FKT: Jason "Ras" Vaughn - Wonderland Trail (WA) - 2012-09-10

Gender category
Male
Route variation
Double Wonderland
Style
Supported
Start date
Finish date
Total time
3d 17h 35m
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Jason Vaughan did a double Wonderland, Sept. 6-10, 2012. He started at White River Campground at 7:45AM on Sept. 6, and travelled clockwise (unsupported), finishing the loop in 33h35m. He then resupplied, and hiked the loop counter-clockwise, finishing the double Wonderland in 89h35m, at 1:20AM on Sept. 10.

At 7:45AM on Thursday, September 6th I left White River Campground heading clockwise around the Mountain.
I returned to White River Campground 33 hours and 35 minutes later. I ate, resupplied, took a 40 minute nap, then headed out counterclockwise on my second loop.
At 1:20AM on Monday, September 10 I returned to White River Campground for the second time, to complete the first ever Double Wonderland, Reversing after a total of 89 hours and 35 minutes on the trail.
FKT 89:35

I will update this with a link to my blog in a day or two.

What a blessing to get to spend all that time doing my favorite thing in my favorite place.

I think I accidentally turned the SPOT off when I leaned against a tree for a sit-n-fuel moment.
The only time I actually laid down to sleep was the 40 minutes at my turnaround. Prior to that I had only taken two or three micro naps of two minutes each when I was falling asleep on my feet. I would sit down and prop my head on my hands and go to sleep, so that I would fall over and wake myself up. It's amazing how just a couple of minutes can clear the fog from your mind.
After I had a pacer come on a third of the way through my second lap, I took a few slightly longer naps. While the big lightening storm was battering Indian Bar, we were climbing up to Indian Henry's amidst brief squalls and 360 degrees of distant lightening. I slept for 20 minutes leaning against a tree, timed by Allen Skytta. on two or three other occasions I slept for ten minutes.
So total I may have slept for as much as three hours out of the 89:35 that I was on the trail. Honestly, I had expected to sleep more, but was able to keep moving without having to.
Trey Bailey paced me for the last 20 miles and took some amazing photos. Here's a link to the Facebook album for anyone who wants to see.
www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.498003573545228.120726.219000558112199&type=1
I'll post a link to my blog when it is ready. Honestly, I am still having trouble wrapping my ahead around the whole project.

And thanks Ethan! I'm glad you are going back out after the FKT. Run well!

I have the first three of my blog entries about my Double Wonderland trip completed.

Part One is the background story.
ultrapedestrian.blogspot.com/2012/09/double-wonderland-reversing-ambition.html

Part Two covers the details of my training.
ultrapedestrian.blogspot.com/2012/09/double-wonderland-reversing-ambition_18.html            

Part Three is the actual trip report.
ultrapedestrian.blogspot.com/2012/09/double-wonderland-reversing.html

I'll post my nutrition and gear entries when They are complete.