This write-up is meant to be supplemental to the very thorough post by Luke Nelson.
Short version : On August 16th and 17th, 2014, Luke Nelson and I ran, climbed, and crawled our way to the summits of the nine 12,000′+ peaks in Idaho in a time of 28 hrs 18 min.
Oftentimes big adventures are more about who you’re with than what you’re actually trying to accomplish. When Luke asked me to be part of his Idaho 12ers FKT assault I immediately said yes, partly because it sounded like a cool adventure, but more just because I wanted to get to know Luke better. We were due to tackle something big together.
The objective is obscure, which added to the allure. Off the radar of most trail runners because of the sketchy terrain and logistics involved, and off the radar of most climbers because of the rotten rock and length of time required. Fortunately, Luke and I have climbing in our roots and have both spent inordinate amounts of time shuffling around the mountains. Thus, we seemed well-suited for such an adventure. By the numbers, the record seemed well within reach barring any major errors. Our daily lives prevented us from getting out for much recon, other than an ascent of Hyndman, which I snuck in the day after my wife ran the Standhope 60km the prior weekend. This meant that much of our planning would be via maps, Google Earth, beta from several key locals, and scoping the route while we drove up Highway 93…. This lack of more optimal preparation added a fun element of improbability, stacking the odds against us to some extent.