On today's skijor outing we traded mileage for elevation as we ascended (and descended) 1400 feet in a short 7.1 miles.
|A peaceful day laying fresh tracks the entire outing!|
The route started with a steep climb into a relatively unused plateau high above French Gulch. The steep entry is what keeps most skiers out of this area; but, luckily, I have Siberian Assistance to ascend up into this fun trail system. Once up & into the plateau, it was a fun jog around open meadows laying fresh tracks in the untouched snow. Then we ended with a steep descent off the plateau - the Siberian Assistance is not as appreciated on the steep descent as much as it is on the ascent! :-)
|Climbing, climbing, steep climbing. I love Siberian Assistance uphill!|
|A junction in the trail. The Siberians are thinking "left" looks fun; but the good boys listened|
to the "right" command from the musher and happily turned to the right.
Such good listeners!
|Breaking out of the thick forest and into this wide open and untouched meadow.|
The steep climb is worth it once you get to enjoy this almost isolated plateau all to yourselves!
|Stopping to send Nancy a text where to pick us up.|
The Siberians' view on this stoppage, "Are you done YET?!?! We are getting
bone rot up here!"
|Text sent and an "ok, let's go" called out as my partners happily start hauling me through|
the untouched snow again.
A day with the trails completely to ourselves covering 7.1 miles with 1400 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 16 MPH.