New Women’s Speed Record on RainierBy Steve Casimiro on August 1st, 2012
How quickly can you climb and descend 9,000 vertical feet? Rainier Mountaineering guide Katie Bono just hammered a women’s speed record up the iconic 14,410-foot Washington peak, running from the Paradise visitor center at 5,400 to the summit and back in 4 hours 58 minutes via the Disappointment Cleaver route. She banged off the first 3,600 feet, to Camp Muir, in just over 90 minutes. Smokin’! “I started thinking about a speed ascent last year, but nothing too seriously,” explained Bono. “This year, I spoke with some other RMI guides for advice and started to plan out the climb meticulously. I had a timeline for each segment, and for the most part I hit them. I am very happy to get under five hours, which is what I was shooting for.” The men’s record, held by guide Willie Benegas, is 4:40:59. Via RMI.
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