Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Nice Up High

Fabulous "May Conditions" high up on Boreas Pass today!
Cruising along high up on Boreas Pass. It really is May; but the upper elevations
are holding their snow wonderfully!

We are getting to that time of year where there is good snow at the upper elevations but ice, mud & dirt at the lower elevations. The problem is that all the trailheads are at the lower elevations; so we need to use creative measures to bypass the lower elevations and get to the upper elevations...

Today we used very creative measures to bypass the lower 1.5 miles of the Boreas Pass Trail so that we could get to the great conditions the rest of the way up Boreas. How did we accomplish this? Well, it's a secret! We do not always reveal our secret routes to keep the season alive as they would deteriorate quickly if publicized :-)

On our own "private trail" as we come out of the forest to connect onto Boreas Pass
and continue the route up.

Normally I help a little on the uphill sections of trail by shuffling my feet or driving my poles to assist my uphill towing partners. But, occasionally I get the incredible "free ride uphill" as Max & Zorro take over to propel me up the trail - wheeee!
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

While the conditions were great for May, we did encounter the occasional reminder that the season will end eventually...
Exposed road to the left and exposed shoulder to the right; but just enough snow down the
center to keep going, going, going!

What an excellent May day - ask Max & Zorro:
"10 miles in May - we ACCEPT!" say the approving pair looking back when I called out
time to turnaround and head back down.
Fabulous May conditions up high allowing us to cover 10.1 miles with 850 feet of elevation climbed!

2013/2014 Season to Date: 143 days on the trails covering 1244.1 miles with 142,450 feet of elevation climbed.

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