Monday, January 12, 2015

Technical Day

Today's skijor outing involved taking the "narrow & technical" backcountry connector route from Baldy Mountain to Boreas Mountain.
Always fun to exercise all of my skiing skills :-)
Sprinting past Bakers Tank on Boreas Pass Rd.
This is an old relic from the days when Boreas Pass was a railroad route from Denver to Breckenridge.

The day started on easy & wide trails on Baldy Mountain and ended on easy & wide trails on Boreas Mountain. But, in between Baldy & Boreas is a seldom used and narrow connector route that weaves you through a dense forest. Here we go, skijoring from Baldy to Boreas:

Some of the trail was barely "2 Siberians wide" as we jog shoulder-to-shoulder laying
fresh tracks on the connector route.

Most of the Baldy to Boreas connector is typically a single track trail. It is not wide enough to run shoulder-to-shoulder, so Max & Zorro take turns running in lead. One might think that skijoring in this single file setup would be very slow going. Well, it is slower than shoulder-to-shoulder; but it is by no means "slow"....
Airborne Zorro in lead with airborne Max in second slot as we fly along a single track trail.
Note that "airborne" means we are going fast and note that in this single file configuration that
I have about 18 inches of "reaction space" between Max and myself. It exercises all of my
skiing skills to keep up (and upright) with Max & Zorro in this configuration - my leg
muscles are always burning after we finish a fast single file stretch!

The reward for doing the "narrow & technical" connector is gliding along fast & wide Boreas to finish the day:
Aaahhh, sitting back on the skis again as Max & Zorro do all the work and I get to
enjoy the ride!

A fun day covering 8.3 miles with 800 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 19 MPH.

2014/2015 Season to Date: 58 days on the trails covering 487.7 miles with 52,300 feet of elevation climbed.

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