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.
video

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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