Sabbe Sets New Thru-Hike Speed Record on the AT
The Appalachian Trail is The longest hiking-only footpath in the world, it is 2190 miles long crosses, 14 states and has approximately 3,000,000 feet in gain/loss elevation, simply completing this humongous hiking task is an incredible accomplishment let alone trying to be the fastest person to ever do it.
The fastest time to complete “thru-hike” of the Appalachian Trail is 45 days, 12 hours, 15 minutes, it was sent by Joe “string bean” McConaughy he in 2017. That was until Tuesday when Karen Sabbe Belgium completed it at 41 days, seven hours, 39 minutes. This is a full four days faster than the previous record.
Sabbe is a 28-year-old dentist and ultra runner who also enjoys tackling major through hike records, he also holds the record for the Pacific Crest Trail which he said in 2016. The Pacific Crest Trail record was also held by John McConaughy prior to falling to Sabbe.
This is the first time in history that the same man holds the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail speed records at the same time.
Sabbe fully intended of going for the record Craig from day one, his intent was clearly let it be known on fastestknowntime.com and he used special trackers to mark his progress. The Guinness book of world records was also contacted so if he could attempt a world record and have neutral and professional analysis against his claims.
Sabbe was moving blistering pace averaging roughly 53 miles per day for 41 days straight. Remember this was a supported effort so that means that he had people following along and providing supplies when it was required. This is different from self-supported times, where hikers have to pack all their own supplies and gear.