|Max rolling around in the snow.|
"Never been so hot, never been so hot! I am on FIRE!"
It was 42 degrees when we left the trailhead around 9am - mostly cloudy with a little sun breaking through occasionally. Even though we were ascending up over 1,000 feet, the day was growing so the temps remained over 40 our entire route.
40+ degrees and we are skijoring?!?!! Whose bright idea was this??? We think this is the hottest temperature EVER experienced by 2 Siberian Huskies! Global Warming! What was that you said? "forward/faster"? Ok, we cannot resist, but you realize this is the hottest day ever!
The previous paragraph was brought to you by Max & Zorro. They both have "Siberian Summer Blockout Disorder" and refuse to believe they have every exercised when over 40 degrees - until today! Despite the record heat (according to them) we did an 8.5 mile skijoring tour. Given the temperatures, the trails were slushy & mushy in many areas - we maintained an impressive 6 MPH moving average through this heat wave and wet/sticky skiing terrain...
The Route: Indiana Creek winter trailhead; up Indiana Creek until connecting with Boreas Pass Rd; down Boreas Pass Rd to the Boreas winter trailhead. Nearing the Boreas trailhead, there are two sections of trail with high "canyon walls" on both sides - meaning not much snow collects on these 2 patches. With the recent temperatures and not much new snow, both of these sections were down to dirt. I had to remove my skis and walk across these two areas. The life of "spring skiing" conditions...
Vital Stats: 8.5 miles; 1h 45m total time; 1h 25m moving time; 6 MPH moving average (in slushy/sticky conditions!); 16 MPH top speed; 1,100 feet of elevation gain (and loss).
|Cruising up the lower sections of Indiana Creek.|
Although there are "no tracks", the trail is easy to see ascending up through the trees.
|On Boreas Pass Rd taking a short break.|
A look back at the path we skijored up & out of Indiana Creek.
|Frisky Zorro - preparing to pounce on Max.|
He may look innocent in this shot; but he's got mischief all over his face
and "prepare to pounce" in back legs ;-)
|Zorro pounce successful. Max saying, "try that again and I'll FLATTEN you kid!"|
|Cruising past Nancy as we sprint towards the Boreas winter trailhead.|
Notice the airborne, flying feet on the siberians!
|Back home and recovering from sprinting 8.5 miles through slushy/sticky snow in the|
hottest temperature ever seen by a Siberian Husky...