Post by MtnRnrWanabe on Jul 8, 2013 9:59:59 GMT -5
So I've been obsessed with the vertical kilometer event. Apparently there are at least two peak in Vermont that could support such an effort, Killington and Mansfield. I am going to attempt the only route I could find on Mansfield that will have 1000m of ascent.
Route: 1.7-ish miles down Mountain road from Underhill state park, up Eagle cut to the Laura Cowles trail. Total vert: ~1000m Total horiz: ~4.5 miles
I am slow and I'm sure my time will be short lived, but mainly I want to see if we can't jumpstart the vertical kilometer racing in New England.
Post by MtnRnrWanabe on Jul 8, 2013 12:18:50 GMT -5
Ooops I forgot to say when.
My attempt will be the weekend of July 13th/14th. I will most likely try it the morning of the 14th but still need to iron out a few logistics and I want to make sure our crazy weather here in the Northeast is at its "best" for my attempt.
I will be sure to post which day it will be by friday.
Post by ghostrunner84 on Aug 5, 2013 3:51:21 GMT -5
I am looking to do a Vertical Kilometer run as well, and was wondering if anyone had info on the Nelson Crag Trail for Mt. Washington. Most of what i have found is that people have hiked up it but no one has run just that trail. I am going to be in the are mid September and will post further details on the run as the become available. I am going to most likely have a second person on the trip as well.
Thanks for posting this! I love the idea of the vertical kilometer myself--it'd be great to get a list of the possibilities in New England. I've got one--Abol Slide trail on Mount Katahdin in Maine. The vertical kilometer would be approx 2/3 that trail (well before baxter peak) which is basically a wall for 1.5 miles. I'll put up my Garmin data on the climb. I made it to the peak that day in 1:31, which is about 3.5 miles I believe. I read Karl Meltzer did this same trail in under 1:30 at the beginning of his AT attempt (http://blog.coachingendurance.com/2008/08/appalachian-assault-day-1.shtml) My garmin data on that trip: connect.garmin.com/activity/331578641
Post by MtnRnrWanabe on Aug 6, 2013 14:04:22 GMT -5
I just scoped out Whiteface, which is almost New England. It could definitely host a vertical km race on its ski slopes, it'd be a short course too like 3 miles or under. I will probably try to run it before winter, but due to the expected arrival of my second kid at the end of August I may not get to it until next year. If anyone checks it out let me/us know.
Post by ghostrunner84 on Aug 30, 2013 1:36:06 GMT -5
Weather permiting I am looking at running up the Nelson Crag trail on Mt Washington starting most likely at the trail entrance at Jackson road if that is permited. I will be running to Observatory at the top, I should have lots of pictures to mark the trip as well as a gpx file. Looking for anyone that has pointers or info on the course. The dates for the attempt should be around Sept 17-20 in the fairly early morning so that I make sure that I beat the weather.
Is there anywhere in the NE that could actually support a true Vertical Kilometer by definition? Meaning, it climbs 1000m in less than 5 kilometers? Climbing a vertical kilometer over 4-5 miles isn't nearly as tough.
Falling Waters to Lincoln summit is +994 meters in 6.28 km. Falling Waters to Haystack summit is +938 meters in 5.15 km. (Source: Appalachian Mountain Club White Mountain Guide Online) So CLOSE, but not quite meeting the definition of the Vertical Kilometer (+1000 m in 5 km, as defined by the International Skyrunning Federation).
So far I have found only one place in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with a vertical K in 5 K: Start: Junction of Tuckermans Ravine Trail & Boots Spur Trail Finish: Junction of Huntingtons Ravine Trail and Alpine Garden Trail +1005 m gain in 4.80 km. There could certainly be others -- I've only checked routes that start&stop at trail junctions.