What constitutes an "extreme" dayhike? Factors like distance, altitude gained, cross-country travel, summit altitude, climbing ratings, route-finding, seasonal conditions, and daylight hours all contribute to the overall difficulty of the hike. One thing all extreme dayhikes have in common is the likelihood of the outing becoming a nighthike as well...
Which brings up the question, "What is the definition of a dayhike?" In my humble opinion, it should be a car-to-car affair within 24hrs and ideally not involve a bivouac. Some hikes start as dayhikes and end as something else, which is where the term epic comes in .
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Here are a few more-or-less "eXtreme" hikes taken by Dayhike.net folks, ordered chronologically:
There are many individuals whose accomplishments have set them above the rest by virtue of combining most of these difficulty factors into one hike or series of hikes. Here are a few examples of serious dayhiking efforts outside of the well-published exploits of Peter Croft and others:
Josh Swartz - in 2001 set the first real California 14'ers speed record for ascending all 15 in
5 days, 23 hours, and 41 minutes "car-to-car time." Trip Report
Jack McBroom - in 2002 beat Josh's record by a bit with a
4 days, 11 hours, 19 minutes time. Trip Report
Matthew Holliman - dayhiked a triple-digit number of peaks in 2004, including a one-day summit of Mt. Goddard. Trip Report
Bob Burd - organizes a crazy event each year called the "Sierra Challenge", which usually involves 10 straight days of dayhiking difficult Sierra peaks. Trip Report