FKT: Katharine Spector - Breakneck Ridge, Hudson Highlands (NY) - 2020-10-23

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Rt 9 to Beacon parking area & back
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Total time
3h 33m 34s
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Warm humid day for late October, with a few days of wetness. Knew the trails would have tons of wet leaves (they did) but felt motivated to go today and I've been wanting to do this for a while. I wouldn't even attempt this on a weekend with the crazy crowds. 

I know these trails pretty well as they are my home training ground, but I usually avoid Casino in Beacon and I've never gone DOWN the Breakneck climb before. I was shooting for a 3 hour or so time, I had my best climb up Breakneck and was on track when I hit Beacon base at 1:32. I bonked hard though as I underestimated the humidity and only brought minimal water with me, and there are no natural resources along this route. It was a bit of a death march back to Breakneck made more complicated by impeding darkness and thick wet leaves. I lost a few minutes at the summit too losing the white trail to go down - there are multiple false trails to lookout points, and the markers are really set up for an ascent. It was really really dark after I passed the flagpole, and I spent some time advising hikers who were coming up that maybe that wasn't the best idea. 
There's a good amount of time to make up here, and I'm just not a great technical descender. I'm not sure if it's legit to run it in reverse, but that would a better flow to the route.  The clouds were so beautiful tonight, I wish I had lingered longer at the view points.