It was a day of "complex terrain" all over the trails, leading to quite the Siberian Workout!
|"Time to head back? But we've got miles of untouched trail breaking in front of us!"|
say the trail breaking pair when I suggested it was time to head back to the trailhead.
(1) The "easiest" terrain we encountered was laying fresh tracks in 3-4 inches near the trailhead.
|"Trot, trot - we are going to get some serious mileage today on this terrain!" we all|
thought at the lower elevations...
(2) The lower meadow had a wind-swept layer of hard snow making for "punchy conditions". Punchy snow is difficult because you cannot glide forward like you would in fresh powder. Instead you have to punch in/out of the snow, lifting your feet high to make forward progress.
|"Punch, punch - punchy snow really slows you down!"|
(3) Occasionally the "set track" was wide enough to jog shoulder-to-shoulder; but barely wide enough.
|"Ok, this is better! Out of the punchy meadow and laying fresh tracks into the forest!"|
(4) Most of the terrain after the lower meadow was a narrow single track with extremely high snow walls. Only enough room to skijor single file and take turns running in lead.
|"Whoops - snow walls as tall as us. Time to alternate single-file lead!" say the furry|
pair taking us deeper into the backcountry.
(5) And the further we went, the deeper it got!
|"Trail breaking! Hop, glide, swim through the powder!"|
How deep was it at our highest point - judge for yourself...
|Left: both poles put in the snow.|
Right: one pole pulled up to give a height reference to the sunk pole.
Deep snow, punchy snow and narrow single file trails made for a day of "complex terrain". The conditions limited us to a very aerobic 7 miles with 850 feet of elevation climbed.
2013/2014 Season to Date: 61 days on the trails covering 521.4 miles with 61,200 feet of elevation climbed.