Throwback FKT: Watch ‘Stringbean’ Tackle the Long Trail

Joe ‘Stringbean’ McConaughy’s Long Trail FKT wasn’t just about hiking fast — it was intentional in many other ways.

In June of 2020, Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy set a wicked new FKT on Vermont’s Long Trail. Now, a year later, you can watch a full documentary surrounding his attempt, along with the inspiration for his FKT, and all the inner workings (and emotions) of what it takes to fast hike a long-distance trail.

In the wake of racial justice movements, McConaughy dedicated his 273-mile effort to Outdoor Afro, a nonprofit that celebrates Black people in the outdoors. He raised over $7,000 for the organization over the course of his FKT attempt.

This film was produced by Michael Dillon in 2021.

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Mary Murphy

Mary is based out of GearJunkie's Denver, Colo. office. She has a degree in English and journalism, and has been writing professionally for more than six years. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.

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