John Ebers, 23, and Ben Wilbur, 24, shaved 15 seconds off the speed record on The Naked Edge in Eldorado Canyon, Colorado. The classic route is a six-pitch 5.11b.
The race to have the fastest time up The Naked Edge took off in 2014 with six records set from April to October. The two teams that were gunning for the record consisted of Stefan Griebel and Jason Wells, and Scott Bennett and Brad Gobright. Two tragic events put a stop to the fastest-time showdown. In 2018, Wells, along with Tim Klein, died in a fall on El Cap. And Gobright died in an accident while descending from El Sendero Luminoso in El Potrero Chico in the fall of 2019.
The challenge now seems to be when the record will fall below 24 minutes and who will do it. It seems Ebers and Wilbur, two young crushers, are a few of those who have the best chance at attaining the unbelievably fast time. Watch a video with Scott Bennett and Brad Gobright chasing the speed record five years ago below.
The Naked Edge Records
May 2020: John Ebers, Ben Wilbur – 24:14
September 2015: Stefan Griebel, Jason Wells – 24:29
October 2014: Scott Bennett, Brad Gobright – 24:57
September 2014: Scott Bennett, Brad Gobright – 26:16
August 2014: Stefan Griebel, Jason Wells – 26:33
May 2014: Scott Bennett, Brad Gobright – 29:53
June 2014: Stefan Griebel, Jason Wells – 35:01
April 2014: Stefan Griebel, Jason Wells – 40:36
2013: Scott Bennett, Brad Gobright – 44:00
2012: Stefan Griebel, Jason Wells – 49:44
2010: Scott Bennett, Blake Harrington – 1:13
2006: Bob Rotert, Dave Vaughn – 1: 22 (car to car)
1990s: Michael Gilbert, Rob Slater – 1:30 (car to car)