Not surprisingly, the races I planned to run this year were cancelled due to Covid-19. So I was pretty pumped when I heard that the Beast of the East half marathon was going to happen. It had been on my radar for a couple of years, so I signed up for it right away. Bibs were sent out to runners and the start was done in heats of 50 people socially distanced by cones with bib numbers on them spaced out six feet apart. I was grateful for some normalcy and the day was perfectly cool and dry for a race.
The race started at the beach at Echo Lake and went south around the lake. We took Bryce Link to a trail that parallels the Cathedral Ledge Road to the top of Cathedral Ledge. Then we ran up White Horse Ledge Trail to the top of White Horse Ledge. From there we jumped on Red Ridge Link and turned south on Red Ridge Trail to climb up to the ridge and take Moat Mountain Trail to the summit of Moat Mountain. We descended Moat Mountain along the Moat Mountain Trail until we reached Red Ridge Trail again and took it back to Red Ridge Link. We continued down White Horse Ledge Trail back to Bryce Path and Echo Lake, finishing the race around the north end of the lake.
Date: 20 May 2020 Distance: 13.1 miles Pace: 16:30/mile Elevation Gain: 4429′
Time: 03:35:13 Place: 81/130 M40-49: 20/31
Completed Red-Lining Trails: Red Ridge Trail Red Ridge Link Bryce Link
My friend John completed his New Hampshire 4000 Footer list with Mount Carrigain. Our friend Michael and I joined him, his two daughters and his dog for the hike. John, Michael and I started hiking together seven years ago with their first 4000 Footer, Wildcat D. John and Michael joined me for the completion of my 4000 Footer list in 2017, and John and I joined Michael for his in 2018, so it was only fitting that we were there for John as well.
We met up at Signal Ridge Trail parking area on Sawyer River Road and hiked to the Carrigain summit along the Signal Ridge Trail. Michael and I returned to the parking lot the long way, by hiking down Desolation Trail to Carrigain Notch Trail and joining back up with Signal Ridge Trail a few miles before the parking lot.
Date: 28 August 2020 Distance: 13.5 miles Moving Time: 05:06 Pace: 22:44/mile Elevation Gain: 3737′
As part of our 50k training, my partner and I had a 14-mile long run to complete and decided to visit Camden Hills State Park to get in a combination of trail running and hiking. We’d been stuck in Portland for the previous two months due to Covid-19, and this was our first day-trip to get away and forgot things for a few hours.
We started at the parking lot off Route 1 and ran the Ski Shelter Trail to Bald Rock Trail. We hiked a loop of Bald Rock Trail to the summit and down Frohock Mountain Trail back to Ski Shelter Trail. From there we ran Cameron Mountain Trail to the peak and back. We returned down Ski Shelter Trail toward the parking lot but still had some miles to get, so we hiked partway up Megunticook Trail before turning around and running back to our car.
Date: 16 May 2020 Distance: 14.1 miles Moving Time: 03:08:24 Pace: 13:23/mile Elevation Gain: 2264′
In early 2017 my friend Michael and hike snowshoed a loop of Mount Whiteface and Mount Passaconaway. I was grabbing them for my Grid and Winter New Hampshire 4000 Footers lists, and he was getting them for his New Hampshire 4000 Footers list.
We started at Ferncroft Parking and headed up the road to the start of Blueberry Ledge Trail. We climbed up Blueberry Ledge Trail to Mount Whiteface and then snowshoed along the ridge on Rollins Trail until it intersected Diceys Mill Trail, which we ascended to the summit of Mount Passaconaway. We hiked down Walden Trail to Wonalancet Range Trail, which we follow out to complete our loop to our car.
Date Hiked: 04 February 2017 Elevation Gain: 4500′ Distance: 11.0 miles Book Time: 7:45
Completed Red-Lining Trails: Blueberry Ledge Trail Wonalancet Range Trail
The goal for the day was to get Mount Madison for my December grid, but after a mile of Valley Way I realized that I left my headlamp at home. I turned around and hit up Mount Pemigewasset in Franconia Notch. A much shorter hike and a summit on the 52 With A View list.
Map of hike
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