Hey folks, great to be part of the community. I love this movement and the sense of exploration and adventure inherent in it.
I spend a lot of time traveling in non-English speaking countries where FKT communities don't exist or at least aren't obvious.
I would like to log times for runs in these parts of the world but would like to discuss the following :
1. While I've not been able to find times mentioned online, is the absence if this evidence enough to declare a FKT?
2. Is this board adequate for "declaring my intentions" or should I aim to do so via Facebook/my blog etc?
3. Given I only speak English and poor Spanish, should I be expected to declare my intentions in another language?
4. Where the two points that define the Start and Finish of a trail are debatable, is it acceptable to define these boundaries myself in the claim?
For example: Yesterday I visited Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan Province, China. I don't speak a lick of Mandarin and the only evidence I could find of someone having run b the trail at all referred to a one way Journey. I ran up and back to the start point, self-supported in 9:21:20. Most hikers start and finish at one particular Guesthouse so I did too. There is some debate about where the trail ends but I turned around at the point most hikers do and where the trail joins the road (this is trail running after all!). I recorded the run on two separated GPS devices and previously declared my intentions on Facebook (I was pretty confident no one was coming out for a look haha). While I'm sure locals have done the out and back before (it was a trading route originally) and probably quicker than me due to acclimatisation and familiarity, I've no way of knowing for sure.
Post by Peter Bakwin on Jul 24, 2013 20:10:37 GMT -5
The key here is the "K" in FKT. It's fine to post your time for something even if you don't know if it's the actual "record". It may inspire others to try to beat your time, or it someone may see your time and claim a previous faster one for that route. Both happen often. Beyond the FKT aspect, part of the reason for this site it to bring awareness to the trails and routes that are listed. In a case like you mention, it would be very helpful if you: -Give detailed info about the route, including web links if possible. -Say exactly what you did - where you started and ended (or turned around), the exact route you took (if variations are possible). -Report what you did to try to find out whether there was an existing FKT.
As far as your questions 2-4, I'd say use your best judgment.
If you post this Tiger Leaping thing it will be the first post for China!
Many thanks for the thorough response. I hear you re the "K" of FKT. I'll prep a submission based on your guidelines and go from there. I look forward to receiving any feedback if I can improve it in some way. I've got a few more attempts in mind so I'll be stoked to get it right.