700 Summits & the FKT: Trail Runner Shares His Green Mountain Obsession

A new edit from Black Diamond follows one Colorado mountain runner up his favorite local route.

Kyle Richardson might not strike you as one of the best endurance athletes in Boulder, Colo., but don’t doubt him for a second.

Beneath that ultra-lean build and unassuming demeanor is an elevation-chasing beast. As one GearJunkie writer put it, he “holds more speed records in the Front Range than Ricky Bobby holds in NASCAR.”

The trail he keeps coming back to leads up Green Mountain, a testpiece that rises 3,000 feet above the city. “I’ve summited Green Mountain over 700 times, and there is still plenty I want to learn about the hill and myself up there,” he said.

What’s so alluring about big Green? Just hit play to find out.

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Jilli grew up in the rural southern Colorado mountains, later moving to Texas for college. After seven years in corporate consulting, she was introduced to sport climbing — and life would never be the same. She now works as a contributor, gear tester, and editor for GearJunkie and other outlets within the AllGear family. She is based out of Atlanta, Georgia where she takes up residence with her climbing gear and one-eared blue heeler, George Michael.

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