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Moonlight Skyline Double Traverse

Are you thinking of doing Ragnar, Reach the Beach, or an ultra race that goes through the night next year? Want to test your mettle in the wee hours? Look no further, this hike is the perfect and most fun way to conduct a dry run of extreme exertion under sleepless conditions. And it's gonna be GORGEOUS!!!

15 miles, 4000 feet of elevation gain, by moonlight--what could be better? Sure, a moonlight Presidential traverse is 23 miles and 9000 feet of gain, but just about everyone who tried one of those dubbed it a "death march", so, not clear that would be better.

Hike through the moonlight to the sunrise on challenging trails. We'll meet at Dunkin, grab as much coffee as we can carry, ditch some cars at the park and ride for those who prefer a single traverse (7.5 miles, 2000 feet), and then caravan over to Quincy to park the remaining cars and get started.

I have moved this to Saturday because it has the best forecast for clear skies.

This is a strenuous hike that will take 9-10 hours to complete (or about 4.5 hours for the single traverse option). We will follow the guidelines of HikeSafe and Leave No Trace. I will be posting a required equipment and provision list. I have had to cut short a skyline traverse once before due to equipment issues, so please understand, I want people to come prepared so we can all complete the hike together and have lots of fun!

If you want to read more details about this hike from a group that successfully completed it in daylight, check out the following link:
http://www.meetup.com/random-hikers/events/67646302/
Just keep in mind they did Canton-Quincy-Canton, we are doing the opposite so that we can finish hiking towards the sun.

Moon will be high in the sky when we start, setting at about 4:30 am, and sunrise at 6:30 am.

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT/PREPARATION:

1.  (Most important!!!)  Shoes with a lug sole.  Google image search lug sole if you're not sure what I mean.  This could be hiking boots, also some trail running shoes have this type of sole.  It prevents slipping when going downhill on rocks.  They are essential for keeping pace and avoiding injury on this hike.

2.  Minimum 60 oz water/liquid for the single traverse, min 100 oz water for the double traverse.

3.  Minimum 800 calories food for single, 1600 for the double.

4.  Bright headlamp with fresh batteries and a backup light source in case this fails (like a flashlight).

5.  Layers of clothes plus hat and gloves since we'll be warm when we're moving but chilled when we stop (briefly) to eat.

Optional equipment:  hiking poles.  Good stories to share.  :-)


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  • DY

    Fun, fun, more please! :-)

    1 · November 20, 2013

  • Alexandra S.

    Thank you all for coming and/or helping with this hike in various ways. I should have posted sooner but I've been recovering :-) It was a beautiful hike and really, really great company, I wouldn't do it any other way!

    November 20, 2013

  • Devon M.

    Always a good time with Alex

    1 · November 19, 2013

  • Tai

    Walking speed or jogging speed?

    November 14, 2013

    • Tai

      Not likely. Working to 6 PM Sat. Have fun.

      November 15, 2013

    • Alexandra S.

      in that case we'll have to do this again!

      November 16, 2013

  • Jim P.

    To everyone taking part tonight, have a wonderful and safe time. Sounds like a blast!! Also, to Alex: congratulations on a great run today at Piggy's. Way to go!

    1 · November 16, 2013

    • Alexandra S.

      You too Jim! That was a fun race and I liked the way they changed the course. It was neat to be able to wave at people on the out and back.

      November 16, 2013

  • David

    Hope to make it, depending on the day.

    November 15, 2013

  • Cesar

    I have been looking forward to this for long time! It will be epic!!!

    1 · November 15, 2013

    • Alexandra S.

      Well it won't be long enough for you but maybe you could make it into a quadruple traverse :-) Sorry but if you're going to be an ultra you have to let me tease you about it!

      1 · November 15, 2013

  • Tai

    Might consider staging cars at both ends of traverse (1) to have place to stash extra food, water, clothes and (2) to have means of bailing, if necessary.

    1 · November 14, 2013

    • Alexandra S.

      Sorry the description is not clear. My plan is to meet in Canton, leave cars at the park and ride there for those who wish to do the single, and then pile into one or two cars (my van seats 7) to drive to Quincy to begin. So most cars will be in Canton, favoring the option to bail after one traverse. When we're done with the double, the process reverses, we get into my van and drive back to Canton to return people to their cars. I like the extra food idea!

      November 15, 2013

  • Gerard

    Hi Alex,

    Great idea. Bringing John along, hope we can keep up with him, but if we load him down with a backpack of our supplies might slow him down enough......chuckle.

    Gerard

    1 · November 14, 2013

    • Alexandra S.

      Oooh, I was hoping a sherpa would come along. I don't think you guys will have any trouble with these hills :-) It will be nice to catch up and chat!

      November 14, 2013

  • DY

    I would like to do the single traverse!!! Anyone carpooling to canton or do we need extra cars?

    November 13, 2013

    • Alexandra S.

      I'd offer you a ride but since I'm doing the double you'd be stuck.

      November 14, 2013

  • DY

    Alex, love this idea! Will start joining the Tuesday night runs and get into the groove! :-)

    1 · November 11, 2013

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