The PCT, AT, CDT question finally comes out.
That is called "Self Supported"...
Everyone just gets that on such a long hike, you must resupply, but they can not have pacers. Thru-hikers are either just too lazy to call it Self Supported or they just don’t want to confuse the issue even more.
This you can not have anyone drop off any of your supplies at the trail head for you. You must hitch hike or walk in to pick up the supplies yourself.
With Self Supported, you can have hiking partners or share food as long as you are doing the hike under your own power.
About the longest fully Unsupport trail out there that I have heard of in terms of attempting to break the Unsupported Record in the way we are doing the TRT and JMT is the Colorado trail.
In an Unsupported attempt, you do not have the option of getting food for yourself along the trail. It must be carried from start to finish.
The whole truth of it is, these rules we have to follow are rules to just make it easyer to attempt a record. If it is already know what needs to be done, then we do it without asking questions.
If you want to cheat or push the limits of the way it just is then you shouldn't be making an attempt in the first place.
You must cover the distance under you own power and whatever help after that is allowed.
You must cover the distance and not receive any assistance that would help you do the trail faster than you could without that assistance.
You are thru-hiking the trail with out any assistance or resupply other than the water you get from the trail.
This also means no pacing in a means of speeding you up. If you have someone hiking with you, (at night especially), that person will not only have a light that will assist you but also help keep you up.
So if you want someone to hike with and keep you company, than carry that person on your back.
No matter how many times these questions get answered, the questions never seem to change about the meaning. If you don’t want to get it then just hike your own hike.