We spent the majority of today's skijor outing laying fresh tracks or breaking trail on very narrow backcountry trails - wheeee!
|"Really? So soon? Why?" question Max & Zorro as they peek back at me when I called|
out "time to turn around".
After a Sunday of lots of new snow, we had a great time exploring fresh powder on the lesser used trails on Baldy Mountain.
|About 1/2 the time found us breaking trail in 8-10 inches of snow on "single file trails".|
It was a great workout taking turns in lead in the deep snow.
|About 1/4 of the time found us laying fresh tracks in "single file trails" with|
extremely high snow walls.
One of the benefits of a "snow day on Baldy" is taking a ride on the Nightmare on Baldy Trail. This trail earned its name because it is a narrow & occasionally steep mountain bike single track that winds through the trees on the north face of Baldy. We have to have powder on the nightmare for me to attempt it - this keeps the speeds down as the Siberians have to work :-)
|Entering the top of the Nightmare on Baldy Trail. Notice the high snow walls on one side|
of the trail and the narrow path through the trees that characterizes most of the trail.
|Just about done traversing nightmare - the trail opens up briefly on the last section to|
allow us to jog shoulder-to-shoulder.
While the majority of the day was breaking trail or single file skijoring, we did get to enjoy one fast and wide straightaway on the main Baldy Mountain Trail - wheeee!
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]
The complexity of the terrain and depth of snow kept our mileage less than normal today. But, no complaints here - powder days are always a blast! 7.2 miles with 750 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 19 MPH.
2013/2014 Season to Date: 67 days on the trails covering 571.9 miles with 67,200 feet of elevation climbed.