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Good Morning Fully VK ๐Ÿ“ˆ

Updated: Sep 20, 2021



I found Fully VK while scrolling in Strava feed from a fellow runner. I researched a bit and found that is the place where the fastest vertical kilometre in the world and there is yearly an official competition. Current record is set by the Italian ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Philip Goetsch with 28 min 53s.

A few weeks later I was planning some bike rides setting as a base Martigny. While checking the map I realized that Fully VK was in the surroundings. Days will filled in with rides and one day remote office ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป.

Checking trains I could that was just a 3 min train ride and earliest option would be at 05:18 which will let me with roughly 3 hours for the commuting, go up and down and shower. Looks possible, Let's do it!

I set the alarm shortly before 5am and made it on time to the 5:18 train in Martigny and jump in the next stop "Charrat-Fully". From there I had 2.40 kms warm up to the start point. The sun was not out but there was enough light and the temperature was perfect to make a bit of exercise. From here I read at the info available at the start, looked at the beginning of it and start the watch โฑ๏ธ.

From here was just me, my heart rate spiking, lactate in the mouth and seeing how slowly the 100m, 200m, 300m signs pass by ๐Ÿ˜‚. Halfway there is a short tunnel. I disturbed the sleep of a group of ibex who where inside, they soon run away leaving some rocks fall and speeding up as they go on the steep trail.

Every step I did, it came to my mind what I read about the 50% average and the up to 60% inclination of the trail. I'm a freak of numbers ๐Ÿ”ข and elevation ๐Ÿ“ถ and in my runs I check how many meters up or down I do within a kilometre. Usually I would consider very steep when it goes 180m up over 1 kilometre and I think I've never seen anything above 280m up over 1 kilometre. But here I could see how I went over 400m in the first kilometre and over 500 in the second kilometre.

Finally I made it to the top and enjoyed the views a bit while waiting my heart to stop wanting to go out of my rib cage. Soon I started my way down following some trails and fire roads, I didn't take the shortest one to allow myself to run ๐Ÿƒ a bit on the winding fire road going down. At this time the sun was starting to raise above the mountains showing me a nice sunrise.

The way down , including the section to the same train station ๐Ÿš‰ was almost 9 kms. That was a short but very intense exercise before starting work ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป.

Key figures

  • Distance: 1.92 kilometres

  • Elevation: 1000 meters

What you need?

  • Trail running shoes

  • Helmet (officially required)

  • Poles (optional)

  • Some water depending on temperatures



Download GPX โ€ข 422KB

Strava adventure

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