Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Boreas Gallop

Taking a break at our "high point" on Boreas. Max (top) is
lined up to continue South; Zorro (bottom) is lined up to
continue North (note the opposite angle of the shadow on
each of them).
A fast fun day skijoring on Boreas Pass Rd.

The trail was well packed with 1-2 inches of new snow. I took out my "fast skis" for the outing and combined this with the fast huskies. The "fast skis" are great for packed conditions with at most a little powder (this pair of skis is terrible for breaking trail). So, pair the fast equipment with the fast Siberians and you have a quick gallop up & down Boreas Pass Rd. Wheeeee!

We raced up Boreas Pass for about 4.3 miles, took a break and then raced back down Boreas Pass. An 8.6 mile gallop with 800 feet of elevation gain. The conditions were 2 degrees when we started with sunny skies and no wind; this is ideal conditions for the Siberians. When we arrived back at the trailhead Max acted as if he'd had no exercise yet today - walking & looking around the trailhead and not even breathing hard. What a skijoring machine!

Vital Stats: 8.6 miles; 95m total time; 85m skijoring time; 21 MPH top speed; 800 feet of elevation gain.

Max doing a little "head dunk" to explore under the snow at our break point.
Ditto for Zorro - who needs a break, we must be stopped to bury our
heads in the snow!

Bright blue skies, no wind and temperatures in the single digits - that defines
"perfect conditions" for Max & Zorro!

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