Monday, December 29, 2014

Varying Terrain

Today's skijor outing found us on wide & fast trails, laying fresh tracks on shoulder-to-shoulder trails and playing follow the leader on narrow single tracks trails. All in one outing!
Making use of the entire wide trail as Max runs in the left track, Zorro runs in the right track
and I glide down the shallow powder in the middle - wheeee!

Our outing started on French Gulch Road and then took us out & back on the main French Gulch Trail. Come along for the fun.....

(1) Everybody ready to go?
"YES! Let's get a moving!" answers happy Max.
"Always ready!" states Zorro surveying the trail ahead waiting for his release...

(2) The lower 1/3 of French Gulch was wide & fast. Today's short video clip shows this wide, fast and fun trail:
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

(3) The middle 1/3 of French Gulch found us laying fresh tracks in a lightly snow covered snowmobile track.
Love laying fresh tracks on a trail wide enough to run shoulder to shoulder!

(4) The upper 1/3 of French Gulch found us laying fresh tracks in a single track trail. We broke trail to make this single track 7-10 days ago and were happy to find some other skiers had ventured this far back in the gulch to keep the track visible amidst recent snowfall.
Laying fresh tracks to maintain the single track far back in French Gulch.

People often ask me if Max & Zorro really listen to me when we skijor. It is a silly question, because OF COURSE they listen to me. But, here's some proof for those who ever doubted...
"You speak, we listen! What's the plan?" ask my intensely focused pair listening to my
description of the plan for our return route in French Gulch.

As is expected, no trip to French Gulch this year is complete without encountering fresh moose tracks or seeing moose themselves...
"Sniff, sniff - these are VERY fresh! Where's the moose?" ask my moose seeking partners.

A fun day traversing 3 types of varying terrain covering 8.8 miles with 900 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 20 MPH.

2014/2015 Season to Date: 48 days on the trails covering 396.7 miles with 42,850 feet of elevation climbed.

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