Long Distance Record Attempts

Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail Speed Record
On  May 10th, 1999 Pete Palmer, a 46 year old ultrarunner from Connecticut started his attempt to break the AT Speed Record.  We followed his progress.

Starting on May 9, 1998 two individuals attempted to break David's record, of 52 days, 9 hours, and 41 minutes, for covering the entire length of the Appalachian Trail.  We followed their progress throughout the summer.  The first person to start was Andrew Thompson. His starting date was May 9th.  Sam Swisher-McClure started on June 5th. We have included links below that will give some information about each person, their crews, and their progress along the way.

David has been in contact with both individuals and they have agreed to provide us with information about their progress. We hope that all will find this interesting. As you might expect David has mixed feelings about these attempts. He certainly understands that his record could be broken by one or both of these men. He has given each advice and encouragement just like he received before his attempt. He certainly hopes both will finish. Does he hope they break his record? What do you think?

Andrew Thompson

Sam Swisher-McClure

Andrew Thompson record attempt - 2001

2001 - Mike Sandlin with the support of his wife Judy hiked  the AT in a planned 66 days. Read the account HERE.

Long Trail Record Attempts

Horton Breaks Campbell's Long Trail Record

Courtney Campbell Breaks Long Trail Record

Courtney Campbell, an ultrarunner, from Berryville, VA has broken the Long Trail Speed Record. The previous record was 6 days, 6 hours, and 50 minutes was set by Sam Swisher-McClure. The new record stands at 5 days, 14 hours, and 55 minutes.  Read a description of the record breaking event. This page will link to pictures also.

Courtney's account can be found here.

Ed Kostak and Pete Palmer attempt Long Trail Record. Starting August 27th, these two individuals attempted to break the Long Trail Record of 5 day, 14 hours, and 55 minutes.

Chris Hartwell did attempt to break the record again. He experienced bad weather and got behind schedule shortly after starting. The last report we received was that he was going to continue on and complete the trail, but the record was not in jeopardy.

Scott Grierson, aka Maineak, started on August 20th. We have several reports which tell the story until Maineak stopped after 163 miles.  For those who have read A Quest for Adventure, you will remember that Scott is the 2nd fastest person on the AT with a time of 55 days.


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