klenke Posted August 12, 2009 Share Posted August 12, 2009 Trip: Fawn Peak FKT - Fastest Known Time - North Ridge from Banker Pass Date: 8/8/2009 Trip Report: …thump thump thump thump thump thump thump thump :chestbeater: They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. True. And lampooning is the insincerest form of flattery. Also true. Senator Poopy Head and I climbed Fawn Peak (6577 ft) east of Mazama last weekend and thereby claim the FKT (Fastest Known Time) of this mountain: 1:46:36. We had to deal with more adversity than we bargained for but in the end the summit was attained in short order. We looked out on smoky skies and over at a lot of bigger peaks I’ve climbed where I don’t have the FKT, not that I care. Location (Elevation): Time Elapsed* / Split* / Real Time Banker Pass car (4,640 ft): 0 / 0 / 11:30 Poopy Head cow manure perfume application (4,640 ft) 00:00:07 / 00:00:07 / 11:30 First wrong turn (4,700 ft): 00:05:12 / 00:05:05 / 11:35 Realization of first wrong turn (4,780 ft): 00:09:45 / 00:04:33 / 11:39 Back at first wrong turn (4,700 ft): 00:14:01 / 00:04:46 / 11:44 End of correct road (4,900 ft): 00:20:16 / 00:06:15 / 11:50 Where Poopy Head first peed (4,980 ft): 00:22:55 / 00:02:39 / 11:52 Where wife wisened up to this charade (5,290 ft): 00:30:00 / 00:07:05 / 12:00 Where Poopy Head pooped (5,400 ft): 00:38:19 / 00:08:19 / 12:08 Where I passed gas (5,490 ft): 00:42:50 / 00:04:31 / 12:12 Where I first scratched my arm on a tree (5,560 ft): 00:45:34 / 00:02:44 / 12:15 Where I first cussed (5,560 ft): 00:45:35 / 00:00:01 / 12:15 Where I found an old trail (5,780 ft): 00:51:15 / 00:05:40 / 12:21 Where I lost that old trail (5,870 ft): 00:53:10 / 00:01:55 / 12:23 Hit the ridge east of the summit (6,240 ft): 00:58:55 / 00:05:45 / 12:28 At the summit cairn (6,577 ft): 01:04:08 / 00:05:13 / 12:34 Sat down on a rock (6,574 ft): 01:05:01 / 00:01:53 / 12:35 Picked my nose (6,574 ft): 01:05:22 / 00:00:21 / 12:35 First summit photo snap (6,570 ft): 01:10:45 / 00:05:23 / 12:40 Last summit photo snap (6,576 ft): 01:12:58 / 00:02:13 / 12:42 Left the summit clearing: (6,569 ft): 01:14:06 / 00:01:08 / 12:44 Where I tripped over my insular wit (6,200 ft): 01:17:19 / 00:03:13 / 12:47 Where I landed on my funny bone (6,200 ft): 01:17:21 / 00:00:02 / 12:47 Where I came up with the idea for this TR (6,200 ft): 01:17:23 / 00:00:02 / 12:47 Back at Poopy Head’s poop (5,400 ft): 01:28:44 / 00:11:21 / 12:58 Back at the end of the correct road (4,900 ft): 01:34:02 / 00:08:18 / 13:04 Back to the bored wife in the car (4,640 ft): 01:46:36 / 00:13:34 / 13:16 The tasty beer down my throat (4,640 ft): 01:47:59 / 00:01:23 / 13:17 * times given down to the nearest second because it’s, you know, like, competition swimming ’n all. It could mean the difference between the FKT and the almost FKT. As usual, I've posted a full trip report with lots of photos on my website: Klenke's playpen Here is the view of Fawn Peak from the north (from Sweetgrass Butte): Senator Poopy Head and her cow manure perfume: We started out from Banker Pass just downhill from the road on a spur landing behind a barbed-wire gate. Wife Michelle joined us initially but the wisdom she has gained from one-too-many outings with me allowed her to see the Fawn flora for what it was: nothing fun to fawn over… So I carried on with just Poopy Head. We ran into an odd swath of downed trees lined up parallel like a puncheon road. The “road” extended in a serpentine fashion all the way up the lower north ridge from about 5000 ft to 5800 ft. This road is even visible on the satellite photo. It was an easy landmark to keep track of in the woods but for the ascent it was a rather obnoxious steeple chase. So I generally kept to its east side. The brush beside the puncheon road was not that great. Then I ran into even brushier stuff where the ridge steepens. I did find an old trail (cut logs on either side being the giveaway) but I promptly lost it. But, before I knew it, I was on top. The forest fire smoke butting up the east side of the Cascades really hampered my viewing pleasure. Here’s the Gardner Massif and Silver Star Mountain (and a tapeworm streak of the North Cascades Highway) out to the southwest: To the WNW rises the bulky Goat Peak (hircine mother of Goat Wall at its base) with its lookout atop. At right in the distance is the Robinson Mountain massif: But I couldn’t stay forever. I had an FKT to make sure I achieved. So back down I went with Poopy Head. We again encountered the puncheon road. On the downhill it was a little easier to steeple chase it: Again, here is the link to the full trip report with lots of photos on my website: Klenke's playpen In addition to pointing out my website twice in one TR, I’ve also cross-posted this TR on NWHikers and Summitpost so that I can maximize the self-aggrandizement. For the record, it’s not enough that I record my record for the record. I need there to be no uncertainty whatsoever that everyone everywhere forever knows. Useless information: beer at the car; heck, take one to the summit if you want (if you can overcome the weight penalty), camera (because it’s important to take lots of photos while attempting to do something as fast as possible) Really useless information: I’d like to say that the only reason I climbed this peak is because it resides on the Washington Top 200 by prominence, a list no one has finished and one that John Roper and I are planning to finish at the same time on the same summit (probably in 2011). But, truth be told, that’s not the only reason I climbed this peak. I also climbed it because I can. :chestbeater: You won’t climb it because you don’t. Oh yeah, I almost forgot that in case you forgot, the full trip report with lots of photos on my website: Klenke's playpen Here's the penultimate parting shot. Fawn (back left) and Goat Peak from the northwest (from Slate Peak) the next day: Ultimate parting shot: Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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