2017 #3 FKT of the Year – Ozark Highlands Trail & Nolan’s 14


Ashley Nordell, Ozark Highlands Trail, (Supported), AR. 2d, 10h, 46m October 27-29


Nordell has the fastest time Overall (Women & Men). The previous best was also by a woman, Jenny Foster, 2d 14h 25m (2009).

The voters said:

“Faster than any men!”

“Solid effort and overall FKT! What’s not to love?”

Nolan’s 14 (Supported), CO. Iker Karrera, 47h, 40m. August 1-3


A Colorado classic that has attracted international attention, this is a very sturdy route: 14 summits over 14,000’, about 100 miles, 44,000’ of vert, about half off-trail. Iker bested Andrew Hamilton’s time from June (see above) by 6h, 2m, including significant time spent being lost.

The voters said:

“It’s all about route finding and game-time decisions when shit hits the fan (which it will when there is no trail).”

“This is number one for me because it’s super demanding, physically and mentally, requiring a sense of adventure and braving the elements, and it’s very prestigious.”

“Iker didn’t bring the massive Euro support machine, but rather slotted himself into the local culture and ethic. He’s humble, and he’s really good.”


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