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Black Hole 2017

Jan 13, 2017 –  Temps from the mid 20’s to mid teens.   Trail was dry, to patchy ice, to solid ice, to 12″ snow with crust.  Dozens of blow-downs from recent storm made it going slow in parts.  Start … Continue reading

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The Grindstone 100

I wasn’t going to write a race report for grindstone 100 but I reconsidered. I feel that I can distill down the run and the feelings into a few main chunks. The plan from the start was to run most/all … Continue reading

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Reflections on Long-Term Peak Bagging – The Grid

There are 35 high peaks in the Catskill Mountains that are above 3500ft elevation.  People that summit all 35, plus 4 of them in winter, can become “Catskill 35ers“.  For most people that is enough.  I am not one of those … Continue reading

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Manitou’s Revenge – Take 3!!!

Manitou’s Revenge is the best race in the world for me.  Tough terrain, tons of climbing (+/- 16,000 ft) and a long enough distance (54 miles) to be able to go slow and steady.  In other words, very little running. … Continue reading

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The Catskill 9 – FKT

The “9” is a classic, 20 mile, tough loop hike in the Catskill Mountains of NY that traverses 9 high peaks above 3500ft. with almost 6000 feet of elevation gain.  It should be called the 11 because you have to … Continue reading

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Long Training Weekend

Ever since the pain wore off after my first 50 miler (VT50 in 2012) I have wanted to attempt a 100 miler.  Since then I have had 2 knee surgeries that put that plan on hold.  The knees began to … Continue reading

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Mt Mitchell Challenge

This is the polar opposite of my kind of race…it’s 100% runnable.  I got into this sport from hiking and love the opportunity to rely on my hiking chops once the ground get steep and/or gnarly.  When “runners” are struggling, … Continue reading

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