Virtual
January 1 - 31, 2021

Sassquad RunVenture Series - Delaware Water Gap

Dunnfield Creek Trailhead

19M-Tammany/Minsi/Sunfish, 12M-Tammany/Minsi, 5M-Minsi, 5K-Tammany, ALL EVENTS

This Event Took Place Sun. Jan 31, 2021

RUNVENTURE SERIES

Join us at the Delaware Water Gap during the month of January for the first event in our RunVenture Series! Runners and hikers of all ages and paces are welcome to join us for this semi-virtual event. Each month we will "host" the series at a different location, rotating between technical mountain trails one month and then more runnable flatter trails the next month. We are supporting the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference with our RunVenture Series! First up: The Delaware Water Gap! We have 4 different courses that you can choose from: Mt Tammany 5K-ish, Mt Minsi 5 Miler, Tammany+Minsi 12-ish Miler, Tammany+Minsi+Sunfish 19-ish Miler. Each of these courses are technical and have a lot of climbing, though not super runnable for many folks (think *power-hiking*) - each course is FUN, FUN, FUN!

Pick your route/distance and then get out there whenever you'd like from January 1-30, 2021 to complete the course you signed up for. You can register for multiple events and you are welcome to complete each one multiple times and then submit your best time. Everyone who registers will receive a handcrafted wood medal and have the option to add-on additional Sassquad swag items! We provide a detailed course description and the gpx file. We know it's not the same as a race, but this is a great way to get out on the trails to complete a specific course to "race". ***we've had some folks ask if they can do the RunVenture before January 1st because they have time off from work... YES! GO FOR IT!!***

SELF-SUPPORTED

It goes without saying that when you are signing up for this event - you are going to be doing it on your own, as a self-supported adventure. The majority of the trails are rugged, technical and full of rocks! We recommend bringing the following in your pack: Hardcopy of the map, plenty of water (for the 19 milers, it's not a bad idea to bring along a filtration system like the Sawyer Mini or purification tablets). Food. Cash/ID. Cell phone and external battery pack. Headlamp and extra batteries. Emergency Mylar blanket (it's 3 inches big and weighs less than 2 oz and can save your life if something bad happened!). An extra layer, warmer than you think you need - just in case. Small first aid kit - again, it doesn't weigh much or take up a lot of space, and it could save your life. And trekking poles will definitely help! Be sure to check the weather and trail conditions before you go; it's possible that you may need spikes if there is snow/ice.

MT. TAMMANY 5K-ISH

The Mt Tammany 5K-ish follows the very well known loop that summits Tammany. This loop climbs to the summit of Tammany on the Red-Dot trail. At the summit, you will then follow the Blue-Dot trail back down to the bottom. When you reach the Dunnfield Waterfalls, you'll turn left on the Appalachian Trail which will bring you back to the parking lot. The 3.3 mile loop has 1,200 ft of elevation gain and is rated as difficult. Climbing the red-dot trail is very steep and technical. For most runners, this loop is not very runnable - but it is FUN FUN FUN! Coming down on the blue-dot trail is also steep and technical. This loop also tends to be very crowded on the weekends, which is why we are doing this event in January - hoping the crowds will thin out with the colder weather. Your best shot at avoiding crowds is to start running/hiking by 8am. We recommend picking up a copy of the NYNJTC Map #120 - Kittatinny Trails, Southern

MT. MINSI 5 MILER

***For the Mt. Minis 5 Miler, please use this link for the exact parking lot https://goo.gl/maps/nQiVjcVSkrbBxqds6 ***
This 5 mile loop climbs the lesser known Mt Minsi which is directly across the Delaware River from Mt. Tammany. The loop has 1,100 ft of gain but is no where near as technical as Mt. Tammany. The elevation gain is also spread out more than Tammany, so it is not as steep. From the parking lot, you will follow the Appalachian Trail all the way to the summit of Mt. Minsi. The summit is just beyond the Mt. Minsi Fire road that you will take to get back down to the parking lot, so you'll need to do a short out and back to hit the summit. Take the Mt. Minsi Fire Road all the way back down to the parking lot. We recommend picking up a copy of the NYNJTC Map #120 - Kittatinny Trails, Southern

TAMMANY/MINSI 12-ISH MILER

The 12-ish Miler combines the Mt. Tammany loop with the Mt. Minsi loop by connecting the two via the Appalachian Trail. This loop as 2,500 ft of elevation gain. You'll park at the Dunnfield Creek Trailhead parking lot right off of I-80W. From the parking lot, you will climb to the summit of Tammany on the Red-Dot trail. At the summit, you will then follow the Blue-Dot trail back down to the bottom. When you reach the Dunnfield Waterfalls, you'll turn left on the Appalachian Trail which will bring you back to the parking lot. From here, you will stay on the Appalachian Trail to get over to Mt. Minsi. Follow the white blazes on the paved path that goes under I-80. This will bring you to the Kittatinny Visitor Center Parking lot. Continue following the AT along the foot path that parallels I-80 traveling over the Delaware River. You will cross the NJ/PA border! Stay on the AT all the way up to the summit of Mt. Minsi. To reach the summit, you will have to do a short out and back just beyond the Mt. Minsi Fire Road that you will take to go back down the mountain. Take the Mt. Minsi Fire Road all the way back down to the parking lot where it rejoins the AT (how you came). Follow the AT back over the Delaware River, through the Kittatiny Visitor Center lot and back under I-80 to get back to the Dunnfield Creek Trailhead. We recommend picking up a copy of the NYNJTC Map #120 - Kittatinny Trails, Southern

TAMMANY/MINSI/SUNFISH 19-ISH MILER

This route combines all three courses to make a challenging day trip that has 3,000 ft of gain in 19 miles. You'll park at the Dunnfield Creek Trailhead parking lot right off of I-80W. From the parking lot, you will climb to the summit of Tammany on the Red-Dot trail. At the summit, you will follow the blue-dot trail 0.3 miles to the first split; the blue-dot continues left to descend the mountain and the Mt. Tammany Fire Road continues straight. Follow the Mt. Tammany Fire Road for about 3 miles where you will hit the Turquoise Trail - turn left on the Turquoise Trail and follow it to the end (don't turn on any fire roads along the way) where you will hit Sunfish Pond. Turn left on the Appalachian Trail. You will follow the AT all the way back to the Dunnfield Creek Trailhead parking lot, where you started. From here, you will stay on the Appalachian Trail to get over to Mt. Minsi. Follow the white blazes on the paved path that goes under I-80. This will bring you to the Kittatinny Visitor Center Parking lot. Continue following the AT along the foot path that parallels I-80 traveling over the Delaware River. You will cross the NJ/PA border! Stay on the AT all the way up to the summit of Mt. Minsi. To reach the summit, you will have to do a short out and back just beyond the Mt. Minsi Fire Road that you will take to go back down the mountain. Take the Mt. Minsi Fire Road all the way back down to the parking lot where it rejoins the AT (how you came). Follow the AT back over the Delaware River, through the Kittatiny Visitor Center lot and back under I-80 to get back to the Dunnfield Creek Trailhead. We recommend picking up a copy of the NYNJTC Map #120 - Kittatinny Trails, Southern

NYNJTC

We are supporting the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference with our RunVenture Series! Please consider donating by using the add-on feature during registration. The NYNJTC maintains and protects over 2,000 miles of trails in New York and New Jersey!

FAQ's

Q: I don't know which event I should sign up for!
A: The question isn’t ‘What are we going to do?’ The question is ‘What aren’t we going to do?'”

Q: What gear should I bring with me?
A: GREAT question! Start by checking the weather. In addition to the appropriate clothing for the weather forecast, we recommend bringing the following in your pack: water, food. Cash/ID. Cell phone and external battery pack. Headlamp and extra batteries. Emergency Mylar blanket (it's 3 inches big and weighs less than 2 oz and can save your life if something bad happened!). An extra layer, warmer than you think you need - just in case. Small first aid kit - again, it doesn't weigh much or take up a lot of space, and it could save your life. And trekking poles will definitely help! Again, be sure to check the weather and trail conditions before you go; it's possible that you may need spikes if there is snow/ice.

Q: Wow - that's a ton of gear - I'm not planning on camping - do I really need to bring all of that stuff?
A: Hey - better safe than sorry, right? You mess with the bull, you get the horns. The trails are rugged, technical and have a ton of climbing - so it's going to take you longer than the same distance on an easier trail.

Q: Be honest-- will I see Sasquatch when I'm out there on the trail?
A: We can neither confirm nor deny that Sasquatch lives at the Delaware Water Gap.....

Q: Tell me about the SWAG!
A: We will mail everyone a handcrafted wood keepsake! If you'd like to purchase more Sassquad Gear, we have a couple of add-on's in the Store link at the top of the registration page.

Q: Ah! I forgot to donate to the NYNJTC! Can I still make a donation?
A:Life Moves Pretty Fast. If You Don’t Stop And Look Around Once In A While, You Could Miss It. Yes, click the "STORE" link at the top of the page!

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