Josh Perry Sets New AZT FKT
Just when you thought 800 miles couldn’t be accomplished any quicker, a 24-year-old super hiker from Yorkshire, United Kingdom recently completed the entire length of the Arizona National Scenic Trail in 14 days, 12 hours, 21 minutes. He averaged over 55 miles per day without a day of rest and overcame a stress fracture in his tibia to become the fastest person to complete the AZT on foot (self-supported).
Josh Perry was proud to have set the Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the Long Trail in Vermont in June, but that record was bettered by Jeff “Legend” Garmire one month later. Since the Arizona Trail was already on Josh’s bucket list, he thought going after the FKT (held by Legend) would be a reasonable goal. So he left the Utah border on October 16 and took advantage of mild weather to log huge miles across the Colorado Plateau. Only two weeks later he arrived at the southern terminus.
Read more about Josh Perry and his impressions of the Arizona Trail in an upcoming edition of the Arizona Trail e-News.