Sunday, December 13, 2015

French Gulch Moosing

From laying fresh tracks to breaking trail all day in French Gulch.
Lower and Mid French Gulch looked like this: a narrow single-track barely wide enough
for Max & Zorro to trot shoulder to shoulder.

We expected to be breaking trail today as Breckenridge got 10+ inches of snow yesterday. For the first 2/3 of the outing, though, we were in a narrow single track as shown above as some skiers had already been out yesterday (including ourselves). But, eventually we out skied all existing tracks and then found ourselves breaking trail in increasingly deep snow - fun!
Breaking trail as we tow the human through 10+ inches of untouched powder.

French Gulch has become "Moose Gulch" for us this season as moose scents, tracks and sightings are so frequent! We found ourselves in 18+ inches of snow with a perpendicular moose track as a target:
"Hurry bro, I'm in the moose track and I think I see one!" declares intense Zorro.
"Coming, coming!" says Max swimming in 18+ inches to get to the moose track in front of us.

Max caught up with Zorro to prop himself up in the moose track and "BINGO! Found one!"
He is extremely camouflaged in the trees; but we all saw him! I have put an arrow to give you
an indication on where he was. Hiding in the trees watching us as intensely as we were
watching him!

The moose eventually sauntered further away into the forest, so we decided to follow the moose track and see where it lead us. Boy oh boy are moose tall!
In a moose track trough! It is only wide enough to alternate going single file as the moose
legs have made this incredibly deep trough through the snow!

An entertaining day of "moosing" in deep snow in French Gulch: 7.8 miles traveled with 800 feet of elevation climbed.

2015/2016 Season to Date: 34 days on the trails covering 283.8 miles with 29450 feet of elevation climbed.

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