|Trucking up the "one lane" trail in French Gulch. Step off|
the trail and you sink in over 3 feet of snow.
We set out to do a quick skijoring sprint up & back in French Gulch. As you can see in the picture to the left, the terrain was a "one lane ski trail" most of the route. We have had some good snowfall recently; so, stepping off the packed one lane trail puts you in 2-4 feet of powder. As a result, when we encountered crowds on the trail, Max, Zorro & I hopped in deep deep snow to let others pass (not that anyone ever catches us from behind - all the passes were head-on encounters with groups going the opposite direction ;-)
It is always nice to yield to others and Max & Zorro certainly don't mind jumping in 3 feet of powder! But, it does lead to lots of "stop & go" on crowded days like today. The result: each "go" (or restart) is 2 Siberians shooting out of a cannon!
Vital Stats: 5.5 miles; 62m total time; 41m skijoring time (21m "stop, yield to others & go" time on crowded trails); 20 MPH top speed; 650 feet of elevation gain. Doing a little math shows that, when moving, we were averaging an 8 MPH pace! So, it was really a day of "stop, yield to others, go & sprint" and then repeat many times...
|Another nice shot of the one lane trail. Siberian heads & shoulders down|
while powering uphill.
|Max just finished doing a "snow angel" to cool off at our turnaround point.|
The human was too slow with the camera to catch any of the snow angel; but
Max's back full of snow gives you an indication how much he enjoyed it!
|Zorro preparing to "torpedo dive" into the deep snow (notice the tail straightening|
out as he gets into aerodynamic "dive form").
|A look back down the trail and French Gulch from our turnaround point.|