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By Ol' Toby
From WA
Aug 16, 2014
A brilliant climb.
Blazing. Cheers gentlemen, amazing!

What amazes me most is getting from the topout back to the bridge in 6 minutes.

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By Stefan Griebel
Sep 24, 2014
Stefan heading up the Casual Route in a bike helmet during his first Longs Peak Triathlon.  Biking/hiking/climbing Longs Peak from Boulder
Oh yeah! I personally timed Scott and Brad for a 26m16s time this evening. Killer! I think they would've been even faster if it wasn't for the 6:50pm start which left them doing the entire thing in fading light. So hard to believe how less than a year ago 44 minutes was ridiculously fast, and that's been improved upon by almost 50%. Good times!

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By Alton R.
From Boulder, Co
Sep 25, 2014
Center Direct, V10. Bishop, Ca.
Woooo hot doggy!! 26m 16s is ON FIRE!

Shot this last week during a "training lap" in which they still sent faster then about 98% of this routes usual suitors.

It's absolutely mind blowing to see how dialed these guys are, totally inspiring.


Scott Bennett enters the famed Bombay Chimney on The Naked Edge, Eldorado Canyon SP, CO.
Scott Bennett enters the famed Bombay Chimney on The Naked Edge, Eldorado Canyon SP, CO.

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By Brad G
From Yosemite and else where
Oct 8, 2014
The 12a traverse <br />photo by Darshan Ahluwalia <br /> <br />
Scott and I just set a faster time at 24 minutes and 57 seconds. Stoked!

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By Gold Plated Rocket Pony
From Boulder, CO
Oct 8, 2014
yep
Just mind boggling. I can't even get to the bottom of pitch 1 sub 25 minutes.

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By Ray Lovestead
From Boulder, CO
Oct 8, 2014
I pity the fool
not bad. But I just made minute rice in 47 seconds flat! Boo yah!

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By ShireSmitty
From Boulda
Oct 9, 2014
Tonight was the second time I got to see this record lowered. I saw the 44 min. Ascent last year and now sub 25 tonight! Awesome, I wonder how close to an unbreakable time these guys are getting? What's the athletic limit? 23 min? Is sub 20 possible by the right athletes?

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By good pro
Oct 9, 2014
mountainproject.com/v/10848983...

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By good pro
Oct 9, 2014


hmmmm

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By Brad G
From Yosemite and else where
Oct 9, 2014
The 12a traverse <br />photo by Darshan Ahluwalia <br /> <br />
I think a sub 20 could go down solo but they(honnold) would have to be sprinting the whole time.

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By nicelegs
From Denver
Oct 9, 2014
Not to be a dick, but I'm about to be a bit of a dick...

After a certain point, what is the point? To do the edge under an hour is a truly incredible feat, to do it under :45 is even more amazing. At what point though does it stop being climbing and it turns into a recital for rehearsed moves. Climbing seems so different than other activities, probably due to it's diversity (in routes, not the color of the people).

I'll add some incredibly impressive example of skill that few people appreciate.









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By Scott Bennett
Oct 9, 2014
photo by Forest Woodward
nicelegs wrote:
what is the point?


Well shoot, the point WAS to look rad on the internet, shamelessly self-promote, and hopefully get some more free shoes and carabiners....

But now that you've seen right through us, we've lost all our MP cred and the jig is up. Thanks a lot, man....

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By nicelegs
From Denver
Oct 9, 2014
Scott Bennett wrote:
Well shoot, the point WAS to look rad on the internet, shamelessly self-promote, and hopefully get some more free shoes and carabiners.... But now that you've seen right through us, we've lost all our MP cred and the jig is up. Thanks a lot, man....


Now you're getting all offended and shit. Stop that.

Seriously though, are you and Brad so out of challenges in the area that doing the edge faster than I can find my keys is all that's left?

Could you eat 69 hotdogs in the parking lot, do the route in 24 minutes, then get a perfect score on guitar hero on top?

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By good pro
Oct 9, 2014
Your legs are unimpressive, "nice legs " , that being said those vids are impressive POGO DANCER in the YO-YO vid wow / whoa

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By teece303
From Highlands Ranch, CO
Oct 9, 2014
Aiding. Photo by Locker.
I have zero interest in speed climbing, and find it to be the antithesis of my climbing style.

But these two do have this thing down, that's for sure.

But I am really interested in this mini-Traxion simul climb setup that was alluded to in the article I read.

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By nicelegs
From Denver
Oct 9, 2014
teece303 wrote:
climbing style.


I've painstakingly and painfully pioneered a new style called light and slow. Basically the same or less gear than a light and fast or speed ascent and all the speed of a triple set of hexes, tied runners, a first aid kit, and boots in the backpack.

You end up on the route all day, without close to enough pro, and no water. It's glorious.

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By MattL
From Boulder, CO
Oct 9, 2014
me
nicelegs wrote:
After a certain point, what is the point?



When you take a step back and look at the sport...excuse me, "lifestyle" that we all enjoy so much, it is funny how arbitrary the whole thing is. Of course there is an easier way to the top on the backside. Who gives a shit if humans are capable of 5.16, which is on a qualitative measuring scale that wasn't meant to exceed 5.9? I think the "psh, big deal" attitude can be applied to rock climbing as a whole.

If you feel accomplished by completing what you set out to achieve, cool beans. If others can draw inspiration from your achievements, share!

Now, I agree that once success is measured in mere seconds....perhaps it is time to find another challenge to conquer, but if you are having fun...why not?

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By Brad G
From Yosemite and else where
Oct 9, 2014
The 12a traverse <br />photo by Darshan Ahluwalia <br /> <br />
I realize people like to argue and debate on the internet and maybe it's easy to take someone the wrong way. In person I'm sure we would all get along great. Scott and I enjoy this pointless race for a few reasons that I'll list out.

1.The Naked Edge is one of our favorite climbs and I don't mind doing the route over and over again.
2.We enjoy the light and fast style that provides an excellent workout.
3. It's fun coming up with new ideas on how to make the climb go faster.
4. Doing The Edge fast allows more time to do other fun climbs in the park.
5. It's awesome having a friendly competition with Jason and Stephan.

Posting on the internet about mere seconds being shaved off is probably not the best idea and I'm sorry if it sounded stupid or braggy. I do agree with MattL in that you can apply nicelegs's opinion to just about any sport. Doing The Naked Edge fast provides us with enjoyment and a sense of accomplishment and I respect that not everyone would feel the same way.

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By teece303
From Highlands Ranch, CO
Oct 9, 2014
Aiding. Photo by Locker.
Nah, it's fine to brag a bit. All climbing is pointless. Heck, all life is pointless. As long as you guys are having fun.

But I really wanna see this Traxion setup...

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By good pro
Oct 9, 2014
Wow the weather must be bad, nihilism infesting an amazing feat of grace

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By Brad G
From Yosemite and else where
Oct 9, 2014
The 12a traverse <br />photo by Darshan Ahluwalia <br /> <br />
We have a Duck on the first pitch anchor and a mini traxion on the anchor above the bombay chimney.Scott has the devices preset through the rope and quickly clips them into the anchor. I unclip them and leave them on the rope until I untie at the top.

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By J. Thompson
From denver, co
Oct 9, 2014
Trundling a death block. Photo by Dan Gambino.
nicelegs wrote:
After a certain point, what is the point?



Simple answer.

Its FUN!

They are having fun doing it.
I'm having fun Hearing about it! (Scott next time let me know, I'd love to watch!)
Again, It's FUN!

I've taken some speed laps on some things, nothing even close to this, and I can tell you that there is a whole other element to it. I think everyone should try it at whatever level they are climbing at. You'll learn a ton about being efficient and it will start to apply to other aspects of your climbing. Your "what's possible" will change. You'll get fitter and, god damn it, it's FUN!

Congrats guys! You keep blowing my mind with this stuff!


-josh

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By Allen Sanderson
From Oootah
Oct 9, 2014
Stairway To Heaven - all the way to the Pearly Gates <br />(i.e. 10 pitches to the tram station)
In most cases records are really about mouth masturbation. But if you are having fun and not spraying too much, who cares? Given the key word/phrases posted:

enjoy this pointless race

favorite climbs

We enjoy

It's fun

other fun climbs

having a friendly

I'd say they are having fun and not spraying too much (seems like others are doing plenty of that). As for the point - when it comes to climbing there is no point and that is the point.

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By Stefan Griebel
Oct 10, 2014
Stefan heading up the Casual Route in a bike helmet during his first Longs Peak Triathlon.  Biking/hiking/climbing Longs Peak from Boulder
Great job Brad and Scott! That is just amazing.

This is definitely not a "pointless race" for me. In fact, it is the most fun climbing in Eldo I've had in years! The Naked Edge is sooo awesome and I don't think I'll ever get sick of it. I never thought I'd be the one speed climbing it, but after doing it a few times as one continuous pitch, it is just so much fun that it has become addicting.

Personally, I love how it has turned into both a real climbing + fitness endeavor. Scrambling in the Flatirons is a blast and a killer cardio workout too, but man, you just can't beat doing some *real* climbing and getting a lung-busting workout at the same time. Even if Jason and I can't get it below 25 minutes, we're still gonna try just because it is so damn fun!

It's funny - people ask me if I get out climbing much these days since I have 3 young kids, and the answer is always, "Well, not really." But in retrospect, it's only "not really" in terms of absolute time. But in terms of guidebook pitches? Thank God for speed climbing the Edge! :-)

Cheers,
Stefan

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By Jeff G.
From Fort Collins
Oct 10, 2014
Nearing the end of Thank God Ledge.
I think it's so awesome that these guys are doing this! Nice job!
And, of course, it's all pointless. It's climbing.
I guess Mr. Nicelegs doesn't get the whole climbing game if he can't figure this one out.

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