Exploring the Bear Mountain Trails

Sunday. May 8, 2016. 15+ miles covered exploring the Bear Mountain trails.  Ok – I didn’t really plan to cover this distance.  It just happened because I kept on intentionally making myself lost in the trails.  This was my first time exploring these trails and I only had the Avenza PDF Map App as my guide, which served me well.  The plan was to go back to Bear Mountain and re-trace the trail leading back to Timp Pass, the last steep climb in the TNF ECS BM event I did on April 30th.  I wanted to have a picture of … Continue reading Exploring the Bear Mountain Trails

Avenza PDF Maps App

Another positive review on a product I use – because it works!  This one I’d consider a necessity for exploring trails, especially when going solo.  This is for the the Avenza PDF Maps Mobile App, available for Android and iOS smartphones.  I have this on my phone, plus the digital maps of the trails I wanted to explore.  One of the maps I have is the Bear Mountain Trail Map (detailed information and maps from NY State Parks site).  Last Sunday, I explored the Bear Mountain trails relying on the information I’ve read on the web and the digital map … Continue reading Avenza PDF Maps App

TNF Endurance Challenge – Bear Mountain

Saturday – April 30, 2016. Synopsis.  I’ve done this last year.  I’ve forgotten how difficult it was.  Now, I remember. The Event – Overview.  The TNF ECS Bear Mountain is one of the events in The North Face Endurance Challenge Series.  It is ranked as one that has the most difficult and technically challenging course.  There are 4 races in today’s event – the 50M (which started at 5am), the 50K (this event), the Marathon and Marathon-Relay (which starts at a later time). Weather.  Saturday’s weather was pleasant and comfortable – cool temps, calm winds, and not a single drop … Continue reading TNF Endurance Challenge – Bear Mountain