You did! You, DD and I went up there and I had to bail...and I remember you guys continuing on to complete it. I also remember it was crazy hot out that day.
Okay for some reason I still didn't think we did but maybe you're right (you can't trust my memory!!).
We were definitely chatting about that time!
I thought we did it that time as well unless we missed a sidetrail to make it the "official" loop. I remember Hermes ran out of her 250 mL of water around the bridge at 5th Line. Oops. That said, she had a good size pack on today and I had my smallest bladder.
That was way back when I thought I could become a navigator. I know better now and thus, carry a pack!
So the only way for someone to do the full Hockley is to have done it with either Bash or 'Bent. ;) The rules and routes keep changing. I was hoping to get there in the next month, but i am just attempting to run AT Hockley. :)
People always ask us what the Loop is, as if we own the Strava rights or something! There are many ways to make a Loop, all of which are great training. Since we're asked so often, we've standardized our instructions to follow the simplest Loop based on following Bruce Trail markings. However, it can be difficult to see BT markings in the northeast so that's where people usually go off-track. The Loop changes whenever the Bruce Trail changes their trail markings. I think it's been at least two years since the last time that happened and it gets harder every time they change it!
Random fact: The Bruce Trail changes so much over time that when Charlotte Vasarhelyi set the end-to-end FKT in 2010, she had to run much farther than the previous record holder from the mid-90s. I think the BT was 60-70 km longer than it had been 15 years earlier.
I am not surprised it changes. The section of the Ganny trail near my house has changed a tremendous amount since I've been here. Something changes every year and I only use a small section of it.
Give it a go with the Harps at some stage. Good times trying to chase him around...oh wait...you're a real runner so I suspect it would be a sub-2h20 effort.
Thanks Bent and Bash, that's exactly what I was looking for. The only reason I asked about the "official" loop is that so we have a time to reference when doing the loop (and compare to). That 2:29 is a great time! Definitely lots of other side trails that are fun to explore and also to help add distance/climb to a bigger loop.
I'm not sure but that 2:29 might be the time to beat on that version of the Loop - at least in our crowd. Go for it!
2:29 was in icy conditions where we neded spikes and poles, so it should be fairly easy for someone to put away in dry weather.
Thanks for the insight. Full loop or not, it's a beautiful spot to run and your heart rate is almost always up!
Oh and the most tasty post run treats at Black Birch are an added bonus!! Isn't that why you run there?
Yup! And the Hockley General Store when we have less time.