Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Cat Tracks

A great day following cat tracks all over Rabbit Ears Pass.
(snowcat, that is :-)
Zipping along for miles & miles in snowcat tracks - wheeee!

To be honest, not all of the terrain looked as great as the photos in today's blog. We had to take the skis off 5 times on the initial climb from the trailhead to cross over exposed dirt and mud. But, once we got up the initial ascent, it turned into a winter wonderland as we cruised for about 7 miles in this great set of snowcat tracks. The total outing went as follows: about 1 painful mile of snow & dirt to ascend to the good terrain, about 7 wonderful miles in the snowcat tracks and then about 1.4 slow miles of "making our own trail" as the snowcat turned away from where we needed to go to return to the trailhead. As you can tell from the pictures, the snowcat portion of the outing was the most fun!
Sometimes each wanted to trot in his own track.
And sometimes they wanted to share a track.

Despite all the white you see in the photos, it is May...
"Cool off break! Gotta roll snow angels before restarting!" demonstrate the silly pair.

We just finished crossing our last "skis off dirt patch" and it was time for the 7 mile tour in the cat tracks. Everyone ready to go?
"Yep, we are soooo ready for you to keep the skis on so we can get this team going!" declare
the happy pair acknowledging my happiness to see the terrain was starting to finally look
all white!

A fun day following cat tracks on Rabbit Ears Pass: 9.4 miles with 900 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 17 MPH.

2014/2015 Season to Date: 150 days on the trail covering 1291.6 miles with 135,150 feet of elevation climbed.

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