After a few weeks of hanging, surfing, exploring and working with my friend, it was finally time to leave the Big Sur coast. I was en route to Yosemite Valley. On April 11th on my way out of town, I had been in contact with Jason Hardwrath, who bestowed the knowledge of the Tollhouse Traverse upon me. I figured since the rock was on the way, I outta give it a go.
I drove up the long and winding road to the top of Tollhouse rock and arrived around 5pm. I ran over to scout the traverse. I did two laps on the route, soaked in the sunset, and set up camp.
On April 12th, 2021 at 7:03am I began to attempt the Tollhouse Traverse Fastest Known Time. I started at the cairn by the end of the road. I blasted down the steep rocky slope trying to maintain a fast pace while also safely navigating the loose rocky trail (I took one small tumble). When I got to the climb I kept on moving. I opted to run and climb in my Scarpa approach shoes. The climb was fun and super flowy. At the top my thighs were burning from the steep granite slab. I got to the road and sprinted to the cairn where I had begun. I was pleasantly surprised to see that my time was 12minutes and 22seconds, I had achieved the FKT! Overall it was a fun morning, and I am glad to have had the opportunity to explore a new landscape. I even saw a cool salamander!