Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Frolicking in the Snow

Approaching our finish at the French Gulch
trailhead. Happy huskies with snow covered
heads! Bundled up human with no body parts
The forecast was for light snow falling this morning as we headed out to the trails. The reality was heavy, constant snowfall! A Siberian Treat...

There were 2 sections of "repeated trail" during today's route. Both times our original tracks were already buried in new snow within 10-15 minutes of our first pass. Highlights of the day:

(1) Sally Barber/Barney Ford trailhead up to Sally Barber Mine - existing tracks for the first 1/3 of the route and then just the 3 of us laying fresh tracks the next 2/3.

(2) Sprint down the Sally Barber trail towards French Gulch laying fresh tracks the whole way. About 1/2 way down, hang a right and ski up the steep True Romance Mine trail (laying fresh tracks again).

(3) Partway up to True Romance and hang a right on the Trail of Tears - laying fresh tracks all the way back to Sally Barber Mine.

(4) Reconnect to the Sally Barber trail towards French Gulch and notice all our "first pass tracks" are already invisible and covered in snow. Sprint all the way down to the French Gulch trail, again laying fresh tracks the whole way.

(5) Skijor out & up French Gulch to the last of the private cabins in the gulch. Following existing tracks for about 1/2 the route and then laying fresh tracks the remainder of the path. Take a quick break and then back down to the French Gulch winter trailhead.

Vital Stats: 9.2 miles; 114m total time; 97m skijoring time; 22 MPH top speed; 1000 feet of elevation gain. Lots of fresh & still falling snow!

Heading up to Sally Barber Mine. Trees filled with snow, laying fresh tracks
in the 2-4 inches on the trail.
A look behind us down the Sally Barber trail we just traversed.
At our turnaround/break point in French Gulch. Clearly Max thinks we should
keep cruising forward instead of turning around. "It's a beautiful day, why not
keep going?
" he ponders...
At the French Gulch trailhead - patiently (and intensely) awaiting our hotdog
treats we get after each skijoring outing.

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