Felsenmeer, german for "Sea or Rocks" Not muddy at all actually. The ground drains well since it is entirely rocks. Early start wasn't as bad as I imagined, 22 degrees and running up Mt. Tammaney as the sky turned from black to inky blue and the sun just peeking over the horizon when we ran along the ridge. Felt good all the way to Sunfish Pond, with a mix of hiking and running. Running back to the S/F was a nice long descent back to the base of Mt. Tammaney and a long hike back up. I was running with Kathleen (1st F) and Mark (From West Orange right at South Mtn, invited him out for our runs), and they got a minute or two on me on the climb and I caught them on the descent, and then they got several minutes on me as we ran on the road and across the bridge over the deleware. They were getting ready to leave the start/finish aid station when I arrived. I stopped in drank a bunch of fluids and ate some, put some stuff in the car and set out alone to run the PA side.
The climb up Mt. Minski was long and seemingly neverending but once to the top it was a nice run along the ridge on a fire road and then onto some single track which included some smooth buffed sections (about a 1/4 mile) covered in pine needles which was really nice considering what the rest of the trails looked like all day. I felt like I ran this section really poorly, slow and unsure about how much further the turn around was, the front runners passed me going the other way and I knew they were getting on fast, but once I saw Mark and then Kathleen and they told the turn around was real close spirits were lifted and once I was heading back I started feeling really good and pushed hard. Passed a few hunters dragging dead deer on the trail back to their trucks - weird - and a few runners on the way back. Bombed the descent down Mt. Minksi as I might do, with utter disregard for my quads and at times general safety and rolled into the finish with a big smile on my face.