Ski mountaineers set speed record for Rainier -- 3:57:55

MOUNTAINEERING — Two ski mountaineers have set a speed record for climbing and descending Mount Rainier from the Paradise parking lot, scorching the icy slopes in 3 hours, 57 minutes and 55 seconds.

Andy and Jason Dorais of Salt Lake City set the record on June 5, a couple of weeks after another pair of mountaineers had erased the 4:50 records in a time of 4:19.  

Both of the Dorais brothers predict the record times will drop significantly as speed runners refine the routes and techniques and pick the perfect conditions.

Jason's food for the effort: 5 powergels mixed in 16oz gatorade plus 16 oz Red Bull.


  • Time: 3:57:55
  • Moving time: 3:24:34
  • Distance: 14.12 miles
  • Average moving speed: 4.1 mph
  • Maximum speed: 33.4 mph
  • Elevation gain: 9,103 feet


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