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:
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.
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. :-)