Do you know what is the biggest ascent climbed in one day if we measure the difference of altitude between the starting and end point of the climb. If you dont know about such a record what do you think which mountain (peak) is the place where such a record can be set?
not sure if this the best place to go for the record you're asking about but it's the best i can think of... Mt rainier. sea level is less than 50 miles away from the start of a pretty tame climbing route from the paradise trailhead. about half of the 14,000ft of elevation gain could be done on road. or maybe mt whitney would be better? anyone else got an opinion?
but if you would accept a route where a runner could go up and down a steep climb numerous times someone could get much more than 14,000ft in one day. while training for hardrock a few years ago i got 17,500ft in under 9 hours on mt rose in the olympic mtns. and speaking of hardrock, kyle skaggs ran that 100miler(with almost 34,000ft of gain) in under 24hours a few years ago--34,000ft is a pretty good goal for folks to shoot for. but it's my guess that someone has that beat. a nice steep climb at low elevation that can be repeated over and over again would be in my opinion a better venue for such a record rather than at high altitude like at hardrock.
and lastly would you consider a record that included the use of a ski chair lift to transport the runner DOWN the mountain that way the runner could rest and only have to use their legs to go up? i've considered creating such a race... just think of all the elevation gain you could get if you didn't have to trash the legs by bombing the downhills!
James, there's a race like your ski lift idea up here in alaska. It is on Mt. Alyeska's ski resort less than an hour south of Anchorage and in early September. Racers only get about 10 hrs and have to catch a gondola ride back down, which leaves the top about every 15-30? minutes.
I was at Barkley this year and Jared Campbell, (2010 Hardrock winner) did a 24 hour charity run doing 10 repeats up his training hill in Salt lake area that has a 3,500' climb for a total of 35'000' of gain in 24 hours.
Post by Mike Hotchkis on Feb 2, 2016 7:53:49 GMT -5
These total ascents in under 24hrs are pretty amazing! I'd like to go back to the original question in this thread: "biggest ascent climbed in one day if we measure the difference of altitude between the starting and end point of the climb". Mauna Kea on Hawaii has been done and is popular with cyclists (13,796 feet). I've been searching maps for bigger ones to try. Best possibility I've found is Cerro el Plomo (17795ft) from the city of Santiago in Chile; start at about 2000ft so total about 15,800 feet. Altitude would be a challenge. Any other suggestions?
I am based near to Santiago in Chile, and can comment on Cerro el Plomo and nearby mountains. Cerro el Plomo is typically done as a weekend hike, although less experienced and guided groups generally take 4 days. Cerro el Plomo is also increasingly popular amongst the local trail running community, with an annual race www.andesinfernal.com/ being held from the Valle Nevado ski base at 3000m/10,000ft up to the top at 5424m/17795ft. The race was won by the Swiss/Ecuatorian mountain guide Karl Egloff in 7 hours, who also happens to hold the record for Aconcagua and Kilimanjaro. Locals are generally a couple of hours slower due to the fact that Santiago is situated at only 600m/2000ft, and our acclimatazation can only come from one or two day training runs at altitude on the weekends.
The typical FKT route on El Plomo has a gross altitude difference of 3000m/10.000ft, but a net of only 2400m/8000ft. One starts at the other ski resort of La Parva 3000m/10000ft, and from there you go up Cerro Pintor (4150m/13500ft), and continue along the ridge towards Cerro Leonera before dropping down off the ridge at 4300m/14000ft to the El Plomo base camp at 4100m. From there it is straight upwards up the track to the top - with one spot where crampons must be used to cross a small patch of ice. The descent returns to base camp, before dropping straight down to Piedra Numerada at 3400m/11,300ft, followed by 5 or 6 miles of trail back to the car. Cerro el Plomo can also be climbed from lower down, but that would involve some scrub bashing before joining the normal route.
Yesterday, we attempted the same idea on Volcan San Jose at 5856m/19,000ft starting from a campsite in the Valle de la Engorda at 2500m/8000ft (a 20min walk from the car parked at a goat farm where they sell good cheese). We got to the summit 9 and half hours after leaving camp at 4am, in an ascent style somewhere in between trail running and trekking. I had gone up two days earlier for acclimatization and to leave a bag of mountain clothes and lunch at the 4500m/15,000ft camp, however my mate did the trip arriving at the campsite from Santiago in the evening, and departing for the mountain with just a small backpack the following morning.
Others and I have run from the beach to the top of Mt. San Antonio (a.k.a. Mt. Baldy), elevation 10,069' in one day in Southern California. That is in the neighborhood of 100 km besides the elevation gain. Another (shorter) route in Southern California would be from Palm Springs (479') to the top of San Jacinto (10,833'). Both of these approach routes are not only accessible but positively urban, especially the former. For Mt. Baldy, there are any number of starting places but I started at the mouth of the San Gabriel River. As I recall, Gus Fieldhouse started at the mouth of the Santa Ana River. Either of those routes allow traversing a decent portion of the urban environment on a bike trail. That would not be as much of an issue for the Palm Springs/San Jacinto route.