8 hours and 37 minutes. That’s how long it took Larsen Ojala and Travis Muhonen to complete the New Hampshire’s 34-mile Skyline Traverse on Saturday, August 27, 2022.

The duo beat the previous record set by Peter Ward in July, at 9 hours 13 minutes. Jason Emery and Tyler Seppala ran with Ojala and Muhonen for support, beginning on the tripyramids.

Typically done as an overnight backpacking route, the Skyline Loop around Waterville Valley is one of the White Mountain’s newest long routes, crossing the summits of five New Hampshire 4,000-footers and racking up nearly 10,000 feet of elevation gain,

New Hampshire’s newest White Mountain backpacking trip—the Skyline Loop around Waterville Valley—mixes stellar hiking with picturesque views, and crosses the summits of five New Hampshire 4,000-footers. This 34-mile round trip route climbs over 10,000 feet and is generally completed in just two days.

The athletes had the support of Eastern Mountain Sports, the Sounds Like a Search and Rescue Podcast, The Town of Waterville Valley, and the Granite Outdoor Alliance.

This is a developing story. Watch for a detailed Q&A with the team in the coming weeks.