March 24, 2021

Episode 36: Ashly Winchester on Trail Running & FKTs

On this episode: FKTs, Death Metal, horn of zeese. We’re talking with Ashly Winchester, trail runner, FKT-collector (she has dozens), Mount Shasta guide, and freelance outdoor writer.

Show Notes

  • 00:35 – Introducing Ashly
  • 01:20 – How she got started running
  • 04:50 – What is an “FKT” and what are the differences between supported, self-supported and unsupported records?
  • 06:10 – The logistics of planning and executing multiple FKTs 
  • 10:50 – Climbing and guiding on Mount Shasta
  • 13:00 – Picking FKT objectives
  • 14:10 – The Joshua Tree Traverse
  • 23:45 – The Death Valley Crossing
  • 31:00 – Dealing with the failed FKT attempts
  • 36:15 – What gear do you always bring with you?
  • 46:10 – Ashly’s Womxn Of The Wild podcast
  • 49:35 – Booneville and Boontling
  • 52:25 – Freelance writing in the outdoor industry
  • 54:40 – Where to Ashly online

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The Almost There Adventure Podcast is a celebration of outdoor activities both local and epic. Discussing the big topics and talking to adventurers, artists, legends and activists within the outdoor community.


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