|Ruper, with the arrow indicating the East Slabs descent|
I've solo-ed Ruper many times, and when I saw a comment on MountainProject about the known speed record, I was intrigued. Mic Fairchild, one of the most prolific Eldo climbers and soloist around, wrote that he once did the route in just 44 minutes round trip from the bridge at the start of the approach trail. That's a mind-boggling time for a route that often takes parties the bulk of a day to complete!
His roundtrip time included:
-running up the switchbacked trail to the toe of the wall
-scrambling up the long, water-polished 4th class Lower Ramp
-6 pitches of 5.8 climbing, from steep face to OW, interrupted by a long traverse/downclimb on the huge Upper Ramp
-the infamous "East Slabs" descent, mostly 4th class downclimbing to a steep gully trail
So today I found myself in Eldo on a perfect, wind-less, sunny day, and I decided to try the feat.
My total time, roundtrip from the bridge: 32 minutes and 11 seconds. There's a new speed record for this Eldo Classic!