Trans Adirondack Route hikers like to get away from it all, yet they may possess a friendly competitive spirit that matches their passion for being in the out-of-doors. In adventure sports parlance, a fastest known time, often shortened to "FKT," is a record of who traversed what the fastest. Friends of the Trans Adirondack Route is a fan of fastest known times since traversing wilderness quickly demonstrates a person's health, drive, and conscientiousness. We recognize two styles of fastest known times – supported and unsupported.

During supported traverses, pretty much anything goes. In this case, runners are usually fully supported by a crew that sets up their tent, cooks their food, resupplies them at road crossings, etc. These runners carry nothing but perhaps a map and a little food. The only rule is that they cover the entire route – no shortcuts.

Supported record history
No supported record attempted

During unsupported traverses, anything doesn't go. Each person may develop their own opinion as to what "unsupported" truly means, and consensus will never be reached. Friends of the Trans Adirondack Route demands unsupported thru-hikers follow five simple rules when claiming a fastest known time. 1) Hike the entire route – not shortcuts. 2) Carry all your gear along the entire route. 3) Resupply no more than three times. 4) Stay in accommodations (motels, hostels, friends' houses, etc.) no more than three nights. 5) Don't be a weenie by overthinking it. If you forget your bug dope and someone gives you bug dope, or if someone offers you a soda because you look thirsty, don't worry about that affecting your fastest known time attempt.

Unsupported record history
Erik Schlimmer in 2010
August 6 at 3:47 p.m. to August 18 at 3:47 p.m. 12 days, 0 hours, 0 minutes
Route was 236.4 miles long at that time = 19.7 miles per day

Marilyne Marchand Gouin in 2015
August 25 at 7:57 a.m. to September 4 at 2:43 p.m. 10 days, 6 hours, 46 minutes
Route was 236.4 miles long at that time = 23.0 miles per day


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