Sunday, September 27, 2009

An Altitude Run Up the Highest Point In Utah - Kings Peak 13,528 feet

a few weeks ago mandy and i got to talking about running at altitude. the conversation then naturally moved to the highest peak in utah.. kings peak at 13,528ft is the 7th highest of the us state highpoints. so when i arrived friday mandy had a plan for us to run the 30.1 miles round trip to the top and back. it was incredible.

rather than a blow by blow i'll give you a list of interesting tidbits:
  • there is nothing i enjoy more than an 8hr run with my girl and the terrignar.. seriously.
  • we started at henry's fork trailhead (9,430ft) and ran 15 miles to the summit 13,528ft (our run time was 4hrs 18mins).. then back.
  • from 12,000ft on it felt like i was dragging a prius with someone sitting on my chest
  • i got poo on my hand (adventure running it's always pretty)
  • i drank straight from a stream at 12,000ft without treating the water (i'm becoming more bold these days with all the talk of iodine actually having no effect on giardia)
  • we used nuun to nutralize the taste of iodine treated water (i did treat a bottle's worth lower down)
  • mandy, jack russell terrignar eddie and i completely underestimated the effects of running at this altitude and were goofy stupid at the top. i actually think eddie might have had doggie altitude sickness. however once below 12,000ft he quickly returned to normal.
  • my montrail hardrocks once again saved my feet. great protection for this very rocky run. mandy wears the montrail masochists
  • mandy took so many great photos it was really hard to figure out which to post..

...and now a dog drinking nuun


Joe Chambers said...

"kings peak at 13,528ft is the 7th highest peak in the usa"

More like 70th.

bloodyben said...

Matt, that is pretty awesome. I love high altitude stuff. FYI-I do the Plain 100 at much lower elevations without filtering water, and never get sick. Generally you can just look upstream and figure out if the water is good.

HappyTrails said...

Awesome run Matt - Fall in the Rockies is unbelievable! That is one tough Jack Russell to do that kind of run. Did you give him some Nuun?

Also, is the new Hardrock still pretty bomber after losing some weight?

Hart said...

joe chambers: you are correct! grave oversight on my part.. what i meant was "It is the seventh highest of the U.S. State Highpoints."

bloodyben: it's worked so far!

happytrails: it's funny you should say that i was just going through the video and realized i took one of eddie drinking tri-berry nuun!

TD said...

Looks fun man..I found that my GWP Duke actually prefers Orang Ginger NUUN...on long dry runs I've had to take to an extra bottle so we don't both go thirsty.

Hart said...

twitvid kinda sucks so here is the video of eddie drinking nuun:

Montrail said...

how long did it take?

Hart said...

montrail, i think that is jesse.. i mention it the blog our run time there 4hr 15min and the round trip was about 8hrs.

Chic Runner said...

Wow! This is a really great blog that I just stumbled upon! Really cool pictures and seriously, amazing run! Love the dog! he's adorable. :)

Love nuun, that's how I found your site. :) Thanks!!

SteveQ said...

Just discovered your blog. When I was in SD, I decided to blast up and down Harney Peak as my first high point (41 min.) and a few weeks ago knocked off MN's Eagle Mtn (52 min.) I'm about 10 years away from Kings Peak, though - 8 hours might stand (and Denali? Many days). We flatlanders are at a disadvantage!

Manners said...

Hey Matt-
I was curious as what camera you use to shoot your videos.

pilotboywa said...

I would really like to run Kings peak sometime. Probably not going to happen this year.

Keith said...

I want to do Kings peak in one day also but figure to take around 12 hours. Can you give me an idea of what the water availability is? I plan on carrying a filter. Thanks.