her, especially with how hot it is in the southeast right now. there are no hefty climbs in the south. they're all switchbacks

Marta
07-23-2011, 06:39
This is her home turf. She should have good support here, as well as knowing the terrain well. She did some astonishing mileage in NC on 2008.

Driver8
07-23-2011, 07:42
She's still got some pretty hefty climbs ahead of her, especially with how hot it is in the southeast right now. 105-110 heat indexes suck the life out of you.

It'll neither be as hot nor as humid above 4K feet. She'll deal with 90-ish heat indices at worst. She can also limit her mid-day hiking and hike at night, with lights, if needed. They're a very smart, experience crew and she's an elite athlete, on her home turf as others have said. I like her chances a lot.

Bearpaw
07-23-2011, 10:51
She's still got some pretty hefty climbs ahead of her, especially with how hot it is in the southeast right now. 105-110 heat indexes suck the life out of you. But, I'm excited that she's on pace to do it! Admittedly, I didn't think she could.

Ryan

It's a lot cooler than you would think. Remember, much of the TN/NC corridor is in the 5000-foot corridor. Last week, while the Tennessee Valley was sweltering in the upper 90's and low 100's, I was hiking the Standing Indian Ridgeline in the upper 70's. It was very humid, but the heat wasn't bad.

triggerracing
07-23-2011, 14:57
Hoping the best for her, there is a pic posted on Facebook today. She looks really thin, I know she was thin to start with, but this looks to have really taken a toll on her. She's got what it takes to pull it off, though.

Second Half
07-23-2011, 15:34
Hoping the best for her, there is a pic posted on Facebook today. She looks really thin, I know she was thin to start with, but this looks to have really taken a toll on her. She's got what it takes to pull it off, though.

Along with some scary and painful looking photos of her foot. Ouch!

The Solemates
07-23-2011, 23:06
yay for odyssa! this is exciting!

Second Half
07-24-2011, 00:07
Jen's husband just posted on facebook a link to an article that will appear in tomorrow's (Sunday) NY Times sports section:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/24/sports/speed-hiker-pharr-davis-thrives-on-rhythms-of-appalachian-trail.html?_r=2&ref=sports

map man
07-24-2011, 01:27
I've updated Jen's daily progress through day 37 in post #291. And the New York Times article confirms that she did start on June 15.

Red Hat
07-24-2011, 15:12
Latest Warren update: "Odyssa update: 39 days done 1,794.4 miles completed 46 mpd
8.5 days left 386.6 miles to do 45.5 mpd
+77.8 physical miles(+54.8 time/clock miles)Odyssa's apogee over Trail Dog
85% chance of setting new AT endurance record"

Day 37 put her in Damascus, Day 39 put her 95 miles south.... wow, right on track!

SawnieRobertson
07-24-2011, 15:37
Latest Warren update: "Odyssa update: 39 days done 1,794.4 miles completed 46 mpd
8.5 days left 386.6 miles to do 45.5 mpd
+77.8 physical miles(+54.8 time/clock miles)Odyssa's apogee over Trail Dog
85% chance of setting new AT endurance record"

Day 37 put her in Damascus, Day 39 put her 95 miles south.... wow, right on track!

Thanks, Red Hat, for passing this along. Everything about this feels good. It is hard to crew someone, but the significant number of friends who are continuing to do that tells me that she has been able to continue to be the pleasant, kind person she is throughout the strenuous days she has spent. That in itself is to me a wonderful accomplishment. The whole thing is good, good, good.--Kinnickinic

Lone Wolf
07-24-2011, 16:02
It is hard to crew someonenot really, i've done it a number of times

Carl in FL
07-24-2011, 16:56
85% chance of setting new AT endurance record"



Apologies if this sounds pedantic but - isn't she trying to set a speed record?
An endurance record would be for the longest time.

Violent Green
07-24-2011, 17:39
It's a lot cooler than you would think. Remember, much of the TN/NC corridor is in the 5000-foot corridor. Last week, while the Tennessee Valley was sweltering in the upper 90's and low 100's, I was hiking the Standing Indian Ridgeline in the upper 70's. It was very humid, but the heat wasn't bad.

What I was getting at is that if the temp & humidity at 1500 ft have an increase, there will also be a corresponding increase at 4k-5k feet. Where were you at in the TN Valley where temps were in the low 100's? We've been hitting mid 90's in Knoxville, but not nearly low 100's.

Ryan

Karl Meltzer
07-24-2011, 19:01
not really, i've done it a number of times

I'll make it easy for me next year.....

Karl Meltzer
07-24-2011, 19:06
Thanks, Red Hat, for passing this along. Everything about this feels good. It is hard to crew someone, but the significant number of friends who are continuing to do that tells me that she has been able to continue to be the pleasant, kind person she is throughout the strenuous days she has spent. That in itself is to me a wonderful accomplishment. The whole thing is good, good, good.--Kinnickinic

I think at this point, although finishing the AT should always be considered a success. It'll be a failure if she doesn't break the record now. The barn must certainly stink....really bad right now. And once she can smell the barn, she should easily be able to take the record down.

Great performance Jenn, you killed it!, now go get some ice cream.

SawnieRobertson
07-24-2011, 19:25
Ultimately, even if she has "killed it" already, it will be in her interest to exceed her greatest hopes by as much time as she can. Then it will be more difficult for someone else to beat her record. Besides that, I think she is into doing her best, not just what she has to do. Maybe we ought to go get her ice cream for her so that she won't have to do anything more than eat it. The whole performance has been magnificent, both Jenn's and Brew's. Applause! Applause!--Kinnickinic

k2basecamp
07-24-2011, 21:36
Karl - when are you starting and are you also going sobo ? BTW I caught you on vs world of adventure sports while i was waiting for the tour de france live coverage. Great segment on your pony express run. Congrats.

Sly
07-24-2011, 22:59
Apologies if this sounds pedantic but - isn't she trying to set a speed record?
An endurance record would be for the longest time.

While setting an endurance record doesn't necessarily mean fastest time, it doesn't mean longest time either. I think it has to more about the ability to endure physical stress and hardships while hiking 50 miles a day for 50 days.

Bearpaw
07-24-2011, 23:02
What I was getting at is that if the temp & humidity at 1500 ft have an increase, there will also be a corresponding increase at 4k-5k feet. Where were you at in the TN Valley where temps were in the low 100's? We've been hitting mid 90's in Knoxville, but not nearly low 100's.

Ryan

Chattanooga area. Three temperature signs (bank, school, and the thermometer in the shade on my back porch) all showed temps of 101 to 104.

scissor
07-25-2011, 10:37
What I was getting at is that if the temp & humidity at 1500 ft have an increase, there will also be a corresponding increase at 4k-5k feet. Where were you at in the TN Valley where temps were in the low 100's? We've been hitting mid 90's in Knoxville, but not nearly low 100's.

Ryan

Not enough increase to make a difference in the Smoky section. Mount LeConte lodge has never recorded a temperature in the 80s. That was built in the 20s + 30s. Its just a different ball game up there. Jen also talks about how she loves hot weather.

fiddlehead
07-25-2011, 11:12
I don't agree about the heat not bothering her.
I run in the Phuket International marathon every year.
Temps are between 85 and 105.
My fastest time was this year when it was a slight drizzle most of the race and in the 80's.
Most runners who come from different parts of the world admit that they run some of the slowest times they've ever had in this race.
It's a fairly flat course at sea level.

If it's 100 degrees or above, you can bet she's hoping for that slight drizzle.

mudhead
07-25-2011, 12:10
I have never met her, but she strikes me as the type that would, at the time, say she likes a typhoon.

People that can smile about barfing on themselves and their new shoes are few and far between.

Violent Green
07-25-2011, 13:26
Not enough increase to make a difference in the Smoky section. Mount LeConte lodge has never recorded a temperature in the 80s. That was built in the 20s + 30s. Its just a different ball game up there. Jen also talks about how she loves hot weather.

Very few mountains in the East are 6600 ft in elevation, even in the Smokies. The vast majority are 1500 ft less. All things being equal, a 10 deg increase here in the valley will equate to 6-7 deg increase at Newfound gap. To me, running at 80deg is better than 86 deg.

Ryan

bobqzzi
07-25-2011, 13:42
Temperature can make a huge difference in athletic perfomance. A number of years ago someone (Gerry Tatrai IIRC) in the Race Across America endurance bike race was clever enough to run a spray bar on their support vehicle which continually misted them with water. It was enough of an advantage that the practice was outlawed.

I am completely astounded at Jen's incredible athletic perfomance. Go Jen, go.

jersey joe
07-25-2011, 13:50
It should be fun following your attempt next year Karl! Especially if Jen gets the record this year. Jen's hike has been nothing short of amazing so far.

Blissful
07-25-2011, 13:52
She is amazing. Wish she could get an Olympic gold at the end. She has outplayed Olympic athletes, imo.

HiKen2011
07-25-2011, 13:52
Temperature can make a huge difference in athletic perfomance. A number of years ago someone (Gerry Tatrai IIRC) in the Race Across America endurance bike race was clever enough to run a spray bar on their support vehicle which continually misted them with water. It was enough of an advantage that the practice was outlawed.

I am completely astounded at Jen's incredible athletic perfomance. Go Jen, go.

Ditto this!

Carl in FL
07-25-2011, 14:36
Temperature can make a huge difference in athletic perfomance. A number of years ago someone (Gerry Tatrai IIRC) in the Race Across America endurance bike race was clever enough to run a spray bar on their support vehicle which continually misted them with water. It was enough of an advantage that the practice was outlawed.

Wonder if anyone on the support team knows how to seed clouds.
This has been an awe-inspiring performance. I am looking forward to
a new record!

Bearpaw
07-25-2011, 15:00
I hope Jen is able to finish strong. Folks love a winner, and I admit to loving hearing how she is doing.

I'm also looking forward to hearing from Karl next year. Especially if he adopts Lone Wolf onto his support team. ;)

map man
07-25-2011, 20:40
Brew recently updated the web site and now I've updated post #291 (in page 15 of this thread) with daily progress through day 39. She was around 386 miles from the end after day 39 with eight full hiking days and most of a ninth to cover it in. Her prospects look very good. My guess is she is going to break the record by almost a full day.

Driver8
07-25-2011, 21:03
I would not be shocked to see her come in around midnight July 31/August 1. She appears to be in an awesome zone. Things are going right for her, she's feeling good, lots of friends and family helping, and even the raindrops are dodging her. One can't help but be warmed by the story. Exciting! :)

Karl Meltzer
07-25-2011, 23:23
Very few mountains in the East are 6600 ft in elevation, even in the Smokies. The vast majority are 1500 ft less. All things being equal, a 10 deg increase here in the valley will equate to 6-7 deg increase at Newfound gap. To me, running at 80deg is better than 86 deg.

Ryan

Jenn is irrelavent to temperature at this point She smells the barn.

tdoczi
07-25-2011, 23:41
Very few mountains in the East are 6600 ft in elevation, even in the Smokies. The vast majority are 1500 ft less. All things being equal, a 10 deg increase here in the valley will equate to 6-7 deg increase at Newfound gap. To me, running at 80deg is better than 86 deg.

Ryan

i dont know, the elevation profiles on my maps show the trail barely dropping below 3500 feet anywhere south of davenport gap, let alone 1500 feet. i think it drops that low maybe 3 or 4 times.

Sly
07-25-2011, 23:43
Day 40 has been posted on her blog. 45.5 miles to the Nolichucky. I don't think they're any more than a day behind in their updates, possibly two.

339.9 to go!

PS with the number of people around them now, I don't see any real reason for a lag in reporting.

map man
07-26-2011, 00:48
Sly, with the posting of day 40 (which I have added to post #291) it looks like, as you observed, they are now just one day behind her actual location.

Sly
07-26-2011, 01:14
Sly, with the posting of day 40 (which I have added to post #291) it looks like, as you observed, they are now just one day behind her actual location.

If I'm figuring this out correctly, a one day lag leaves a 42.5 mpd average to finish 8/1. Since she's hiking faster than that, it looks like she can pick up a day in the remaining week and break the record by a day.

Driver8
07-26-2011, 01:58
If I'm figuring this out correctly, a one day lag leaves a 42.5 mpd average to finish 8/1. Since she's hiking faster than that, it looks like she can pick up a day in the remaining week and break the record by a day.

She just needs to tread carefully and get plenty of rest. They look to be in the right frame of mind judging by Brew's newest post. I imagine they'll keep the 1 day lag until the final day. Likely sometime during the day Sunday 7/31, Brew will post the Saturday blog, giving an ETA for those wishing to meet her at Trail's end or Amicalola or wherever. Gets more exciting by the day. She looks to be on course to finish Sunday evening or night, maybe indeed shaving a full day off the record.

scissor
07-26-2011, 09:48
Very few mountains in the East are 6600 ft in elevation, even in the Smokies. The vast majority are 1500 ft less. All things being equal, a 10 deg increase here in the valley will equate to 6-7 deg increase at Newfound gap. To me, running at 80deg is better than 86 deg.

Ryan

My point was in reply to your original post which mentioned 4-5K not 1500. The forecast for her finish sat/sun/mon looks like it is going to cool down a bit to a high of 80s/low 90s in GA. Her stretch in VA seemed hotter.

Blissful
07-26-2011, 09:59
I heard some projected weather this weekend. ?
But I know that won't stop her.
Good job, Jenn.

Red Hat
07-26-2011, 20:56
Warren's Update at 8:30 edt "Odyssa update: 41 days done 1,888.3 miles completed 46.1 mpd
6.5 days left 292.7 miles to do 45.0 mpd
+67.3 physical miles ahead of Trail Dog (+44.3 time/clock miles)
Could it be her last Monday on this pilgrimage? 90% chance of setting a new endurance standard.

I agree, this is probably her last Monday on the trail. She should finish late Sunday...Awesome! Warren mentioned in another post on facebook that this isn't about speed (running), it's about endurance. Long hours walking from predawn to post dusk. No else one has attempted that (Warren says, since 1973)

Lone Wolf
07-26-2011, 21:31
Warren mentioned in another post on facebook that this isn't about speed (running), it's about endurance. Long hours walking from predawn to post dusk. No else one has attempted that (Warren says, since 1973)uh, BS. Maineak (Scott Grierson) did a speed hike in 1991 with a goal of 56 days. he WALKED every step and acheived his goal. he walked predawn to post dusk. i crewed him for 1600+ miles

k2basecamp
07-26-2011, 21:54
uh, BS. Maineak (Scott Grierson) did a speed hike in 1991 with a goal of 56 days. he WALKED every step and acheived his goal. he walked predawn to post dusk. i crewed him for 1600+ miles Scott did 56 days supported and Ward Leonard did 60.5 days unsupported?Was ward's record self-reported ? Maybe Mcneely should look into this too.

Violent Green
07-26-2011, 22:09
My point was in reply to your original post which mentioned 4-5K not 1500. The forecast for her finish sat/sun/mon looks like it is going to cool down a bit to a high of 80s/low 90s in GA. Her stretch in VA seemed hotter.

You misread my last post. The vast majority of mountains in the Smokies are ~1500 ft LESS than 6600ft Mt. Leconte. Not 1500 ft in total elevation. Doesnt matter really, we're pretty much beating a dead horse at this point. lol...Moral of the story is we all hope she makes it.

Sly
07-26-2011, 23:14
Warren's Update at 8:30 edt "Odyssa update: 41 days done 1,888.3 miles completed 46.1 mpd
6.5 days left 292.7 miles to do 45.0 mpd
+67.3 physical miles ahead of Trail Dog (+44.3 time/clock miles)
Could it be her last Monday on this pilgrimage? 90% chance of setting a new endurance standard.

I agree, this is probably her last Monday on the trail. She should finish late Sunday...Awesome! Warren mentioned in another post on facebook that this isn't about speed (running), it's about endurance. Long hours walking from predawn to post dusk. No else one has attempted that (Warren says, since 1973)

It's Tuesday (by my clock) with 292.7 miles to go @ 48.7 miles per day is 6 days, Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat., Sun., Monday.

If we're still a day behind (I hate that) she could knock 1.5 days off the record.

Sly
07-26-2011, 23:20
Warren mentioned in another post on facebook that this isn't about speed (running), it's about endurance. Long hours walking from predawn to post dusk. No else one has attempted that (Warren says, since 1973)

Sounds like BS to me. I'm sure Jen has run some of the trail. Who knows though, maybe she'll have more hours hiking than Andrew but in fewer days. That would still be a combination of "endurance" and speed.

Carl in FL
07-27-2011, 10:37
Sounds like BS to me. I'm sure Jen has run some of the trail. Who knows though, maybe she'll have more hours hiking than Andrew but in fewer days. That would still be a combination of "endurance" and speed.

It is possible for an outside source to verify the total elapsed time from start to finish.
It is not possible for an outside source to verify total time in forward motion (e.g. walking).
Total elapsed time is what everyone is going to go by, and it appears she has that beat
by a large enough margin that while her record might be bested, it doesn't seem like anyone
will ever achieve this margin again.

max patch
07-27-2011, 11:06
Sounds like BS to me. I'm sure Jen has run some of the trail.

Sounded like BS to me too. So I went to her blog and checked her FAQ:

So are you running?
Only if I can. It is great when I find a flat stretch or a gentle downhill and my body is willing and able to run. But most of the time I will be hiking. In fact, my average speed for the entire trip will likely hover somewhere between 3 and 3.5 miles per hour. Most hikers never realize that I am out trying to set a record. They just think that I am a day hiker or a really slow trail runner.

Sly
07-27-2011, 11:47
It is possible for an outside source to verify the total elapsed time from start to finish.
It is not possible for an outside source to verify total time in forward motion (e.g. walking).
Total elapsed time is what everyone is going to go by, and it appears she has that beat
by a large enough margin that while her record might be bested, it doesn't seem like anyone
will ever achieve this margin again.

Never say never.

Actually, if you look at her journal it has the time she started and finished each day.

I'm just using this as an example but let's say Andrew hiked an average of 12 hours a day for 47.5 days that would be 570 hours. Jen may very well hike 14 hours per day for 47 days or 658 hours.

Who's faster?

Maybe that's why Warren would prefer calling it an endurance record.

tdoczi
07-27-2011, 12:01
Never say never.

Actually, if you look at her journal it has the time she started and finished each day.

I'm just using this as an example but let's say Andrew hiked an average of 12 hours a day for 47.5 days that would be 570 hours. Jen may very well hike 14 hours per day for 47 days or 658 hours.

Who's faster?

Maybe that's why Warren would prefer calling it an endurance record.

well then i propose to sprint the AT 5 miles at a time with the rest of the day off. sure itll take me 435 days or so, but my total hours will be under 500 and i'll be the record holder, right?

bobqzzi
07-27-2011, 12:03
Never say never.

Actually, if you look at her journal it has the time she started and finished each day.

I'm just using this as an example but let's say Andrew hiked an average of 12 hours a day for 47.5 days that would be 570 hours. Jen may very well hike 14 hours per day for 47 days or 658 hours.

Who's faster?

Maybe that's why Warren would prefer calling it an endurance record.

Interesting point, but consider: someone could spend 1(or 3, 5, whatever) hour(s) a day doing the trail for however many says it would take to complete the trail and would certainly smash the "hours spent" record by a wide margin. What would you call that record?

I think the only reasonable approach is total elapsed time from start to finish.

Sly
07-27-2011, 12:06
well then i propose to sprint the AT 5 miles at a time with the rest of the day off. sure itll take me 435 days or so, but my total hours will be under 500 and i'll be the record holder, right?

Yup, you'd be a record holder of sorts.

Blissful
07-27-2011, 13:46
I saw her on the Long Trail in VT with the speed record back in '07. She was trail running, and she did it hopping over and around the rocks like a gazelle.

Carl in FL
07-27-2011, 13:58
Here's the bottom line: If you are the fastest race car at Indy but you spend
too much time in the pits, you will not be the winner. The winner is whoever
crosses the finish line first.

Jen's equivalent here is getting to the Springer register with less elapsed time
than the prior shortest elapsed time.

Sly
07-27-2011, 14:09
Interesting point, but consider: someone could spend 1(or 3, 5, whatever) hour(s) a day doing the trail for however many says it would take to complete the trail and would certainly smash the "hours spent" record by a wide margin. What would you call that record?

I think the only reasonable approach is total elapsed time from start to finish.




Here's the bottom line: If you are the fastest race car at Indy but you spend
too much time in the pits, you will not be the winner. The winner is whoever
crosses the finish line first.

Jen's equivalent here is getting to the Springer register with less elapsed time
than the prior shortest elapsed time.

All I was doing is trying to qualify Warren's assertion that Jen is breaking an endurance record and not a speed record.

Buffalo Skipper
07-27-2011, 14:13
I just read all the entries at http://jenniferpharrdavis.tumblr.com/. Up until the current page, the footnote at the bottom reflects an accurate posting date.

The front page now shows "Posted 19 years ago"

One would think they would not need to hang on to the data that long before posting.... :-?

Edited: Looks like whatever was causing this glitch is gone. :)

max patch
07-27-2011, 14:29
Warren mentioned in another post on facebook that this isn't about speed (running), it's about endurance. Long hours walking from predawn to post dusk. No else one has attempted that (Warren says, since 1973)

So Mr Doyle would have us believe that Warren's protege is hiking predawn to post dusk which is something no one has attempted since Warren himself did it in 1973. I don't believe that.

Tom Murphy
07-27-2011, 14:44
I'm just using this as an example but let's say Andrew hiked an average of 12 hours a day for 47.5 days that would be 570 hours. Jen may very well hike 14 hours per day for 47 days or 658 hours.

Who's faster?


OK, I'll bite.

Speed is distance divided by elapsed time.

The total elapsed time is measured from the first step to the last step.

The distance is assumed to be the same for all. i.e. the distance is "the entire AT".

So whomever finishes in the fast time is by defination the fast average speed.

In our example, Andrew choose to be stopped [zero speed] more often than Jennifer, thereby reducing his average speed.

This exercise is helpful because it highlights the fact that changes in the local trails that make up the AT may significantly change the distance.

Over time, those changes my be significant enough to blur the line on who is the "true record holder".

Lone Wolf
07-27-2011, 14:46
So Mr Doyle would have us believe that Warren's protege is hiking predawn to post dusk which is something no one has attempted since Warren himself did it in 1973. I don't believe that.i would wake Maineak most mornings around 4am and he would walk most days till around 9, 10, 11 at night averaging 2.8 miles per hour. his longest day was from 4:30 am to 1:00 am from gorham to east b hill rd.

Carl in FL
07-27-2011, 14:49
All I was doing is trying to qualify Warren's assertion that Jen is breaking an endurance record and not a speed record.

At this point it's semantics, but she will be breaking a speed record since speed = distance/time. Assuming the same distance, and Jen does a "shorter time" she will also have a "higher speed". We can argue definitions but not math.

Sly
07-27-2011, 14:54
OK, I'll bite.

Speed is distance divided by elapsed time.

The total elapsed time is measured from the first step to the last step.

The distance is assumed to be the same for all. i.e. the distance is "the entire AT".

So whomever finishes in the fast time is by defination the fast average speed.

In our example, Andrew choose to be stopped [zero speed] more often than Jennifer, thereby reducing his average speed.

This exercise is helpful because it highlights the fact that changes in the local trails that make up the AT may significantly change the distance.

Over time, those changes my be significant enough to blur the line on who is the "true record holder".

As Carl noted, it's semantics...

My question was a simple one, "who's faster?" While Jen will most likely beat the overall speed record, and hike the AT the fastest, in my scenerio, Andrew was the faster hiker, but Jen has endurance on her side.

Blissful
07-27-2011, 15:08
his longest day was from 4:30 am to 1:00 am from gorham to east b hill rd.

That is a tough tough section too. Kudos, wow

Red Hat
07-27-2011, 15:27
uh, BS. Maineak (Scott Grierson) did a speed hike in 1991 with a goal of 56 days. he WALKED every step and acheived his goal. he walked predawn to post dusk. i crewed him for 1600+ miles

Thanks, Lone Wolf, I figured you would know if anyone else had attempted it.

map man
07-28-2011, 01:35
Day 1: Katahdin to Jo Mary Road -- 56 miles (56 total)
Day 2: Jo Mary Road to location near Long Pond Stream ford -- 44 miles (100 total)
Day 3: Long Pond Stream ford to Boise Cascade Logging Road -- 46 miles (146 total)
Day 4: Boise Cascade Logging Road to ME 27 (Stratton) -- 42 miles (188 total)
Day 5: ME27 (Stratton) to Sabbath Day Pond -- 41 miles (229 total)
Day 6: Sabbath Day Pond to Grafton Notch -- 38 miles (267 total)
Day 7: Grafton Notch to Gorham NH -- 31 miles (298 total)
Day 8: Gorham to Mt. Washington -- 34 miles (332 total)
Day 9: Mt. Washington to Gale River Trail Junction -- 30 miles (362 total)
Day 10: Gale River Trail Junction to Glencliff -- 38 miles (400 total)
Day 11: Glencliff to Hanover -- 43 miles (443 total)
Day 12: Hanover to dirt road near Stony Brook Shelter -- 36 miles (479 total)
Day 13: Near Stony Brook Shelter to Danby-Landgrove Road -- 42 miles (521 total)
Day 14: Danby-Landgrove Road to near Kid Gore Shelter -- 43 miles (564 total)
Day 15: Near Kid Gore to Cheshire MA -- 47 miles (611 total)
Day 16: Cheshire to Great Barrington (MA 23) -- 49 miles (660 total)
Day 17: MA 23 to West Cornwall Road -- 48 miles (708 total)
Day 18: West Cornwall Road to NY 52 (Stormville) -- 49 miles (757 total)
Day 19: NY 52 to Arden Valley Road -- 49 miles (806 total)
Day 20: Arden Valley Road to County 519 (NJ) -- 45 miles (851 total)
Day 21: County 519 (NJ) to Fox Gap (PA 191) -- 52 miles (903 total)
Day 22: Fox Gap to Fort Franklin Road -- 45 miles (948 total)
Day 23: Fort Franklin Road to PA 645 (Pine Grove) -- 48 miles (996 total)
Day 24: PA 645 to PA 850 -- 54 miles (1050 total)
Day 25: PA 850 to Sandy Sod Junction -- 52 miles (1102 total)
Day 26: Sandy Sod Junction to Crampton Gap (MD) -- 53 miles (1155 total)
Day 27: Crampton Gap to near Dicks Dome Shelter -- 50 miles (1205 total)
Day 28: Dicks Dome Shelter to Skyland Lodge -- 52 miles (1257 total)
Day 29: Skyland Lodge to Browns Gap (SNP) -- 47 miles (1304 total)
Day 30: Browns Gap to VA 56 -- 53 miles (1357 total)
Day 31: VA 56 to Matts Creek Shelter -- 50 miles (1407 total)
Day 32: Matts Creek Shelter to VA 652 -- 52 miles (1459 total)
Day 33: VA 652 to Sinking Creek Mountain -- 47 miles (1506 total)
Day 34: Sinking Creek Mtn. to Pearisburg -- 47 miles (1553 total)
Day 35: Pearisburg to VA 615 -- 50 miles (1603 total)
Day 36: VA 615 to VA 16 -- 49 miles (1652 total)
Day 37: VA 16 to US 58 (Summit Cut, VA) -- 47 miles (1699 total)
Day 38: US 58 to Vendeventer Shelter (TN) -- 50 miles (1749 total)
Day 39: Vandeventer Shelter to Doll Flats -- 46 miles (1795 total)
Day 40: Doll Flats to Erwin TN -- 46 miles (1841 total)
Day 41: Erwin to Camp Creek Bald -- 47 miles (1888 total)
Day 42: Camp Creek Bald to Snowbird Mountain -- 51 miles (1939 total)
Day 43: Snowbird Mountain to near Clingmans Dome -- 46 miles (1985 total)
Day 44 (July 28): Clingmans Dome to Stecoah Gap -- 48 miles (2033 total)

Here's Jen's daily progress as most recently updated on the web site.

Buffalo Skipper
07-28-2011, 09:03
It's Tuesday (by my clock) with 292.7 miles to go @ 48.7 miles per day is 6 days, Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat., Sun., Monday.

If we're still a day behind (I hate that) she could knock 1.5 days off the record.

If I understand it right, she started on June 15 (Day 1). So Day 41 is June 15 + 40 days which is Monday (which was posted to here website overnight). With near 50 mile days, that would put her on Springer near the end of the day on Sunday (not Monday).

Am I doing this math right? :-?

The Walker
07-28-2011, 09:20
If I understand it right, she started on June 15 (Day 1). So Day 41 is June 15 + 40 days which is Monday (which was posted to here website overnight). With near 50 mile days, that would put her on Springer near the end of the day on Sunday (not Monday).

Am I doing this math right? :-?

Monday: 41st hiking day
Tuesday: 42nd
Wednesday: 43rd
Thursday:44th
Friday: 45th
Saturday:46th
Sunday:47th
Monday:48th ( She needs to finish before 5:37 pm to break the record)

She will likely finish around dark on Sunday night. I am curious whether she will break the record by more than 24 hours. The record is getting tougher and tougher to lower in big chunks. Averaging 50 miles per day would be the next milestone(sort of like breaking the 4 minute mile). That would require 43.6 days or less. Is under 40 days possible?

Horton: 52 + days
Peter Palmer: 48 days 20 hours 11 minutes
Andrew Thornton: 47 days 13 hours 31 minutes
Jennifer Pharr Davis: ?

Colter
07-28-2011, 11:16
It takes good genes and incredibly hard work and real courage to pull off.

I hope she achieves her goal.

SGT Rock
07-28-2011, 11:59
That would require 43.6 days or less. Is under 40 days possible?
A couple of years back a fellow said he could do it in 30 days. We never heard back from him.

Bearpaw
07-28-2011, 17:18
A couple of years back a fellow said he could do it in 30 days. We never heard back from him.

Yeah, he was some cowboy. Kinda wild.

SouthMark
07-28-2011, 18:13
He got his 15 minutes of fame right here on WB. LOL.

Skidsteer
07-28-2011, 18:33
He got his 15 minutes of fame right here on WB. LOL.

Actually, it was more like a week of scorn. :D

Red Hat
07-28-2011, 18:41
If I understand it right, she started on June 15 (Day 1). So Day 41 is June 15 + 40 days which is Monday (which was posted to here website overnight). With near 50 mile days, that would put her on Springer near the end of the day on Sunday (not Monday).

Am I doing this math right? :-?

that is exactly what I expect... sometime Sunday late afternoon or evening....

Lone Wolf
07-28-2011, 19:16
she WILL get the record. the next 3 years the AT will see a glut of wannabe record attempters. i wish more women would go for it. gals are tougher overall

Karl Meltzer
07-28-2011, 19:55
she WILL get the record. the next 3 years the AT will see a glut of wannabe record attempters. i wish more women would go for it. gals are tougher overall

Didn't you say something about men being 16% percent faster in Ultras: :-) Granted, this is much more than an ultra. Warren, got any figures on that?

She's done incredibly well. What's interesting with here attempt and mine, is we both had shin problems in NH and VT. She got through it without losing daily miles, I had no choice other than to stop for a while. Once that two weeks went by, it all seems to settle out. If I can get through that phase too next time, the "runner" might do it quite a bit faster. Who knows really, but it sure is a cool experemint.

Just having the opportunity to do things like this really is priceless, I can't wait to get after the opportunity again.....with all the wannabees.

Blissful
07-28-2011, 20:01
gals are tougher overall

Thanks LW. You made my day.

Lone Wolf
07-28-2011, 20:31
Just having the opportunity to do things like this really is priceless, I can't wait to get after the opportunity again.....with all the wannabees.you're hardly a wannabe. you're tough as nails as they say. most woulda quit when they knew the record was out of grasp. you went on to finish. admirably. i look for you, squeaky and andy in the coming months. all others are the wannabes :sun but like i said, multi-day lady runners/hikers are tough. a small percentage quit unless they got a bone stickin' out.

SouthMark
07-28-2011, 20:52
gals are tougher overall

Truer words were never spoken.

Lone Wolf
07-28-2011, 20:59
Truer words were never spoken.i've got 16,000 miles of long distance walking and have run 6 ultra-marathons in the past 25 years plus crewed several speed hikers/runners. just an observation about ladies being tough.

Sly
07-28-2011, 22:10
you're hardly a wannabe. you're tough as nails as they say. most woulda quit when they knew the record was out of grasp. you went on to finish. admirably.

No doubt Karl, for what it's worth (which ain't much) I thought that was a serious class act that you finished.

Driver8
07-28-2011, 23:32
She's done incredibly well. What's interesting with here attempt and mine, is we both had shin problems in NH and VT. She got through it without losing daily miles, I had no choice other than to stop for a while. Once that two weeks went by, it all seems to settle out.

If someone can figure out how to get through the Whites pain free, it would be a huge difference maker. I almost thing starting in Georgia about May 15 and working north, getting a big advantage on "average time" and then taking it easy through the Whites would make sense. It's a tough puzzle to figure through. SOBO, if one could come through the Whites in time similar to Jen's, maybe even a bit slower, but unscathed, it would be worth a day, maybe two. They slowed her down until southern Mass/Connecticut with the beating they administered.

Driver8
07-28-2011, 23:41
Day 39: Vandeventer Shelter to Doll Flats -- 46 miles (1795 total)
Day 40: Doll Flats to Erwin TN -- 46 miles (1841 total)
Day 41: Erwin to Camp Creek Bald -- 47 miles (1888 total)

+50.8 miles Day 42 to get her to 1939, with approx. 241 to go in five and a half days. My money's on late Sunday night - something like 9:45 pm. That would be about 48 miles per day Wed thru Sun, and given that it's the Smokies and points south, especially with lots of big up and downs in NC and GA, that sounds about right. It might even take her into the early AM Monday.

Red Hat
07-28-2011, 23:43
Latest Warren update: "Odyssa update: 43 days 1,984.2 miles done 46.38 mpd
4.5 days left 196.8 miles to do 43.8 mpd
Goodbye TN Hello NC"

Driver8
07-28-2011, 23:56
Latest Warren update: "Odyssa update: 43 days 1,984.2 miles done 46.38 mpd
4.5 days left 196.8 miles to do 43.8 mpd
Goodbye TN Hello NC"

So she did approximately 45 miles yesterday, which fits with a late Sunday/early Monday finish.

Red Hat
07-29-2011, 00:04
45 miles in GSMNP! Less than 200 miles left, with four days (counting today)....

Sly
07-29-2011, 00:06
Latest Warren update: "Odyssa update: 43 days 1,984.2 miles done 46.38 mpd
4.5 days left 196.8 miles to do 43.8 mpd
Goodbye TN Hello NC"

Assuming she started June 15, 43 days was Wednesdays. Not counting what she hiked today she has 3 more days to likely finish. Fri, Sat, Sun.


PS They must be using an old book, the 2011 mileage from Clingman's Dome to Springer is 196.4

Red Hat
07-29-2011, 00:09
Assuming she started June 15, 43 days was Wednesdays. Not counting what she hiked today she has 3 more days to likely finish. Fri, Sat, Sun.

correct, but she probably did 45-50 miles today, leaving 150 miles or so for the three days

Sly
07-29-2011, 00:15
correct, but she probably did 45-50 miles today, leaving 150 miles or so for the three days

Yeah, that's what I said! ;)

Red Hat
07-29-2011, 00:23
Warren mentioned in another post on facebook that this isn't about speed (running), it's about endurance. Long hours walking from predawn to post dusk. No else one has attempted that (Warren says, since 1973)

I owe Warren and several others an apology for this previous post, because I misinterpreted what Warren was saying. He wasn't saying that no one else has attempted it. He was saying that, should she succeed, she would be the first record holder since 1973 who was primarily a walker/hiker.

map man
07-29-2011, 00:33
I've updated post #362 with her daily progress through day 43. She's getting so close to the end that I have posted day 43 before it's on the web site, based on Red Hat's report of Warren's Facebook entry. I'm guessing that at the end of her 46th day of hiking (on Saturday, July 30) she will be somewhere in the vicinity of Tray Mountain Road (with only 55 miles left), Indian Grave Gap (53 miles left) or Unicoi Gap (between 50 and 51 miles left). I'm guessing she will get an early start on day 47 (tough time getting much sleep due to excitement, don't you think?) and arrive at Springer around sundown on the 31st, breaking the record by 20 or 21 hours. Go Jen, go!

map man
07-29-2011, 00:47
(LW) didn't you say something about men being 16% percent faster in Ultras: :-)
?

Karl, Lone Wolf should not be blamed for the extrapolation of how many days the women's record was likely to be based on the differences between men's and women's records in ultramarathons (Lone Wolf was optimistic about JPD's chances right from the beginning). That was me who made that observation back in the early days of this thread! And I'm eating my words right now.

Driver8
07-29-2011, 08:08
I'm guessing she will get an early start on day 47 (tough time getting much sleep due to excitement, don't you think?) and arrive at Springer around sundown on the 31st, breaking the record by 20 or 21 hours. Go Jen, go!

I'm optimistic, but not yet as much so as you, Map Man. I see the 55 mile final day prediction as more likely giving recent pacing and terrain. Since she's taking from 5 am to 9 pm to cover about 48 miles on a given day, add two or three hours to that for the 7 miles, and I see her coming in a few hours later than sundown. Taking 18 hours or so off the record is pretty doggone good, and here's hoping she does it, at whatever the final pace, in fine form and good health.

Pedaling Fool
07-29-2011, 08:58
Karl, Lone Wolf should not be blamed for the extrapolation of how many days the women's record was likely to be based on the differences between men's and women's records in ultramarathons (Lone Wolf was optimistic about JPD's chances right from the beginning). That was me who made that observation back in the early days of this thread! And I'm eating my words right now.
I'm also having a rethink of things I've previously said on this issue; I've said some things with one thing in mind, but totally blind to tactics. That's ok I'm use to eating crow.:o

Marta
07-29-2011, 09:26
I'm wondering if, and hoping that, Jen has the strength left to make a big final push, the way she did on 2008.

Driver8
07-29-2011, 11:00
I'm wondering if, and hoping that, Jen has the strength left to make a big final push, the way she did on 2008.

Plausible, of course. It's also possible that, given that she's got a solid margin, she might just do her best each day at 45-50 miles and, rather than bludgeoning herself tomorrow into Sunday by doing a 100 mile-a-thon, just get a good normal-for-this-quest night's rest tomorrow night and let finishing late Sunday be her big final push. Breaking her own record by 10 days, about 17% and the overall record by almost a day would be pretty doggone solid, I think.

Carl in FL
07-29-2011, 11:48
196.8 miles to do

Putting that close to Clingmans Dome, and I wonder if there might have been
a few waves and cheers from that point of interest.

mudhead
07-29-2011, 12:19
Thanks for the mileage updates map man. Just reading the list from the bottom up makes my feet hurt.

matthew.d.kirk
07-29-2011, 14:26
video of jen tearing it up thru smokies: http://matthewkirk.blogspot.com/ -a wannabe

Lone Wolf
07-29-2011, 14:51
-a wannabeso. you gonna give the record a shot next year?

Lone Wolf
07-29-2011, 15:04
her final day will be big miles

Red Hat
07-29-2011, 15:10
WOW! Matthew, that video is great! Especially loved Jen grinning at the bear. She even changed her shirt in the morning. nice....

Sly
07-29-2011, 15:15
her final day will be big miles

Assuming she'll finish on Sunday, all she's going to need is 50 mile days. There's not much room to do more unless she finishes Sat.

Sly
07-29-2011, 15:22
video of jen tearing it up thru smokies: http://matthewkirk.blogspot.com/ -a wannabe

I'm assuming you made that yesterday, which would leave 162 miles or less for today, tomorrow and Sunday.

Karl Meltzer
07-29-2011, 21:01
It would be stupid to even stop once she's within 100 miles, I would just keep walking till I get there, what would she have to lose.

Driver8
07-29-2011, 21:40
It would be stupid to even stop once she's within 100 miles, I would just keep walking till I get there, what would she have to lose.

If she follows that course of action, she could finish by late afternoon Sunday. We'll see what she does. Georgia Challenge, maybe?

bobqzzi
07-29-2011, 22:12
It would be stupid to even stop once she's within 100 miles, I would just keep walking till I get there, what would she have to lose.

She could become so fatigued that she tripped, slipped, or otherwise injured herself.

Driver8
07-29-2011, 22:18
She could become so fatigued that she tripped, slipped, or otherwise injured herself.

Doesn't seem to me to be worth the extra few hours. If she were to injure herself in such a way, the record would still be Karl's. ...

map man
07-29-2011, 22:24
Driver8, did you mean to say the record would still be Andrew Thompson's?

Lone Wolf
07-29-2011, 22:25
It would be stupid to even stop once she's within 100 miles, I would just keep walking till I get there, what would she have to lose.


She could become so fatigued that she tripped, slipped, or otherwise injured herself.


Doesn't seem to me to be worth the extra few hours. If she were to injure herself in such a way, the record would still be Karl's. ...karl don't have the record. she may be fatiqued but she's focused. driver8 you don't know much about long distance hiking/speed hiking. one tough lady

bobqzzi
07-29-2011, 22:30
Assuming she'll finish on Sunday, all she's going to need is 50 mile days. There's not much room to do more unless she finishes Sat.

This is true.
I have to laugh because you seem to be doing the same thing I do. "ALL she's got to do is 50 mile days" LOL ALL.
In once hike the 22 mile up Mt.Whiteny and back- thought I was going to die. Here she is 47 days at 46 MPD! Amazing

Driver8
07-29-2011, 22:31
Driver8, did you mean to say the record would still be Andrew Thompson's?

Oops, my mistake. ... I'm sure as to pulling a 100-miler to close out, she'll make that call as she sees fit. Either approach to it would not surprise me.

Lone Wolf
07-29-2011, 22:37
Oops, my mistake. ... I'm sure as to pulling a 100-miler to close out, she'll make that call as she sees fit. Either approach to it would not surprise me.what's your biggest day?

WMR
07-29-2011, 22:47
Is that tossed out to all of WB? Sorry for interrupting if not, but this is a great question for the community, esp. those of us marvelling at Jen's feat. Proud tp say 17 miles, sad as that seems in Jen's realm; I thought I was the king of the world. Made it a point on section hikes ever since to do minimum 15 mile days, trying to keep up with the teenage son. What Jen is doing is unreal, not only the miles per day, but the way she is doing it: honoring the trail, honoring the places where she is hiking, honoring the tradition, maintaining her sense of humor. Speed hike, endurance hike, whatever: she's doing it right.

Toli
07-29-2011, 22:48
video of jen tearing it up thru smokies: http://matthewkirk.blogspot.com/ -a wannabe

Seriously??? Tearing it up??? She's not even wearing a backpack, you know that thingy a hiker would wear on their back, prob one of the iconic things that sez you are a "Hiker"... And she has to be "handed" a water bottle??? She can't/doesn't even carry her own water??? She's "Hiking" the AT??? BS... Fake hike Jen, Fake hike... Oops, go Jen, go... I hate to say it, but even LW could do this with all her help...

bobqzzi
07-29-2011, 23:36
Seriously??? Tearing it up??? She's not even wearing a backpack, you know that thingy a hiker would wear on their back, prob one of the iconic things that sez you are a "Hiker"... And she has to be "handed" a water bottle??? She can't/doesn't even carry her own water??? She's "Hiking" the AT??? BS... Fake hike Jen, Fake hike... Oops, go Jen, go... I hate to say it, but even LW could do this with all her help...

You do know what unsupported means, don't you? Dictionary.com definition of hike= to walk or march a great distance, especially through rural areas, for pleasure, exercise, military training, or the (http://www.whiteblaze.net/browse/the) like.

Lone Wolf
07-29-2011, 23:39
Seriously??? Tearing it up??? She's not even wearing a backpack, you know that thingy a hiker would wear on their back, prob one of the iconic things that sez you are a "Hiker"... And she has to be "handed" a water bottle??? She can't/doesn't even carry her own water??? She's "Hiking" the AT??? BS... Fake hike Jen, Fake hike... Oops, go Jen, go... I hate to say it, but even LW could do this with all her help... :sun..........

map man
07-29-2011, 23:59
I've updated post #362 through day 44 now -- around 148 miles left to complete after that. Brew mentions in the day 43 post that Jen's goal is to finish around 5:30 PM on Sunday, July 31. That would beat the record by 24 hours.

HiKen2011
07-30-2011, 00:07
Amazing really! I still think Ward Leonards 60.5 day unassisted amazes me more though. But, not taking ANYTHING away from Jenn though. A remarkable feat!

Sly
07-30-2011, 01:27
Amazing really! I still think Ward Leonards 60.5 day unassisted amazes me more though. But, not taking ANYTHING away from Jenn though. A remarkable feat!

I think someone like Scott Williamson could break Ward's record. He did the PCT is 65 days with no help whatsoever. Walked in and out of town to resupply, never got in a car, etc. and the PCT is 500 miles longer.

36.35 miles a day would do it.

Driver8
07-30-2011, 01:35
what's your biggest day?

My biggest day? They're all 24 hours. Wolf, sweetheart, honey pie - you've hiked a lot more miles than me. Yea for you. I've been hiking in earnest for 13 months, enjoy it very much, and am thrilled at my progress. I neither need nor seek your approval. Buzz off - you're howling up the wrong tree. If you think you're going to intimidate or impress or cow me, you're sorely mistaken.

Let's keep this thread's focus where it goes - on Jennifer who hikes Pharr. I am interested in her, not you. If you were civil and unabusive, I'm sure there's plenty I could happily learn from you. You have proven yourself, though, countless times over, to be cruel and unpleasant long before your and my interactions of this past week, fortunately few and number as they be. I find you needlessly and incessantly negative, I regret to say. Begone and don't harass me further. And have a NICE day! :sun

Driver8
07-30-2011, 01:41
I've updated post #362 through day 44 now -- around 148 miles left to complete after that. Brew mentions in the day 43 post that Jen's goal is to finish around 5:30 PM on Sunday, July 31. That would beat the record by 24 hours.

Sounds like you're right, Map Man, and she'll be powering through starting in a few hours. Probably will grab a nap or two in lieu of her normal 6 hours. Hope she plows through in fine form and am sure she'll get a long sleep soon after. Wishing her many happy returns and the best of fortune for this final stretch. :D

Lone Wolf
07-30-2011, 06:52
Oops, my mistake. ... I'm sure as to pulling a 100-miler to close out, she'll make that call as she sees fit. Either approach to it would not surprise me.


what's your biggest day?


My biggest day? They're all 24 hours. Wolf, sweetheart, honey pie - you've hiked a lot more miles than me. Yea for you. I've been hiking in earnest for 13 months, enjoy it very much, and am thrilled at my progress. I neither need nor seek your approval. Buzz off - you're howling up the wrong tree. If you think you're going to intimidate or impress or cow me, you're sorely mistaken.

Let's keep this thread's focus where it goes - on Jennifer who hikes Pharr. I am interested in her, not you. If you were civil and unabusive, I'm sure there's plenty I could happily learn from you. You have proven yourself, though, countless times over, to be cruel and unpleasant long before your and my interactions of this past week, fortunately few and number as they be. I find you needlessly and incessantly negative, I regret to say. Begone and don't harass me further. And have a NICE day! :sunwow. you're pretty sensitive. name calling, albeit cute ones, and smileys usually indicate lack of confidence. i'm just trying to find out how you're such an expert on speed hiking. i'll just accept that you're the armchair quarterback guy.

Mountain Maiden
07-30-2011, 08:18
Seriously??? Tearing it up??? She's not even wearing a backpack, you know that thingy a hiker would wear on their back, prob one of the iconic things that sez you are a "Hiker"... And she has to be "handed" a water bottle??? She can't/doesn't even carry her own water??? She's "Hiking" the AT??? BS... Fake hike Jen, Fake hike... Oops, go Jen, go... I hate to say it, but even LW could do this with all her help...

She's HIKING not BACKPACKING her way Southbound. Unless someone has "been there, done that," just can't see how they can speak so negatively. Say what you will but I say Jen's feat is amazing and has my deep admiration. She's also an amazing person.

Away with you Naysayers!

FAKE?! Let's see you do it! Sheesh!

GO JEN!

Toli
07-30-2011, 08:30
You do know what unsupported means, don't you? Dictionary.com definition of hike= to walk or march a great distance, especially through rural areas, for pleasure, exercise, military training, or the (http://www.whiteblaze.net/browse/the) like.

Yep... I'm free ballin' as I post this... How much more "unsupported" can you get???... BTW... Don't EVER include a Military reference to hiking... My son is a jumper with the USAF and is imbedded with 20 of the finest USMC in Iraq... Do you honestly think he gets his food/water/ F'N AMMO from some Iraq DB standing on the side of the road??? You need to get out of ur mums basement more... FYI... Internet hiking doesn't really count as hiking...

Lemni Skate
07-30-2011, 08:52
She's going to do it. I am totally amazed she is going to do it. I don't know how you do this without something beyond your control ruining it (weather, injury, illness, whatever). I also don't know how you do that much mileage per day. My record mileage in a day is 18 and I had to take a zero day after that to recover from it. THIS IS AWESOME.

Toli
07-30-2011, 08:52
She's HIKING not BACKPACKING her way Southbound. Unless someone has "been there, done that," just can't see how they can speak so negatively. Say what you will but I say Jen's feat is amazing and has my deep admiration. She's also an amazing person.

Away with you Naysayers!

FAKE?! Let's see you do it! Sheesh!

GO JEN!

Its on like Donkey Kong... Poney up all the money and support... Ohhh... Wait a minute... Away with you naysayer, opps poser (IE... I don't have the money, I'm just an internet hiker)... Sheesh... BTW... Been there done that... 3 times with my hound, twice solo... How 'bout you??? I live on the AT and am on it prob 5 times a week... How about you??? Thats what I thought... You are dismissed...

SawnieRobertson
07-30-2011, 09:43
Yep... I'm free ballin' as I post this... How much more "unsupported" can you get???... BTW... Don't EVER include a Military reference to hiking... My son is a jumper with the USAF and is imbedded with 20 of the finest USMC in Iraq... Do you honestly think he gets his food/water/ F'N AMMO from some Iraq DB standing on the side of the road??? You need to get out of ur mums basement more... FYI... Internet hiking doesn't really count as hiking...

Excuse me. This is and always has been a supported hike. Supported beautifully, by the way.--Kinnickinic

SawnieRobertson
07-30-2011, 09:46
karl don't have the record. she may be fatiqued but she's focused. driver8 you don't know much about long distance hiking/speed hiking. one tough lady

Hear! Hear!--Kinnickinic

SawnieRobertson
07-30-2011, 09:57
her final day will be big miles

It seems to me that her every day has been big miles. Dazzled, Kinnickinic

Carl in FL
07-30-2011, 10:20
With about 148 miles to go, my "expert" mind tells me she should stop when she
feels the need to stop, and go on when she thinks she's ready to go on.

Postulating about whether she should "just" keep going now is long-distance
mind reading. She'll be coming 'round the mountain when she comes. That's it.

Marta
07-30-2011, 10:33
Every minute she cuts off her time makes the record that much harder to break, as Karl clearly recognizes. ;-)

weary
07-30-2011, 10:48
Seriously??? Tearing it up??? She's not even wearing a backpack, you know that thingy a hiker would wear on their back, prob one of the iconic things that sez you are a "Hiker"... And she has to be "handed" a water bottle??? She can't/doesn't even carry her own water??? She's "Hiking" the AT??? BS... Fake hike Jen, Fake hike... Oops, go Jen, go... I hate to say it, but even LW could do this with all her help...
I'm sorry, but that's total nonsense. Try walking 50 miles someday. Or even 20, which is my longest day ever. Much as I dislike promoting the trail for the purpose of setting records, I recognize that Jen is an amazing athlete. Easily among the best in the world.

Night Fox
07-30-2011, 11:19
I'm about as sure as I'm going to be that if Matt "freakin" Kirk wants to say she is "tearing it up" he has earned the right to judge such a thing, especially since he has done about 100 miles with her and seen her in motion more than the still pics and quick little videos that she is posing or slowing down for. It is the same with Karl, if he says she is "killing it" it is a valued opinion from vast experience of traveling distances on foot.

perrito
07-30-2011, 11:39
I'm about as sure as I'm going to be that if Matt "freakin" Kirk wants to say she is "tearing it up" he has earned the right to judge such a thing, especially since he has done about 100 miles with her and seen her in motion more than the still pics and quick little videos that she is posing or slowing down for. It is the same with Karl, if he says she is "killing it" it is a valued opinion from vast experience of traveling distances on foot.

Great first post!

13350

Driver8
07-30-2011, 12:03
With about 148 miles to go, my "expert" mind tells me she should stop when she
feels the need to stop, and go on when she thinks she's ready to go on.

Postulating about whether she should "just" keep going now is long-distance
mind reading. She'll be coming 'round the mountain when she comes. That's it.

Post of the day!

Driver8
07-30-2011, 12:13
wow. you're pretty sensitive. name calling, albeit cute ones, and smileys usually indicate lack of confidence. i'm just trying to find out how you're such an expert on speed hiking. i'll just accept that you're the armchair quarterback guy.

And I will accept that you are a petty bully and a hateful, ignorant, self-important bore. Not everyone who cheers for Usain Bolt runs wind sprints daily - there's no ticket to admission here and this not special club you can control. Crawl back under your bridge. Now back to a much nicer, more inspiring, more accomplished person worthy of attention and admiration, the awesome Jen Pharr Davis.

---------------

I really enjoyed Brew's two most recent posts. There is a very nice, positive glow around her and her team at this point. She is an extraordinary person and I am proud and happy for her, with fingers semi-superstitiously crossed for her for these last couple of day. Following her hike only spurs me on to further hiking and walking, for which I thank her.

Driver8
07-30-2011, 12:16
Do you honestly think he gets his food/water/ F'N AMMO from some Iraq DB standing on the side of the road??? You need to get out of ur mums basement more... FYI... Internet hiking doesn't really count as hiking...

Why don't you go play with Teen Wolf? Y'all would make a cute couple. ...

Second Half
07-30-2011, 12:39
Just posted on her blog, Day 45: 52.2 miles.

Go Jen!

mudhead
07-30-2011, 12:55
She has good support for the last hump. The pic on her website says 1000 words.

Appreciate the link sly.

Mountain Maiden
07-30-2011, 12:56
Its on like Donkey Kong... Poney up all the money and support... Ohhh... Wait a minute... Away with you naysayer, opps poser (IE... I don't have the money, I'm just an internet hiker)... Sheesh... BTW... Been there done that... 3 times with my hound, twice solo... How 'bout you??? I live on the AT and am on it prob 5 times a week... How about you??? Thats what I thought... You are dismissed...

Thru hiked in 02-- had never stepped on AT or 'backpacked' til then , 48 yr old, overweight, city gal--broke my arm in PA, had to have surgery, hiked the last 800 miles and climbed Katahdin with my arm in cast. If I can do it, anyone can. Now, I work on the Trail 5-6 days a week. On the Trail practically every day of my current life. Not in it for any "glory", that's just my "story." ------ ------------Dismiss yourself.

Nevertheless, I admire anyone who endeavors to do more than the average bear. Just because you put out someone else's light, it doesn't make yours shine brighter.

map man
07-30-2011, 13:13
Day 1: Katahdin to Jo Mary Road -- 56 miles (56 total)
Day 2: Jo Mary Road to location near Long Pond Stream ford -- 44 miles (100 total)
Day 3: Long Pond Stream ford to Boise Cascade Logging Road -- 46 miles (146 total)
Day 4: Boise Cascade Logging Road to ME 27 (Stratton) -- 42 miles (188 total)
Day 5: ME27 (Stratton) to Sabbath Day Pond -- 41 miles (229 total)
Day 6: Sabbath Day Pond to Grafton Notch -- 38 miles (267 total)
Day 7: Grafton Notch to Gorham NH -- 31 miles (298 total)
Day 8: Gorham to Mt. Washington -- 34 miles (332 total)
Day 9: Mt. Washington to Gale River Trail Junction -- 30 miles (362 total)
Day 10: Gale River Trail Junction to Glencliff -- 38 miles (400 total)
Day 11: Glencliff to Hanover -- 43 miles (443 total)
Day 12: Hanover to dirt road near Stony Brook Shelter -- 36 miles (479 total)
Day 13: Near Stony Brook Shelter to Danby-Landgrove Road -- 42 miles (521 total)
Day 14: Danby-Landgrove Road to near Kid Gore Shelter -- 43 miles (564 total)
Day 15: Near Kid Gore to Cheshire MA -- 47 miles (611 total)
Day 16: Cheshire to Great Barrington (MA 23) -- 49 miles (660 total)
Day 17: MA 23 to West Cornwall Road -- 48 miles (708 total)
Day 18: West Cornwall Road to NY 52 (Stormville) -- 49 miles (757 total)
Day 19: NY 52 to Arden Valley Road -- 49 miles (806 total)
Day 20: Arden Valley Road to County 519 (NJ) -- 45 miles (851 total)
Day 21: County 519 (NJ) to Fox Gap (PA 191) -- 52 miles (903 total)
Day 22: Fox Gap to Fort Franklin Road -- 45 miles (948 total)
Day 23: Fort Franklin Road to PA 645 (Pine Grove) -- 48 miles (996 total)
Day 24: PA 645 to PA 850 -- 54 miles (1050 total)
Day 25: PA 850 to Sandy Sod Junction -- 52 miles (1102 total)
Day 26: Sandy Sod Junction to Crampton Gap (MD) -- 53 miles (1155 total)
Day 27: Crampton Gap to near Dicks Dome Shelter -- 50 miles (1205 total)
Day 28: Dicks Dome Shelter to Skyland Lodge -- 52 miles (1257 total)
Day 29: Skyland Lodge to Browns Gap (SNP) -- 47 miles (1304 total)
Day 30: Browns Gap to VA 56 -- 53 miles (1357 total)
Day 31: VA 56 to Matts Creek Shelter -- 50 miles (1407 total)
Day 32: Matts Creek Shelter to VA 652 -- 52 miles (1459 total)
Day 33: VA 652 to Sinking Creek Mountain -- 47 miles (1506 total)
Day 34: Sinking Creek Mtn. to Pearisburg -- 47 miles (1553 total)
Day 35: Pearisburg to VA 615 -- 50 miles (1603 total)
Day 36: VA 615 to VA 16 -- 49 miles (1652 total)
Day 37: VA 16 to US 58 (Summit Cut, VA) -- 47 miles (1699 total)
Day 38: US 58 to Vendeventer Shelter (TN) -- 50 miles (1749 total)
Day 39: Vandeventer Shelter to Doll Flats -- 46 miles (1795 total)
Day 40: Doll Flats to Erwin TN -- 46 miles (1841 total)
Day 41: Erwin to Camp Creek Bald -- 47 miles (1888 total)
Day 42: Camp Creek Bald to Snowbird Mountain -- 51 miles (1939 total)
Day 43: Snowbird Mountain to near Clingmans Dome -- 46 miles (1985 total)
Day 44 (July 28): Clingmans Dome to Stecoah Gap -- 48 miles (2033 total)
Day 45 (July 29): Stecoah Gap to Mooney Gap -- 52 miles (2085 total)

After day 45 she has between 95 and 96 miles left.

This will be my last update. I am leaving for a Wyoming backpacking trip within the hour and won't find out when she finishes until August 14!

I want to offer my heartiest congratulations to Jennifer Pharr-Davis ahead of time. It's been a lot of fun following her progress. She is one accomplished and very tough hiker. She is setting the bar really high in more ways than one.

In addition, I want to give a big thanks to Brew Davis for providing such a thorough and entertaining account of Jen's hike. Also, thank you to Whiteblaze member Red Hat for so often relaying more current information that she's been privy to via Warren Doyle's Facebook page.

Mountain Maiden
07-30-2011, 13:24
Its on like Donkey Kong... Poney up all the money and support... Ohhh... Wait a minute... Away with you naysayer, opps poser (IE... I don't have the money, I'm just an internet hiker)... Sheesh... BTW... Been there done that... 3 times with my hound, twice solo... How 'bout you??? I live on the AT and am on it prob 5 times a week... How about you??? Thats what I thought... You are dismissed...

RE: "BTW... Been there done that... 3 times with my hound, twice solo..."

Wait a minute--you and your pup hiked 50 mile days, hiked from pre-dawn til almost midnight, Southbound, no less??? Hmmm--must've missed that..... If you did--KUDOS and much praise for you!!!! (Poor puppy, tho'!)

If not--- hang back with the rest of us ordinary people and let Jen have her accomplishment and the recognition she deserves.

Carl in FL
07-30-2011, 13:29
Hey map man, have a safe and enjoyable trip!!

jersey joe
07-30-2011, 13:31
Wow, that is 33 straight 40+ mile days...outstanding. With 96 miles to go, the records is hers! Fantastic Hike Jen!

Driver8
07-30-2011, 13:34
Day 45 (July 29): Stecoah Gap to Mooney Gap -- 52 miles (2085 total)

After day 45 she has between 95 and 96 miles left.

This will be my last update. I am leaving for a Wyoming backpacking trip within the hour and won't find out when she finishes until August 14!

I want to offer my heartiest congratulations to Jennifer Pharr-Davis ahead of time. It's been a lot of fun following her progress. She is one accomplished and very tough hiker. She is setting the bar really high in more ways than one.

In addition, I want to give a big thanks to Brew Davis for providing such a thorough and entertaining account of Jen's hike. Also, thank you to Whiteblaze member Red Hat for so often relaying more current information that she's been privy to via Warren Doyle's Facebook page.

Amazing Day 45 for Jen.

Thank you so much, Map Man, for so ably updating and tracking Jen's hike point to point as Brew posted his excellent update. I hope you have a ball out in Wyoming. Here's to safe travels and many fine views and experiences. Cheers.

vamelungeon
07-30-2011, 13:35
I'd like to see this get some major sports news coverage, but I know it won't. What she is doing is much more of an athletic accomplishment than some of our overpaid overexposed "professional" athletes ever do in their careers. Her mileage and endurance are simply incredible. I also hope someone will make some video and lots of pictures that we can all see as she crosses the finish line at Springer.

Driver8
07-30-2011, 13:45
From Brew's Day 45 post:


We’re still hoping that Jen will reach Springer by 5:30pm on Sunday afternoon. On the second to last day of her 2008 record attempt, she hiked 65.4 miles. And because her goal has always been to do her best (not necessarily to break the record), she’s decided that she wants to do something similar tomorrow.

We’re going to watch her really closely to make sure she’s not at risk in any way. But this is Jen’s hike and she knows what she can and can’t do. Please continue to pray for her health and safety these final two days, and pray that all of us make the right decisions. Thanks!

We're praying for Jen and for you all, Brew. I'm sure Jen will make the right decisions in the next day plus. If she needs a nap, she'll take it. If she needs more than a nap, she'll listen to her body, and y'all will be there for her. All her recent photos she has a big smile on her face - so key. She's loving what she's doing and is fully in the moment and experience. It is a beautiful thing to behold!

WingedMonkey
07-30-2011, 14:02
Theses posts are beginning to sound like Howard Cosell giving color cometary without even being at the game.

Sly
07-30-2011, 14:03
From Brew's Day 45 post:


We’re still hoping that Jen will reach Springer by 5:30pm on Sunday afternoon. On the second to last day of her 2008 record attempt, she hiked 65.4 miles. And because her goal has always been to do her best (not necessarily to break the record), she’s decided that she wants to do something similar tomorrow.

We’re going to watch her really closely to make sure she’s not at risk in any way. But this is Jen’s hike and she knows what she can and can’t do. Please continue to pray for her health and safety these final two days, and pray that all of us make the right decisions. Thanks!



We're praying for Jen and for you all, Brew. I'm sure Jen will make the right decisions in the next day plus. If she needs a nap, she'll take it. If she needs more than a nap, she'll listen to her body, and y'all will be there for her. All her recent photos she has a big smile on her face - so key. She's loving what she's doing and is fully in the moment and experience. It is a beautiful thing to behold!

In order to best 65 miles she's going to have to try for 96 miles today. Wow! It may take her into the wee hours of Sunday morning, but I believe she she could do it if she tried.

ChinMusic
07-30-2011, 14:08
Who knows, maybe she'll try for 100+/- or add the Approach Trail.That buffet might smell better than the barn, Karl mentions.....

I'm glad I'm back from my Yosemite trip so I can follow this ending. I find myself checking every 15 minutes for updates. Her hike has me hooked.

Trillium
07-30-2011, 14:20
said a quick prayer for Jen for this final push as Brew requested.

God Bless you Jen.

Looking forward to your successful completion of this hike.

Night Fox
07-30-2011, 14:27
In addition, I want to give a big thanks to Brew Davis for providing such a thorough and entertaining account of Jen's hike. Also, thank you to Whiteblaze member Red Hat for so often relaying more current information that she's been privy to via Warren Doyle's Facebook page.And thanks to you for making a easy to follow tally reference updated quickly along the whole way too.

Brew's story sharing, along with pretty thorough breakdowns of each section and acknowledgement to those helping out has been outstanding for sure.

Just Jack
07-30-2011, 16:32
I am in total awe at Jen's accomplishment(s). Been following this hike closely. I guess the message for all of us is that the human spirit can rise to the challenge and overcome all adversity. Is it as simple as , "Whatever the mind can conceive, the body can achieve"? Or is it simply a matter of good genes? Whatever---but it would be interesting to hear some comments about how one goes about training for day after day, week after week of 40-50 mile days. Not that I am a wannabe-heck- it wears me out just reading Jen'e exploits. YOU GO GIRL YOU ROCK !!!!!!!! Thanks also to Brew and all the support team members that helped earn this record. Jen---give yourself a well deserved rest.

brotheral
07-30-2011, 17:07
Dear Jennifer, Brew, and Support team. I'm praying for your health, safety, and wisdom as you make final decisions. What a fantastic journey...
You're in my thoughts and prayers... Blessings and Peace !!!! BrotherAL

weary
07-30-2011, 17:18
....Her hike has me hooked.
Me too. Even though I don't like even the idea of record attempts. Some human endeavors have their own values, that even the cynical among us, can't resist.

Sly
07-30-2011, 17:33
Theses posts are beginning to sound like Howard Cosell giving color cometary without even being at the game.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uJSHIAJ7Rc

Toli
07-30-2011, 17:52
RE: "BTW... Been there done that... 3 times with my hound, twice solo..."

Wait a minute--you and your pup hiked 50 mile days, hiked from pre-dawn til almost midnight, Southbound, no less??? Hmmm--must've missed that..... If you did--KUDOS and much praise for you!!!! (Poor puppy, tho'!)

If not--- hang back with the rest of us ordinary people and let Jen have her accomplishment and the recognition she deserves.


It doesn't matter how big you change ur font to, or the color you make them... Bottom line is "hike"... Shes not "Hiking".. She walking the AT really fast with a ****e load of support... I guess me and my hound are old skool... You know, I wipe my own a$$, carry my own water... So does my hound... Except the "wipe his a$$" part...He usually just licks it... Thats why we didn't hike 50 mile days... Oops theres that "hike" word again...

WingedMonkey
07-30-2011, 17:54
I don't see why she doesn't just stop at Woody Gap where she can get off on a nice paved road. Why do all these purists keep insisting she finish at Springer Mountain?

Skidsteer
07-30-2011, 18:00
It doesn't matter how big you change ur font to, or the color you make them... Bottom line is "hike"... Shes not "Hiking".. She walking the AT really fast with a ****e load of support... I guess me and my hound are old skool... You know, I wipe my own a$$, carry my own water... So does my hound... Except the "wipe his a$$" part...He usually just licks it... Thats why we didn't hike 50 mile days... Oops theres that "hike" word again...

Toli, this is the Trail Running and Speed hiking (http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/forumdisplay.php?490-Trail-Running-and-Speed-Hiking) Forum. We're not talking about backpacking here.

That's called a clue.

If you want to talk about backpacking, you have all the rest of the forums. Go crazy.

Sly
07-30-2011, 18:17
It doesn't matter how big you change ur font to, or the color you make them... Bottom line is "hike"... Shes not "Hiking".. She walking the AT really fast with a ****e load of support... I guess me and my hound are old skool... You know, I wipe my own a$$, carry my own water... So does my hound... Except the "wipe his a$$" part...He usually just licks it... Thats why we didn't hike 50 mile days... Oops theres that "hike" word again...

Troli, it doesn't take a backpack to hike, that's backpacking. BTW, Jen also holds the record for "backpacking" the Long Trail in the least amount of time.

It obvious your days in the woods are a waste of time.

Mountain Maiden
07-30-2011, 18:38
Troli, it doesn't take a backpack to hike, that's backpacking. BTW, Jen also holds the record for "backpacking" the Long Trail in the least amount of time.

It obvious your days in the woods are a waste of time.

yeahhhhhhh--my thoughts exactly..... :sun

Toli
07-30-2011, 19:07
theses posts are beginning to sound like howard cosell giving color cometary without even being at the game.

rotflmao...

Toli
07-30-2011, 19:13
Troli, it doesn't take a backpack to hike, that's backpacking. BTW, Jen also holds the record for "backpacking" the Long Trail in the least amount of time.

It obvious your days in the woods are a waste of time.

Seriously??? DB??? So are ur 13,641 posts... You might want to "waste" some time like me in the woods... BTW... I pack out "Hiker Trash"... Know ur roll...

Driver8
07-30-2011, 19:16
She walking the AT really fast with a ****e load of support...

And if she were hiking it with you, you could shorten that sentence by three words. Fortunately for her, she is not. ...

Carl in FL
07-30-2011, 19:27
Oh geez, what's that movie where the winged monkey comes along and picks up the dog?

That's my favorite part, and I'm ready to see it again.

Sly
07-30-2011, 19:54
Seriously??? DB??? So are ur 13,641 posts... You might want to "waste" some time like me in the woods... BTW... I pack out "Hiker Trash"... Know ur roll...

Been there, done that, have the crown to prove it. You may want to look at Jen's other accomplishments.



2005 - Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike
2006 - Kilimanjaro Summit, Africa
2006 - Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike and Fundraiser ($10,000)
2007 - Hike for Habitat Fundraiser ($10,000)
2007 - Machu Picchu and Cotahuasi Canyon, Peru
2007 - Women's Long Trail Record (7 days, 15 hours)
2008 - Unsupported Bibbulmun Track Record, Austrailia
2008 - Supported Appalachian Trail Record (57 days and 8 hours - an average of 38 miles per day.)
2009 - Colorado Trail
2010 - Foothills Trail, GR20, Tour du Mont Blanc, Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, West Highland Way



All that, and only 20 something.

Driver8
07-30-2011, 20:04
Just posted on her blog:

"Hi everyone—this is very exciting.As of 6pm tonight (Saturday), Jen had completed 45 miles and was hoping to put in another 15 before going to bed. If she finishes that tonight, she’ll have only 36.2 miles to go. Right now she’s planning on waking up at 2:45 to start hiking by 3am so if you’re planning on coming out to Springer, you should probably be there by 1pm to be safe. Sorry for the late notice, but better late than never. Thanks"

Toli
07-30-2011, 20:08
And if she were hiking it with you, you could shorten that sentence by three words. Fortunately for her, she is not. ...

You are wise Driver8... She would never hike with me... As she would have to carry her own gear... Go figure... Hike... Carry ur own gear... What a concept... DB...

Sly
07-30-2011, 20:15
Jen ...... hoping to put in another 15 before going to bed.

Hurry up Troli, maybe you can get 15 miles in before bedtime too!

Carl in FL
07-30-2011, 20:31
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pafarmboy
07-30-2011, 20:41
Can we leave the name calling to the the kiddies down at the day care center and stick to the topic at hand? Go Jen! You are an incredible athlete!

Driver8
07-30-2011, 20:49
Can we leave the name calling to the the kiddies down at the day care center and stick to the topic at hand? Go Jen! You are an incredible athlete!

Your keyboard to God's ears. ...

jersey joe
07-30-2011, 21:07
Just posted on her blog:

"Hi everyone—this is very exciting.As of 6pm tonight (Saturday), Jen had completed 45 miles and was hoping to put in another 15 before going to bed. If she finishes that tonight, she’ll have only 36.2 miles to go. Right now she’s planning on waking up at 2:45 to start hiking by 3am so if you’re planning on coming out to Springer, you should probably be there by 1pm to be safe. Sorry for the late notice, but better late than never. Thanks"
Very exciting indeed!!! Outstanding Jen!!!

Driver8
07-30-2011, 21:25
Thru hiked in 02-- had never stepped on AT or 'backpacked' til then , 48 yr old, overweight, city gal--broke my arm in PA, had to have surgery, hiked the last 800 miles and climbed Katahdin with my arm in cast. If I can do it, anyone can. Now, I work on the Trail 5-6 days a week. On the Trail practically every day of my current life. Not in it for any "glory", that's just my "story." ------ ------------Dismiss yourself.

Nevertheless, I admire anyone who endeavors to do more than the average bear. Just because you put out someone else's light, it doesn't make yours shine brighter.

Thank you, Sunny - I had missed this post until just now. Sounds like yours was an extraordinary thru-hike - thank you for sharing! I think most people see right through the attention-grabbing of a few desperate killjoys here. Jen's light shines right through all that clutter. :sun

Toli
07-30-2011, 21:45
Hurry up Troli, maybe you can get 15 miles in before bedtime too!

Hurry up too Suxs... Maybe you can get an extra 15 minutes of DB'n on WB before ur mum tells you to go to bed...

Sierra Echo
07-30-2011, 21:50
Hurry up too Suxs... Maybe you can get an extra 15 minutes of DB'n on WB before ur mum tells you to go to bed...

Whats DB'n?

Driver8
07-30-2011, 21:55
Whats DB'n?

What Troli's doing. Let's not feed him further. ...

Sierra Echo
07-30-2011, 21:56
What Troli's doing. Let's not feed him further. ...

But what does DB stand for??? Why can't men just answer questions? LOL

bfayer
07-30-2011, 22:05
Yep... I'm free ballin' as I post this... How much more "unsupported" can you get???... BTW... Don't EVER include a Military reference to hiking... My son is a jumper with the USAF and is imbedded with 20 of the finest USMC in Iraq... Do you honestly think he gets his food/water/ F'N AMMO from some Iraq DB standing on the side of the road??? You need to get out of ur mums basement more... FYI... Internet hiking doesn't really count as hiking...

Unless you have your own DD-214, get off you Son's coat tails. You do your Son no honor by taking his.

28 year active duty E-9 sends.

BT
NNNN

Lone Wolf
07-30-2011, 22:18
And I will accept that you are a petty bully and a hateful, ignorant, self-important bore. Not everyone who cheers for Usain Bolt runs wind sprints daily - there's no ticket to admission here and this not special club you can control. Crawl back under your bridge. Now back to a much nicer, more inspiring, more accomplished person worthy of attention and admiration, the awesome Jen Pharr Davis.

---------------

I really enjoyed Brew's two most recent posts. There is a very nice, positive glow around her and her team at this point. She is an extraordinary person and I am proud and happy for her, with fingers semi-superstitiously crossed for her for these last couple of day. Following her hike only spurs me on to further hiking and walking, for which I thank her.


Why don't you go play with Teen Wolf? Y'all would make a cute couple. ...really? more name-calling and childish rants

Sly
07-30-2011, 22:59
But what does DB stand for??? Why can't men just answer questions? LOL

I believe the internet troll and tough guy called me a dooshbag. :eek::)

Sierra Echo
07-30-2011, 23:01
I believe the internet troll and tough guy called me a dooshbag. :eek:

I think I would agree!

Sly
07-30-2011, 23:05
I think I would agree!

Oh, thanks. I'll take it as a compliment. :rolleyes:

Sierra Echo
07-30-2011, 23:08
Oh, thanks. I'll take it as a compliment. :rolleyes:

LMAO!!! I was agreeing that I think you were called that, not that I agree with it! I think your swell!

Mags
07-30-2011, 23:09
This is the speed hiking forum. As the sticky states, if you don't like it...cool.

However, this forum is not for debating. Shut your pie hole about your disagreements concerning this issue on this forum. This forum is not for debating speed hiking anymore than the Dog Forum is for debating dogs on the trail.

Understood?

Thanks!

ps. As others stated, enough with the name calling everyone. :)

Sly
07-30-2011, 23:11
LMAO!!! I was agreeing that I think you were called that, not that I agree with it! I think your swell!

OK, I thought for a second maybe you delivered his mail. Thanks.

Sierra Echo
07-30-2011, 23:13
OK, I thought for a second maybe you delivered his mail. Thanks.

I have a big route, but its not THAT big!

Blissful
07-30-2011, 23:18
Congratulations to Jenn. A great Olympic athlete of which there will be no Olympic accolades. We should play the National Anthem for you anyway. :)

Red Hat
07-31-2011, 00:38
It would be stupid to even stop once she's within 100 miles, I would just keep walking till I get there, what would she have to lose.

Karl, according to Brew's post this evening, she was planning on doing 60 today. That would put her at Testanatee Gap, I think, leaving 36 for tomorrow. But she'll be getting a very early start and should finish around 1pm or so. I don't think that is stupid at all. Pushing for the whole 96 today would have been too much, I think. She is amazing and I am so excited for her. Wish I could be at Springer tomorrow.

Sly
07-31-2011, 00:57
Pushing for the whole 96 today would have been too much, I think. She is amazing and I am so excited for her. Wish I could be at Springer tomorrow.

You never know. Maybe she still have the adrenaline pumping after the 15 miles and keep going. Since there was mention of besting her 65 mile day it wouldn't surprise me.

Marta
07-31-2011, 07:19
Sounds as if the plan was in between. She probably finished up around 10-11 last night and was planning to start around 2:30 this morning. Not quite a solid 100-mile push, but not far from it.

FatMan
07-31-2011, 07:54
Very Cool that she is going to do it. I'm on the way out to walk down to Justus Creek. Based upon her schedule I am sure she will pass us. I'll report where and when on my return in a few hours.

Sierra Echo
07-31-2011, 08:01
She might not be in the mood to be stalked by a bunch of people today. Especially people she doesn't know.

HeartFire
07-31-2011, 08:15
II hope it's OK to re-post this, Kinnickinic wrote this in the women hikers yahoo group, I havne't read every post in this thread, so I don't know if she posted it here as well, but I think it's fitting as Jenn reaches the end of her hike.

By Kinnickinic;

"If you have not been reading the journal of Odyssa's hike, you are missing out
on an earthshaking event that is going to impact women all over the world (when
and if they hear of it). The AT does not seem to be exclusively the property of
the United States, evidence the number of men and women who get visas just to
come here to accept its challenge.

Jennifer is going to win this one. In fact, if you read her online journal, you
will see that she already has even if something brings her to a stop before she
reaches the summit of Springer Mountain.

She is almost there. If she were a horse, she would be greeted with a blanket
of fresh roses. Whether day or night, flashbulbs would be blinding her. A
crown of plumeria blossoms would be placed on her head. The mayor of Asheville
would speak. A band would be playing. At least one network would be there to
scoop an interview with her and Drew and as many members of the crews that have
been with them from Maine to Georgia. She has done what no other woman has ever
done! This ain't small pickins.

I hope that some of you at least who are close by enough will be there all along
the trail from Three Forks to the finish, clapping, shouting, just as we did
when Frank Shorter made that first marathon run. I hope the word will circle
Earth the way that it did when Roger Banister broke the three-minute barrier for
the mile. These events have impact.

Jennifer is doing something for each of us, whether we are grateful to be able
to achieve a one-mile-an-hour pace or could almost match her. Being "just a
woman" will no longer have quite the impact . . . because we can throw her name
in the face of the person who is so classifying us all. She has done what no
woman OR ANY MAN has ever done on our +/- 2181 mile footpath.

Sure, she is gifted. Point is . . . she used it.

Thank you so much, Jennifer.

Uncork the champagne, you hikers who are close enough to be there.

Kinnickinic

Mountain Maiden
07-31-2011, 08:39
II hope it's OK to re-post this, Kinnickinic wrote this in the women hikers yahoo group, I havne't read every post in this thread, so I don't know if she posted it here as well, but I think it's fitting as Jenn reaches the end of her hike.

By Kinnickinic;

"If you have not been reading the journal of Odyssa's hike, you are missing out
on an earthshaking event that is going to impact women all over the world (when
and if they hear of it). The AT does not seem to be exclusively the property of
the United States, evidence the number of men and women who get visas just to
come here to accept its challenge.

Jennifer is going to win this one. In fact, if you read her online journal, you
will see that she already has even if something brings her to a stop before she
reaches the summit of Springer Mountain.

She is almost there. If she were a horse, she would be greeted with a blanket
of fresh roses. Whether day or night, flashbulbs would be blinding her. A
crown of plumeria blossoms would be placed on her head. The mayor of Asheville
would speak. A band would be playing. At least one network would be there to
scoop an interview with her and Drew and as many members of the crews that have
been with them from Maine to Georgia. She has done what no other woman has ever
done! This ain't small pickins.

I hope that some of you at least who are close by enough will be there all along
the trail from Three Forks to the finish, clapping, shouting, just as we did
when Frank Shorter made that first marathon run. I hope the word will circle
Earth the way that it did when Roger Banister broke the three-minute barrier for
the mile. These events have impact.

Jennifer is doing something for each of us, whether we are grateful to be able
to achieve a one-mile-an-hour pace or could almost match her. Being "just a
woman" will no longer have quite the impact . . . because we can throw her name
in the face of the person who is so classifying us all. She has done what no
woman OR ANY MAN has ever done on our +/- 2181 mile footpath.

Sure, she is gifted. Point is . . . she used it.

Thank you so much, Jennifer.

Uncork the champagne, you hikers who are close enough to be there.

Kinnickinic

Hear! Hear! Nice post Kinnickinic. CONGRATS JEN!!!!!!! You've made a lot of women PROUD! And, quite a few men, too! Way to go!!!!

SawnieRobertson
07-31-2011, 09:56
Karl, according to Brew's post this evening, she was planning on doing 60 today. That would put her at Testanatee Gap, I think, leaving 36 for tomorrow. But she'll be getting a very early start and should finish around 1pm or so. I don't think that is stupid at all. Pushing for the whole 96 today would have been too much, I think. She is amazing and I am so excited for her. Wish I could be at Springer tomorrow.

WHAT!!! You didn't pack your bags and scurry over to Georgia to witness this? Dadgum. Well, maybe Someone who spends lots of his time on her route for today will take some great videos/shots. I hope you will share them if that is the case. She is a wonder, doing a wonderful thing. May God bless her and Brew.--Kinnickinic

SawnieRobertson
07-31-2011, 10:15
There is a saying, "When in doubt, don't." I felt shaky in my facts about the breaking of the mile barrier, but I did not stop to check. My apologies to all, especially to all who did not correct my spelling of Roger Bannister's name or my misrepresentation of what he did for running. His last name contains two "Ns," and he broke the four-minute mile. Since then, of course, that is no longer an earth-shaking feat. Barriers seem to be mental as well as physical.--Kinnickinic

Sly
07-31-2011, 10:24
She might not be in the mood to be stalked by a bunch of people today. Especially people she doesn't know.

Comes with the territory. A star is born.

FatMan
07-31-2011, 10:49
Jen passed us .5 miles north of Gooch Gap at 10:10am leaving her 17 miles to go to the finish line.

Although only 70 degrees at the time the humidity is about 90%. My wife and I were sweating bullets after 5 miles of walking and Jen looked fresh as a daisy. The fellow she was with looked a bit sweaty though.

When you think about it, what she will accomplish today is simply amazing. Congratulations to Jen and her team.

Mountain Maiden
07-31-2011, 11:01
Jen passed us .5 miles north of Gooch Gap at 10:10am leaving her 17 miles to go to the finish line.

Although only 70 degrees at the time the humidity is about 90%. My wife and I were sweating bullets after 5 miles of walking and Jen looked fresh as a daisy. The fellow she was with looked a bit sweaty though.

When you think about it, what she will accomplish today is simply amazing. Congratulations to Jen and her team.

THX for sharing Fatman! Yep--simply amazing. And, so much more!!

Sly
07-31-2011, 11:05
When you think about it, what she will accomplish today is simply amazing. Congratulations to Jen and her team.

That's for sure. When she revealed she was going to attempt the record at the Southern Ruck, along with encouraging her and having faith she could do it, I also tried to express how huge it would be. Unless she turns it down, I'd be surprised if she weren't invited on to the Today show or Letterman, etc. Whether she deserves a pay day, or not, is up for debate but I can see some paid endorsments coming her way.

Mountain Maiden
07-31-2011, 11:12
That's for sure. When she revealed she was going to attempt the record at the Southern Ruck, along with encouraging her and having faith she could do it, I also tried to express how huge it would be. Unless she turns it down, I'd be surprised if she weren't invited on to the Today show or Letterman, etc. Whether she deserves a pay day, or not, is up for debate but I can see some paid endorsments coming her way.

Yeahhh-- wouldn't that be great?! That is, if she wants it. She is so humble about all that she has already accomplished.... But, I hope she allows herself to be VERY proud of this!! Hope every step forward is as safe a the one's preceding... Just a few more!

Lone Wolf
07-31-2011, 11:16
she has the talent, the experience, the knowledge of the AT, the best support team and mental toughness to do this.....and she did it. well by 2;00 PM if all goes well. i knew barring injuries she would get the record no problem