Spaghetti Tour FKT Falls Again, By Over Four Hours

Ultra-endurance athletes, alpinists, and adventurers seem to have really come into their own during the COVID-19 pandemic. It feels like a new Fastest Known Time is set on some popular route every week. This week is no exception.

For the second time in just over a year, the FKT on the popular Monte Rosa Traverse in the Swiss Alps has fallen.

The new record, set by Frenchman Benjamin Vedrines, stands at 9 hours and 18 minutes, more than four hours faster than the previous record of 13 hours and 39 minutes, set by Nico Hojac and Adrian Zurbrügg in July 2020.


Hojac and Zurbrügg’s effort on the Spaghetti Tour in turn bested Andreas Steindl and Ueli Steck’s time of 14 hours and 35 minutes, set in 2015.

Védrines completed the feat alone, starting early on the morning on Aug. 14.

The Spaghetti Tour usually takes days to traverse. It involves climbing 18 snow-covered peaks above 4,000m.

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Slowly slowly
Slowly slowly
10 months ago

Fastest. Yeah great. Is there any point venturing into the mountains if you aren’t going to take the time to appreciate what is around you?

Gregg Gorton
Gregg Gorton
10 months ago

Provide more info! “FKT”?? “Spaghetti Tour”? –Please don’t assume every reader knows what these refer to….

Jerry Kobalenko
10 months ago
Reply to  Gregg Gorton

In articles, we always write Fastest Known Time before using the abbreviation. In this case, we used it in the headline, because we’d run several stories on them recently. (FKT attempts became quite trendy during COVID, when athletes couldn’t race or travel far.) We’ve covered the Spaghetti Tour a couple of times as well lately, but you’re right, we should have linked to an earlier story defining it. FYI, the popular Spaghetti Tour follows the Monte Rosa massif near the Italian-Swiss border. Climbers reach up to 18 peaks above 4,000m.