Aug 5, 2008 at 4:15 pm #1230498
@back2basicsLocale: Southeast USA
Karl Meltzer is nuts. He plans to make an Appalachian Trail speed record attempt and run it in 47 days. Yes. 2,174 miles in 47 days. He started today. More power to him.
I'll be watching this closely. I'm not even a runner, just a casual observer with deep respect for those that can push themselves at this level and endure it for that long.
I'm surprised I haven't seen this all over the news. It is a supported trip, but quite a venture nonetheless.
Run Forrest! Run!Aug 5, 2008 at 5:15 pm #1445841
@bfornshellLocale: Southern Texas
Running on any trail is very damaging for the trail and should be against the law.
Break a leg – Karl – and quick.Aug 5, 2008 at 5:23 pm #1445843
I will just assume that you forgot the emoticon that shows you are joking ;-)Aug 5, 2008 at 6:38 pm #1445856
@dsmontgomeryLocale: one snowball away from big trouble
"Running on any trail is very damaging for the trail and should be against the law."
Bill – what damage does trail running cause a trail, particularly an already heavily used one?Aug 9, 2008 at 4:28 am #1446370
@leadfootLocale: Middle Virginia
wow…to wish someone ill health given what you have been thru?
I didn't know you owned the trails and dictated how they be used. A thousand bows to you, o master.Aug 9, 2008 at 8:41 am #1446386
@lrmblueLocale: Northeast (New England)
If anyone is interested (and doesn’t already know) a thread that seems to have run parallel with this one (but at greater length) is over under "AT Speed Record Attempt" in the “General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion” forum. It is fascinating how Karl’s speed attempt has provoked people into considering and/or expressing their own governing principals about how our natural world should be experienced and what is the most appropriate path for traveling through it. PAX.Aug 9, 2008 at 2:01 pm #1446431
@hechoendetroitLocale: South Kak
maybe they should pave the at?Aug 20, 2008 at 9:15 pm #1447956
i can't for the life of me think how trail running damages trails any less/moreso than backpacking, although i'm open to other's opinions on the matter. as both a trail runner and backpacker i have some insight on this. when running a trail you carry substantially less weight, your shoes are lighter (less imprint), and your strides are generally longer. i argue i'm impacting the trail more when i carry 30lbs and wearing 3lbs hiking boots.
and wishing somebody breaks their leg is bad karma, especially for a hiker to make the comment. life has interesting ways of balancing things like this.
i wish him the best of luck and a good trip.Aug 22, 2008 at 6:56 am #1448091
I think they're gonna have to start a Piste Off forum just for Bill ; )Aug 22, 2008 at 7:37 am #1448096
@wandering_bobLocale: Oregon, USA
It's all over, folks. A lower leg injury on day 6 has done it. See http://whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php?t=40337Aug 22, 2008 at 9:39 am #1448113
Karl actually made it to day 15 before he made the wise decision to pause and evaluate his condition. He has tendonitis caused by compensating for the pain of trench foot.
He is taking it day by day and hopes to get back on the trail soon. He is optimistic and plans on finishing even though he most likely will not get the record. (paraphrased from the Whereskarl website) I think Karl is making wise choices and I wish him the best of luck in finishing this year and with his next attempt.
I have read the posts so far and really find the negative posts disheartening.
I think we should be more supportive of everyone that is chasing their dreams. I know I would like the support.
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