We think Spring is finally here. It was a long wet winter for our local trail systems and they are in pretty rough shape in some places. We urge you to all take consideration with where you run and what the conditions are like. If you are leaving footprints, it’s a good idea to find a drier place to run. This is also a good time to remind everyone to stay on approved trails when out and about.
Locally, at least 3 places have recently lost trail space.
The Doc Lilac Trail in the Crescent Trail system is no longer public access. We have removed it from our app and there will be signs placed to let runners know where the private property begins. Much of the Crescent and Seneca trails are on private land that needs property owner permission. In this case, they decided to revoke the permit for the trail on their land.
The backside of a route in Ellison Park known as the “Coyote 4X4”. The section of trail that was used for this route was never on public land and the new land owner is very serious about runners and hikers not trespassing on the land. Signs and even barriers have been in place on this route educating us as to where public lands end. Please respect the land owner and stay only on public lands on actual trails when at Ellison Park.
The Finger Lakes Trail Letchworth branch south from Access K-Closed due changing conditions, with major portions of the hillside slumping toward the gorge It has become too dangerous. Explorations are proceeding, but for now we have no trail route down to access L at the river bridge in Portageville.
To reach trail south of the park, from Access K walk uphill on the paved road to NY 436; turn right onto 436 and drop down to river level to use the bridge, which has NO SHOULDERS. On the south end of the bridge, continue straight past the immediate intersection, then very soon veer left onto the old railbed/towpath and the Genesee Valley Greenway. This is roughly 1.5 miles.
This section of the Letchworth Trail also appears on map M7.
These are all great reminders that we must be good stewards of the lands that we run and race on. If we abuse, ignore rules, liter, and in general disrespect the lands, it is likely we will continue to lose them.
#TrailsRoc is more than just trail running though, we are also a trail advocacy organization. When we can, we work to keep lands open and available to the public. It is important that we respect rules and boundaries if we want to save, or even grow our available outdoor spaces. We really, truly, need your help.
With that in mind – Consider joining us for some trail work days this season! We have at least 5 projects planned for this work season that can all be seen here https://trailsroc.org/trail-stewardship/
Thanks for listening, and we will see you out on the trails!
Good morning – We have a big announcement that some of you may have already seen on facebook!
NEW THIS YEAR – A #TrailsRoc Series – The Trailfecta!
Run all 3 of our races and earn a hoodie at the completion of WTF –
You have 3 options:
The Long Series 0 SPF 1/2 Marathon – Webster Trail Classic 10 Miler and the WTF 15 Miler
The Mid Series 0 SPF 1/2 Marathon – Webster Trail Classic 10 Miler and the WTF 10 Miler
Short Series 0 SPF 1/2 Marathon – Webster Trail Classic 3.5 Miler and the WTF 5 Miler
The cost for the series is just $75.00. This includes all 3 races and the hoodie at the end!
0 SPF July 13 –
Webster Trail Classic September 7th –
WTF December 7th-
As most of you know our main focus with these races (other than putting on some pretty epic events) is to raise money to continue to build and improve the trails in the Rochester and Finger Lakes region. The series gives you an opportunity to earn some swag, but also to allow us to continue to raise these funds.
You can register for the series here https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=64654
Join us – Summer, Fall, and Winter and let’s raise some money and earn those hoodies!
Not interested in the entire series? You can sign up for individual races at the links below
Just a quick reminder that registration will close soon for the Winter Trail Festival http://www.trailsRoc.org/wtf
If you would like to receive a shirt, you must sign up by Monday November 26th.
Description: A Winter Trail Festival at Powder Mills Park – With the options of running 5ish, 10ish, or 15ish miles – The course will be a single 5 mile loop taking you on beautiful single track in Powder Mills Park – Each loop will start and finish at Wadhams Lodge which will be our “home base” for the weekend. Your cost to race? $25 no matter the distance
The 10 miler will again be run in the name of former champion Jill Jackett
The 5 mile race will be renamed, and run to Honor Lisa Valone.
It would be an honor if you could run with the spirit of these wonderful women during our event this year!
Get in while you can – https://trailsroc.org/wtf/ and let’s have some fun out there!
On September 30th the Land and Water Conservation fund is set to expire. Since 1964 this bipartisan program has funded many projects in the geographical region that we run, hike, and play in.
This program has allowed our area to become one of the nation’s best outdoor regions. We have hiking, running, mountain biking, swimming, kayaking, fishing . We have trail-heads, and paved paths for those who can’t go off-road. We have playgrounds, parks, ice rinks and the list goes on.
None of this has happened without fierce advocating for our outdoor spaces and we need your help now to renew the fund and continue to create and conserve our amazing outdoor spaces.
The Land and Water Conservation fund is paid for by reinvesting royalties from offshore oil and gas drilling into recreation and conservation projects across the country.
We are copying in a link from our friends over at the International Mountain Bike Association which will allow you to quickly send a letter to your representative asking them to continue funding this resource.
Please support #TrailsRoc and other local outdoor organizations by contacting your representative!
Below is a list of some of the projects that locally have been funded through this fund.
|12 – XXX||HAMLIN BEACH STATE PARK||ENCON||MONROE||NY||$54,425.75||1966||1971||Development|
|25 – XXX||WEDGEWOOD BOWL||TOWN OF HENRIETTA||MONROE||NY||$12,495.00||1967||1969||Development|
|28 – XXX||SCHLEGEL ROAD PARK||TOWN OF WEBSTER||MONROE||NY||$67,608.00||1967||1969||Acquisition|
|43 – XXX||POWDER MILLS PARK SKI AREA||MONROE COUNTY||MONROE||NY||$25,000.00||1967||1967||Development|
|77 – XXX||CHURCHVILLE PARK||MONROE COUNTY||MONROE||NY||$27,649.59||1968||1969||Development|
|153 – XXX||HARRIS WHALEN PARK||TOWN OF PENFIELD||MONROE||NY||$121,300.00||1971||1973||Development|
|170 – XXX||ADELINE PLAYGROUND||TOWN OF GREECE||MONROE||NY||$19,576.12||1972||1973||Development|
|189 – XXX||PARK ADDITION||TOWN OF CHILI||MONROE||NY||$14,600.00||1972||1974||Acquisition|
|219 – XXX||RIVERTON PARKS||TOWN OF HENRIETTA||MONROE||NY||$643,343.00||1973||1975||Combination|
|316 – XXX||NORTH STREET COMMUNITY CENTER-PHASE||CITY OF ROCHESTER||MONROE||NY||$110,150.55||1975||1977||Combination|
|339 – XXX||UPPER FALLS PARK||CITY OF ROCHESTER||MONROE||NY||$104,817.07||1975||1980||Development|
|342 – XXX||SCHOOL #9 REC. AREA||CITY OF ROCHESTER||MONROE||NY||$111,541.00||1975||1980||Development|
|446 – XXX||HAMLIN BEACH ST. PARK||GENESEE SPRC||MONROE||NY||$23,000.00||1976||1980||Development|
|461 – XXX||GENESSEE GATEWAY PARK||CITY OF ROCHESTER||MONROE||NY||$555,821.17||1976||1980||Development|
|463 – XXX||LIONS PARK||TOWN OF GATES||MONROE||NY||$25,000.00||1976||1979||Redevelopment|
|480 – XXX||ADAMS STREET REC. AREA||CITY OF ROCHESTER||MONROE||NY||$117,894.84||1976||1980||Development|
|535 – XXX||EAST ROCHESTER SWIM POOL||VILLAGE OF EAST ROCHESTER||MONROE||NY||$112,500.00||1977||1979||Development|
|628 – XXX||GENESEE VALLEY PARK WEST||CITY OF ROCHESTER||MONROE||NY||$868,936.68||1978||1980||Development|
|632 – XXX||SOUTHEAST NEIGHBORHOOD PARK||TOWN OF PITTSFORD||MONROE||NY||$196,500.00||1978||1980||Development|
|640 – XXX||MARELLA PARK||TOWN OF GREECE||MONROE||NY||$150,000.00||1978||1980||Development|
|670 – XXX||LEHIGH VALLEY RAILROAD ACQUISITION||MONROE COUNTY||MONROE||NY||$32,527.98||1978||1983||Acquisition|
|672 – XXX||CANAWAUGUS PARK||VILLAGE OF SCOTTSVILLE||MONROE||NY||$2,364.83||1978||1983||Development|
|675 – XXX||RUSH STONEY BROOK ROAD PARK||TOWN OF RUSH||MONROE||NY||$15,000.00||1978||1983||Development|
|720 – XXX||EXPRESSWAY PARK||TOWN OF BRIGHTON||MONROE||NY||$75,758.00||1979||1983||Development|
|739 – XXX||PONT DE RENNES||CITY OF ROCHESTER||MONROE||NY||$475,000.00||1979||1983||Development|
|762 – XXX||HENRIETTA VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK II||TOWN OF HENRIETTA||MONROE||NY||$27,540.15||1979||1983||Development|
|777 – XXX||GREENWOOD PARK||TOWN OF PENFIELD||MONROE||NY||$124,500.00||1979||1983||Combination|
|802 – XXX||DAVIS PARK||TOWN OF CHILI||MONROE||NY||$150,000.00||1979||1984||Development|
|809 – XXX||GRANDVIEW PLAY IMP.||TOWN OF GREECE||MONROE||NY||$100,000.00||1979||1984||Development|
|854 – XXX||GEORGE BADGEROW PARK||TOWN OF GREECE||MONROE||NY||$246,166.86||1980||1985||Development|
|864 – XXX||TURNING PT. PK.||CITY OF ROCHESTER||MONROE||NY||$111,345.18||1980||1985||Development|
|867 – T||N.Y.S. CONSOLIDATED GRANT #4||TOWN OF MENDON||MONROE||NY||$28,000.00||1980||1985||Development|
|867 – E1||N.Y.S. CONSOLIDATED GRANT #4||BROCKPORT CENTRAL SCHOOL DIST.||MONROE||NY||$47,000.00||1980||1985||Development|
|929 – XXX||SLATER CREEK FISH ACCESS||ENCON||MONROE||NY||$41,920.00||1981||1985||Development|
|942 – XXX||SPENCERPORT OGDEN PARK||SPENCERPORT CENTRAL SCHOOL DIST.||MONROE||NY||$26,156.90||1981||1985||Development|
|956 – XXX||GREECE CANAL PARK I||MONROE COUNTY||MONROE||NY||$200,000.00||1981||1985||Development|
|1038 – XXX||PITTSFORD THREE SITES||TOWN OF PITTSFORD||MONROE||NY||$136,500.00||1983||1984||Development|
|1048 – A||HANDICAPPED PARKS||GENESEE SPRC||MONROE||NY||$18,113.80||1983||1988||Redevelopment|
|1086 – XXX||EDMUND LYON PARK||VILLAGE OF EAST ROCHESTER||MONROE||NY||$66,937.00||1985||1988||Development|
|1195 – XXX||DEVIL’S NOSE AREA||NEW YORK STATE||MONROE||NY||$109,810.00||1997||1998||Development|
|1264 – XXX||Hilton Village Park Enhancement Project||Village of Hilton||MONROE||NY||$182,834.00||2004||2007||Development|
|1276 – XXX||Meridian Centre Park Expansion||Town of Brighton||MONROE||NY||$150,000.00||2005||2008||Development|
|546 – XXX||SULLIVAN PARK POND & DAM RESTORATION||TOWN OF SULLIVAN||MADISON||NY||$19,164.20||1977||1979||Redevelopment|
|873 – XXX||VET’S MEMO. PARK AND POOL||CITY OF ONEIDA||MADISON||NY||$85,000.00||1980||1985||Development|
|922 – XXX||CHITTENANGO FALLS BLDG.||CENTRAL SPRC||MADISON||NY||$41,536.80||1981||1985||Development|
|70 – XXX||CONESUS LAKE INLET||ENCON||LIVINGSTON||NY||$36,643.75||1967||1970||Acquisition|
|375 – XXX||PARKLAND ACQUISITION||VILLAGE OF DANSVILLE||LIVINGSTON||NY||$12,500.00||1976||1978||Acquisition|
|450 – XXX||STONY BROOK COMFORT STATION||FINGER LAKES SPRC||LIVINGSTON||NY||$11,512.55||1976||1979||Development|
|638 – XXX||GENESEE STATE PARK||GENESEE SPRC||LIVINGSTON||NY||$30,775.34||1978||1980||Development|
|729 – XXX||DANSVILLE PARK IMPROVEMENTS||VILLAGE OF DANSVILLE||LIVINGSTON||NY||$100,000.00||1979||1983||Development|
|867 – Z||N.Y.S. CONSOLIDATED GRANT #4||VILLAGE OF GENESEO||LIVINGSTON||NY||$9,057.61||1980||1985||Development|
|868 – XXX||LETCHWORTH RD. REHAB.||GENESEE SPRC||LIVINGSTON||NY||$81,542.66||1980||1985||Redevelopment|
|953 – XXX||CALEDONIA PARK IMPROVEMENTS||VILLAGE OF CALEDONIA||LIVINGSTON||NY||$13,539.20||1981||1985||Development|
|1033 – XXX||RICKY GREEN PARK||CITY OF CONESUS||LIVINGSTON||NY||$75,884.76||1983||1984||Development|
|1084 – XXX||BELLAMY MEMORIAL PARK||VILLAGE OF MOUNT MORRIS||LIVINGSTON||NY||$59,253.00||1985||1988||Development|
|374 – XXX||VILLAGE PARK IMPROVEMENT||VILLAGE OF GAINESVILLE||WYOMING||NY||$3,450.00||1976||1978||Development|
|471 – XXX||LETCHWORTH ST.PRK. IMPROVE.||GENESEE SPRC||WYOMING||NY||$75,000.00||1976||1980||Development|
|674 – XXX||CASTILE TENNIS COURT RENOVATIONS||VILLAGE OF CASTILE||WYOMING||NY||$5,000.00||1978||1983||Redevelopment|
|881 – XXX||LETCHWORTH ROADS||GENESEE SPRC||WYOMING||NY||$65,936.99||1980||1985||Redevelopment|
|959 – D||CONSOLIDATED GRANT #9||GENESEE SPRC||WYOMING||NY||$5,041.68||1981||1985||Redevelopment|
|1016 – XXX||LETCHWORTH ROAD REHAB 83||GENESEE SPRC||WYOMING||NY||$55,352.17||1983||1988||Redevelopment|
|1101 – XXX||PERRY VILLAGE PARK IMPROVEMENTS||VILLAGE OF PERRY||WYOMING||NY||$60,356.00||1986||1988||Redevelopment|
|1156 – XXX||LETCHWORTH STATE PARK||NEW YORK STATE||WYOMING||NY||$295,413.94||1991||1993||Redevelopment|
|1207 – XXX||SILVER LAKE COMFORT STATION||Genesee SPRC||WYOMING||NY||$75,000.00||2000||2002||Development|
|1209 – XXX||LONG PATH ACQUISITION||ENCON||GREENE||NY||$185,850.00||2000||2002||Acquisition|
|68 – XXX||TONAWANDA GAME MANAGEMENT AREA||ENCON||GENESEE||NY||$24,000.00||1967||1970||Acquisition|
|152 – XXX||GENESEE COUNTY PARK & FOREST||GENESEE COUNTY||GENESEE||NY||$10,900.00||1971||1973||Development|
|381 – XXX||GENESEE CTY PARK & FOREST–PHASE III||GENESEE COUNTY||GENESEE||NY||$36,375.00||1976||1979||Development|
|526 – XXX||WILDWOOD PARK AND PRESIDENTIAL ACRES||VILLAGE OF LEROY||GENESEE||NY||$124,702.00||1977||1981||Development|
|760 – XXX||BATAVIA MINI PARK||TOWN OF BATAVIA||GENESEE||NY||$49,326.65||1979||1983||Development|
|845 – XXX||DARIEN LAKES SEWAGE TREATMENT||GENESEE SPRC||GENESEE||NY||$91,229.60||1980||1985||Development|
|867 – V||N.Y.S. CONSOLIDATED GRANT #4||GENESEE COUNTY||GENESEE||NY||$25,000.00||1980||1985||Development|
|887 – C||N.Y.S. CONSOLIDATED GRANT #6||GENESEE SPRC||GENESEE||NY||$26,873.40||1981||1985||Redevelopment|
|946 – XXX||DARIEN LAKES SHOWER||GENESEE SPRC||GENESEE||NY||$94,320.00||1981||1985||Development|
|999 – XXX||DARIEN LK C.S.||GENESEE SPRC||GENESEE||NY||$24,710.11||1981||1986||Developmen|
|11 – XXX||SENECA LAKE STATE PARK||ENCON||ONTARIO||NY||$277,845.62||1966||1968||Development|
|139 – XXX||GANONDAGAN STATE HISTORIC PARK||FINGER LAKES SPRC||ONTARIO||NY||$30,750.00||1971||1978||Acquisition|
|323 – XXX||D/MARON BEGGS MEMORIAL PARK||CITY OF CANANDAIGUA||ONTARIO||NY||$362,700.00||1975||1980||Development|
|368 – XXX||COMMUNITY PARK||VILLAGE OF MANCHESTER||ONTARIO||NY||$35,000.00||1976||1979||Development|
|467 – XXX||GENEVA ICE RINK||CITY OF GENEVA||ONTARIO||NY||$586,605.00||1976||1980||Development|
|476 – XXX||MARINA CIRCULATION CHANNEL||FINGER LAKES SPRC||ONTARIO||NY||$10,000.00||1977||1979||Development|
|604 – XXX||NORTH FARMINGTON PARKLAND ACQUISITIO||TOWN OF FARMINGTON||ONTARIO||NY||$11,253.15||1977||1980||Acquisition|
|771 – XXX||SHORTSVILLE VILLAGE PARK||VILLAGE OF SHORTSVILLE||ONTARIO||NY||$38,500.00||1979||1983||Development|
|867 – G||N.Y.S. CONSOLIDATED GRANT #4||TOWN OF FARMINGTON||ONTARIO||NY||$81,000.00||1980||1985||Development|
|976 – XXX||CANANDAIGUA LAKE RECONSTRUCTION I||FINGER LAKES SPRC||ONTARIO||NY||$182,080.00||1981||1985||Redevelopment|
|1121 – XXX||GENEVA LAKEFRONT REC. PROJECT||CITY OF GENEVA||ONTARIO||NY||$187,425.00||1987||1991||Development|
#TrailsRoc Trailgiving day to celebrate Earth Day
THIS SUNDAY – 4/22 From 9am-noon – Open house style
Every time we talk with folks we hear ” Let us know when the next trail work day is” Well you are in luck, we have one scheduled to celebrate Earth Day this Sunday!
Please join us in celebrating Earth Day with a day of events at Black Creek Park:
9:00am Group run/Family hike and fairy 🧚♀️ house making – We have some supplies, but feel free to bring your own materials to build your own Fairy House for the occupants of our trail
10:30am Trail work – Bring gloves and clippers, we have everything else for the projects. We will have projects as simple as trail clipping and cleaning to as complex as walkways/bridge building. You can choose when you arrive.
12:30 tailgate potluck lunch – We will hang out in the open air shelter and share our stories and you can hear about all of the amazing things #TrailsRoc has planned this year!
Afternoon of trail work will be offered as needed
Please come and go as you are able. We will meet at the open air pavilion path finder shelter.
This event is replacing our spring race as we felt it was time to let the trails recover and heal after a few harsh springs and race seasons. This is our way of giving back. Please join us and help us continue to create beautiful outdoor spaces for all to enjoy!
Wednesday December 9th 2015 7:00 pm
Run Free – The True Story of Caballo Blanco will premiere in Rochester, NY, on Wednesday, December 9th at 7:00 p.m. at The Little Theatre, located at 240 East Ave. in Rochester.
The feature-length documentary is about ultra-running legend Micah True. Better known as Caballo Blanco – The White Horse – True, was the focal character of Christopher McDougall’s 2009 best-selling book “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen” about the Tarahumara Indians of northern Mexico.
So join us – partake in our 50/50 raffle – Support the local trails!!!!
This post originally appeared on RonHeerkensJr.com
In that order.
Funny how things worked out. The Devil tamed me mercilessly last year. I was a week out of wrapping up the Tarc 50 and was feeling pretty strong. I was a bit over confident and thought I would be able to get a decent time in on what was regarded as one of the toughest trails in America. I walked away, defeated and bailed out at 18 miles and decided not to even write a report. My legs were shot, my confidence smashed. In retrospect I believe that my attempt at Devils Path had a big part of my failure at Vermont 100 last year. However, I vowed I’d be back and try it again.
I contacted Jamie and Ben to see who would be up for it again, and Ben was. So after trying to wrangle some more people we set a date that worked for us and ran with it. This year I would run a 50 miler on a whim bu allow myself the time to recover to put the attention on it that it deserved. My training this year hadn’t been great, the mileage was down but more importantly the climbing was down. By a lot. The Devil was going to be rough.
I took Friday off work and Ben picked me up after lunch and we made our way down on the 4hr trek to our campsite at Devils Tombstone Campground. A quaint little site that is perched right in the middle of the Devil’s Path. We met Ryan down there, the only other soul to join us, shuttled his car down to the finish area, then came back to wrap things up for the evening and eat some food.
My sleep the night before was disturbed by our drunken neighbors who don’t know what quiet hours are between 9pm an 7am. I ensured to return the favor at 5am when we woke the next morning.
I really have gotten used to performing on some level with inadequate sleep. It seems to be my thing. I was itching to go and after the short trek over to the start we set off shortly after 6am, luckily enough light on the trail to not need headlamps. The weather was right on the verge of being cold for me but I still decided to head out in sleeveless and shorts. I ran with my trusty SLAB pack and Tailwind nutrition. figuring this would hold me over till we got to the mid point where I had stashed a Coke and would refill the Tailwind.
Devils Kitchen 21:11 (1.23)
Originally we had talked about staying together thru Shermans Lookout to catch the sunrise, I was kind of moving ok and just kept with it. I didn’t realize how much I had separated myself that by the time I had reached Devils Kitchen I had no longer heard them. Again I figured well, they will catch up by Sherman.
Sherman Lookout 45:37 (2.73)
Once I reached the lookout after 1000ft in 1.2mile , I knew I was on my own. Snapped to take a few pics texted them and then put myself to work. I wasn’t going for an FKT…because 5:07 is insane. I was going for my own FKT of sub 8. Something I felt was realistic if things clicked. So far they were. I felt like I was goign slower on the climbs this year but just kept pushing ahead. The thing I first noticed was that a few of the initial climbs that were so daunting last year, didn’t phase me as much.
Indian Head 1hr11 (3.85)
Upon reaching Indian Head in under 1:30 I knew it was game on. Despite some initial soreness in the legs I was moving rather efficiently up and down.
1st Twin 1hr41 (4.7)
A 400ft climb in about a half mile greets me as I go up Twin. Indian and Twin have some of the best views of the day and its pretty bad that it happens so early. But still glad I get to see them at all. The clear weather on the day made the views pretty awesome.
2nd Twin 1hr43 (5.3)
Jimmy Dolan Notch 2h02 (6.1)
Coming down off Twin is the first time you begin to laugh at Devils Path descents. Although not one of the worst it is pretty laughable that someone put a trail thru here.
SugarLoaf 2hr31 (7.2)
Another 1000ft climb in about a mile. Some really steep sections that end up gradually petering out towards the top. I was making good time with 3 peaks under my belt in 2.5 hours. I was feeling pretty good.
Mink Hollow 2hr59 (8.2)
In what has to be the worst descent out of all of the Devils Path, the descent off SugarLoaf and down into Minks Hollow. 1200ft drop in 1 mile, and its mostly over large boulders. The good thing is you do it realitivly on fresh legs at this point early on. I got down to Minks Hollow and finally encountered my first sign of life with a couple campers sleeping. Shortly after I ran by, I heard them moving around. Must’ve thought I was a bear at this early in the am.
Plateau 3hr35 (9.4)
Your mind has a funny way of blocking certain things out. Half way up Plateau I realized that my mind had done this to me. Adding in the drop from Sugar Loaf, you are immediately thrust back up a 1200+ climb in a mile. The trail seems to go on forever, over rough route that just seemed relentless. I was looking forward to reaching the top as I knew this was the most runnable section coming up for the day. When I did, I sent out a text and then tried to run.
Ok…I’ll walk and let the legs reset then try again.
I couldn’t turn the legs over to a run at all. My year of bad was about to continue. My lack of climbing had caught up to me. and no…I couldn’t run. And I was getting really cold.
I picked up my hike as fast as it would allow me and prepared myself from what I believe to be the hardest descent on the path, the one down the halfway point.
Stoney Clove 4hr48 (12.7)
Last year coming down from Plateau my knees gave out and made the rest of the day very hard. I had anticipated this descent all day, and I still hated every moment of it. 1600ft in just over 1 mile. On rocks that move. I started to hit a dark point. I was resigned to wait at the bottom to see how the other guys were doing, but I was on the verge of giving up and calling it a day as well.
WAIT AT STONEY CLOVE 4hr48 to 5hr53
2013: 5hr15 – 5hr28
I stumbled past some day hikers and made my way to my Coke. Downed it quickly, refilled my gear and Tailwind and waited. I was cold, the sun peeked out and I threw my shirt in the sun to warm it up. With the poor reception I was getting I wanted to make sure the other guys were doing ok be fore I carried on. This meant I spent an hour plus not moving but also gave me a rest to get my head back on. When they came down, I said hello put on my headphones and began my way up Hunter.
Hunter Junction 6hr39 (15.5)
Well…almost up Hunter, this route kind of goes around the back side. a 1400ft climb in just over a mile again. This one feels steep at first then just goes on…and on. By the time I reached the top I felt some life back in my legs and decided to try running again.
Diamond Notch 7hr23 (18.1)
2013: 7hr41 – We bailed out here
I was actually starting to move as best a clip I could. My feet and legs were a bit drunken sailor at this point but I was making it down the 2mile 1000ft drop to the Falls fairly ok. I passed a bunch of people thru this section.
Westkill 8hr39 (21)
This was it. This was the turning point. I had made it to the falls. The place where Ben and I called it a day last year. I took a quick splash in the falls and turned my attention to the last* climb of the day. KILL WestKill. That was my thought. make it up and you are done. Its long, its hard but that’s it! 3.5 miles, 1400ft piece of cake. About 5-6 groups I just went cruising by, I was making good time. And Bam! I’m at the summit…time for some downhill to the car.
St Annes 9hr23 (22.9)
What the hell was I thinking.
I read the map wrong and completely forgot about an entire section. After going down for 600 feet in a mile, I encountered a wall. For some reason I never saw this or anticipated it and this felt like my own version of hell…
“just one more hill”
Yep. 200 ft wall in a 1/4 mile.
Spruceton Rd Trailhead 10hr20 (25.6)
Ok…climbing HAS to be done….please let me go down.
1500ft over the next 1.5 miles.
My legs had had enough.
By the time I reached the sign saying 1.5 miles left I was letting out curse words as loud as I could.
I was beyond being done.
To make matters worse…the last 1.5 miles was actually runnable.
Except I couldn’t run. I was hobbling to be done.
I finally reached the end 10hr20 mins after starting the Damned Devils Path. I have done several ultras now and the Devil still ranks as THE HARDEST THING I have ever done in my life. Do I think sub 8 is possible for me? Yes, but I will have to do lots of work to get there, and it would help to have someone pulling me along during the lowpoints.
I’m tempted to try and run it next year…in reverse.