That sounds like some interesting and challenging running, and walking. Studded shoes would seem a good investment if you were doing this often in the winter.
Not a bad idea, Jeff, and I do use them at times.
I have some studded Inov-8 OROC 340s, with carbide studs, but they are nowhere near as good as microspikes, especially when there's a little bit of snow covering the ice--at least that's been my experience.
It quite resembles a frozen stream.
I brought up your recent AT hike with a Williams classmate today (who had done part, incl staying w/ an econ prof fm 45 yrs before) as an inspirational example of being active 'late in the game'.
You surely know about the 51 y/o NH woman who hiked the 48 White Mt. 4000' peaks in every month of the year. It inspired me to consider doing the 48 in something like a month's period such as mid-May to mid-June. At least food for thought.
Yes, Bob, I'm well aware of Sue Johnston--she's a very accomplished ultrarunner, now specializing in hiking. It helps that her husband is also an accomplished ultrarunner and extremely supportive of Sue's grand plans.