Torey Lee Brooks’ résumé stands on its own. The New Hampshire native has conquered some of the steepest, most technical lines in the White Mountains, accomplished a single-day Presidential Range traverse, and has more than 12 years experience as a competitive ski racer, coach and program director.
But tackling Vermont’s Catamount Trail might be the toughest thing the athlete has ever experienced.
“There was a part of my brain that was like, ‘Maybe I’ll wait.’ ” Brooks said. “But a lot of the Catamount Trail is at lower elevation, and with how the winters have been going of late, it felt risky to keep trying to push (off) this big objective that I wanted to do.”
Brooks’ quest to ski the 317-mile trail, from Massachusetts to Canada, became the basis for a new short film from New England creative agency Eastern Adventure. Sponsored in part by Protect Our Winters, Fischer Skis and the Trust for Public Land, “300 Miles Melting,” takes a look at how the unique nature of the Catamount Trail, conceived in 1984 and fully linked in 2008, is impacted by changing winters. The film, available at 300milesmelting.com, follows Brooks along the route and details her struggles.