Post by Ras Jason Vaughan on Jul 20, 2013 0:37:46 GMT -5
Beginning the morning of Saturday, July 20th, my wife Kathy and I will attempt to establish an Only Known Time for this trail, but by a route one step beyond a point to point running of the trail, or even an out and back. Kathy and I will attempt to run the trail from north to south bagging all 15 of the peaks along the trail (they are very modest peaks), then turn around and run back north, bagging them all again. We are calling this the Kettle Crest 15 Double Bagger. This will total more than 100 miles and somewhere upwards of 20,000 feet of elevation gain. We will be completely unsupported, carrying all of our food and gear from the beginning and filtering water from creeks along the trail.
Post by Ras Jason Vaughan on Jul 21, 2013 22:18:18 GMT -5
Due to a blend of misguided ambition, hubris, and bad beta, we had to abandon this attempt after peak #4. The traverse from peak #4 (Lambert Mtn) to #5 (Midnight Mtn) had been described in a guide book as "an easy half hour walk." In reality, it was almost a mile of Lodgepole Pine pick-up-sticks piled waist high. We will have a trip report up on Ultrapedestrian.com soon. Thanks to eveyone who was rooting for us and sending us good vibes! I still intend to put up the Kettle Crest 15 route before the end of 2013, and maybe the Double Bagger next year.
Trailrunning - Ultrarunning - Fastpacking - Thru-hiking - Supported - Unsupported - Self-supported - All of the Above
Post by Ras Jason Vaughan on Oct 18, 2013 6:20:10 GMT -5
Today Kathy and I are making another attempt on the Kettle Crest Trail. We will not be bagging the peaks this time, just attempting to be the first people to run the trail end to end, and then back again. We can be followed on our SPOT page and will post a detailed blog on UltraPedestrian.com afterwards.
Post by Ras Jason Vaughan on Oct 19, 2013 23:33:22 GMT -5
On October 18th, 2013, at 06:47 Kathy (Vaughan) and I started at the Deer Creek trailhead on the northern end of the Kettle Crest Trail. We did this unsupported, carrying all of our calories and gear from the beginning, receiving no help of any sort. After encountering tons of blowdowns accross the trail and a significant amount of snow above 6500 feet, we completed the Kettle Crest Traverse North to South at 06:43 October 19th, for a total of 23 hours 56 minutes. We will post a link to our trip report blog soon.
Our Garmin measured the route at over 46 miles. I have a number of other FKT/OKT projects I hope to complete on this trail. It's amazing how little use this trail gets. It's an amazing challenge, but since it's in the middle of nowhere not many people know about it. I think in the coming years it could come to be viewed as a major test piece for trail runners.
I'm aware of 11 people (and one dog) who've done the south to north version at least once, plus a 12th person who started at the Pass and did the last 30 miles. Jake Wilson would have the fastest known time of 11 hours in 2009. I've done it twice, and my fastest time was 15 hours.
Maybe we should plan a Cake Walk unofficial ultra in August 2014! I think I'm good with just doing it one direction, but it would be cool to be there at the same time someone attempted an end-to-end-to-end.
Post by Ras Jason Vaughan on Jul 8, 2016 18:22:07 GMT -5
ONLY KNOWN TIME ATTEMPT OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Starting Sattaday morning, July 9, 2016, Gavin Woody and I will be attempting the Kettle Crest 15. The Kettle Crest 15 is a peak-bagging route I schemed up a few years ago which uses the 45 mile long Kettle Crest Trail in Northcentral Washington to access the 15 peaks on and nearest it. North to South, these are: Sentinel Butte, Profanity Peak, Ryan Hill, Lambert Mountain, Midnight Mountain, Copper Butte, Scar Mountain, Wapaloosie Mountain, Jungle Hill, Columbia Mountain, Sherman Peak, Snow Peak, Bald Mountain, Barnaby Buttes, and White Mountain. Many of these peaks require scrambling and/or bushwacking to bag the summit, as only a couple of them are on the KCT or have maintained summit trails. You can track our progress on the SPOT transponder via the link below. What a Blessing to be a Hominid!
Post by witchofthechewuch on Sept 25, 2017 14:43:46 GMT -5
I'm posting a running only known time for the Kettle Crest Trail. On the day of the full solar eclipse, 21 Aug 2017, David Moskowitz and I set out to run and photograph the Kettle Crest Trail. We started at White Mountain, he exited the trail at Old Stage Road, and I finished at Deer Creek Summit. I had uncanny experiences with golden eagles and bears on the run - a truly special day in the mountains.
I'm anti-competitive so choose not to post splits and would rather offer up-to-date beta on water sources (scarce), post-fire conditions (a considerable item for any future KCT runner), and logistics to other who choose to run this spectacular route. I hope this brings more ultra runners to the location to run a spectacular and seldom-visited high route in Washington! I'll re-post when I've published photos and a narrative of the run.