Speed Climbing and Speed Hiking seems to be a new trend in our outdoor society. To those who seek the peak faster then all, power to you. The more I've investigated this type of pursuit, the more I've realized that these folks are taking "Human Potential" to elevated levels. Beyond what those who conjured up the HP Movement ever dreamed it would go. Runners and hikers can glean reports and records from the well visited website Fastest Known Time which details the various records set across the country. Some set out to challenge themselves while others are setting out to challenge each other. That last sentence is the topic of great debate. Who are they challenging really? When they say, "Myself" do they mean it? When they say, "Others" do they become villains? I guess that's for them to know and you.. to figure out on your own.