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August 1, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Women’s speed ascent of Mount Rainier set last week

Katie Bono, who unofficially set the women’s speed record for ascending and descending Mount Rainier last week, checks her watch at the end of her speed climb, showing that she accomplished the feat in 4 hours and 58 minutes. (Photo courtesy Rainier Mountaineering, Inc.)

A mountaineering guide from Minnesota raced up and down Mount Rainier last week, setting a record speed for the ascent of the peak by a woman, according to the guide service where she works.

Katie Bono, of Minneapolis, made the round trip up the 14,410 foot mountain in 4 hours, 58 minutes on July 24, according to Rainier Mountaineering, Inc’s website.

Bono, who took the popular Disappointment Cleaver route, has climbed that route 12 times, according to the guide service.

While there are many strong women climbers throughout the world, as far as the guide service knows, Bono’s speed ascent of Rainier is the first recorded for a woman. Bono timed herself.

Speed ascents of Mount Rainier go back to the famed Whittaker brothers, Lou and Jim, who, along with John Day, did it in 7 hours, 20 minutes in 1959.

According to the guide service, here are other speed ascent benchmarks by men:

Craig Van Hoy:  5 hours, 25 minutes in 1981.

Justin Merle: 4:49:35, July 9, 2008.

Liam O’Sullivan: 4:46:2, August 5, 2008.

Willie Benegas: 4:40:59, Sept. 17, 2008. (Current record holder.)

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