Sugar Hollow to just beyond Blackrock and back with the CAT 50k training group.
The temperature didn’t feel too bad when we started out, but that first river crossing was so cold it hurt.
The trees became more and more ice-covered as we climbed to Skyline Drive.
Once we were on the AT and climbing toward Blackrock, the ice was so thick and heavy that the trees were bent over and blocking the trail.
We got on a forest service road that paralleled the AT, which was more passable.
The icy trees were so beautiful.
The rocks on Blackrock summit were coated with ice, which made descending the other side towards Trayfoot mountain rather treacherous. Luckily it was only for a short stretch.
But the trail once again became just a bushwhack through heavy branches, so we decided to turn around a little early.
On our way back down, the ice was melting and raining down on us. Some of the bigger chunks of ice really hurt! Particularly when they hit you in the face. The fallen ice was several inches deep on the trail in some places.
We ended up a little short of our 16 mile goal, but it was a fun adventure.
We ran with the CAT’s 50K training group this morning. We were actually able to keep up with some of them!
There were a few snow flurries on the way up which was nice, but it was bitterly cold up on Little Calf Mountain. I had to keep blowing out the tube in my hydration pack to keep it from freezing and I didn’t feel like lingering too long to enjoy the view.