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Nick Elson sets new FKT on Half Dome

BC trail runner adds to his considerable string of accomplishments in trail and mountain running

Dean Potter Half Dome Route

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One of Canada’s most accomplished trail runners with a string of FKT’s to his name, Nick Elson, 34, has added another: Yosemite’s Half Dome, last conquered by the late Dean Potter in 2015.

Nick Elson
Nick Elson

Potter famously scaled Half Dome in 2:17:52 in a combination of climbing and running. Elson followed Potter’s descent route in both directions (involving a combination of the hiking trail and the route known as Snake Dike), resulting in the “fastest non-technical route” and an impressive new FKT of 2:03:52.

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Elson’s Instagram story tells it all–except, as fellow trail runner Gary Robbins pointed out in a tweet, the sheer athleticism it took to pull it off. 

https://twitter.com/gary_robbins/status/1006938036817387522

Ten days after Potter set the 2015 record, he and friend Graham Hunt were killed in a wingsuit accident, also in Yosemite.