Friday, April 4, 2014

Cruising French Gulch

Is it really April... You wouldn't think so given the snowpack on the trails around Breckenridge!
Flying along the set track in French Gulch on what is easily a 3+ foot base of snow!

The trails in French Gulch went from "wide to narrow" as we went further out the gulch. Oftentimes a narrow single track will cause Max & Zorro to switch into single file skijoring. But, everyone was juiced to go today, so they figured out how to fit into a track narrower than 2 Siberians...
Shoulder to shoulder sprinting on a single track that is not 2 Siberians wide - magic...

Here is the video counterpart to the previous clip. The set track is really only 1 Siberian wide; but Max & Zorro figure out how to alternate in & out of the track so as to keep going fast. Until you try it, you do not realize how hard it is to maintain speed while sharing a single track - talented pair!
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

A beautiful shot of the snowshoe trail we toured off the main French Gulch trail to add some more fun to the outing.
Cruising up & into the forest - wheeee!

Snowshoe trails never go very far, so eventually we were all alone in the fresh snow after following the trail from the previous photo until it ended. We set our own track for a little while before needing to turn around and head back to the trailhead.
"Turnaround? Really? But we have not set the trail for the rest of the world to use!!" says
cute little puzzled Zorro questioning my weird request to turnaround.
"Ok, as long as we are still going, I'll go any direction!" says agreeable Max.

A beautiful day touring French Gulch (and many side trails) for 10.8 miles with 1250 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 19 MPH.

2013/2014 Season to Date: 123 days on the trails covering 1063.0 miles with 123,250 feet of elevation climbed.

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