Mountains
SPS
2022
NATHAN
247/ 247
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TRAVIS
247/ 247
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NATHAN'S STATS

1928.25
miles
50d 19h 35m
activity time
784,910
vertical feet

TRAVIS' STATS

1890.25
miles
43d 20h 18m
activity time
729,569
vertical feet

LATEST UPDATES

9/8/2022 9:15:00 AM, Dan

Travis still feels deeply fatigued from the SPS FKT and could tell as early as the start of the JMT on the Mount Whitney summit that this effort wouldn't be to his standard. While disappointed, he understands that he must listen to his body and continue to recover.

9/7/2022 8:35:00 AM, Travis

I have dreamed of hiking the John Muir Trail since high school when I first heard about it. The trail is considered one of the most beautiful routes in the whole world. Nüümü Poyo is the original name of the trail by the indigenous people who used it as a trade route long before John Muir came to the Sierra.

It has been nearly three weeks since I finished the SPS list and I still haven't fully processed the adventure. Since my legs are strong and the weather is good, I figured running the JMT would be an excellent way to tour the Sierra one last time this season.

During the project I hiked about 70% of the JMT to access the peaks in the High Sierra but have yet to piece it all together as a continuous journey. My main goal is to reconnect with all of my mountain friends that stand alongside the trail and feel their presence again.

My secondary goal is to go fast. The overall unsupported FKT is 72 hours and 47 minutes set recently by a fellow I really admire, Jeff Garmire, running north to south. Although many talented mountain athletes have run the JMT, there has yet to be a sub 3 day unsupported effort.

I have never done a multi-day adventure like this, and I've never even run more than 50 miles in one push. Chances are I will fail, but if there is one thing the SPS list taught me, it's to try. As the legend Peter Croft said, "better the magnificent failure than the mediocre success."

Whether I finish the JMT or not, I am sure it will be magnificent! I'm starting at noon at Whitney Portal on Wednesday, September 7.

Go to the full size, interactive tracker.

9/3/2022 9:20:00 AM, Dan
Travis' and Peter Carey's pictures from the stellar Bear Creek Spire to Mount Mills linkup… (read more)
8/30/2022 10:30:00 AM, Dan
Travis' pictures from another rainy day on a couple peaks above the Rae Lakes… (read more)
8/29/2022 9:30:00 AM, Dan
Travis' pictures from a stormy day on the peaks above Center Basin… (read more)
8/27/2022 10:40:00 AM, Dan
Travis' pictures from his north-to-south solo of the Evolution Traverse… (read more)
8/26/2022 10:20:00 AM, Dan
Travis' pictures from the far southern end of the Ritter Range… (read more)
8/25/2022 9:35:00 AM, Dan
Travis' pictures from a 4-peak loop from a camp on the JMT… (read more)
8/23/2022 10:20:00 AM, Dan
Travis' pictures from a 5-peak linkup on the Kings Kern Divide… (read more)
8/22/2022 10:45:00 AM, Dan

We apologize for falling a bit behind on updates. There are about 7 more days of photos and at least one more story to publish. We should be able to publish regularly again starting tomorrow. Thank you!

8/21/2022 9:00:00 AM, Dan
Travis' pictures from a race ahead of thunderstorms on two east side giants… (read more)
8/19/2022 10:35:00 AM, Travis
I sat for a few more minutes and made my peace with the ending of this odyssey… (read more)
8/18/2022 11:40:00 AM, Travis
Emotions flooded through me like water flowing through the glacier… (read more)
8/16/2022 10:05:00 AM, Dan
Travis' pictures from a couple of peaks above the vast Humphreys Basin… (read more)
8/15/2022 10:00:00 AM, Dan
Nathan and Travis' photos from the last day of their two week backcountry odyssey. (read more)
8/14/2022 9:50:00 AM, Dan
Travis' pictures from Emerson's Waterfall Route with Jason Hardrath and Goethe under moody skies… (read more)
8/13/2022 5:40:00 AM, Dan

Travis finished the list today on San Joaquin Mountain!

Nathan enjoyed having the FKT for just over a month before Travis claimed it with a time of 117 days, 8 hours, and 34 minutes, more than three weeks faster than Nathan! He averaged more than two summits per day over the course of his effort.

April 17, about to begin
April 17, about to begin
August 11, Clyde Minaret summit
August 11, Clyde Minaret summit

More to come… check back soon!

8/12/2022 8:15:00 PM
Travis climbed San Joaquin Mountain
8/12/2022 9:30:00 AM, Dan

Update: After yesterday's big Ritter Range linkup, today is Travis' last day!

He's climbing San Joaquin Mountain starting from the Minaret Summit trailhead around 9am. He'll be going at a casual pace with his family and would be thrilled to have additional company. Come on out if you can!

Follow along on the live tracker.

8/12/2022 9:20:00 AM, Dan
Travis' pictures from a short day to a pair of peaks from Lake Sabrina… (read more)
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