Monday, December 31, 2012

Breakheart Trail Running Year End Gear Sale

Cleaning House

The new year is just around the corner so it's out with the old, and the new!

I have way too much gear cluttering up the house and haven't been able to use it anyway so it's got to go. All the gear is brand new or in excellent condition except were noted. They’re also priced to move. I may be adding more items as I dig deeper into my gear closet so be sure to check back again.

Payment, Shipping and Local Pickup

Most purchases will ship via USPS for $5 to $10 depending on weight and dimensions.  All payments must be made using Paypal.  If you live in the Boston Area, local pickup is available. 

Contact Form

Please post a comment if you want to buy an item or if you have a question.  Please include your email address so I can respond to you.

MSR Fast Stash

MSR Fast Stash Tarp Shelter

MSRP: $300
Sale Price: $200 - Sorry, item has Sold
Condition: Excellent

This is a versatile, ultralight shelter that offers full protection and ample room for 2 people in a single-wall body that pitches quickly.  Adjustable side wings add external coverage and allow maximum ventilation.

Check out the full-features of the Fast Stash
Alps Meramac 3 Room Tent

Alps Mountaineering Meramac 7 Person Tent

MSRP: $369.99
Sale Price: $225 Sorry, item has Sold
Condition: New
Local Pickup preferred but will ship.

I naively thought I could convince my daughters to come car camping with my wife and I so I purchased this 10' x 16' three room tent.  It's never been out of the box! To learn more about this tent go to the Alps website.
Kelty Screenhouse

Kelty Screenhouse - Large

MSRP: $319.95
Sale Price: $150 Sorry, item has Sold

Condition: Very Good Dimensions: 156"W x 76"H x 132"D
Local Pickup preferred but will ship.

This screenhouse offers a generous 143 square feet of floor space and is large enough to cover a picnic table.  It has two large mesh doors and four mesh windows with pull-down shades. This shelter is a beast and it's best to have two people available for setting it up. 

Mountain Hardware Brono Soft-Shell Jacket

MSRP: $225
Sale Price: $125
Size: Men's Large Sorry, item has Sold
Condition: New

This jacket is warm without constricting movement or overheating, perfect for climbing, hiking or biking.

Check out the features of the Brono Jacket
Tubbs Venture Snowshoes

Tubbs Venture Snowshoes

Paid: $125
Current Retail: $189 - Sorry, item has Sold
Sale Price:$50
Size: Men's 25 inch
Load:  120 - 200 pounds
Condition: Good
Local Pickup preferred but will ship.

These are recommended for recreational and trail use on packed snow, broken trails, gently rolling terrain and small hills. You wouldn't want to run a marathon with these strapped to your feet but they're bombproof in the back woods.

GSI Pinnacle Soloist Cookset

MSRP: $44.95
Sale Price: $30.00 Sorry, item has Sold
Condition: New

This 10.8 oz cooking system includes a 1.1 liter cooking pot, a 14 ounce mug/bowl and a folding spork.  Nested items store in the stuff sack which double as a wash basin. A fuel canister and stove will also fit into the pot making this a very compact cook system.

Check it out!
Stoic Waterproof Compression Sacks

Stoic Waterproof Compression Sacks - Lg, Med, Sm

MSRP: $26 Lg, $22 Med, $16 Sm
Sale Price $15 Lg, $12, $10 Sm (set of three for $33) - Sorry, items have Sold
Condition: New
Dimensions: Lg - 15 Liters, Med - 10L, Sm - 5L

Made of tough, lightweight 190T nylon and moisture shunning TPU lamination with a roll-top closure and air value to remove excess air for increased compression. 
The North Face Denali Beenie

The North Face Denali Thermal Beenie

MSRP: $30
Sale Price: $21 Sorry, item has Sold
Size: Women's - One Size
Condition: New

Breathable, quick-drying, non-pilling polyester fleece offers warmth without a lot of weight. Machine washable.
Nathan Quick Draw Plus

Nathan Quick Draw Plus Hand-Held

MSRP: $21
Sale Price: $15 Sorry, item has Sold
Color: Hot Pink!
Condition: New in packaging

A 22 ounce hand-held water bottle with a zippered pocket to hold your smartphone, keys or cash.  

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Another Snow-less Snow Shoe Season?

In one week the 2013 WMAC Dion Snowshoe Racing Series kicks off with it's first race in East Poestnekill, NY.  There's only one problem.  There isn't any snow on the ground in East Poestnekill.  It's not looking much better for the second race in Woodford, VT either.  A quick look at NOAA's  snow coverage map reveals a lack of snow in most of eastern NY, southern VT, southern NH and all of Massachusetts.

This is eerily similar to last December and the 2012 season was pretty much a wipe-out.   Someone better start doing a snow dance.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

December 1st

Today is December 1st.

It's the first day of the last month in a year filled with disappointment, pain, sadness and at times optimism.  The events of the past 11 months give me no reason to feel optimistic but I do my best to have a positive outlook. Or is it denial?  Only the future will reveal the answer.

I decided months ago I would no longer plan for the future.  The plans and goals I made over the past three years went mainly unfulfilled.  Yet, I find myself already making plans for 2013.  Doing so makes me hopeful.  It's all I have right now.

So, here are my tentative plans for next year in order of importance.  Some of you may be surprised where running falls on the list.  I've done most of what I wanted to do over the past 40+ years as a runner, except run a hundred mile race, so it's time to move on the next adventure.

Complete the Bay Circuit Trail.
Last year I attempted to run the entire 200 miles of the Bay Circuit Trail from Plum Island in Newbury to Kingston on the South Shore.   An injury stopped me after 103 miles so I have some unfinished business waiting for me.  This time I'll be hiking, not running.

A yo-yo hike of the Wapack Trail.
I sort of have a love-hate relationship with this 22 mile trail.  I've run two races on the Wapack Trail and the trail got the better of me both times.  It's a challenging trail with many mountain peaks and great views on a clear day.  Maybe I'll enjoy it more this time around.  My plan is to hike the trail South to North, stealth camp overnight and return back to MA the next day.

This 50 mile trail in western New Hampshire begins and ends on the summits of mountains so unless you can get a helicopter infiltration and extraction, the total distance is closer to 55 miles.  Depending on my physical condition when I attempt this, it would likely take me 3-5 days to complete.  There are shelters on the trail but I would still carry a tent since I prefer softer soil to hard planks.

Thru-hike the Midstate Trail.
Hiking this 95 mile trail in Worcester Country from Rhode Island to New Hampshire would be good preparation for an Appalachian Trail section hike through New England but I'm getting way ahead of myself here.  

Run some races in the Grand Tree Trail Race Series.
I have fond memories of my many Grand Tree races of the past.  I met several good people at these races and always enjoyed running in different locations.  I would love to get back to my trail running roots. 

Well, that's enough dreaming for now.  It's time for another walk in the snow.

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