Fastest known time (FKT) is a phrase used by mountain runners, ski mountaineers, and climbers, among others, to refer to what is known to be the speed record for a given peak or route. This acknowledges the fact that fast ascents may go unrecorded and to claim to be the fastest ever in a sport with no officials may be difficult. There are still however those of us who care and keep track of things like speed records. I doubt anyone could give a reasonable argument that interest in records is not rooted in our desire to impress upon others that we are the best at something; recognition always feels good. I believe that for myself the interest stems from my time as a competitive nordic skier but also from a deep desire to sleep in my own comfortable bed each night. I do enjoy camping but generally have the philosophy that if something can be done in a day then why prolong the suffering? I would rather cruise around the Spearhead in 5 hours with a 5 pound pack and be back to the village for a burger and home for a movie than slog around it in 3 days with a 25 pound pack suffering a snoring tent-mate and dehydrated food. Below is a collection of FKTs for peaks and routes in my area and others that I am interested in. They have no particular significance aside from the fact that I have heard of them and they seem fun (so don’t complain about my choices).
I try to keep abreast of changes but leave a comment if I am missing something! Time are usually car-to-car (or trailhead-to-trailhead) unless noted. Generally, I try to avoid Strava segments as a method of tracking but with some, they become the de-facto speed record. They often don’t capture everything however and sometimes shorten times (see Evac route notes). Try to start/stop a lap timer at the noted start and finish points to confirm your time!
- MEN: Alexandre Ricard – 17:19 (Prev. Nick E – 17:35)
- WOMEN: Krissie Saba – 21:56 (Prev: Abby Morgan – 24:00)
- MEN: Scott McGuire – 3:33.xx (Prev. Mike Murphy – 3:44, Nick E & Eric C – 3:51, Gary Robbins- 3:45)
- WOMEN: Alicia Woodside & Tara Berry – 4:28:15
- MEN: 45:29min Nick Elson
- WOMEN: Brooke Spence: 1:01:55
- MEN: Alexandre Ricard – 36:00 (Prev. Alexandre R – 37:36, Eric C – 37:47, Nick E – 37:55)
- WOMEN: Abby Morgan – 49:51
The Evac route has evolved significantly over the years (and likely will continue to). This record represents the fastest overall time from Base to Summit Station.
- MEN: Jessie McAuley – 1:44:45 (Prev: Eric C – 1:45:49, Jessie M – 1:49:41, Eric C – 1:53:50)
- WOMEN: Kyle Kirkegaard – 2:24:27 (Prev: Hailey V.D. – 2:34:33, Sarah H – 2:41:38, Kyle K – 2:45:54, Sarah H – 3:20:18)
- MEN: Nick Elson – 1:47:27
- WOMEN: Anne Marie Madden – 2:02:50
- MEN: Nick E – 6:54.00
- WOMEN: ?
- MEN: Dave Stevens – 2:24 (Prev: Nick E – 2:33, Eric Carter – 2:37, Adam Campbell – 2:47)
- WOMEN: ?
- Ross Berg ~45min
- Andrew Rennie ~30hrs (?)
Sebastian Selas – 0:23.48(DOPER) Reverts to old Record by Jonathan Wyatt – 24:22
- WOMEN: Madison Sands – 29:10 ?
- MEN: Nick Elson – 4:32:03 (Prev. Aaron Heidt – 4:39.52)
- WOMEN: Ellie Greenwood – 5:06.09
- Thomas Morrissey – 10:10:00 (Prev: Brendan Armstrong & Jessie McAuley – 11:06.23, Eric Carter – 11hrs 49min *accompanied partially by Matt Hall)
- MEN:Nick Elson – 13:30 (Prev. Dan Durston ~19hrs)
- WOMEN: Nicola Gildersleeve – 23:37
- Eric C & Nick E – 12:08:23 (Prev. Peter Croft – using a direct line up Sphinx N Ridge so better style!)
- Men: Jessie McAuley – 1:49:35 (Prev. Eric Carter – 2:04:52, Mike Murphy – 2:12:38)
- Women: Emma Cook-Clarke – 2:16:45 (Prev. Amber Brown – 3:07:43)
- Note: Nick Elson set a fast time on the West Lion via the NE Buttress, a technical climbing route that he soloed in 2:42:24 round trip.
- MEN: Mike Murphy – 1:38:55
- WOMEN: Tara Berry – 2:01:08 (Prev: Jeanelle Hazlett – 2:03:40)
- MEN: Mike Murphy – 1:56:30
- WOMEN: Katherine Short – 2:21:38 (Prev: Jeanelle Hazlett – 2:22:15)
- Women/Mixed: Sarah Hart, Eric C, Wilf Leblanc (6:33)
- MEN: Peter Nowicki – 4:37:18
- MEN: Eric Carter – 1:11:41
- Women: Kyle Kirkegaard – 2:11:54
- MEN: Ross Berg – ?
- WOMEN: ?
- MEN: Michael Burke – 4:26.28 (Prev: Sean O’Rourke – 4:37:30)
- WOMEN: ?
Roger’s Pass Horseshoe:
- Sean O’Rourke?
- ~13.5hrs Christian Veenstra
- MEN: Eric Carter – 3:59’45 (Prev. Nick Elson – 4:27.00)
- WOMEN: Kyle Kirkegaard and Katarina Kuba – 6:19.31
- MEN: Eric Carter & Nick Elson – 3:10 (Prev. Greg Hill – 4hrs ish?)
- WOMEN: ??
- Brendan Armstrong and Jessie McAuley – 6:27:16 (Prev. Brad Schalles ~6.5hrs) *Preferred SPEARHEAD FKT route*
- Eric Carter & Nick Elson – 15:36 *starting at Whistler Village (Prev. Alex Wigley et al – 18:21.23 *starting at top of Blackcomb T Bar)
- MEN: Guy Edwards, John Millar – 5mo. 14 days.
- WOMEN: Martina and Tania Halik – ~6mo (?)
- MEN: Hamish Fraser – 33min (Diedre + Squamish Buttress)
- MEN: 38 minutes Alex Honnold
- MEN: 1:08 Marc-Andre Leclerc
- MEN: Jason Dorais and Tom Goth – 3:24 (Prev. Eric C – 3:51; Jason & Andy Dorias – 3:57)
- WOMEN: Katie Bono – see below.
- MEN: Uli Steidl – 4:24 (Prev: Willie Benegas – 4:40.59)
- WOMEN: Katie Bono – 4:58.00
- MEN: Peter Butler – 3:15 (Prev. Nick E & Eric C ~3:37)
- WOMEN: Katarina Kuba – 4:10 *accompanied for glacier travel but unsupported by Jessie McAuley.
- MEN: Eric Carter – 3:38 (Prev. Peter Butler – 4:10* did not summit; Nick E & Eric C – 5:14)
- WOMEN: ?
Grand Teton (Owen Spaulding Route):
- MEN: Andy Anderson – 2:53.02
- WOMEN: Emelie Forsberg – 3:51:xx
Teton Grand Traverse:
- MEN: Nick Elson – 6hr30m (Previously Rolo Garibotti – 6:49)
- WOMEN: Jeanelle Smiley – 12:17?
Denali (Cassin Ridge):
- Men: Colin Mother Fucking Haley – 8:07! (prev – Jonathan Griffith & Will Sim 14:40.0)
- Women: Chantel Astorga – 14:39
- Men – Karl Egloff – 11:44:xx (Prev: Kilian Jornet – 11:40)
- Women – Katie Bono – 21:06
- MEN: Nick Elson – 2:03:52 (Prev. Dean Potter – 2:19 *via a more direct but also more technical route – Snake Dike)
Mt. Shasta (ascent only): Ryan Ghelfi – 1:36:13
This page has a discussion on ethics and style for FKTs. Really though, the key is being honest. Otherwise, part of the fun is that the rules are there are no rules!
21 thoughts on “FKTs”
Hi, I’m surprised that we don’t have a times yet for the Sea to Summit Trail, the Sea to Summit/Wrinkle Rock Trail and the Evac Trail on the Sea to Sky Gondola. I could submit my times for these, but there are faster people out there. However, happy to do so to get faster people to send their’s in.
Richard – There is a Strava segment for the Evac Trail (and thats the most logical one in my mind). Probably there are faster times for that than listed on strava though. Strava also cuts off a bit at the start and finish.
What’s your time?
Nice list, and very relevant for our backyard! 2 weeks ago I shaved 40 minutes off your semi-alcoholic time (using skis):
Maybe one of these days we’ll run into each other out there.
Nice Christian! Let me know if there is anything else I am missing!
I had a thought this weekend while slogging up the Singing Pass trail.
Valley Start Spearhead FKT?
It adds some bonus vertical (and distance). Someone must have done it faster than me (at 12 hours), since we took a casual pace. But I think it’s a worthy addition. Since I now have a moderately light (16 pounds… haha) set up now, I’d be tempted to try actually going fast with the valley start.
Alex – certainly it has been done. I believe Brad Schalles is probably the fastest, starting from the village, up blackcomb and all the way to whistler peak before coming down. I can’t remember his time but it is on the white board at escape route in Squamish. There are plenty of variations on routes but I chose to generally list the most common accepted route. That being said, do it!
Hello, Can you tell me more or anything about the Coleman-Demming route on Mt. Baker? would this be the route the proposed Mt Baker Ultra would take? Thank you for your time.
The Coleman-Demming is the regular route on Mt. Baker and starts from the town of Glacier climbing up the West side of the mountain. The proposed ultra race would start in the town of Concrete and climb the Easton Glacier on the South side of the mountain. Both routes are quite easy, mellow glacier walks. I suspect the CD is only more popular than the Easton because of ease of access from Vancovuer/Seattle. Lots of info on both routes are available in any Cascade climbing guidebook.
Perhaps a new FKT – yoyo of the Garibaldi Neve done yesterday, Nick Matwyuk, parking lot to parking lot 13h40min.
A couple notable local climbing FKT’s – if interested
Grand Wall (base to top of Roman Chimneys) – 38 minutes Alex Honnold
Slesse, Northeast Buttress (base to summit) – 1:08 Marc-Andre Leclerc
Digging through my strava from when I was fit…
Seymour (skiing): Pavillion to First Pump 38:44 up, 42:17 return
Black Mountain, Cypress (skiing): 13:38
Where are all thee female FKT’s?!
Tell me what you got! I’m only going off things that come across my radar!
Came across Anne Marie’s Rubble Creek race on strava the other day. https://www.strava.com/activities/725051264
Mount Brunswick FKT ??
Mike Murphy: 1:56:30 https://www.strava.com/activities/1715423301/overview
Jeanelle Hazlett: 2:22:15 https://www.strava.com/activities/2662560381/overview
I ran Rubble Creek Classic 2016 and was a very distant second to Anne-Marie, I think she did it in 2:02-2:03. I was blown away.
I’m looking at putting the women on the board for Castle Towers, although I would take Helm Ridge versus the Helm Glacier as I’d be going solo and not comfortable on ice alone. Also, which summit did Nick do? In his blog he says “main summit”, is that the west that most people stop at or the centre or true summit? Thanks!
Sorry for the slow reply. Thanks for the link – it’s updated!
Good luck on the CT time! A few women have gone to the West Summit as you mention but the Centre is the true summit that Nick went to – the actual highest peak.
I haven’t seen any FKT for Wedge mountain.
Is there any?
This is my time what I did this year https://www.strava.com/activities/3853869124
Nice! I’m fairly sure it’s been done pretty quickly. We did 6.5 hrs a couple years ago https://www.strava.com/activities/2519381698
I wonder if someone has done it in ~5hr but I haven’t seen it yet.