human-powered circumnavigation of Earth

National Geographic Adventure Magazine named them “Adventurers of the Year”, calling them “The New Magellans”.

Colin Angus (along with Julie Wafaei for much of the time) had powered himself around the globe using exclusively human power.

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National Geographic Adventure Magazine

official website – Angus Adventures

But British adventurer Jason Lewis claims that Angus’ circumnavigation does not count because it did not “pass through two antipodal points on the globe” (co-ordinates on exactly opposite sides of the Earth).

His own human powered circumnavigation attempt is still happening.

Looks like Guinness Book of World Records is siding with Lewis. (Canadian newspaper report)

official website – Expedition 360

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route of Jason Lewis

The dispute certainly trivializes accomplishment.

John Muir Trail record attempt(s)

“I 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.”

—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 wasn’t necessarily the person best suited to break Reinhold’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.

Results: John Muir Trail (JMT) Record Attempt – Unsupported, Without Resupply @ Backpacking Light

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Al Shaver and the gear

(via The Adventure Blog)

the fittest man in the world

Labelled “the fittest man in the world” by Men’s Fitness, Dean Karnazes’ past feats include running 350 miles continuously, mountain biking non stop for 24 hours, swimming across the San Francisco Bay, and running a marathon to the South Pole.

from the Geared Up Blog

He is author of Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner.

Confessions of an All-Night Runner

What’s next?

50 marathons in 50 days!