Trail Run long 8:24:48  22.7 mi (22:14 / mi) +2118m 17:14 / mi
Friday, 7:20 a.m.
Tom: Do you want to go do an adventure this weekend?
Ari: Does the pope shit in the woods?
Tom: I've been thinking about doing the whole of the Davis Path for a while.
Ari: Me too!
Tom: Want to leave at 3 or 7?
Ari: I have class until 5, how about 6:30?
Drove up, crashed at Fourth Iron (25˚ and clear, no need for a tent; turns out sleeping in my 20˚ bag on my 0˚ bag on a pad is top notch) for a pre-dawn start. Woke up at 5, hit the trail by 5:40, sunrise off of Mount Crawford. The Davis Path is long but beautiful, remote, and never boring. Up each of the side mountains, nice views. No other hikers for the first 12 miles past Isolation.
Busier up over Boott Spur with the last of the ice melting off the rocks and signs; the trail was mostly fine except for a few places (the last pitch down to Lakes was the worst in the shade, quite icy). We got to the Crawford Path and neither of us had any interest in heading for the summit. I convinced Tom the Crawford Path was a better run down and a much easier hitch, so we did that. By Lakes, run to Franklin, around Ike, down to Mizpah for snacks (gummy bears!) and to see the beautiful new croo room, then down to Crawford, where we immediately got a hitch from a libertarian Queeb.
Legs felt good the whole way, and we didn't push hard too much by >2k of climb and 23 miles is nothing really to sneeze at. As usual, 3 mph for a White Mountain trail run is about par for the course. (I've realized that the FKTs for various trails are generally in the 3.5-5 mph range.)