FKT: Nicole Mericle - Tenmile Traverse (CO) - 2020-06-27

Route variation
Standard route (Peaks 1-10, TH-to-TH)
Gender category
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Finish date
Total time
5h 48m 16s
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The plan was to run the Ten Mile traverse from Frisco to Breck and set a fast women's time - supported since I would be accompanied by Aaron Newell. We just happened to run into Aaron's friend Joseph around Peak 1, who we convinced to join us for the rest of the traverse. The weather conditions were perfect and allowed us a late start around 9:30am. I started out a bit quick before Aaron reminded me it was a long run. I felt good making it to Peak 1 in 1:18. The terrain there to peak 4 was slower, but went by faster than I expected with minimal trouble route finding. From there it was easy cruising over flatter, but somewhat rocky terrain. Aaron struggled with the altitude up higher as he was coming from sea level, so I ended up waiting a bit at each peak. We regrouped around peak 9. Joseph sprained his ankle and cut down at that point while Aaron and I scaled the scree field to the top of peak 10. We opted for the fun and slightly more direct way down the snow, connecting with the service road. We probably turned off the service road a little too soon and wasted some time trying to navigate a stream bed and mossy rocks. Getting lost after running for 5 hours and depleting our water was a bit frustrating, but we focused on getting down to the bottom. After stopping every few minutes to look at our phones and try to connect with a ski slope, we made it to the base of Breckenridge and subsequently bought all the drinks we could find. The descent took a little over an hour, which could certainly go faster with better navigation. It was a beautiful day on an awesome traverse. Aaron and I agreed we wish the techy section from peaks 1 to 4 was longer. So fun! 


As someone who currently lives in Breck and does this a fair amount, I don't agree that this matches the "Standard Route". 

First, Glissading down the snow field, while TONS of fun, is a substantial deviation from the foot travel required to do the extra 3/4 mile or so by taking the switch back - both in mode of transport and a major short cut on distance. 

I think this could be called the "Tenmile More Fun Ending" Version, but this is not an FKT on the Standard Route of the Ten Mile Traverse by any stretch of the definition of the route.  

Hey Basit, I don’t agree. The Tenmile is a route, not a trail. You gotta get from A to B (Frisco-Breck) and tag all 10 peaks. That’s it. Also, glissading isn’t really a deviation from foot travel. I mean, it’s not like you’re using some means of conveyance like skis. Mostly it is actually done on your feet anyway.

Best, PB

Well, cool, if that's the clarification of the route standard sounds good to me then! Great work & Congrats Nicole!