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Training Log Archive: Fanatic

In the 7 days ending Apr 7:

activity # timemileskm+ft
  Hiking4 8:43:30 20.3(25:47) 32.67(16:01) 4385
  Walking2 2:04:52 7.4(16:52) 11.91(10:29) 372
  Geocaching1 1:37:34 3.3(29:34) 5.31(18:22) 104
  Total7 12:25:56 31.0(24:04) 49.89(14:57) 4861

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Sunday Apr 7 #

Walking 19:52 [3] 1.05 mi (18:55 / mi) +82ft 17:37 / mi

Did a couple of loops on the condo grounds; taking it easy today.

Saturday Apr 6 #

Hiking (& bushwhacking) 2:17:00 [3] 5.72 mi (23:57 / mi) +1080ft 20:19 / mi

Hiked in the southern end of the Pittsfield State Forest, starting from Berkshire Community College. Circled around Doll Mountain heading southwest but ended up curling back to the north and onto the CCC Trail. Climbed up that for quite a while, all wet and rocky, and then bushwhacked over to Brickhouse Mountain Road, which is, sadly, not much of any sort of road now, just rocks and water. Veered off that onto someone's private property since it was heading nicely toward BCC. Actually walked right by a house, but fortunately no one was home.

Must say I was struggling with this hike, starting it with low energy and a sore lower back; things did not improve, that's for sure. Was glad to be done.

Friday Apr 5 #

Geocaching 1:37:34 [3] 3.3 mi (29:34 / mi) +104ft 28:42 / mi

While in Westfield, Colette wanted to snag some geocaches and I went along to help. ;-)

We parked at the Westfield Dog Bark and followed some trails along the Arm Brook and then along the property line of the Lowe distribution center.

We snagged eight caches before heading back to our car on some roads--a mistake since the roads were narrow, busy, and not at all scenic. C'est la vie.

Thursday Apr 4 #

Hiking (and bushwhacking) 1:55:20 [3] 5.02 mi (22:58 / mi) +560ft 20:47 / mi

Drove to the top of Reservoir Road and got on the bike trail heading north to the communications tower.

Most of the snow and ice has disappeared so the trail was fairly easy to find.

Then on the way back, rather than go down the dirt road, I decided to bushwhack along the ridge to the west of the dirt road that leads back to Reservoir Road just because I could. Why not? It's the time of the year when the ferns and briars are pretty dormant and one can see the cliffs from afar. Alas, there wasn't too much interesting on that ridgeline.

Wednesday Apr 3 #

Walking 1:45:00 [3] 6.35 mi (16:32 / mi) +290ft 15:51 / mi

Walk with Colette from the condo--a clockwise loop over Golden Hill, down to Crystal Street and out to Lenox WTF before reversing and heading back home. Very windy, gusts of 30 mph or higher would almost stop us in our tracks.

Tuesday Apr 2 #

Hiking 2:48:40 [3] 5.05 mi (33:24 / mi) +1670ft 25:26 / mi

Hiking with Henry (Skip) Frey and Chet Brett of Chester along the Unkamit's Path from Route 20 to Round Top Hill and then down to Blandford Road. Chet's dog came along, too.

The trail was quite varied and often difficult to find even with two hikers who are quite familiar with the trail; the footing was everything from solid ice to wet, muddy trails in the low spots.

Our excursion was extended a little when we followed the wrong branch in an old logging road as we headed toward Blandford Road--nothing bad, just another ridge to climb up and over.

Monday Apr 1 #

Hiking 1:42:30 [3] 4.51 mi (22:44 / mi) +1075ft 18:33 / mi

Counter-clockwise loop in the Pittsfield State Forest, starting from the Lulu Brook parking area. First I headed up the Honolulu Trail with the intention of crossing the paved road and then descending to the parking lot via the Turner Trail. However the snow on the top of Honwee Mountain was a bit deep and the trail wasn't that easy to follow; in fact, I got off the Honolulu at some point and just bushwhacked to the top.

From the top, I then dropped down to the Honwee Circuit Trail and followed the Lulu Brook back to the car. The upper portion of the Circuit trail is very rocky and full of little streams, but it gets nicer as one descends.

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