Greetings from the Top of the World as we descend off the top of Ptarmigan Peak and back down into the Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area.
|Starting down from the Summit of the Highest Point in the Vail Pass Recreation Area|
We had a great run at Vail Pass today taking Wilder Gulch to Ptarmigan Pass and then doing the final climb from Ptarmigan Pass to the top of Ptarmigan Peak. A quick break at the peak and then a fast return on the same route.
The day started slightly overcast and a little cool...
|Synchronized "sprint tuck" as we start out the day along Wilder Gulch with slightly overcast|
skies and a bright sun trying to break through.
Within 15-20 minutes, the sun burned off the clouds and it became a beautiful day for a run in the sun!
|Welcome sun - what a beautiful day you have brought with you!|
The video counterpart of the beautiful sun shot above. Yes, that is me belting out "Woo Hoo!" partway through the video. Max & Zorro love when I let out an encouraging hooray to let them know how much fun we are all having!
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Finally, a curious encounter for Max & Zorro - a snowmobile towing a snowboarder...
|"Interesting.... I could tow that!" states inquisitive Max.|
"Cool dude - but why a snowmobile instead of sled dogs???" asks interested Zorro.
Tackling Ptarmigan Peak made for a lot of elevation climbing (and descending) today: 9.7 miles with 1800 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 24 MPH.
2014/2015 Season to Date: 61 days on the trails covering 518.8 miles with 56,100 feet of elevation climbed.