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Ted Keizer Seeking to Climb All South 6000 Foot Peaks This Week

June 18 2003 at 9:49 AM
roger  (no login)

An Oregon man who holds speed-climbing records is dashing nearly round-the-clock through the N.C. and Tennessee mountains to climb all the 6,000-foot-plus peaks in one week.

Speed hiker Ted Keizer started at 5:45 a.m. Sunday at the summit of Clingman's Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and, by Tuesday, had bagged 26 of the 40 peaks.
A slender, 155-pound human greyhound, Keizer, 31, hopes to reach the summit of all 40 by week's end. He hikes day and night with 90 minutes of sleep every 24 hours.
Most of the 6,000-footers lie in North Carolina; a few are in Tennessee. Hikers consider it an achievement to reach all the summits; about 100 people have done so, according to the Carolina Mountain Club in Asheville. Most take several years to get all 40. The club and two others in Tennessee sponsor "South Beyond 6000," which Keizer learned of a year or so ago.

Articles on Forum on Keizer's California and Colorado Fourteener records, Catskill 3500, etc.

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David Metsky
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4 Days, 23 hours, 28 minutes

June 20 2003, 11:20 PM 

Teddy did it again.


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Mark S
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June 21 2003, 1:52 PM 

Woof woof

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Sean Cunniff
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The Story

June 23 2003, 6:10 PM 

Hiker speeds to record
Man hikes 40 area peaks, of 6,000 feet or higher, in less than 5 days
Special Correspondent

ROAN MOUNTAIN - In the pre-dawn darkness, the distant light from the headlamp of speed hiker Ted Keizer danced about.

The suspended light moved along the Appalachian Trail on Friday at an increasingly faster rate.

Then Keizer's supporters, who had waited in a chill fog for three hours, realized the Coos Bay, Ore., extreme athlete was sprinting. Running, mind you. Running up a mountain after five days of nearly round-the-clock speed hiking and peak climbing covering 300 miles.

They cheered as Keizer reached the summit of Grassy Ridge, elevation 6,160 feet, and fell into embraces in celebration. He had just established a speed record, from 5:45 a.m. Sunday to 5:13 a.m. Friday, for climbing all 40 peaks in North Carolina and Tennessee with elevations 6,000 feet and higher.

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Mr. Modest
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All eyes on... me?

June 23 2003, 5:26 PM 

This is a great physical and mental acheivement as were his other adventures, but to dedicate a web site to yourself, contact reporters to do stories about yourself, do an 8-page plus write up about your progress, and then report to the world that you have done this and that you have done that, in time that must be impressive, makes me, and others, think that Cave Dog maybe should be called... Media Hog? The reports of his stories being "inspiring" could be a facade. If we are so inspired by this man, how many will attempt to repeat his marathons, and could all these people not be inspired if they knew not specifically who did it? Some question his shameless acts of self-promotion.

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Re: All eyes on... me?

June 23 2003, 5:38 PM 

my god, what's the matter with you? a guy does something impressive- indeed, he sets a world record, and you have the gall to criticize him for putting up a freakin' web site? get over it. I, for one, am glad that he's a self-promoter - otherwise I wouldn't get to read his site, which I find fascinating.

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Sean Cunniff
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Cave Dog Justified...and then some

June 23 2003, 6:06 PM 

I don't really understand your point. There has to be 10 million Americans who have their own websites that relay their personal experiences. All you need to do is look at the highpointers web ring.

If anyone has personal experiences that are interesting and worthy of putting on the internet its Cave Dog. His accomplishments are staggering and deserve whatever publicity they generate.

Also, there is a practical question. Cave Dog's missions are very time intensive. On his website it indicates he's been scouting the south sixers since April. It is a full-time undertaking. Maybe the website will allow him to generate some sponsorship cash and continue with his incredible achievements.

He's certainly a lot more worthy of sponsorship than most.

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Mark S
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I repeat ... woof

June 23 2003, 9:18 PM 

I agree with the above posts. Also, Keizer could not have accomplished all the speed records that he has as a one man show. His team is as much an integral part of his success as are his own talents. As much as anything else, his website is dedicated to pumping up members of the Dog Team.

He is of a different mentality than the average Joe and I think many of us who love the outdoors envy CaveDog to one extent or another. How great it must be to not only have the talent to do what he's done, but also the backing of others as well as the time and money. Yes, he may be a bit of a self-promoter, but he has definitely created something special.

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Jon M
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Re: I repeat ... woof

June 24 2003, 11:34 AM 

Personally, I don't see what this guy is doing has anything to do with outdoor activity - he might as well be doing a 4 day indoor marathon.
I dislike these type of speed attempts - running/jogging on trails that are meant for hiking.

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steven tursi
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Re: Re: I repeat ... woof

June 24 2003, 1:52 PM 

wow. i've amazed at the arrogant intolerance i'm seeing here.. this takes the cake. don't take this personally, but you're totally clueless - and it's easy for you to say stuff like that and hide behind the anonimity of the internet.

to address your point directly, ever hear of trail running? people do it. it's an awesome sport.

you know, streets are made for cars. but we don't criticize people for riding their bicycles, jogging, walking, or hiking on streets.

mountain bike trails are made for mountain bikes. i've never heard a mountain biker criticize hikers for hiking on their trails.

the internet was made for research, not for posting on message boards about hiking. what we're doing right now is contrary to the purpose of the internet. where's the criticism?

ski areas are made for skiing. there are skiers who criticize snowboarders for riding on their trails. I don't hang out with them, they're stuck up and clueless. (I'm formerly ski patrol. as a skier.)

I could go on and on, but you get the point. I just don't understand you people... how can you so vigorously defend yourselves against people who don't see the point of highpointing, but then criticize a person for trail running?? the guy has goals, and he completes them. his goals are to complete highpoints in a region in as short a time as possible. our goal is to complete as many U.S. (or other) highpoints as possible. yet what we do is fine, and what he does isn't? come on...

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June 24 2003, 1:58 PM 

Except that his "4 day indoor marathon" required nearly 25 percent more than four days, was not indoors, and covered nearly four times the distance of a standard marathon.

While you may have come to believe that the trails are solely for hiking, nothing in the regulations prevents recreationists from jogging, running, skiing, skipping, snowshoeing, hopping, or partaking in many other pursuits of happiness. Mountain running is a growing sport. There are even national and international championships. Like highpointing, mountain running offers participants the opportunity to challenge and push themselves to accomplish something they would not otherwise.

If you don't care for mountain running, then don't participate in mountain running. It is somewhat condescending to think that others should avoid running merely because you don't like to run.

This man spent less than five days on the trail while accomplishing his feat and really did very little to detract from anyone else's pleasure. Much of his endeavor was accomplished after dark when few, if any, people were affected by his actions. What possible reason would any normal person have for being upset by it?

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No way

June 24 2003, 7:43 AM 

This guy can promote all he wants. Great job dog!!!

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Joe Norris
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Re: All eyes on... me?

July 6 2004, 2:15 PM 

I have no problem with Cavedog's self promotion. All the guy wants is someone to recognize his accomplishments with SPONSORSHIP...... Then he will be able to live a life some of only dream of full time. How will he ever be able to afford cave puppies?

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Next Keizer Feat: Breaking the 4 Day 15 Hours for Hiking Vermont Long Trail

June 30 2003, 9:10 AM 

Despite almost continuous rain and fog, Keizer managed to run and hike approximately 60 miles a day for a total distance of 300 miles over the 40 peaks.
During his three months of training for the trail run, Keizer base-camped in Asheville, N.C. To prepare for the challenge, he hiked the whole course and climbed to the summit of each peak several times. This strategy allowed him to navigate the trails from memory and without having to rely on a map or GPS system.
He said he next wants to break the current record of 4 days and 15 hours for running the 272-mile Long Trail along the spine of the Green Mountains the full length of Vermont.,1651,TCP_1022_2066288,00.html

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Josh Spooner
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Some quick calculations

June 30 2003, 10:05 PM 

272 miles in 4 days, 15 hours. Hmmm...

Hiking nonstop over the 111 hour period, he'd have to average 2.45 miles an hour to complete on time. If he rested for four hours after every 20-hour hike (which is more rest than he usually takes), he'd have to average 2.86 miles an hour while he was hiking.

Whatever this guy is on, I need to get some for myself!

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Keizer Begins Long Trail Record Attempt

August 7 2003, 11:35 AM 

Ted Keizer, 32, a Coos Bay native, plans to start on Thursday morning and hike 59 miles a day in his race down the length of the state from Canada to Massachusetts.
He hopes to beat the record of four days, 15 hours and 19 minutes set by a Connecticut ultra-distance runner in 2000.
An Oregon man will try to hike the Long Trail in record time.
The hiker, who said he is "independently poor," has worked many odd jobs between outdoor adventures in the past nine years.
He's been an ambulance driver, hot-air balloon pilot and moving man.
On Thursday Keizer will be in a different gear as he tries to cover 59 miles a day, alternating between a fast hike and a slow jog.
"It's all business," he said. "It's total focus and non-stop intensity for 4 1/2 days."
Keizer invited those who want to follow his hike or meet him on the Long Trail to follow his progress at

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Bad Weather and Exhaustion Thwart Long Trail Attempt

August 12 2003, 10:53 AM 

An Oregon man has quit his bid to break the speed record for hiking Vermont's Long Trail.
Ted "Cave Dog" Keizer, a Coos Bay native, started out Thursday morning intending to hike 59 miles a day in his race down the length of Vermont from Canada to Massachusetts. He quit Monday night just 17 miles short of his goal in southern Vermont. He blamed bad weather and exhaustion.
Keizer, 32, had been hoping to beat the record of four days, 15 hours and 19 minutes set by a Connecticut ultra-distance runner in 2000.

When he set out, he said he would forego sleep during his 272-mile hike, except for one 90-minute nap per day.

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Ted's NH 4K record falls ...

July 11 2003, 9:42 PM 

A dude named Tim Seaver from Calais, Vt. has eclipsed Cave Dog's 2002 record for climbing the New Hampshire 4000 foot mountains. The new record time was set this week and now stands at 3 days, 15 hours and 51 minutes. There is a long thread on this on in which both Seaver and Cave Dog have exchanged pleasantries. As impressive as their incredible hiking prowess is their sense of sportsmanship. Congrats to the new top dog of the White Mountains.

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August 7 2003, 2:32 PM 

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Keizer Seeks to Break Ed Kostak's 273 Mile Long Trail Record of 4 Day 15 Hours 19 Minutes

June 19 2004, 6:22 PM 

Ted E. Keizer is trying again: Next week he will attempt to better the speed record for hiking the 273-mile Long Trail, a mark of four days, 15 hours and 19 minutes established four years ago by Connecticut's Ed Kostak.
"This is all about fun and adventure and being with friends," Keizer said. "It's not about a crazy mania. It's about pushing the limits. Definitely, it's an extreme sport, but it's not meant to be some sort of obsession."
Keizer and his support crew of friends and family -- each sporting a canine alias and collectively known as "the Dog Team" -- swung and missed at the Long Trail record last summer. A series of pitfalls combined to sabotage the attempt and leave Keizer hallucinating and babbling incoherently 17 miles shy of the Massachusetts state line.
"We had an enormous amount of unfortunate circumstances, many unforeseeable," Keizer said. "It was pretty much a disaster."
A standing front that baffled even the Weather Channel's anchormen soaked the state during the entire week of the attempt. The phones went out at one of the team's base camps, cutting off communication between support crews, and the main support van broke down. An expedition meticulously planned down to the last minute, mile, pound and calorie unraveled in the August rain.

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