Mt Shasta (CA) Jul 23, 2012 13:35:39 GMT -5
Post by Peter Bakwin on Jul 23, 2012 13:35:39 GMT -5
Ryan Ghelfi has the ascent FKT in 1h37m05s, July 6, 2016.
The previous record was Rickey Gates, ascent in 1h38m10s on July 3, 2012.
Prior to Gates the record was 1h39m, set by Robert Webb in 1985.
Mt. Shasta (14,162') is this northern-most 14er in California. The standard route climbs from Bunny Flats at 6,880' to the Sierra Club cabin at Horse Camp (7,900'), and from there up Avalanche Gulch to the summit. The current and previous FKTs were timed from Horse Camp.
Ryan Ghelfi reports below taking 65 seconds off Rickey Gates' 2012 ascent record, for the current FKT of 1h37m05s, set on July 6, 2016. A nice article about Ghelfi's record is by the Mt Shasta Herald.
*** Belt Buckle Route! ***
Rickey Gates and partner Elizabeth Thorp have created a series of custom belt buckles commemorating some of the most iconic and hotly contested FKT routes! Shasta is classic! Each buckle is awarded to the FKT holder, and passed on when that FKT is superseded. Currently this buckle is held by Ryan Ghelfi. We are not aware of a women's FKT.
Concerning his earlier FKT, Rickey Gates posted the following to his facebook page: "with the help of ryan ghelfi, jenn shelton and friends, i managed to break the 26-year-old fkt ascent of mt. shasta today. 1:38:10. Robert Webb had the 1985 time of 1:39."
Ryan Sorenson and Ryan Ghelfi went after the ascent record for Shasta on May 29, 2015. Ghelfi turned back and Sorenson appears to come close to the FKT, around 1h39m, but had trouble with his timer (as mentioned below).
Webb's previous record was reported in the L.A. Times on November 10, 1985. At the time, Webb was working as caretaker of the Sierra Club cabin at Horse Camp. The article indicates that, prior to Webb, the ascent record was 2h25m, set in 1925 by David Lawyer of Pasadena.
In 1998, Webb climbed from Horse Camp to the summit, and skied back down, 6 times in 23h22m, for a totaly vertical ascent of 37,572 feet. Apparently, he had 6 pairs of skis stashed at the summit. This may have been a record for the most vertical feet ever climbed on a mountain in 24 hours (since broken). A report is here.
"If you don't take risks, you don't get the adventures." -- Robert Webb
Here's a list of past fast times on Shasta reported at www.siskiyous.edu/shasta/out/cli/rec1.htm, which was kindly brought to our attention by Sean O'Rourke (see below). Not all of these are considered FKTs, as there has been an ethic of "verification" for Shasta ascents and "certification" by the Sierra Club, as described in the article (which is really worth reading, as it outlines an incredible history of speed ascents going back well over a century!) All of these times are for Horse Camp to the summit.
John Muir, 4h10m, 1874 (really!)
Harry Babcock, 3h40m, August 1883
Norman Clyde, 3h17m, July 3, 1923
Norman Clyde, 2h43m, July 5, 1923
Barney McCoy, 2h17m, August 12, 1923 (not "approved" by the Sierra Club)
Barney McCoy, 2h30m, August 28, 1924 (not officially recognized)
David Lawyer, 2h24m, July 5, 1925 (in an official race, considered the "official" FKT until 1985!)
Barney McCoy, 2h36m, July 5, 1925 (second place in the race)
Robert Webb, 1h47m, June 22, 1985
Robert Webb, 1h39m, July 5, 1985
Ryan Ghelfi after breaking the FKT for ascent from Horse Camp to the summit of Mt. Shasta on July 6, 2016.
Photo from Mt Shasta Herald.