Sunday, April 5, 2015

1000 and Counting

We surpassed 1000 miles of skijoring for the 2014/2015 Season this morning!
1004.4 to be exact... 1000 and counting...
"And we could do 1000 more! How about today?!?" declare the happy pair at our
turnaround point on Boreas Pass.

This is our third year in a row surpassing 1000 miles of skijoring for a season. For the curious, we probably do not have a chance of surpassing last season's record 1341.8 miles. The snowpack was better earlier last season and better late than it is looking to be this season. 1100 miles is in reach, maybe even 1200. And, who knows, a couple great late season snowstorms and maybe, just maybe, 1300 can come back into play. Max, Zorro & I are the extreme snow optimists... Pray for Snow!

We used Boreas Pass to surpass 1000 miles this morning. The conditions up high on Boreas are still looking very good for April. How long can the snow can the snowpack defy the warming Spring temperatures...
Zipping along as we pass Bakers Tanks. You can see the set trail to our right; but that was icy
and choppy, so we used the nice hard crust on the shoulder to glide along peacefully.

Boreas has a few nice stretches with extremely wide & flat shoulders that are fun to use with the Spring's hard crust layer:
Look closely and to the right of the hump in front of us is the actual packed trail.
We are having more fun running the hard crust on the extremely wide shoulder.
You can see fox tracks to our left and what may be coyote or mountain lion tracks to
Max's right. Foxes, coyotes (lions?) and Siberians - oh my!

You must be asking, "Well, why not 1300 miles again, the trail conditions in those last two shots look great?!?" Those shots are "upper Boreas", here's a view of "mid Boreas" (and you do not want to see what "lower Boreas" looked like):
Slowing to a "human preservation" trot on the very narrow trail.

Nice up high, cautious in the middle and ugly down low on Boreas: 9.1 miles with 1000 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 19 MPH.

2014/2015 Season to Date: 116 days on the trails covering 1004.4 miles with 106,300 feet of elevation climbed.

1100 miles here we come! 1200 miles, we hope to see you! 1300 - well.... Pray for Snow!

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