Lovely outing! I have certainly gotten faster. Was not sure how much of an effort I was going to put forth, but felt pretty great from the start. I did not hit my usual line between Goblin's and Jim's Grove too well on the way up, but no major delays. Mostly pleased with how I felt cresting the Boulderfield and heading up Cables. Altitude and Cables felt so smooth - and so, so fun. Quick stop at the top (pic taken around noon - ~1:47 ascent, huge PR!) and then as quickly as I could without slamming an ankle on the way down. I feel confident that Jim's Grove will definitely be the end of an ankle for me some day - ha! I have greatly enjoyed getting to know this playground and occasionally testing my body up and around Longs over the past few years. Excited to see what a 100% effort may look like for me and the rest of the Longs Peak enthusiasts later this summer! Thanks for all that you do and helping track this journey, FKT - I try to donate whenever I submit. Cheers -- KH
NICE WORK!!! I am stoked for you and to see others dwindling down the time. I started filling out a FKT thing but realize it really doesn't matter... I am no longer in the running and this comment is perhaps me feeling sad about that. I have been seeing some recent action on Longs and realized that besides a few random Strava bleeps or journal entries and friend sharing, my FKT's never made it out there. I mostly used my trusty Ironman Timex and often had climbing goals so the round trip times never quite dwindled as I was too busy tinkering on the Diamond or elsewhere after running up.
I was a ranger on Longs Peak for 5 seasons and still am an Estes Park local
My PR up the North Face via short cuts is 1:37:?? late August of 2016. North Face was a bit icy. Under 1:30 felt very possible. GO GET IT!!!!
PR down North Face is 51 minutes July 2017
RT best was 2012 at 2:46:??