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 Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee.

She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.

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