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    Enola man attempts to shatter Appalachian Trail record
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    That's what Matthew Huffman will be chasing when he embarks on a bold endeavor to "not break but shatter" the Appalachian Trail speed record. The 25-year-old Enola resident plans to depart from the trail's northernmost point in Mt. Katahdin, Maine, ...



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    Wonder if he knows a) Katahdin will be closed on Nov 10, so he wont be able to go up; b) 60 miles a day in winter, meaning snow in the Whites. Can anybody spell rescue?
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    Just reading his gear list makes me wonder if this guy really has a clue as to what he is in for. A Coleman backpack? MRE's? PVC rain gear? No Fleece listed? 32 lb pack for a speed record? And this:

    "Mount Washington used to have the highest record wind speed of anywhere on the planet," Sickley said of the highest point in the northeastern United States. "There's the potential for some really bad weather, but the greatest challenge now is that the network of support services that exists for hikers tends to be skewed to the northbound [hikers]," he said.

    No, the greatest challenge will be the weather!
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    Job gone, girlfriend gone. Winter speed hike on AT with I think most here would agree inadequet gear for time of year. Not to mention Big K closed. Makes me wonder if it's suicide attempt via wilderness? Presidentials alone have killed better prepared hikers in the summer months. I have hiked the whites in the winter. They demand respect. 60 mpd is a challange in the summer. Add just 12' of fresh snow...short days... There is snow starting to accumulate now. If he intends to "Shatter" the speed record he will have no window for bad weather. He made his choice but worry about SAR people who lives may be endangered trying to rescue him or recover his body. When I did Woofer training at Pinkham Notch years ago I got to meet a person involved with a rescue there that became famous. Two people died during SAR in avalanch. Goodspeed if he can pull this off but I'm just worried about prople around him.

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    "...but the greatest challenge now is that the network of support services that exists for hikers tends to be skewed to the northbound [hikers],"

    Wonder what kind of support services he expects the trail will provide?

    "...he will only receive two food drops, courtesy of his younger brother, 22-year-old Adam Huffman - the first in Shippensburg and the second in Harpers Ferry, W.Va."

    Only 2 food drops, what's he gonna eat the rest of the trip?



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    Nuts & berries he finds along the trail & fish he will catch in the streams. Got that para cord & decent sized knife. Maybe he will make a spear & do some hunting too. Hec he is tuff he went threw navy boot camp (No put down on Navy. I respect you guys) I'm sure his wilderness training there taught him to survive.

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    50/50 Either he never starts or Monson is the end of his hike. Then again, I doubt he could even make it to Monson.
    There are so many miles and so many mountains between here and there that it is hardly worth thinking about

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    headline reads:"speed hiker loses snowshoe at abol campground, goes home."

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    Quote Originally Posted by hikerboy57 View Post
    headline reads:"speed hiker loses snowshoe at abol campground, goes home."
    Don't think I saw a snowshoe on his pack list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clsvideo View Post
    Don't think I saw a snowshoe on his pack list.
    exactly!current mt washington conditions
    25.5F
    64.9 mph
    288 (W)
    72.5 mph
    3.1F
    Tuesday 8:00 AM
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    FWIW, you can climb Katahdin in winter. http://www.baxterstateparkauthority....terPolicy.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by hikerboy57 View Post
    exactly!current mt washington conditions
    25.5F
    64.9 mph
    288 (W)
    72.5 mph
    3.1F
    Tuesday 8:00 AM

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    Not an issue. He won't be getting that far.
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    I usually don't bother reading the speed hike articles but I'm glad I checked this out.

    This dude is going to have sooo much fun!

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    One at first. But he'll train others.

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    Good thing he was in the navy, the Kennebec will be closed.
    I am not young enough to know everything.

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    Im willing to bet you he saw JPD in backpacker or some other hiking mag and was like " if a girl can do 47 miles a day i know i can do 60". guy has no idea what he is in for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthMark View Post
    Good thing he was in the navy, the Kennebec will be closed.
    If he waits long enough, he won't need the ferry as it may be frozen over. That'll be fun!
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    he can do it if he yellow blazes the whole way.

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