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    Pachaug Nehantic Loop on the CT/RI Border - January 13-14, 2023

    Here's a southern New England trip report for ya.

    I'm competing in a trail running winter challenge along the CT/RI border - 18 courses to complete over calendar winter. You upload your times and get ranked/scored accordingly. It's a fun competition that provides motivation to keep running over winter. The longest course, a 25 mile loop on the Pachaug Nehantic trails, is the sole trail where your time doesn't matter. Everyone who completes it gets the same amount of points. With that in mind, I opted to backpack this loop rather than run it. I had three goals:

    -Complete the longest Border Patrol course
    -Have a "clean hammock hang" free of mistakes
    -Make a decent video

    All three were accomplished. It was a fun hike and I had a good night sleeping out in the woods. No issues with my hammock this time and I had several good chunks of sleep. But the weather was certainly not winter. Temps were in the mid-50s on day 1 with light rain falling early and then late. Temps were still 50 at 6 PM but would drop to 33 by early morning. I had to deal with bugs in my tarp that had been roused by the warm temps. They were attracted to my headlamp and phone screen which were annoying as I didn't have my bug net since, you know, winter and all.

    By morning it was cold and the bugs were gone. I got packed up early and hiked in the dark for about 1.5 hours. It was spitting for much of Day 2 but I was moving at a fast clip and never got chilly. This hike featured a lot of woods and a bit of road walking. While not the winter conditions I had hoped for, all the recent rain made for lively streams and there were a couple tricky crossings, something you usually don't have to deal with on this trail. The most impressive part of the trail, imposing rock boulders along Beach Pond, was unfortunately closed due to a fire last year. The course rerouted us on old dirt roads. Probably just as well as my legs were very tired by the end of Day 2 and would not have liked those slippery rocks.


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    Great video as always Seth. A million years ago I lived between Pauchaug Pond and the airport (which doesn't exist anymore). Pre hiking days, so never knew about this border loop. But I remember the Pachaug State Forest well. Tempted to go back and check it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hachi View Post
    But I remember the Pachaug State Forest well. Tempted to go back and check it out.
    Thanks much. Yeah, some pretty woods there. Especially when the mountain laurel or rhododendrons are popping. There is actually a patch you can get for the area, I have to study the map as I think I'm gotten most of it done: http://pachaugpatchchallenge.com/

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    Great video. Like that rain jacket/poncho. Where did you get that?
    "I'm getting up and going to work everyday and I am stoked. That does not suck!"__Shane McConkey

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    Quote Originally Posted by skiguy View Post
    Great video. Like that rain jacket/poncho. Where did you get that?
    That's the Outdoor Research Foray. I didn't think I would use those full length pit zips but they've provided to be handy on those days when it's drizzly but I'm working hard. Pretty much have it with me year round in the Whites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhody Seth View Post
    That's the Outdoor Research Foray. I didn't think I would use those full length pit zips but they've provided to be handy on those days when it's drizzly but I'm working hard. Pretty much have it with me year round in the Whites.
    Thank you for your response. I used a poncho for years before waterproof/breathable garments…..I know I’m as old as dirt but I did like them except for the notorious wind induced flapping. This garment looks like a nice hybrid. You should do some gear review videos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skiguy View Post
    You should do some gear review videos.
    Gear reviews are definitely not my forte. Very different from just filming stuff in the woods and then editing the available footage into something decent. That said, a company just reached out about sending me some heated gloves to review so I'd better get my act together.

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