Does anyone know if there's a FKT for the PNT? I was one of the first to thru-hike the proposed route in the early 1980s (before there was even a published guidebook) and have been thinking of doing it again, this time for speed. Thanks!
By no means a speed record attempt, but Nacho and I hiked the PNT in 2010 in 38 days from Aug 13th- Sept 20th. I think when Skurka went through on his C2C hike he was somewhere around 37 days. It would be easy to shave a bunch of days, just wanted to give you a ball park as I don't think anyone has attempted a pure speed record on that trail yet.
Thanks, Pepper. Even if not a record attempt, 38 days is still pretty quick! Good job. It's unlikely that I'd try for an actual record -- at 51, that's probably not too realistic -- but I'd be satisfied to do it somewhere in the 40-45 day range. Back in 1983, there was no end of logistical and navigational problems -- lots of map and compass work and plain ol' bushwhacking, trying to follow long-abandoned Forest Service trails, etc. We'll see how winter training goes and assess in the spring.
I searched through my e-mail archives for Skurka's updates on his PNT thruhike in 2005 and according to the updates that were written and sent to fans by his Mom he started in Glacier National Park on May 27th and finished at Cape Alava on July 10 which would be 45 days on trail.
Skurka's route differed from the "standard" PNT in that he did not start at Chief Mountain due to restrictions of deep snow and hiked some sections of the Going to Sun Road across Glacier. That being said, the PNT was not part of the National Scenic Trail system at that time and (as is still the case) did not have an official line-on-a-map route so variation from other hikers' routes certainly occurred.