By: randosteve|Posted on: August 31, 2009|Posted in: Gear, Gear Reviews, Grand Teton, The Tetons | 74 comments

sandstonegtxGuess my time running up and down the Grand Teton this weekend and win a FREE pair of La Sportiva Sandstone GTX hiking shoes! The Sandstone GTX is a great light hiker with a rugged Vibram sole, leather and mesh uppers, a capped toe for protection, a gusseted tongue and a Gore-Tex insert to keep you dry. Really some pretty slick looking kicks too! Please leave your answer in the comments section in the format HH:MM:SS. Answers will be accepted until 12:00pm (noon) on Thursday, Sept. 3rd, and the winner will be announced on Friday. Closest time (over or under) WINS!

Running the Grand Teton is about 15 miles round trip, with 7000′ of elevation gain/loss.

The last time I ran the Grand Teton, a couple years ago now, I got my personal record for a car-to-car trip, with a time of 4:48:56. (HERE is a link to that post.) Conditions weren’t too bad this weekend. It was my first time doing the “catwalk” section on the Owen Spaulding route, because of icy conditions in the Owen Chimney and it was surprising to see so many parties on the upper mountain. For the record, I didn’t take any of the short-cuts on the switchbacks (up or down) and I stopped my watch at the upper saddle to put on a layer and at the summit, to eat and hydrate (and chat), for probably a total of about 10 minutes. Anymore specific questions you may have, feel free to ask them in the comments section. Good Luck!