Saturday, February 9, 2013

Mistake Trail

We have many trail options to use to climb up to the good snow high above French Gulch. Today we tried a new one - oh what a mistake!
Narrow trail with lots of exposed rocks to the right & left and the occasional rock in the middle
of the trail with a slight snow cover hiding it! Egad!
The trail started okay but then kept getting narrower and sketchier. Eventually we hit a wind blown section that was nothing more than ice & rocks. Well, off came the skis and we had to hike for about a half a mile before we got up into some trees and the trail was skiable again.

What do the Siberians think of the human on foot hiking & carrying skis? "Boooo - we can waddle like this all summer - BOOOOOO!" What do the Siberians think of the skis back on? Well:

"Oh boy! The skis are back on!" says an approving Zorro.
"Skis on, lets go before something else happens!" demonstrates Max.
Luckily, once we finally ascended the "mistake trail", the conditions were wonderful with some fresh snow that had fallen overnight:

Fresh powder along the upper trails - whoosh we go! :-)
"Look - untouched deep snow THIS way!" points Max.
Unfortunately we had to turnaround at this point to head back to the trailhead.
Where's the trail? "Hehe, we know and we are on it!" show Max & Zorro as they know how to
pick & follow the trail in what looks like a indistinguishable field of snow.
A lot of fun "up high" today. A big mistake on our route to get up high - this route is now scratched from our list of trails. 6.8 miles, 1300 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 18 MPH (the total mileage really suffers when the human is hiking and not on skis :-(

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