Wednesday, March 13, 2013

One Hundred Thousand Feet

Today we surpassed 100,000 feet of elevation climbed for our 2012/2013 skijoring season!
That is a lot of "Siberian Power" to haul the human up so much elevation!
100,000 feet and counting...
"And it sure has been a fun 100,000 feet!" say happy Max & Zorro at our
high point break for the day.
We toured Vail Pass for today's outing. This is a popular area with snowmobiles so we had lots of fast packed trails but also lots of steep elevations to climb:

Clouds clearing, sun shining, Siberians running.
The snow was "soft" even though traversed by snowmobiles, so no need to
slow down.
Even in the shade - soft conditions! Snowmobile tracks can get very icy, so we were
happy to find them soft most of the day.
Put it all together into a nice skijoring clip.
Max & Zorro are really working to keep the human going their desired speed!
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

Did I mention it was 25 degrees with rising temperatures and sun breaking through the clouds when we started our run today? Siberian Hot!
It is rare to catch Max & Zorro doing their preferred "cool off" antics in the same shot.
Max rolling his patented snow angels to cool off.
Zorro chomping down on fresh snow cones to cool off.

Today was day 11 of our "mini Iditarod" covering 10.5 miles and climbing 1450 feet in elevation with a top speed of 20 MPH.

Our total stats after 11 Iditarod days: 110.8 miles and 13,450 feet of elevation climbed.
GPS summary of the day. We were pushing for 11 miles, but Vail Pass
is a little too steep to get 11 miles in the time we had allotted.

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