Video: Sandes and Griesel Answer TR’s Questions from Their FKT Attempt
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Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel took some much needed time to rest at Checkpoint #7, Kagbeni village in Nepal, roughly 429 miles into their 1400-kilometer FKT attempt of the Great Himalayan Trail.
Through a helpful and savvy chain of hands, Trail Runner was able to communicate with the team; the first four questions answered in this video are from Trail Runner.
The two plan to traverse the route combining the High Great Himalayan Trail and Cultural Great Himalayan Trail (stretching from the west to the east end of the country) to challenge the current FKT (Fastest Known Time) of 28 days 13 hours 56 minutes, set by Andrew Porter in October 2016. They will self navigate in an attempt to find the best possible route to link up the 12 required checkpoints as set by Andrew.
The team is not using porters or mules, and will carry their loads themselves. They plan to stay in lodges and other local accommodations, buy food locally as they travel and use a local trekking company to meet them along the way for a gear exchange in order to keep their weight down.
The attempt will only get more exciting from here, as the team forges forward through adverse conditions. To stay updated, follow them live here.
Read their pre-attempt interview with Trail Runner here.