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JoshHikingPACIFIC CREST TRAIL – California hiker Josh Garrett has set a new speed record for completing the Pacific Crest Trail.

Just before 9 p.m. on Thursday night, Garrett finished the entire 2,655-mile trail with an official time of 59 days, 8 hours and 59 minutes.

The previous record was just under 65 days, set by Scott Williamson in 2011.

Garrett, a 30-year old track coach and exercise physiology instructor at Santa Monica College, averaged about 45 miles per day on his trek, covering terrain that included the blazing hot Mojave desert near Mexico and the steep Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges.

Garrett, a vegan, also used the journey to raise awareness and money for Mercy For Animals, a non-profit working to prevent cruelty to farmed animals.

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  • Jo

    Just want to point out that the record Josh actually broke was Hannah Anish's, set just a few days ago — Official time: 60 days 17 hours 12 minutes. Congratulations to both of them for their amazing physical & emotional backcountry accomplishment! Hannah not only walked the entire trail, but also walked her resupply routes and had no planned on- or off-trail assistance. Google Hannah Anish PCT for more info & check out her Anish HIkes Facebook page.