Friday, May 8, 2015

To the Sun

Today was a "climb to the sun" on Vail Pass as we ascended out of heavy snowfall to sun and endless untouched snow at higher elevations!
Atop the world and we are out of the heavy falling snow and onto endless, untouched terrain!

It was snowing as we started from the Vail Pass Trailhead and then dumping as we climbed the snowshoe trail up Shrine Pass. "A little (or lot of) snow never hurt anyone!" we all said as we agreed to take the snow head on and plow our way up.
With "white on white" it is hard to tell just how hard it is snowing. You can see a few flakes in
the upper right of this shot and you can see Max & Zorro's backs & heads are both covered.
Climbing the pass amidst heavy snow - wheeee!

We kept climbing until we "ascended out of the storm" and then found ourselves to be first tracks in a beautiful winter wonderland:
Laying fresh tracks as we are having a blast weaving our way through the trees.
A little further along from the previous shot and zoomed out.
Fresh terrain all to ourselves with the clouds of the storm we "climbed out" on
the horizon.

Fresh snow and laying fresh tracks in May - what a treat:
"I'm giddy with snow delight!" exclaims goofy Max overdoing my "left" command
(it was supposed to be a 90 degree left, not a 180 :-)
"What a goofy brother!" states cute little Zorro pausing to look at me while we get
Max out of his "180 left" and back to the "90 degree left".

Fresh falling snow at the start, a fun climb out of the storm and "to the sun" and then endless, untouched snow all to ourselves - what a morning! 8.2 miles with 950 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 18 MPH.

2014/2015 Season to Date: 138 days on the trails covering 1189.3 miles with 124,550 feet of elevation climbed.

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