Sunday, April 26, 2015

Late April Freshies

Laying fresh tracks as we descend out of the backcountry and onto Boreas Pass Rd at Bakers Tank.
What beautiful, untouched terrain in front of us - wheeee!

If you paid close attention to our last six skijor outings, you should have noticed a common denominator on 5 of the 6 outings - Pass... Rabbit Ears Pass, Vail Pass and (today) Boreas Pass. While conditions may be deteriorating at lower elevations, the season is still alive and well when you hang around the upper elevation passes.

Today's "pass" was Boreas Pass. The trailhead to Boreas Pass is extremely popular and had been tracked and melted down to dirt and mud. So, we needed a way to get onto the upper parts of Boreas without using the published entrance. Luckily, we know of a few secret ways to approach Boreas from the backcountry and bypass the lower, broken section of trail. The secrets were a success:
Laying fresh tracks in 4-8 inches of untouched powder on our secret approaches to Boreas.
What a fun backcountry tour!

Eventually we transitioned onto Boreas at Bakers Tank (as shown in the first photo). We then had fun following a set snowshoe track up & down parts of Boreas before taking another secret way off of Boreas to end the day (and, again, bypass the broken lower terrain):
Enjoying a gentle jog along the snowshoe trail on Boreas Pass Rd.

Temperatures were below freezing, but barely....
"Must cool our jets by rolling snow angels before continuing!" declare the snow angel rolling
pair at our quick midpoint break of the day.

What a late April treat: laying fresh tracks using secret trails to get on & off Boreas and then jogging along the set tracks of Boreas. 8 miles with 900 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 15 MPH.

2014/2015 Season to Date: 131 days on the trails covering 1130.6 miles with 118,700 feet of elevation climbed.

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