50 U.S. State Summits Speed Record

In late May 2023, three mountaineers assisted by two support crew will attempt to break the current Guinness World Record by climbing to the top of every U.S. state’s highest point in less than 43 days.

In addition to competing for the world record, the team seeks to raise awareness for living kidney donation in order to help the 90,000+ people in the United States currently in need of a kidney transplant and to inspire individuals to consider donating.

The Team

All five team members attempting the speed record are living kidney donors, and the challenge is being sponsored by the National Kidney Registry. Meet the team.

The Rules

Driving is only allowed between trailheads, and flights are only allowed to/from Alaska, Hawaii and the lower 48 states; otherwise the team must hike/climb/ski at all times.

The Summits

Team NKR is currently hard at work planning and training for their 50 State Summit Speed Record attempt, which will begin with Mount Denali in Alaska on May 20, 2023. Updates on training and preparation are available on the team’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feed. Projected dates for when the team expects to reach each state summit will be provided there, and live updates will be posted during the attempt as each state summit is reached.

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Founding Sponsors

  • National Kidney Foundation
  • National Kidney Registry
  • National Kidney Donation Organization

Supporting Sponsors

  • Alaska Airlines