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Records set on Pacific Crest Trail

Hikers Josh Garrett, Heather Anderson persevere and ignore critics

Updated: September 3, 2013, 3:12 PM ET
By Doug Williams | Special to ESPN.com

Jack Haskel is a lifelong backpacker who's hiked the Pacific Crest, Continental Divide and Colorado trails. Combined, those three total 6,238 miles, so Haskel is no long-distance novice.

He also once did 56 miles in one day on the Continental Divide Trail, so he knows about speed hiking over mountain paths. But when Haskel thinks about what Josh Garrett and Heather Anderson did this summer on the PCT -- which takes hikers from Mexico to Canada -- he's in awe.

Just before midnight ...

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