FKT: Kelly Halpin - Camelback via Cholla TH - 2024-01-10

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39m 22s
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Cholla trail is a beautiful and fun steep ascent on the east ridge of Camelback. I ran this over the holidays at a decent clip but being one of the most popular trails in the Phoenix area, it was difficult to not to hit bottlenecks with all the trail users. I returned to Scottsdale for a week of training in early January and wanted to run it again, both as a fast training run and possibly for a fast time. I summited in 22min 46 seconds (3 minutes and 14 seconds faster than the current trailhead to summit women's time) and ran trailhead to trailhead in 39 minutes 22 seconds (8 minutes and 34 seconds faster than the current roundtrip time for women). I had also wanted to try the Echo trail on the west side, which I had never run and drove to right after but missed the roundtrip FKT on that side by 3 minutes. Probably shouldn't have run them back to back with the lactic acid build up but what a fun day and fun way to experience Camelback!