Does anyone have any experience or advice on talking to Park Rangers about an FKT attempt on a backcountry trail (or even just a normal trail run)? I have read that there are extra requirements to get a back country permit for a solo hiker (extra forms, photos of equipment and boot prints, etc..). I definitely understand it is for the hiker's safety, and I can envision a Park Ranger potentially not wanting to allow me to attempt to run a back country trail, by myself, in one day when it takes hikers 3 days to complete.
I won't be alone in the park, there are several spots where I can meet up with others in my group, but I won't have any pacers, so I will be alone on the trail.
Post by Peter Bakwin on Oct 1, 2016 7:52:16 GMT -5
I'm not aware of any NP that requires a permit for a non-overnight trip (except climbing Mt Rainier & I assume you aren't talking about that). Why would you even tell a ranger you're going for an FKT? I've done many "speed" trips (FKTs & otherwise) in NPs & never had an issue. Follow whatever rules there are for your park & you should be issued a permit.