Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Four Trails

French Gulch presented us with "4 types of trails" on this morning's outing - fun!
Zoom we go sprinting along in lower French Gulch.
The lower and middle sections of French Gulch was fast-packed and wide. We were flying along at a torrid pace on the lower & middle trail. The GPS clocked us topping 24 MPH. I put together two short clips from our sprint on this section of trail - somewhere along the way in these clips is where we were topping 24 MPH. Wheeee!
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

Our skijoring pace on the lower/mid trail was ridiculously fast, I was thinking we were going to top 11 miles on this outing at that pace. But, as is always the case with French Gulch, eventually the super fast lower/mid trail gives way to lesser used upper French Gulch. The upper section of trail was a narrow single track just barely 2 Siberians wide.
Slowed by a narrow trail, but still having a blast cruising upper French Gulch.
Love the view of the "sun soaked" mountain in front of us. We are shaded by a large mountain
to our left in upper French Gulch so the morning sun has not hit our trail yet.
Eventually the "human made" tracks ended and we were past the last meadow of French Gulch and heading towards French Pass. Max & Zorro quickly found a moose trail to follow!
Swimming in a trail set by moose. Look closely and you can see the moose trail leading
us into the trees ahead of us. We never saw the moose itself, but my partners noses said the
trail was VERY fresh!
The moose trail eventually dipped down into French Creek so we continued straight on our own. Our 4th type of trail this morning: No Trail as we set our own path towards French Pass.
Nobody, not even moose, have been out this far in French Gulch!
Finally, the silly human declared it time to turn around and head back...
"Well, I'm going to roll snow angels to cool off first!" demonstrates silly Max.
"I see no, absolutely no, reason to turnaround!" says intense 'moose scanning' Zorro.

Four types of trail all within the French Gulch system: fast-packed, narrow-packed, moose-trail and no-trail. What a fun morning: 9.2 miles traveled with 1100 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 24 MPH.

2016/2017 Season to Date: 62 days on the trails covering 485.5 miles with 51,400 feet of elevation climbed.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Going fast and getting wild in Wilder Gulch at Vail Pass this morning.
Here we go.....
Out-stretched & sprinting Max & Zorro as we zoooom along the snowmobile tracks
in Wilder Gulch.
Wilder Gulch has some great scenery if you dare take your eyes off the trail and flying Siberians in front of you :)
Snow covered trees and snow covered mountains all around us along with nice view of
Max & Zorro in a fast "sprint tuck". 
The best views, though, are Max & Zorro who love to "uncork it" and put the pedal to the metal on this trail:
Zooming again - wheeee!
Of course, all that speed in Wilder Gulch means you take full advantage of the snow at our turnaround point of the morning....
"Yum, yum - chomping snowcones to cool my jets!" demonstrates funny Zorro.

"Roll, roll, rolling snow angels to cool my jets!" demonstrates silly Max.

A fast & wild day in Wilder Gulch: 9.4 miles traveled with 1200 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 21 MPH.

2016/2017 Season to Date: 61 days on the trails covering 476.3 miles with 50,300 feet of elevation climbed.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Group Fun

Having a blast frolicking with multiple dog sled teams from Good Times Adventures on the trails this morning!
"I sense this is going to be a FUN day!" says happy Max looking back at me to give his
foreshadow of the day.
"Hi friends - we'll be running with you soon!" says Zorro to his sled dog buddies passing by.

We had a great day of "back & forth" with the dog sled teams. We'd fly by some, we'd watch others pass us by and we'd run along with a few more. Here we go - wheeee....

Cruising along the trail as we flirt with a team paused on a trail to our right:
"Hi guys! Catch us if you can!" say Max & Zorro to their buddies.
Our turn to pause and let a team go by:
"Hehe - we see you looking at us too!" as you can see two friends looking over at us
as they go by.
We came around a corner from one trail to another and their was a team that just connected to this same trail from the opposite side. Oh boy "sled dog chase" :)
"Here we come!!!! Zoom!" say Max & Zorro putting the pedal to the metal to run with the
team in front to us.
Sprinting along as we see a team paused to let us fly by:
"Hi friends - can you match our speed?" say Max & Zorro to the team watching us
from the right.
One more "sprint by a paused team" - wheeee:
You can see the Siberians from the other team just over the snow wall to our right.
We are all "just tall enough" to see and flirt with each other over the snow wall.
Finally, here is how Max & Zorro like to perform a close "on by" with a paused team. The behavior of each matches their personalities perfectly. Max will typically back off the gangline and slow so he can flirt with the other Siberians. Zorro, on the other hand, will kick it into overdrive as he likes to sprint past any stopped sled dog.
"Hi friends - happy to see you!" says Max slowing to flirt.
"Haha, look at me FLY by!" says silly 'haha Zorro' picking up his pace to pass.

Some much fun interacting with all the dog sled teams from Good Times this morning: 10.3 miles traveled with 1100 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 22 MPH.

2016/2017 Season to Date: 60 days on the trails covering 466.9 miles with 49,100 feet of elevation climbed.