Mt Killiekrankie Ultra

**THIS IS NOT A RACE OR AN EVENT**

This is a fatass run.

What is that? It is a run where a group of likeminded people tackle an unmarked course for the fun and challenge of it.

There are no official aid stations, no course markings and no event organiser. As such there is no official approvals, entry fees and insurance. This is no different to any other social run we organise, just longer. You are responsible for your own safety. If this is an issue, don’t show up. 

Why are we doing this?

It is our intention, subject to approvals and negotiations, to hopefully one day turn this into a proper event. However, the courses we have planned are remote and extremely challenging. We expect max 20-30 people to show up. Please RSVP for this event. 

To contact someone about this or to RSVP, join our private Facebook Group or email keelan.birch1997@gmail.com

Google My Maps providing an overview of all courses here.

GPX files and more details below.

 When?

The unofficial, fatass Mt Killiekrankie Ultra will be held on:

Saturday 15th October 2022 starting at 6:00am from outside Bellingen Scout Hall

This will include 15km, 30km, 56km, 100km and 100 mile distances options to try.

Most, if not all these courses, follow driveable but remote forest roads. It is possible to have someone drive alongside you and support you or place a drop bag on sections of the courses on the day prior.

15km Course

Out and back to a high point along Scotchmans Range Road through Scotchmans State Forest. 

What’s so good about it?

A fantastic ‘beginners’ run along an awesome ridgeline. Feels remote despite being right near the town of Bellingen. 

It is possible to drive the entire 15km in an 4WD.

Total ascent: 500m

Total descent: 500m

Strava route here

Plot a route here

GPX file here

30km Course

Out and back along Scotchmans Range Road / Hospital Range Road to Horseshoe Road.

What’s so good about it?

Follows the full Scotchmans ridgeline in Scotchmans State Forest.

It is possible to drive the entire 30km in an 4WD. You could drop supplies at the junction of Horseshoe Road and Hospital Range Road at 15km if you need. This could be done by driving up Horseshoe Road (a smooth forest road) in a 2WD.

Total ascent: 1,150m

Total descent: 1,150m

Strava route here

Plot a route here

GPX file here

56km Course

Out and back to a brilliant view at Scotchmans Peak.

What’s so good about it?

Tackle an epic ridgeline to a highpoint in the Bellingen hinterland. An achievable ‘peak bagging’ run. Stunning views along Horseshoe Road

Crosses through Scotchmans State Forest, Die Happy State Forest, Roses Creek State Forest & Baalijin Nature Reserve.

It is possible to drive from 15km to 40km in an 2WD/AWD along Horseshoe Road.

You could place a drop bag at the junction of Horseshoe Road / Hospital Range Road at 15km/40km or at the base of Scotchmans Peak at 55km.

Total ascent: 2,000m (+/- 10%)

Total descent: 2,000m (+/- 10%)

Strava route here

Plot a route here

GPX file here

100km Course

Circumnavigates the pristine Kalang River along remote ridgelines.

What’s so good about it?

Locals have set out to create to one of the most remote and epic 100km loops on the North Coast. This is it. With the expansive views of Mt Killiekrankie as the pinnacle, this course follows the never ending ridgelines deep in koala country. The course will take you on an epic journey that circumnavigates the entire Kalang River through traversing incredible ridgelines in a loop.

7 State Forests, 1 National Park bordering a wilderness area and 4 nature reserves.

Crosses through Scotchmans State Forest, Die Happy State Forest, Roses Creek State Forest, Baalijin Nature Reserve, Oakes State Forest, New England National Park, Irishman State Forest, Gumbaynggirr National Park, Juugawaarri Nature Reserve, Ganay Nature Reserve & Gladstone State Forest. You will be in and have views off a proper wilderness area.

You could place a drop bag at many points on this course such as at the base of Scotchmans Peak, base of Mt Killiekrankie or junction of Bellbucca Road / Rickerbys Road. 

It is possible to drive from the start to 85km (Rickerbys Road junction) in an AWD or 4WD (i.e. a support crew could follow you on these sections)

Total ascent: 3,500m (+/- 10%)

Total descent: 3,500m (+/- 10%)

Strava route here

Plot a route here

GPX file here

100 mile Course

A remote but also accessible by AWD 100 mile loop course.

What’s so good about it?

Takes in the 100km course + a loop down to the Nambucca River Headwaters.

8 State Forests, 1 National Park bordering a wilderness area, 4 nature reserves and one State Conservation Area.

Crosses through Scotchmans State Forest, Die Happy State Forest, Roses Creek State Forest, Baalijin Nature Reserve, Oakes State Forest, New England National Park, Irishman State Forest, Gumbaynggirr National Park, Gumbaynggirr State Conservation Area, Juugawaarri Nature Reserve, Ganay Nature Reserve & Gladstone State Forest. You will be in and have views off a proper wilderness area.

You could place a drop bag at many points on this course such as at the base of Scotchmans Peak, base of Mt Killiekrankie or junction of Bellbucca Road / Rickerbys Road or at Argents Hill Hall.

It is possible to drive from the start to 150km (Rickerbys Road junction) in an AWD or 4WD (i.e. a support crew could follow you on these sections)

Total ascent: 5,500m (+/- 10%)

Total descent: 5,500m (+/- 10%)

Strava route here

Plot a route here

GPX file here