The FKT better known as Fastest known time is a growing outdoor sports activity worldwide.
More and more people are getting off the beaten track to push themselves to the endurance limit in the middle of nature, across mountains, forests or deserts in all seasons….the tougher and most amazing the better……This is the new athletic frontier, bursting through the known boundaries of the usual organized athletic sports…and the outdoors industry is following with a suit of gear made for all the most daring want-to be endurance records setters. This is not for everyone. We must be careful to know our limits in order to avoid injury and in some cases even death.. Some professionals like Kilian Jornet, a Spanish mountaineer and ultra runner make a living out of breaking records in the wildest locations and he is recognized as the king of the sport.
As more people try to beat or set records in the outdoors, across little known trails or through the wilderness, on their own, we can only depend on their honesty in reporting what they actually accomplished. There is a web site where all self recorded records can be seen at http://fastestknowntime.proboards.com .
If you want to break and post your own record on the FKT web site than arm yourself with a GPS tracker and some witnesses (photos or video would help as well) so you have something to show for your effort.
Good luck on the trail – lets see what you got……send us some pictures!
Portillo is a ski paradise in Chile , nestled in the Andes, not far from the highway to Argentina and can receive incredible snow dumps in the winter (Northern Hemispher Summer)
From Aug. 6 to 11, a single storm system had dumped seven feet (2.3 meters) of snow, and then the skies cleared to blue. Then between July 10 and 14, the first El Niño storm arrived and pounded the Andes with six feet (2 meters). Around Aug. 1, an even bigger blob of moisture, equivalent to more than four feet of rainwater, showed up on the regional radars. It was off the coast of Chile, still a week away.
We stood at the entrance to the Super C three days later, the first people to complete the hike from the ski lift above Portillo, in the Andes of Chile, to the top since the storm. The run — a basement-stairs-steep chute that descends more than 4,000 feet (from 12,729 feet to 8,398 feet above sea level) through a 30-foot-wide hallway of rock — was packaged in a nearly nine-foot-thick, untracked blanket of white.
Four narrow couloirs descend into the Lake Run, and there’s the crown jewel of the Andes, the Super C. From where we stood on the vertigo-inducing gendarme, or pinnacle, that divides the ascent and descent routes, the hotel and the road’s switchbacks were visible thousands of feet below. Behind us, with a flag of wind-driven snow kicking off its 22,837-foot summit, was Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in the Western Hemisphere.
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