One task. It’s simple: walk on the Superior Hiking Trail from end to end. North to South. Walk, eat and sleep. Simple! The ultimate challenge is completing this task as fast as possible.

My life focus in 2016 is to train my body, accumulate gear and experience, and execute a fast through-hike of the entire Superior Hiking Trail. The ~320 mile trail should be finally done this year. If everything goes according to plan, I’ll have hiked the entire trail as fast as my two feet can carry me, knowing that I left everything I have out on the trail. (Of course, not literally. I won’t leave anything on the trail as per Leave No Trace principles!)

Instead of devoting my free time to training for triathlons and running fast, I’ll spend my time conditioning my body and mind for hiking big miles day after day, and camping in the woods night after night. Of course, I want to write about what works, what doesn’t, and the trips and adventures that will prepare me!

The plan is to backpack as many weekends as possible during the year, and set off on the entire trail sometime in August, September, or October. Hopefully by then, I’ll know what’s possible, what’s realistic, and what sort of speed it will take for this adventure to stand up as the Superior Hiking Trail’s Fastest Known Time forever.


To condition myself for a 310-mile fast thru-hike, I’ve planned 10 trips of varying distance and time. (Turned out to be 7 trips)(Click the green link for details).

#1 – April 29-30, 2016 – 40 miles.

#2 – May 13-15, 2015 – 65 miles.

#3 – May 27-30, 2016 – 46 miles.

#4 – June 3-5, 2016 – 50 miles.

#5 – June 24-26, 2016 – 45 miles.

#6 – July 8-10, 2016 – 68 miles.

#7 – July 22-25, 2016 – 41 miles

#8 – August 12-15, 2016 – 128 miles.

SHT LONG HIKE – September 1-10, 2016