Doyle's Emerald Necklace

Doyle's Emerald Necklace

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

UNH Trail

I got in another 2 mile ski at lunch on the Mountain Division Trail and then headed down the Kanc after work to hit the UNH Trail (loop over Mt Hedgehog) for a snowshoe run. I've been wanting to do this one for weeks, but I didn't want to be the one breaking trail and with all of the snow we've gotten, it never seemed like enough time for it to get packed down. Then Kevin Tilton ran it yesterday. So I decided that was where I was running tonight. Then Kevin ran it AGAIN today. I was psyched to have the trail packed down even more. Well, part of it ended up being packed down and the other part looked like it had just been Kevin who had gone through there. The snow was still soft and pretty deep. I would have turned around if I had had to break that. Plus it was pitch black dark, and I just had a headlamp. I would have had a hard time finding the trail, so I was happy just to follow Kevin's path. It was definitely slow-going, but it was the perfect night to go up there. Absolutely zero wind. It was completely quiet. Stars were out. Very peaceful. The run down the other side was quick and fun. I fell a couple of times, but it was right into the soft snow. I got 4.8 miles in 1:12:57. Slow as hell, but effort-wise, it was a killer.

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