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Christopher Holden
(back2basics) - F - MLife

Locale: Southeast USA
Running the AT - GO KARL!!! on 08/05/2008 17:15:21 MDT Print View

Karl Meltzer is nuts. He plans to make an Appalachian Trail speed record attempt and run it in 47 days. Yes. 2,174 miles in 47 days. He started today. More power to him.
I'll be watching this closely. I'm not even a runner, just a casual observer with deep respect for those that can push themselves at this level and endure it for that long.
I'm surprised I haven't seen this all over the news. It is a supported trip, but quite a venture nonetheless.

Run Forrest! Run!

Edited by back2basics on 08/05/2008 17:18:22 MDT.

Bill Fornshell
(bfornshell) - MLife

Locale: Southern Texas
Re: Running the AT - break a leg - KARL!!! on 08/05/2008 18:15:38 MDT Print View

Running on any trail is very damaging for the trail and should be against the law.

Break a leg - Karl - and quick.

Joshua Gilbert
(joshcgil2) - F

Locale: Seattle
umm? on 08/05/2008 18:23:44 MDT Print View

I will just assume that you forgot the emoticon that shows you are joking ;-)

Devin Montgomery
(dsmontgomery) - MLife

Locale: one snowball away from big trouble
Re: Re: Running the AT - break a leg - KARL!!! on 08/05/2008 19:38:15 MDT Print View

"Running on any trail is very damaging for the trail and should be against the law."

Bill - what damage does trail running cause a trail, particularly an already heavily used one?

Donna C
(leadfoot) - M

Locale: Middle Virginia
Re: Re: Running the AT - break a leg - KARL!!! on 08/09/2008 05:28:33 MDT Print View wish someone ill health given what you have been thru?
I didn't know you owned the trails and dictated how they be used. A thousand bows to you, o master.

Blue _
(lrmblue) - MLife

Locale: Northeast (New England)
Re: Running the AT - GO KARL!!!--Parallel Thread on 08/09/2008 09:41:37 MDT Print View

If anyone is interested (and doesn’t already know) a thread that seems to have run parallel with this one (but at greater length) is over under "AT Speed Record Attempt" in the “General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion” forum. It is fascinating how Karl’s speed attempt has provoked people into considering and/or expressing their own governing principals about how our natural world should be experienced and what is the most appropriate path for traveling through it. PAX.

Edited by lrmblue on 08/09/2008 15:14:33 MDT.

Steve O
(HechoEnDetroit) - F

Locale: South Kak
holy holy holy hikers on 08/09/2008 15:01:12 MDT Print View

maybe they should pave the at?

derek parsons
(neurotek) - F

Locale: ontario
has to be a joke... on 08/20/2008 22:15:24 MDT Print View

i can't for the life of me think how trail running damages trails any less/moreso than backpacking, although i'm open to other's opinions on the matter. as both a trail runner and backpacker i have some insight on this. when running a trail you carry substantially less weight, your shoes are lighter (less imprint), and your strides are generally longer. i argue i'm impacting the trail more when i carry 30lbs and wearing 3lbs hiking boots.

and wishing somebody breaks their leg is bad karma, especially for a hiker to make the comment. life has interesting ways of balancing things like this.

i wish him the best of luck and a good trip.

Edited by neurotek on 08/20/2008 22:29:39 MDT.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: has to be a joke... on 08/22/2008 07:56:02 MDT Print View

I think they're gonna have to start a Piste Off forum just for Bill ; )

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
Running the AT - GO KARL on 08/22/2008 08:37:01 MDT Print View

It's all over, folks. A lower leg injury on day 6 has done it. See

Timothy Hortberg
(thortberg) - F

Locale: Midwest
AT Speed Record on 08/22/2008 10:39:32 MDT Print View

Karl actually made it to day 15 before he made the wise decision to pause and evaluate his condition. He has tendonitis caused by compensating for the pain of trench foot.
He is taking it day by day and hopes to get back on the trail soon. He is optimistic and plans on finishing even though he most likely will not get the record. (paraphrased from the Whereskarl website) I think Karl is making wise choices and I wish him the best of luck in finishing this year and with his next attempt.

I have read the posts so far and really find the negative posts disheartening.

I think we should be more supportive of everyone that is chasing their dreams. I know I would like the support.