Friday, September 23, 2016

Mount Adams Infinity Loop OKT Attempt

Mount Adams Infinity Loop
Only Known Time Attempt

A Combined Double Summit Traverse And 
Circumambulation Of Mount Adams
                                                                     

photo by Gavin Woody / Ultraneering.comby Ras Vaughan

My only experience of Mount Adams is sleeping high on its shoulder along the PCT during the final night of my Unsupported Washington Traverse two years ago. Beginning the morning of Saturday, September 24th I hope to get to know Mount Adams much better by attempting the Mount Adams Infinity Loop, accruing approximately 50 miles and 20,000+ feet of elevation gain in the process. As of this moment, there seems to be a weather window for Saturday through Tuesday, but with some high winds on the summit Saturday; so decent conditions, but less than perfect, as is to be expected, and success is far from guaranteed. This project presents a lot of questions marks, and I'm excited about answering a few of them, regardless of how it plays out.


Intended Route And Methodology

On the morning of Saturday, September 24th, 2016, I will begin at the intersection of the Pacific Crest Trail and the High Camp Trail on the north side of Mount Adams. I will climb the North Cleaver, traverse the summit, descend the South Spur, and run and hike around the base of the mountain clockwise on the PCT back to my starting point. I will then once again climb the North Cleaver, traverse the summit, descend the South Spur, and then run and hike around the base of the mountain counterclockwise back to my starting point by linking together the Round The Mountain Trail, Bird Meadow Trail, Trail Of The Flowers, bushwacking The Gap, and finally the Highline Trail back to the PCT and my starting point. I plan to travel solo and unsupported, carrying all of my food and gear from start to finish, picking up no resupplies or caches, and only taking water from natural sources. The bushwack section is a big wildcard as far as guesstimating time goals. I would be very happy with a 48 hour finish, but expect it may be more in the 60 hour range, especially if I hit The Gap during the night and need to wait until daylight to aid in route finding. Although not on the same scale as Mount Rainier, this is another project that will be a blend of fastpacking, ultrarunning, and some light mountaineering; a mixed discipline which Gavin has dubbed Ultraneering.


History Of The Infinity Loop Paradigm

In researching and preparing for my 2015 Cowlitz Connection project with Richard Kresser (detailed HEREHERE, and HERE), I learned of a dream project of legendary climber Chad Kellogg which he was never able to attempt due to his untimely passing in a climbing accident on Mount Fitz Roy. He called it the Infinity Loop. The idea was to traverse the summit of Mount Rainier, run the Wonderland trail back to the starting point in one direction, traverse the summit again, and then run the Wonderland the opposite direction back to the starting point, thus tracing a figure eight, or an infinity sign. This past July, Gavin Woody and I had the honor of bringing Chad's vision to life and completing the Mount Rainier Infinity Loop (detailed HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE). The Infinity Loop helped me achieve a long sought after goal regarding Mount Rainier: having as complete an experience of the Mountain as possible in a single effort. The Mount Adams Infinity Loop is an experiment to see how well that approach translates to another of the Pacific Northwest's iconic volcanoes.


How To Follow Along

My progress can be tracked on my SPOT transponder beginning sometime on the morning of Saturday, September 24th, 2016:

SPOT Transponder Tracking Page

On the rare occasions when I have cell reception I will post updates to Facebook and Instagram:

Ras' Facebook
Ras' Instagram

What an amazing time to be Alive! What a Blessing to be a Hominid!


photo by Ras / UltraPedestrian.com





Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Mount Rainier Infinity Loop - Caloric Burn Versus Intake

Complete Caloric Burn versus Intake
  
photo by Ras / UltraPedestrian.com

Mount Rainier Infinity Loop


Our Parks/Your Adventure Fundraiser for The Mountaineers Youth Programs - Ras Vaughan and Gavin Woody
                                                                     
by Ras Vaughan


RAS' COMPLETE CALORIE LIST FOR MOUNT RAINIER INFINITY LOOP:

Trail Calories

Honey Stinger Waffles 10 x 150 = 1,500 calories
Picky Bars Smooth Caffeinator 4 x 200 = 800 calories
Trail Butter Expedition Espresso 5 x 760 = 3,800 calories
Pringles Tangy Buffalo Wing 3 x 900 = 2,700 calories
Instant Korean Ginsing Tea 9 x 10 = 90 calories
Peanut Butter Crackers packet 3 x 200 = 600 calories
Granola Bar 1 x 190 = 190 calories
Honey Stinger Cherry Cola Energy Chews 5 x 160 = 800 calories
Honey Stinger Juneberry Protein Chews 1 x 150 = 150 calories
Kim Chee flavored Dried Seaweed Snacks 1 x 30 = 30 calories
Instant Oatmeal Packets calories 5 x 170 = 850 calories
Honey Stinger Peanut Butter & Jelly bar 1 x 170 = 170 calories
Honey Stinger Cran-Apple & Walnuts bar 1 x 150 = 150 calories
Honey Stinger Nuts, Seeds, & Roasted Serrano bar 1 x 200 = 200 calories
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12,030 total calories on trail


Calories at Resupply

Soon Vegetarian Noodle Soup 180 x 4 = 720
Stir-Fry vegetable mix 100 x 1 = 100
Energy drink 180 x 2 = 360
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1,180 total calories at resupply


Total calories consumed during Rainier Infinity Loop

12,030 total calories on trail
1,180 total calories at resupply
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13,210 total calories consumed


Caloric needs for Rainier Infinity Loop

120 miles x 100 calories per mile = 12,000 calories
40,000 feet elevation gain x 100 calories per 1,000 feet of gain = 4,000 calories
2,000 daily baseline metabolic calories x 4days = 8,000 calories
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24,000 total calories burned


Overall Caloric Burn Versus Intake for Rainier Infinity Loop

24,000 total calories burned
13,210 total calories consumed
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10,790 calories total caloric debt accrued – iViva fat fueling!



photo by Ras / UltraPedestrian.com

We hope to use this project to inspire future generations of climbers, runners, thru-hikers, fastpackers, backpackers, and adventurers of all stripes by helping raise money for The Mountaineers Youth Programs by means of the Our Parks / Your Adventure initiative. Please click here to learn more about the program and to donate. Whether you give $10 or $5,000 your donation will help introduce deserving young people to the fulfillment and enrichment of outdoor adventure, essentially helping to reintroduce them to their natural habitat.

photo by Ras / UltraPedestrian.com


Saturday, July 30, 2016

Complete Gear List Infinity Loop



Complete Gear List
  

Mount Rainier Infinity Loop


Our Parks/Your Adventure Fundraiser for The Mountaineers Youth Programs - Ras Vaughan and Gavin Woody
                                                                     
by Ras Vaughan

COMPLETE GEAR LIST FOR MOUNT RAINIER INFINITY LOOP:

One of the challenges I enjoy about hard to define multi-disciplinary adventures is gearing up and kitting out. Especially when there is a serious mountaineering element combined with high-mileage travel it's of the utmost importance to carry a minimal kit which is flexible enough to do everything you need it to do. On the Rainier Infinity Loop I was very happy with how this played out. 

Loop #1 starting pack weight: 24 lbs
Loop #2 starting pack weight: 20 lbs
Ending pack weight: 15 lbs

Here's a complete list of all the gear (non-food) I used:

Nathan Journey Fastpack (preproduction test model)
Nathan Insulated 750 ml bottles (2)
Nathan 2 Liter Bladder
Altra NeoShell Lone Peak insulated, waterproof trail running shoes
Altra Performance Half Zip Long Sleeve Shell 
Altra Racer Shorts
Altra Running Ambassador Shirt (1st loop)
Montbell synthetic puffy jacket
Western Mountaineering Flash Pant (didn't use)
Sugoi Insulated Running Tights
Injinji Trail 2.0 midweight toe socks
Smartwool midweight socks (2nd loop)
Smartwool Arm Warmers
Darn Tough wool socks (1st loop)
Seven Hills Running Shop shirt by Pearl Izumi (2nd loop)
Kahtoola KTS Steel Crampons
Julbo Glacier Glasses
Outdoor Research Expedition gaiters
Black Diamond Polar Icon Headlamp
Black Diamond gloves
Black Diamond Coulior Climbing Harness
DMM Big BOA Locking Carabiner (1)
DMM Revolver Locking Carabiner (2)
DMM Shadow Carabiner (1)
Metolius Prussiks (2)
Metolius 24" webbing sling
Bluewater 48" webbing sling
Camp Corsa Aluminum Ice Axe
Northwest Endurance Events buff
UltraPedestrian fleece beanie (didn't use)
REI merino wool liner gloves
Cheap Fleece camo hat bought in a mini mart years ago
Six Moons Designs Gatewood Cape, dropped at car after 1st loop
Trail Butter "Be Trail Ready" trucker cap
Not Pictured:
Black Diamond Ultra Distance Carbon Z Poles
Black Diamond Vapor Helmet
SPOT Transponder
Sony Walkman mp3 player
Asio Altimeter watch
BRS-3000T stove
Toaks 750ml titanium pot

We hope to use this project to inspire future generations of climbers, runners, thru-hikers, fastpackers, backpackers, and adventurers of all stripes by helping raise money for The Mountaineers Youth Programs by means of the Our Parks / Your Adventure initiative. Please click here to learn more about the program and to donate. Whether you give $10 or $5,000 your donation will help introduce deserving young people to the fulfillment and enrichment of outdoor adventure, essentially helping to reintroduce them to their natural habitat.


photo by Ras / UltraPedestrian.com

Rainier Infinity Loop Completed



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