Melissa Arnot and Maddie Miller said they completed visiting the 50 state summits in 41 days, 16 hours and 10 minutes — breaking the previous record of 43 days, 2 hours, and 8 minutes. They began their quest on Denali on June 27 and completed on Mauna Kea on August 7.
Over the course of their 41-day adventure, the two hiked 268 miles and ascended over 84,000 feet while summiting the highest point in every state. The team, accompanied by a van driver and cook, traveled over 19,594 miles across the United States. The team was set back by several mechanicals as well as a painstaking reroute last minute due to forest fires in Wyoming.
It should be noted that the Highpointers Club does not verify these claims and uses the honor system.
This was posted earlier:
Melissa Arnot and Maddie Miller are engaging in the 50 Peaks Challenge sponsored by Eddie Bauer which started on June 27 on their climb of Denali as they attempt to climb all 50 states in 50 days.
According to her profile on Eddie Baur:
Melissa Arnot holds the American women’s world record with 5 successful summits of Mt. Everest. A professional mountain guide since 2004, she has guided on 3 continents, summited Mt. Rainier 104 times, and cofounded The Juniper Fund to support Sherpa families faced with climbing tragedies. In 2014, Arnot pioneered a first ascent of 20,600-foot Mustang Himal in a remote and newly permitted region of Nepal and also traveled to the Wrangell St. Elias range in Alaska to tick a number of expedition ascents.