Run - Trail long (Shenipsit / Whittaker) 2:07:30  15.42 km (8:16 / km) +500m 7:07 / km
weight:171lbs shoes: 340 ORoc 2011
Didn't seem like it would be good snowshoeing conditions today up north, so opted to stay local. Met up with Eric at Gulf Road for couple hours of exploration (to show him some new trails). Parking area a sheet of ice and a cold rain falling when we began, wasn't looking like much fun, but up the trail we went. Once into the woods the trail was mostly 3-5 inches of heavy, mashed potato consistency snow, with slush in the low spots since it didn't get below freezing last night.
Did part of moonlight course, then went exploring the connector over to Whittaker Woods & McCann Farm area. Last year the trail petered out just beyond Mountain View, but today we found some flagging tape marking a route downhill and connecting to the Whittaker trail system. Newer property and I've never run there, so we did some exploring around there before heading back up towards Soapstone and around showing Eric the old Soapstone course from the former 3rd water stop location back to Gulf Rd.
An enjoyable outing, but not sure it would have continued to be fun if we had gone longer. The footing made it a lot harder than the mileage suggests..