Report: New Dog Mountain FKT – 9 climbs in 16:24:30

Update (Jun 13, 2017): My record stood for only about 24h, ha! Scott Martin completed 10 climbs in 23:08:49 on Sun, Jun 11, 2017. See GPS track and Facebook post.

At 7:30pm on Fri, Jun 9, 2017, I started for a new attempt to break my own Dog Mountain Fastest Known Time (FKT), which I had set on Jan 30, 2016: 8 climbs in 17:20:06. For more info, see Octuple Dog Mountain. Since then, I have made 4 unsuccessful attempts to either do more than 8 climbs and/or beat my time for 8 climbs. But alas, each and every attempt had ended in a failure.

Today, the stars finally aligned and I was able to do 9 climbs in 16:24:30. To the best of my knowledge, this presents a new Fastest Known Time (FKT) for both 8 and 9 climbs. In fact, as far as I know, no one has ever done 9 climbs in a single push, so this would be an Only Known Time (OKT) then. Of course people have done single, double, or more Dogs faster than I did (e.g., see Strava or former Dog Mt. race results), but that’s not the criteria here. As before, the goal was simply to do more loops and in less time. The average roundtrip time per climb was 1h49min (that includes the refueling times).

The weather forecast announced a high probability for rain and wind. Yet, I felt this might be perfect for setting an FKT. And it was. During the entire attempt, it rained several times, the summit was often fogged in, it was windy, and drizzly. However, the ground was barely wet. Overall, I feel the weather and trail conditions were close to perfect. It’d rather have drizzle than heat. I wore a rain jacket the entire time to keep me warm. At night, I also needed a hat and warm gloves. Because of the fog and drizzle, the going was rather slow at night. It was hard to see things.

As always during this time of the year, the flowers on the upper slopes were sheer endless. However, because of the weather, the crowds stayed at home and the parking lot did not fill up during the day.

Elevation profile of the 9 Dog Mountain climbs.

This time, I decided to try a new route for the climbs. In the past, I’ve taken the longer but flatter routes for the ascent and descent because I assumed one could run more and faster overall. This time, I opted for the steepest route for both the ascent and descent, knowing that I would be slower, but that the route was also shorter. I think that ended up working great overall! In any case, the elevation gain is the same for all routes.

As the figure below shows, climbs 4 and 5 were the slowest because it was night and I was terribly tired. At some point during climb 5, I collapsed by a tree and fell asleep for a few minutes. After that I managed to somehow find my mojo again and was able to make good time on the last 4 climbs. Overall, I was much faster than my predictions, which rarely happens.

I usually fuel with gels, but this time I only had two or so. Instead, I fueled with bananas, watermelon, Pringles, and Snickers. In the early morning hours I also had an oatmeal. Besides drinking water (without sugary additions), I drank a mix of hot chocolate and coffee several times. That seems to go much better on the stomach than pure coffee.

Roundtrip duration [min] for each of the 9 climbs. The average roundtrip time per climb was 109min.

A huge thanks to the friends who came out to motivate me and for all the strangers who cheered me on throughout the night and day!

Who’s next? There’s room for improvement! I’ve seen enough flowers for a while…

Stats:

  • Date: Jun 9, 2017
  • Number of climbs: 9
  • Elapsed time: 16:24:30
  • Average roundtrip time per climb: 1:49 (109 min)
  • Distance: 9 x 5.8mi = 52.2mi
  • Elevation gain: 9 x 2,800ft = 25,200ft
  • Style: self-supported, solo
  • Stravahttps://www.strava.com/activities/1030506510. GPS was on 10s interval.

ODT: Restlessly Relentless, Episode 13 – Oh-Dee-Tee

Lyrics/vocals: Christof Teuscher
Narration: Renee Patrick

Episode 13 direct URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVwfAuGUA5Q

Restlessly Relentless Movie Series page: http://christofteuscher.com/rr

Lyrics

INTRO
Who has had this idea
Definitely not me! Desert, sun, and heat and shit.
I left behind all my wit.
There’s no chillin’ in the sagebrush
Gotta move that ass in a rush. Oh my.
Let’s start, clean and fresh

VERSE
Made me believe I could achieve the impossible
We unstoppable so everything is possible
Why am I like this why is summer hot
You see you’re actin’ like this urge is demanding
I be in the zone though
Heat it up till the bones blacken
You the water in my life and I’m trapped in the desert
Starving to death and dying of thirst alive!
All the oxygen has run out
Cause I don’t move it I just run it I run it
I see my soul through your window pain
No water we barely bathed
To be OK I need to be OK
Sometimes I ain’t see no gain
Sometimes all I see is pain
Never gamble with snakes
Yeah you said it I’m a little bit strange
Wide awake try to relate
Stompin the harder I march the ground will break
I’m tired of the fast lane
My feet been killing me all day
My lip kissing the heat nursed the blister in the feet

CHORUS
Endless shit is hard, my feet do tell
The Oregon deserts, what the fuck is this spell
No trail but a nutcase route to hell
750 miles, why? Do tell, I’m not well
Sagebrush ocean wide and far and deep and hard
Never gamble with the snakes, be on your guard
Trying to stay awake, wanting to brake
We some legends best to do it mundane
Running that far ain’t no lame
That’s how success came

OUTRO
At a snails pace I won this race that y’all trail
Shit’s hard who can you tell? And if we fail?
At the end of the day who’s will will you think will prevail.
The ODT, let it be, it’s hard enough to pee.
750 miles through pain and sand and thirst
That did the bubble burst. Done. Done. Done. Gone.

Support and Acknowledgments

This 2-year project would not have been possible without the generous material, mental, and moral support of:

ONDA La Sportiva Tailwind Nutrition Trackleaders Trailbutter
Renee Patrick Kam Pierce Rachel Stansbury Janessa Taylor Ursina Teuscher

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ODT: Restlessly Relentless, Episode 12 – Fameless Last Words

Episode 12 direct URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVwfAuGUA5Q

Restlessly Relentless Movie Series page: http://christofteuscher.com/rr

Support and Acknowledgments

This 2-year project would not have been possible without the generous material, mental, and moral support of:

ONDA La Sportiva Tailwind Nutrition Trackleaders Trailbutter
Renee Patrick Kam Pierce Rachel Stansbury Janessa Taylor Ursina Teuscher

sponsoring_logos_odt2_s
#LaSportivaNA #ForYourMountain #LaSportiva #TailwindNutrition #GoTailwind #betrailready #fueledbytrailbutter