|Max says, "I'm soooo hot - 10 degrees and 20-40 mph|
winds, need to cool off!"
The route was Indiana Creek winter trailhead up to Boreas Pass Rd and down to the Boreas winter trailhead. The last 1/2 mile of the up route and first 1/2 mile of the down route is above tree line. The temperature was around 10 degrees and the wind was blowing at a constant 20 MPH with gusts in the 40 MPH range for this 1 mile stretch above tree line.
This may be the coldest I ever felt in my life! I was wearing my midweight gloves and both pinkies froze solid during this stretch. I contemplated changing into my heavyweight gloves, but that required two things: (1) stopping (BRRRR); and (2) taking my gloves off to put the new ones on (DOUBLE BRRRRRR)! So the 3 of us sprinted to get below tree line. Phew - once below tree line the wind was not as strong and the pinkies of my gloves started to thaw. Were Max & Zorro cold, you ask? Ha! No - see the picture above of Max rolling around to cool off in the "husky hot" 10 degrees and 20-40 mph winds!
The Conditions: (1) Existing tracks for the first 1/2 mile. (2) Zero tracks the next 7 miles breaking trail in 4-9 inches of fresh powder! (3) Existing tracks the final 1.8 miles to the Boreas trailhead. That 7 mile stretch of breaking trail was a real Siberian workout...
Vital Stats: 9.3 miles; 2h 15m total time; 2h moving time; 4.7 MPH moving average; 16 MPH top speed; 1,200 feet of elevation gain (and then loss). Not a bad moving average given that we were breaking trail for 7 miles in 4-9 inches.
|Lower section of Indiana Creek. We just skied past the only other person|
on the trails - it's trail breaking for the next 7 miles - wooo, fun!
|As they say - if you aren't the lead dog the view never changes - fluffy white butts ;-)|