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    Default New LT endurance record set

    I would like to announce that a new endurance record (unsupported) of the LT has recently been set.

    24 y.o. Jennifer Pharr recently completed an unsupported end-to-end hike of the LT in 7 days 15 hours and 40 minutes.

    She started at the VT/MA border at 5am on Wednesday August 1st and reached the VT/Canadian border at 8:40pm on Wednesday August 8th. Her longest day was 45 miles and her shortest day was 27 miles.

    She broke the existing unsupported LT record of 8 days 13 hours and 25 minutes that I set 29 years ago in 1978.

    This is a remarkable achievement and I assume that this is the first time that a long distance trail endurance record, either unsupported or supported, has been set by a woman.

    Jennifer, a college athlete/literature major, attended the Appalachian Trail Institute in December 2004 and went on to complete NOBO thru-hikes of the AT in 2005 and the PCT in 2006. She is presently in the final writing stages of a book concerning her AT/PCT hikes.

    She is planning on setting an unsupported woman's endurance record of the AT next summer. Having 'coached/mentored' her a little bit, I feel she has all the necessary attributes (ie. level of comfort; threshold of pain; temperament) to be a successful long distance endurance hiker.

    Of course, she will also have to endure the skepticism/criticism from other hikers but I, and other members of the hiking community who have experienced the particular satisfactions/rewards of long distance endurance hiking, will be supportive of her endeavors.
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    Wow, that's pretty cool! I must have blinked or been in a town when she went through I bet she would like to do ultrarunning. Hey Warren, weren't you in Vermont not too long ago?
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    Thanks for reporting on Jennifer's accomplishment. Haven't most endurance End-to-End attempts and records in the past begun at the L.T.'s northern terminus?

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    Shades of Gray: Most of the recent record-setting supported end-to-end LT hikes were north to south ventures: Courtney Campbell; David Horton; Ed Kostak and the present supported LT endurance record holder - Ted Keizer (sp.?)a.k.a. CaveDog.

    Gypsy: You are correct. I hiked from Manchester Center,VT to Williamstown, MA on 7/20. 21, 22.
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    Outstanding !

    Thanks for posting Warren !

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    Marsha,

    It is easier to post on WhiteBlaze now due to the new editorial policy (sort of like the relief a child feels when he can go out and play at recess without the fear of being bullied).
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    Very cool. How does her time compare to the supported record? And how many times did she leave the LT (and how), if at all, to resupply.

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    Great job!

    As mentioned in the previous post, I'd be curious to know how many times she resupplied, her pack weight, did she exclusively hike the trail or was there periods of running?

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    The supported endurance record for the Long Trail is held by Ted Keizer (Cave Dog) who ran/walked the trail from north to south in 4 days 13 hours and 15 minutes in 2004 (his second attempt). He has a very good website - just google 'Cave Dog'.

    As for Jennifer, I don't know about her pack weight. She carried no shelter (slept under the stars her first five nights and in shelters the last three nights due to rainy/wet weather).

    She walked the entire way.

    She had three resupplies:

    Long Trail Inn - got a ride from a day hiker

    Jonesville - walked to the PO

    Long Trail Tavern (Johnson) - ride in from a hiker; ride back from the least inebriated bar patron.

    She wrote a wonderful poem about her adventure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by warren doyle View Post
    She wrote a wonderful poem about her adventure.
    Warren, does she post here? It would be wonderful if she were to share her experiences with us as well as her poem. Would you ask her to contribute to this thread?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shades of Gray View Post
    Warren, does she post here? It would be wonderful if she were to share her experiences with us as well as her poem. Would you ask her to contribute to this thread?
    Ditto! Or please let us know if she has her own website.

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    I have informed her that I started a thread on WhiteBlaze. The rest is up to her.

    One of the legacies, out of many that are positive, of WhiteBlaze in its fledging years (mirroring the general cyber mean-spriritedness in many internet forums) was the tendency of the administrators to allow personal attacks/name calling to go unchallenged. Who knows how many good-hearted people who don't want to be the victims of unwarranted bullying have avoided posting in this medium.

    The last month or so has seen a trend toward more civility in the expressing of differing opinions on this valuable website. May it continue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by warren doyle View Post
    It is easier to post on WhiteBlaze now due to the new editorial policy (sort of like the relief a child feels when he can go out and play at recess without the fear of being bullied).
    Quote Originally Posted by warren doyle View Post
    One of the legacies, out of many that are positive, of WhiteBlaze in its fledging years (mirroring the general cyber mean-spriritedness in many internet forums) was the tendency of the administrators to allow personal attacks/name calling to go unchallenged. Who knows how many good-hearted people who don't want to be the victims of unwarranted bullying have avoided posting in this medium.
    Right, so in just a few hours that's two irrelevant and unprovoked posts complaining about personal problems getting along with others on a hiking BBS. What, years ago?

    My understanding is that this forum is for and about Vermont's Long Trail and those who hike it's white blazes.

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    Your interpretation, not mine. I felt they were relevant in responding to the two posts I was responding to.

    And, your understanding is correct.
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    Wow, that is just amazing. We attended a lecture given last year by a couple (husband and wife) who thru-hiked the LT in 13 days. They are both outstanding ultra and trail runners here in CT and I really thought that might be just about the limits of what a human could do. Now, another hiker has done it in almost 1/2 the time!

    I don't know as this is something I'd try, even loving long-distance running as much as I do, but I sure can appreciate the effort (and am also proud that it is a woman!).

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    Thanks for the post, WD. And thanks for making it plain that the stupid, mean stuff is going away here. I, unfortunately, have been one of those stupid, mean people at times in the past.

    I recently pretty much gave up here because I didn't think that I could keep reading and posting without going back to my old ways. Hopefully we can all just Rodney King. T'would be way cool, yup, as I really love this place. When I'm not hiking, I really like to be here, but only when here is pleasant.

    And no, mentioning it twice probably wasn't overdoing it. Three times, however...


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    Quote Originally Posted by warren doyle View Post
    Having 'coached/mentored' her a little bit, I feel she has all the necessary attributes (ie. level of comfort; threshold of pain; temperament) to be a successful long distance endurance hiker.
    You as her "coach/mentor" "feel she has the necessary attributes to be a successful long distance endurance hiker"?

    She already is one, Warren.
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    Congratulations to Jennifer! What an accomplishment! Best wishes for next year's AT attempt.

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    Congrats to Jennifer for her accomplishment

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    Hey guys, thanks for all your kind words and encouragement. And a big thanks to Warren for his acknowledgement and also his support before and after my trip. I would have posted sooner, but I just joined white blaze and had to work out some of the kinks with the admin (thanks at troll!). I had an amazing time on the Long Trail and loved the challenge of pushing myself to the limits each and everyday I was out there. It is truly an amazing trail with a lot of fun obstacles at the end - especially in the rain. I think I have a record which is great! Warren felt I might have set it for both men and women, but on trail journals it was suggested that a male hiker named Parm hiked it in under 7 days in 03'. That's incredible, and my hat definitely goes off to him! It's always nice to be the first or only person to have accomplished something, but as any endurance hiker knows, it's not about the records. Being a "record holder" would never provide sufficient motivation to overcome sprained ankles, swollen knees, bee stings and electrical storms (all of which are very vivid memories of my Long Trail hike), instead the desire to overcome adversity, enjoy creation, and push mental, physical, and emotional boundaries was what personally made the endeavor rewarding. I did write a quick poem to sum up my experiences on the trail, and I tried to add it as an attachment to this post, but if it does not come through and you would like to read it then I would be more than happy to e-mail it to you. Thanks again for all the kind words. Hope to meet some of you all on the trail in future. best, jp

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