A California man and Washington woman are being credited with speed records on the Pacific Crest Trail, which stretches 2,663 miles from Mexico to Canada.
Josh Garrett, 30, a Santa Monica College track coach, reached the Canadian border on the evening of Aug. 8 with an official time of 59 days, 8 hours, 59 minutes.
Garrett's finish came less than a day after Heather "Anish" Anderson of Bellingham, Wash., took 61 days, 17 hours to complete the hike.
Both times are faster than the previous record of 64 days, 11 hours, 19 minutes set by noted thru-hiker Scott Williamson in 2011.
Garrett averaged 44.7 miles per day, while Anderson averaged nearly 44. Both had previously hiked the PCT. Most thru-hikers average 15-20 miles per day and take five to six months to complete the PCT.
Even though Garrett and Anderson hiked the same trail, they did not do the exact same hike.
Garrett, a vegan who hiked to raise awareness and funds for the nonprofit Mercy For Animals, was supported by Whole Foods Market. Food deliveries reportedly were arranged for him at trail and road crossings. Anderson did the hike completely unassisted, sometimes hiking miles off the trail for her resupplies.
Camp Edison 50th Anniversary Picnic
Where: Camp Edison, near Shaver Lake
Celebrate the 50th year of Camp Edison with an old-fashioned picnic. Bring your own lunch and enjoy contests, live music, a crafts fair and a birds of prey show.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is free.
News & notes
-- Alex Reynaud of Clovis will be part of a three-man squad that represents the U.S. at the 2014 Spearfishing World Championships in Peru. Reynaud qualified for the team based on his performances at the 2012 and '13 U.S. Nationals. He will also compete at the Spearfishing Pan Am Games next month in Miami.
-- Fresno anglers Robert Garavello and Phil Carter were part of a team that pocketed $38,925 in prize money at last month's East Cape Offshore Fishing Tournament in Cabo San Lucas. Team Hot Rod weighed the event's largest dorado: 47.8 pounds.
-- College of the Sequoias community education instructor Tom Lionvale is offering a three-week "Backcountry Backpacking in the Sierra" class Tuesday evenings starting Sept. 10. The class concludes with an Oct. 4-6 trip. Fees are $100. Call (559) 733-7442 for questions.
-- Beat the heat by taking a canoe trip with the San Joaquin River Parkway. Trips run through September. Details: (559) 248-8480, ext. 105.
— Marek Warszawski
U.S. study verifies sturgeon spawning
A study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has confirmed sturgeon spawning in the San Joaquin River.
The study, spurred by California State Department of Fish and Wildlife reports of anglers fishing sturgeon in the river, verified spawning on the San Joaquin in 2011 and 2012. The study showed that white sturgeon use the river for spawning during wet and dry years.
Anglers and state wildlife officials noted that sturgeon caught during March and April expel eggs during handling, showing that spawning was happening nearby. State fish and wildlife wardens told federal officials that poachers went after spawning sturgeon on the San Joaquin near Grayson.
The roe of spawning sturgeon can be processed into caviar, fetching $150 a pound on the black market, according to state officials.
California's green and white sturgeon mature late, spawn infrequently and are dependent on certain environmental conditions, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Green sturgeon are federally threatened species and can't be sportfished.
— The Sacramento Bee