On Wed, Feb 1, 2017, I will make an unsupported fastest known time (FKT) attempt of the 165-mile Ozark Highlands Trail (OHT) in northwest Arkansas. The plan is to start at the Lake Fort Smith State Park (West end) and to finish at the Woolum campground (East end). The tentative start time is 7pm CT.
I figured this would be a decent long run to prepare me for the next few races. Yet, malicious tongues say that it’s more likely going to end my season prematurely.
Unsupported means I will have no external support of any kind. Thus, I will be carrying all my gear and food (except water) from the beginning to the end. Also, I will be doing this solo.
According to the FKT Board, the current records are as following:
|Jenny Foster||Women||Supported||2d 14h 25m||Jan 2009|
|Steve Kirk & Greg Eason||Men||Supported||2d 16h 34m||Mar 2004|
|Trey and Dylan1||Men||Unsupported||4d 13h 53m||Aug 2016|
1Note that technically, Trey and Dylan’s record does not count as unsupported because they were a team of two. Unsupported means solo.
You can track my progress at the following address:
What could possibly go wrong?
- Covered in ticks → Lyme disease → Facial palsy → Inflammation of the brain and spinal cord → Death
- Navigation errors → Getting lost → Starvation → Death
- Overgrown trails → Getting lost → Starvation → Death
- Lack of surface water → Dehydration → Disorientation → Death
- Rain → Wet → Cold → Hypothermia → Death
- Freezing temperatures at night → Cold → Hypothermia → Death
- Ice storm → Hit by branch → Death
- Running out of food → Starvation → Death
- Running out of batteries → Getting lost → Starvation → Death