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Begins: Jan 6, 2013
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Date: Tue, Jun 30th, 2015

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Scott Jurek

A.M. entry:
After picking up my mail drop yesterday evening about 1 mile off the trail there was a large gathering of people and they were all talking about someone who was about to pass by on the trail. Everyone hustled back to the trailhead to watch this person go by so I went too. It turned out to be Scott Jurek, a world famous runner. I got to see him as he ran by. Here's an article about who he is and what he is doing:

Scott Jurek has raced 135-miles across the scorched earth of Death Valley's Badwater Basin, and won. At Greece's Spartathlon, he retraced the 153-mile run of an Athenian messenger to the Battle of Marathon faster than anyone else three times in a row. And at the Western States Endurance Run, he successfully conquered a 100-mile trail run across the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains seven times consecutively. Now 41 and on the cusp of retirement, Jurek is currently running what he's referred to be his "masterpiece", a 2,189-mile traverse of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia's Springer Mountain to Mount Katahdin in Maine. Jurek's record attempt began in Georgia on May 27th and he aims to arrive in Maine within 42 days. To do so, Jurek will need to average over 50 miles a day on the trail, and more brutally, gain and lose more than 12,000 feet in elevation per day. Jurek's wife, Jenny, is his primary support, meeting him at road crossings in their outfitted Sprinter van, in which they also sleep. But Jurek and Jenny aren't in this alone, hundreds of people have met Jurek along the trail to offer encouragement and momentarily run beside him, including the Appalachian Trail record pioneer David Horton. Jurek's still on the AT, and is on pace to arrive at Maine's Mount Katahdin on July 6.

P.M. entry:
Mid-morning I was again near another cell phone tower. So I called home to check in. These small cell phone towers seem to be new which is a great help for communication. They are also just beyond the edge of A. T. property. Today there was rain off and on all day and heavy at times. My trek was a steep and difficult climb up to Killington Peak especially with the rain making things slippery. In a 7 mile trek the elevation went up to 4,241 feet to the peak. It is the highest point near the trail in Vermont and second highest peak in the state. The open, rocky summit offers a panoramic view and on a clear day you can see the White mountains of New Hampshire and the Adirondacks of New York. At the top of Killington Peak is Cooper Lodge, an enclosed stone cabin built in 1939 by the Vermont Forest Service. That's where I'm staying tonight. I have walked 205 miles so far since I got back on the trail and have 495 miles to go.



















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Appalachian Trail - 2013-2015

The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is more than 2,175-mile long footpath stretching through 14 eastern states from Maine to Georgia. Conceived in 1921 and first completed in 1937, it traverses the wild, scenic, wooded, pastoral, and culturally significant lands of the Appalachian Mountains.

 

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