Joe McConaughy is one fast hiker. He holds the current FKT for the Appalachian Trail. In this video, he goes a little more off-trail with an attempt at the Wicklow Round in Ireland. Watch him battle his way through solitude and brutal ground conditions.
The Wicklow Round is 70 miles, crosses 26 different peaks, and has 20,000 feet of elevation gain. The unique part of this FKT is runners choose their own route from peak to peak.
In 1999, Eoin Keith set the FKT with a time of 17 hours and 53 minutes. Watch McConaughy’s recent effort in Columbia Sportswear’s eight-minute video.