Sunday, May 3, 2015

Fast Day

A great day to "catch air" atop Rabbit Ears Pass:
Airborne, flying Siberians - wheeee!
What a beautiful day, what a beautiful snowpack atop Rabbit Ears Pass in May!

Max & Zorro were excited to find perfect conditions at Rabbit Ears Pass as we uncorked the skijoring engine all day long. It was zoom, zoom, zooooom! When we are going super fast, I typically have one ski behind either Max or Zorro and the other ski outside of the two (I alternate back & forth between them). This lets me get their pull for speed (the inside ski) yet have an emergency brake for unplanned events (the outside ski). The result, though, is I typically get some nice profile shots of the one who I am not behind. Here we go:
Great profile of long Max! Such a pretty sprinting Siberian.
Nice shot of sprinting Zorro from behind with a great shadow shot.
Notice the slush bombs flying up behind Max's feet.
Now aligned behind Max as we get a great profile of out-stretched & airborne Zorro.
A nice view from behind of sprinting Max.

Put the last three shots together and you get the theme of the day: zoom! The other theme of the day was "slush bombs". With warming May temperatures, you get slush coming off Max & Zorro's feet and flying into the human. The following video highlight gives you a feel for the slush bombs: you can see them flying in the air, you can see them hit the GoPro now & then and the "clicks" you hear in the video are slush bombs hitting the GoPro case. For every click you hear, there is at least one hitting me in the face instead of hitting the camera - need some slush flaps on these two...
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

A fast & fun day:
"We are having a BLAST!" exclaim the happy pair at our turnaround point of the day.

Great May conditions atop Rabbit Ears Pass this morning: 9.2 miles with 800 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 24 MPH.

2014/2015 Season to Date: 135 days on the trails covering 1161.6 miles with 121,800 feet of elevation climbed.

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