The Appalachian Trail Record That Never Was
When Kaiha Bertollini arrived at the southern end of the Appalachian Trail on September 18, she had just missed the party, the one hosted less than 12 hours earlier for ultra-runner Karl Meltzer, to celebrate his record-setting traverse. So when Bertollini one day later announced that she had actually just broken his record by 16 hours, we all scratched our heads. Not only was she claiming to have hiked the trail faster than him, she also was claiming to have done it with no support, while smoking cigarettes and drinking booze on the way. The fact that she carried no tracking device with her, posted no mileage logs, or kept a log also cast doubt upon her claim. While she did post to Facebook during the trek, the jury is still out on her claim, and it has not been officially put on the books, as the burden of proof falls upon Bertollini to prove her claim.
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