Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A Day of 'M' Routes

We still had a "high wind" warning (continued from yesterday) when we started our outing today. So, our goal was to stay below treeline and do multiple up/down routes across Baldy Mountain (think of making 1.5 'M' routes across the mountain - up, down, up, down, up, down).

The plan was a success as we stayed sheltered from the wind; yet the constant up/down lead to us climbing over 1200 feet in our relatively short 6.6 mile outing. Roughly 3.3 miles of "ups" and 3.3 miles of "downs" with some steep sections requiring a lot of driving the skis into the snow to keep under control and going safe speeds! Fun, fun day!

Our final stretch returning to the Baldy Mountain trailhead.

Vital Stats: 6.6 miles; 84m total time; 76m skijoring time; 20 MPH top speed; 1200 feet of elevation climbed.

A snow-covered, old abandoned mine between Baldy and Boreas mountains.
Puzzle: Find the Zorro in this picture...
Hint: Look for his antennas (ears).
Max enjoying the snow at our break point (he just finished doing a snow
angel, I was too slow with the camera to catch it).
Max inspecting the left side of the abandoned mine.
Zorro inspecting the snow where Max just finished his snow angel.

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