Thursday, March 27, 2008

Appalachian Trail Without Re-Supply

On March 21, Demetri Coupounas, (a.k.a. "Coup") the president and co-founder of Boulder-based GoLite, set out with a 127-pound pack to hike the Appalachian Trail for ith no re-supply.
Coupounas has no idea how far he’ll get claiming “That’s part of the adventure!” but he has targeted more than 620 miles, the current distance record. He added, “I’m carrying maps for over 1000 miles and considering that weight is an issue on this trip, it would be tragic to have carried something that far that didn’t get used!”

5 comments:

Zen said...

127 pound pack?! Can you say back problems?!

Baja Hockey Fan said...

Good Lord. Thats just as crazy as running the AT.

Anonymous said...

I would think he could've left the snowshoes at home if he was trying to go light. Or maybe he'll just trash them in three weeks. Also, does he need a ton of maps or could he just focus on the blue markers on the trees?

Does this endeavor sound kind of silly? What's the point of avoiding re-supply? Isn't that the beauty of the AT - that you can go light? Does this mean he has to avoid stops for rest and meals in great places like Hot Springs, NC or Harper's Ferry, WV? Isn't that part of the purpose of doing the AT? Honestly, I've seen thru-hikers begging for some fresh apples on the AT in Great Smokey Mtn National Park - which is not that far into the hike. Of course, we did give them away. But if I gave this guy one, he would've failed because that's re-supply, right?

I'd be impressed if he makes it real far. I'd possibly feel sorry for him if he misses some of that other stuff in order to just hit a no re-supply mileage target. Hell, take a break in Harper's Ferry - get a hotel, take a shower, get a burger and a beer, hang out it town for a few days, tube the Shenandoah...

That's my guess, he makes it to Harper's Ferry before he caves for some fresh fruit or a burger. An awesome accomplishment in my mind. I doubt I could make it five days.

Pat DeLorme said...

Why does he need 1500 maps? Couldn't he just pack a Garmin, a few batteries, and a AAA Triptik?

Anonymous said...

"co-founder of Boulder-based GoLite, set out with a 127-pound pack"

... that's just funny.