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2,600 miles on foot in 55 days, 16 hours, and 54 minutes. That’s roughly 47 miles a day. That’s the new fastest known time (FKT) set by 27-year-old British hiker Josh Perry for the Pacific Crest Trail, which starts near the U.S. border with Mexico and finishes at the Canadian border.
Outside Magazine shared news of Perry’s FKT in an Instagram post, writing:
“An enduring speed record on the Pacific Crest Trail has fallen. On Sunday, August 7, at 8:56 P.M., Josh Perry—a 27-year-old British hiker with no fixed address—reached the Canadian border, finishing the 2,600-mile trail just 55 days, 16 hours, and 54 minutes after he departed the trail’s starting point near the U.S. border with Mexico. His staggering time cut the 2009 male self-supported record of Scott Williamson by nearly ten days; Perry shaved five days off the overall self-supported record famously set by Heather “Anish” Anderson in 2013, a feat so impressive it survived a decade of near-constant attempts to beat it. (His record has not been officially verified, but an official at Fastest Known Times said Tuesday she expected it to be.) Anderson’s achievement, which established her as one of the world’s most wowing endurance athletes, is the very thing that lured Perry into long-distance hiking.”
As mentioned in the IG post, his record has not been officially verified yet, but an official at Fastest Known Times said Tuesday that she expected it to be. Congratulations on the insane accomplishment, Mr. Perry!