Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Passing 600

Passing 600 miles for the season on Monday. 600 and counting.....
Getting ready to restart after a momentary pause on the trail.
Our friend Gillian and her 5-dog team to the right and one of the snowmobiles we
were playing with in the front center of the photo.

We met up our friend Gillian to run the trails at Rabbit Ears with her sled team. There had been heavy falling & blowing snow before we arrived with light snow (and still occasionally blowing) all during our outing. The snowfall was enough that there was no visible trail for most of the day as we had fun navigating from trail marker to trail marker as we made our way:
Kicking up powder with no visible trail as we are navigating from marker to marker.
Note the orange trail marker just forward and to the right.

We were running with Gillian's team all day with the occasional back & forth with 2 snowmobilers who seemed to be having fun sharing the untouched terrain with 7 sled dogs:
One of the many open meadows along today's trail.
Gillian & her team are the little dot in front of us and you see the 2 snowmobilers coming back
towards us on the left.

The best way to describe the day's outing was 'sled dog slogging' as the new snow was very dense. It was not wet & sticky like a Spring snow; but it was very dense (as opposed to light and fluffy). This made for a slower than normal outing; but still a great time. Rabbit Ears is one of our trails we hope to use well into May or June every year; so we will trade a few miles in new, dense snow today for the hope of many outings in May!
"Slow & dense trail, yes. Having fun - absolutely!" say the happy pair at our turnaround
point of the day (you can also see Gillian and her team preparing to turn around as well).

A serious workout today slogging through dense snow for 9.3 miles with 1150 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 21 MPH.

2014/2015 Season to Date: 71 days on the trails covering 608.3 miles with 65,750 feet of elevation climbed.

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