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Ultrarunner Tries to Break Appalachian Trail Record

The Appalachian Trail stretches 2,100 miles from Mt. Katahdin, Maine, to Springer Mountain, Georgia. Those intrepid adventurers who attempt to complete the entire trail in one stretch often complete their journeys in about half a year.

In 2015, Scott Jurek finished it in 46 days, eight hours, and seven minutes, which was a record for a through-hike. Now, Jurek’s friend and fellow runner Karl Meltzer will attempt to best his time.

Meltzer has previous experience on the trail, as he completed it in 2008 in 54 days. Another attempt in 2014 ended after he completed 1,500 miles. He hopes that his third try will result in success.

In order to meet his goals, he’ll have to run nearly 50 miles each day while climbing up and down rocky trails, traversing slippery rocks, and making his way through dense woods. Because Meltzer will depart from the northern terminus of the trail in early August, he’ll be able to avoid freezing conditions, but he will likely encounter rain and hot and humid weather as he heads south.

As part of his preparations, Meltzer has assembled a team of people who are ready to support him. They’ll get organized so that they can meet him at different points along the way, making sure he’s fed, hydrated, and healthy. Seltzer has also been out training on various sections of the trail so that he’s completely comfortable with the terrain and the elements that he’ll face.

Dangers of the Appalachian Trail

In August, famed ultrarunner Karl Meltzer will try to break the Appalachian Trail thru-hike speed record. He is going to wear out about 18 pairs of shoes and he is gunning to accomplish the whole task in under 54 days.

Now is the time of year when many people take excursions on this legendary trail. The Appalachian Trail is over 2,000 miles long and goes from Maine all the way down to Georgia. Over 2 million people walk on it for at least one day each year. About 3,000 people hiked the entire trail in 2014.

Many are unaware of the hazards of traversing the trail and each year hundreds of people get injured or worse. For the most part, the trail is safe. There are a number of things to watch out for that anyone considering hiking even part of the trail need to be wary of.

There are several large streams and swamps that need to be crossed that people have drowned in. Once you’ve fallen into a swamp, your heavy backpack can drag you under and make it impossible for you to escape.

There are wide open areas where people have been nearly hit by lightning.

Many people get injured falling and need to be carried out. There are stretches of the trail where it is 50 miles or more between civilized areas. If you get hurt in the wrong place, you might be in big trouble.

The key to staying safe on the trail is to never travel alone and always err on the side of caution.