Today was a real workout as we found ourselves breaking trail in 5-12 inches of fresh snow for 10.5 of our 10.9 mile outing! Wow - what powder!
|Gliding along Boreas Pass Rd - breaking trail in about 5 inches at this point. Wheee!|
1) Take a non-standard (i.e., seldom used) 8 mile route to connect Baldy Mountain to Bakers Tank on Boreas Mountain. We completely expected to be breaking trail most, if not all, of this route.
2) Drop onto popular (and heavily used) Boreas Pass Rd at Bakers Tank and sprint down "fast packed Boreas" for 3 miles to the trailhead.
So, that was the plan: 8 "hard miles" and then finish with 3 "easy miles". Well, here's what happened:
|Initially all was as expected - breaking trail for 8 miles connecting Baldy to Boreas|
the long way.
|Still "on plan", powering through what was supposed to be the last deep section as we|
connect onto Boreas Pass Rd. You can see an existing track on the road in front of
us, this was to be the "easy track" down...
|On Boreas Pass Rd. The track is a little narrower than you usually find on popular Boreas;|
but it is still a nice track to follow fast.
|Less than 1/4 mile after connecting with Boreas and what is this - we've caught a pair of|
snowshoers trekking down. We'll just pass and continue on the Boreas fast track, or
so we thought...
Our stats after 3 Iditarod days: 33.5 miles and 3450 feet of elevation climbed.
|GPS report of the top speed and distance covered in today's outing. You|
know if our top speed is only 15 MPH then we have been in deep snow
all day long!