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Scott Bennett

Rainier Infinity Loop: new FKT

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Hey all! Before this week I'd never climbed Tahoma, but after traversing the summit three times in five days and running all the way around the base, I can say I understand the special place this big mountain has in the hearts of all Cascade climbers. The combo of insane vertical relief, great access, well-established routes and stunning scenery make this one of the unique mountains of the world.

A great way to experience this place, I thought, would be the "infinity loop". It's been done a couple times so far, and deserves more attention from the many dedicated mountain runners of the world. Though its certainly not a race, I think it's interesting to post times, to give others a sense of what might be possible and encourage motivated folks to train harder. 

Start (White River): June 22 3:23am

End (White River): June 24 9:45pm

Total: 66 hours and 22 minutes

Mileage: 130ish

Vertical gain: ~45 thousand feet

Routes: up Emmons, down DC. Twice. One full lap of the Wonderland trail.



Here's my trip report of the adventure:


And my Instagram if you wanna follow along on future shenanigans:







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That is just about the craziest thing I've heard in a long time.  Wow!! 

OK, I'll have to read your blog now....

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Thanks for posting Scott!  And congrats on one big adventure.....man running until you are sweaty and then sleeping until your cold sounds awful!

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I saw you walk by the ranger station at Paradise just before starting my own one-day push of Rainier. Figured you were up to something awesome...and I was right.

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On 7/2/2018 at 11:09 AM, Stefan said:

that is impressive.  No need for mosquito repellant moving like that.

Heck, you can arguably even skip the sunscreen.

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