Last week, Scott Williamson of Truckee, California, set a new speed record on the Pacific Crest Trail. Williamson completed the 2,627-mile Pacific Crest Trail hike in a speed-record time of 64 days, 11 hours and 19 minutes. This is not the first time Williamson set a record on the PCT. Back in 2007 and 2009 he set speed records, but was with a hiker partner during the trek. This time he was solo.
“The main factor was being solo, and the other factor was going southbound,” said Williamson, 39, a tree climber and trimmer from Truckee who has become a cult figure in the long-distance hiking world. “But being solo made this undertaking much more challenging.”
One of the amazing side notes of this record was that Williamson completed the hike unsupported. He didn’t have friends and family waiting along the trail to resupply him.
“He did this totally unsupported, walking into and out of supply towns to re-supply, adding 20 or more miles to his route,” Metzger said. “He’s a true backpacker. He’s my hero.”