I intend to speedhike the Washington section of P.C.T in 2016. I will be mailing myself food packages and picking them up always on foot(No cars,boats,buses etc). My goal is to average over 40 miles a day and hopefully finish in about 12 days. If I set or break a record (I understand there is no FKT for this method of hiking the WA P.C.T) that would be cool, if not I will still have pushed myself to the max. I will be using a SPOT device and taking pictures.I will also use the method of third party verification.(I would appreciate any details/specifics of how third party verification works). I have thru hiked the P.C.T and have logged over 7,000 miles on the trail,it's changed my life and my philosophy about backpacking. I used to think you really had to linger and soak in the scenery to enjoy the wilderness, but I discovered that going real fast and pushing myself to the point of agony can be oddly enjoyable and rewarding!I will be setting off in August so hopefully this message isn't too dreadfully premature. This hike will be the hardest thing I've ever done,can't wait.
Post by Peter Bakwin on Oct 27, 2015 9:00:05 GMT -5
Williamson & Bradley did 12d1h17m in 2012. Others have gone fast but have not reported times for Washington. Heather Anderson averaged 43.5 mpd for the entire PCT (2013). You should do a little research and find out who has the fastest time.
Did a little digging and the fastest reported time I can find, specifically for Washington P.C.T is the Bink and Bradley duo at 12d1h17m.Anish I believe was crushing it so hard going into WA that she may have decreased her miles abit . I cant find out her time for just WA. I have a lot of respect and admiration for these hikers and don't pretend to be in their league. Having said that, I am confident in my ability and will be training hard to finish WA in under 12 days.
Still cant find a Wa. P.C.T. time for Anish's record hike. Although contrary to what I thought, I read she did some of her biggest days in Washington.I am going to set a goal for myself of under 12 days.
Post by Peter Bakwin on Jan 12, 2016 17:11:30 GMT -5
I checked this out with Anish and she says she does not know her exact time for WA only since she was focused on the whole thing. But, based on memory of when she crossed the bridge into WA she estimates 11d5h for WA PCT. So, yes, under 12 days!
Thank you. That is a significant amount faster than Scott and Adam's recorded WA PCT time. Anish is my hero big time. My hike will take place in August and will be a FKT attempt for WA PCT. (I'm assuming if I can finish between 11 and 12 days and have it verified I will at least be in contention for a FKT since for whatever reason nobody has claimed it for "self-supported" WA hike)I would like to add that if I can do what I think I can on this hike it will be a huge confidence boost and a spring-board for an entire PCT Self-supported speed attempt.Thanks for your imput.Plant
Hello All,Plant here, I have a spot "trace" device that I plan on using to provide verification for my State of Washington speed attempt. I know this device was designed for tracking valuables such as boats, cars, etc, but as far as I can tell it has the same capabilities for tracking a hike as the Spot Gen.3. I'm still getting familiar with the ins and outs of the device/service and I am still not totally sure how to give others access to my "breadcrumb trail" other than to give out my user name and password for the SPOT website. If anyone has any experience with the SPOT"Trace" or has any information about it, I would appreciate it. Thank you.
Hey Plant, Let me know if I can help in any way. I can't remember exactly when I entered the state of Washington (it was sometime later in the day, maybe 5 or 6 pm), but to the best of my recall that would make my Washington time 11 days and between 3 and 5 hours of hiking. Here is the breakdown as I recorded it in my phone (note these are listed as chronological days rather than the clock doesn't stop continual days, but it will give you an idea of what sort of mileages to aim for): Washington Day 50: 6 mi (plus 32 in Oregon) 51: 43 52: 49 53: 50 54: 45 55: 53 56: 32 57: 44 58: 42 59: 41 60: 47 61: 53
That is very helpful and frankly I'm excited that you chimed in. I have hiked Wa. PCT a bit and done some of my biggest mileage days on the PCT in Wa.. Your records inspire me, and will not be broken easily. Was your day#56 a resupply/recovery day?
This will be my last post until after my hike August 13-22. I will be going for a FKT for Washington ,PCT(self-supported).I will be walking the official p.c.t route and walking in and out of resupply points. (White, Snoqualmie and Stevens pass') I'm toting a SPOT device for proof and will be meeting and greeting a lot of thru hikers. I will be able to get some third party verification and take pictures. My time to beat is 11 days and 5 hours (Anish's recorded time for WA. during her 2013 record thru hike). I have trained hard for this and consider distance hiking my calling, my pack base weight is about 7 pounds. I will post after my hike either way, and will enjoy my attempt regardless of the outcome.