2018 Fastest Known Time of the Year in Europe
Does Europe have any good FKTs? That’s like asking if the ocean has any water!
The tradition here goes back many decades. Routes are very competitive, are well known, and receive a lot of attention. And they tend to be STEEP. The most iconic lines are not trails through the woods, but direct ascents, “From the village, to the top of the mountain, and straight back down to the village”. (From our podcast #23 where Matt Lefort describes the FKT scene in Europe: listen now!)
Read more about them below! And listen to them here in our podcast #24 with Matt Lefort and two FKTOY-EU winners.
The FKTOY-EU is the exact same process as for North America, which yields both a very fair and a very interesting result:
- Nomination list is created,
- Voters, selected for their knowledge plus diversity in gender, age, and geography, vote for what inspired them the most,
- The results are numerically tabulated.
And here they are!
#5: Sonia Regueiro (El Anillo de Picos) & Paul Bonhomme (Dent Blanche)
#4: Emelie Forsberg (Mont Blanc) & Marco de Gaspari (Monte Rosa)
#3: Emelie Forsberg (Kungsleden) & Uisdean Hawthorn (Winter Cuillin Ridge Traverse)
#2: Andreas Steindl (Matterhorn)
(Female is a tie for #1, so there is no #2 female.)
#1 Female (tie): Meredith Quinlan, Jess Baker (Iceland Traverse) & Emelie Forsberg (Monte Rosa)
FKTs of the Year in Europe...
What an inspiring list! Many were done in the classic alpine style: ‘Start in the village, run to the top of the mountain, charge straight back down again’, while a few others (Iceland and Sweden) are long multi-day trail efforts. Emelie Forsberg was awarded 3 of the top 5 Female FKTs … and she accomplished all three in the span of two weeks!
Be sure to listen to the two podcasts, as Matt Lefort explains each of these routes, and don’t miss the wrap-up episode, where Kilian Jornet gives his own opinions and thoughts in an exclusive 30 minute discussion:
Many thanks to Matt Lefort, who put together an all-star team of Voters, so this a very credible list. And as always, no one actually “wins” anything in the FKTOY Awards - except of course the respect of one’s peers. The goal here is to learn, share, and inspire each other, creating community while doing what we love.