Andrew Thompson Claims AT Record Hike of 47 Days, 13 Hours, 31 Minutes

Times Argus reports Andrew Thompson completed the Appalachian Trail in a record 47 days, 13 hours, 31 minutes.

Thompson reversed the usual route starting on Katahdin and ending on Springer Mountain.

The previous record was 48 days, 20 hours and 11 minutes, set by Pete Palmer on June 28, 1999. Palmer’s time was over three days faster than David Horton’s previous mark from 1991.

Thompson, of Hampton Falls, NH, said he lost 30 pounds on the hike.

“You have constant first-stage hallucinations called character recognition (hallucinations),” Thompson said. “You’re having trouble with character recognition where you see a stick on the ground and it looks like a dollar bill. You look at a physical object, but your mind turns that object into something else. It just comes with sleepiness and absolute physical exertion.”

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