â€œI built a castle in the swamp and it sunk. I built a second castle and it sunk too. I built a third castle and it burned down and then sunk. But the fourth castle, Ahhhh! That one stood.â€
â€”Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Well-written account of an attempt to speed hike the JMT by 49-year-old Al Shaver.
Before my attempt, Reinhold Metzger held the unsupported, unresupplied speed record for the 208 mile John Muir Trail at 5 days 7 hours. I hoped to best his time this September. After three valiant attempts, his record still stands.
I knew I wasnâ€™t necessarily the person best suited to break Reinholdâ€™s record, but I was drawn to the challenge and I thought it was possible. …
As it turns out, the third time is not always a charm. I could take the advice of Mssrs. Cleese et al and try one more time, but I fear I took on a 40 miles a day challenge with 30 miles a day feet.
Al Shaver and the gear
(via The Adventure Blog)