Kekekabic Trail Run
Miles 20 to 31 was my favorite part of the trail as it was generally flat slowly sloped downward.Miles 32-39 we're still relatively easy-compared to the "hills" section of the trail, but at mile 36 there is some really difficult up and downs that just about broke my spirit. I was thankful for the running poles because I really needed to use my arms at that point. The poles also kept be from falling 20-30 times throughout the day. As I've noted before the Kek is really rough in parts and I almost fell many times only to be saved by the poles. I did fall about 1 mile before the finish and skinned my knee. --ouch!
The Kekekabic Trail is an incredibly beautiful and difficult trail. Every step of the 39.36 miles is a relentless rocky-slippery-off-kilter-up-down adventure. I can’t count the number of times I climbed almost straight up a muddy ridge to only head back down to a muskeg bog of orange and yellow larch. I communed with soul of the BWCA.
I carried all my own food (potato chips were essential at mile 32!) and filtered my water in hidden lakes that may never have had a canoe touch their waters. I experienced profound silence and refreshing wind through unbroken forests that stretched for miles and miles in every direction.I cried with joy (many times!) and felt the pulse of the forest floor with every step. The Kekekabic Trail is a treasure and should be protected at all costs. It is relentlessly tough from beginning to end. It is the heart of the BWCA and I am so thankful.
10 hours, 44 minutes, 11 seconds = 39.3 miles 16.22 per mile average 5,499 elevation gain
What I carried (in an Ultimate direction backpack/vest and waist-belt):
1 extra pair of wool socks 1 merino wool had 1 set of arm warmers 1 Garmin inreach mini 1 Kek Trail guide 1 - sawyer water filter (bag version)
FOOD: 3 - Maurteen gels 4 - Cliff cubes - packages 3 - bananas 1 - small bag of potato chips 2 - peanut butter and honey sandwiches (never ate-- as a backup if I got injured) 1 - small bag of peanuts/raisins/m&ms (never ate-- as a backup if I got injured)
SAFETY: 1 - Emergency blanket 1 - extra battery 1 - headlamp 2 - running poles 2 - garbage bags - (1 for food waste, 1 for rain jacket) 1 - waterproof matches 1 - lighter 1 - couple of squares of TP 2 - gauze pads 1 - wrap (compression wrap) 1 - Swiss army knife 8 - Ibuprofen/ 3 tums/1 Loperamide/ 1 Oxycontin 3 - band-aids 1 - Small body glide 1 - small roll of duct tape 4 - KT tape strips 2 - extra gopro batteris 1 -gopro (on chest mount)
Here is a Video of the run:VIDEO
Here is proof of the run: PROOF VIA GARMIN