Travis Wildeboer Sets Vermont Long Trail Speed Record

On Tuesday, September 14th 2010 at 1:25 a.m., Travis Wildeboer of Winter Park, CO earned the honor of setting the unsupported speed hike record on Vermont’s Long Trail.

On Tuesday, September 14th 2010 at 1:25 a.m., Travis Wildeboer of Winter Park, CO earned the honor of setting the unsupported speed hike record on Vermont's Long Trail.

As an accomplished outdoor enthusiast with a fierce competitive mentality, he'd completed similar journeys and was up for the challenge. However, earning this accomplishment and ousting the previous record held by Demetri Coupounas set in 2004 would prove no easy task. The strict rules of an unsupported hike dictate that one must carry all supplies (i.e. food, clothes, headlamp, camera, phone, etc.) from beginning to end of the trail, short of the exception for water which rules allow to be consumed along various water sources along the trail.

Outfitted with his Lowe Alpine Nanon 50:60 Hyperlite backpack that he, “…chose...for two reasons. First, I needed a pack that was light weight but did not sacrifice comfort. Second, I needed a pack that would have enough room to carry food and gear for 273 miles of hiking, but, after food was consumed, would cinch down tight and allow me to run without bouncing”, on September 7th at 8 a.m. Wildeboer set off with a goal of not only completing the trail but with intent on significantly lowering the time. For 272.7 miles, he journeyed onwards day and night through challenging weather conditions, sleep deprivation, and countless mind games that would come as a result of the long solo journey. Nevertheless, Wildeboer reached the southern terminus of the Long Trail in only 6 days, 17 hours and 25 minutes – almost half the time of the previous record.

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