Joe McConaughy nearing PCT record


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Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 2, 2014 - 11:39am PT

The Seattle times had a good story about trail runner Joe McConaughy on track to finish the PCT (supported) in about 54 days, averaging 55miles a day. He's due to finish Aug 9th or 10th, but there's a fair amount of thunder down here in Seattle today. I'm not, nor do I know any trail runners, but it sounds impressive to me. He's a Seattle native and comes across as a more than OK guy. I guess the previous record is 59.33 days.

(sorry I posted then immediately deleted to edit topic)

Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Aug 2, 2014 - 11:51am PT
Holy crap! That's amazing.

Makes my effort look sooooo puny.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Aug 2, 2014 - 12:36pm PT
Thanks DarDar. A near mythic adventure for Joe and crew! I would not have noticed.

Trad climber
Western America
Aug 2, 2014 - 12:52pm PT
Three cheers for Joe!

Anyone who does that kind of mileage a day has enough
β-Endorphins saturating their body they can't help but
be the nicest person on the planet.

this just in

north fork
Aug 2, 2014 - 12:55pm PT
Holy sh#t. I'm still trying to fathom this and I might as well just give up, cause that is crazy.
Thanks Darwin.

Ice climber
canyon country,CA
Aug 2, 2014 - 02:10pm PT
I saw the flood come thru earlier this year where I run a 5 mile loop through Vazquez Rocks. Timing is everything, too early and you hit snow in the Sierra, too late and you will cook in the desert. One group said this year was a record number of permit, and there was actually a quota. Not sure but a lot of permits...and interesting success/failure rates.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 2, 2014 - 05:08pm PT
Very cool!

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 2, 2014 - 05:38pm PT
Pfft, we did Onion Valley to Whitney Portal last year in 10 days!
What's his excuse?

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 11, 2014 - 08:09am PT
He finished! They don't mention it in the story but I imagine he had to deal with pretty heavy thunder storms and heat(!) during this last week. 53 days, 6hr, 37min. My kudos to his support team of only three friends meeting him at trail heads with food and supplies. Dedicated selflessness. It seemed to completely lack corporate sponsorship and seemed like a totally low tech, low budget righteous endeavor. Again, I am only basing this one what I've read in the Seattle Times.

I wish I had been able to find out more about the charity "Cancer Care" (like how to donate). He lost a cousin, Colin to neuroblastoma and was doing the run/hike in part to raise money for Cancer Care.

(added in edit)
KUOW also has this:
which has links you can follow to a donation site. I chipped in after doing a bit of googling of "". Caveat emptor, but I felt OK about it.

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 11, 2014 - 08:14pm PT
just a bump to distract me from sadness.

Really: Mexico to Canada in 53.X days!

Trad climber
Aug 11, 2014 - 08:41pm PT
This is one of the most impressive sporting achievements of the year yet will sadly go almost unnoticed.

Aug 11, 2014 - 09:06pm PT
The day before he finished, someone else did an amazing trek of the PCT - hope it doesn't get buried.

Go Heather! 360 represent!

Edit: I totally shopped at that co-op she works at when I lived in LaConner.

Aug 11, 2014 - 09:16pm PT

Social climber
Aug 11, 2014 - 09:26pm PT
55 miles per day????? On foot ???

SICK !!!

Clone this guy ! Super athlete !!!

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 11, 2014 - 10:02pm PT

Mr E,

w.r.t.: reading comprehension problems by Darwin and Heather Anderson's [edit] hike

[edit] It's just plain awesome to get it done at all. She did it last year, though, right?
"Starting June 8, 2013," from your link.

Either one is equally unfathomable to me.


smith curry

Aug 12, 2014 - 06:38am PT
She did it just a bit slower but unsupported, right?
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