We just completed a 3 day skijor party running Rabbit Ears Pass and Buffalo Pass. A great time had by all!
|"What a great party indeed!" exclaim the happy pair at our turnaround point of day 3.|
Come along for the fun from each day:
Day 1: Distance Day
Day 1 (Jan 4th) found us doing a more distance oriented run at Rabbit Ears Pass. We picked a trail with a moderate elevation profile and lots of fast, rolling terrain.
A bright & sunny day on Monday found us enjoying the incredible views from atop Rabbit Ears Pass.
|Great views: sprinting sled dogs in front and endless snow covered Colorado Rockies|
to the right!
The following shot from the day is classic. We often refer to Zorro as our stout little bowling ball and Max as our long-legged stretch.
|Airborne Zorro Bowling Ball.|
Extended Max the Stretch.
Tally for day 1: 9.2 miles traveled with 800 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 23 MPH.
Day 2: Climb Day
Day 2 (Jan 5th) found us doing an elevation oriented route as we took the steep climb from Dry Lake towards Buffalo Pass. For the curious, Buffalo Pass is due north of Rabbit Ears Pass (& 1200 feet higher) while Dry Lake is the trailhead for the west approach up the pass.
On this route you go up, up, up; take a break; and then fly down, down, down. It was an aerobic 1400 foot climb to our turnaround point and then a zippy ride down.
|"Hey bro - nice form!" exclaims Max examining Zorro's nice running form on our way down.|
|All smiles as we glance at the camera at the end of our aerobic day.|
Tally for day 2: 8.1 miles traveled with 1400 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 21 MPH.
Day 3: Sprint Day
Day 3 (Jan 6th) was a shorter outing on easy terrain. As a result, we uncorked the skijoring engine all day for a fast sprint day.
|Overcast and sprinting to start the day.|
Look at the flat & wide open terrain as far as the eye can see! Wheeee!
|The sun peeked out from behind the clouds a few times during the outing.|
Sunny or cloudy - same result: out-stretched sprinting Siberians with endless easy terrain
as far as the eye can see!
Tally for day 3: 7.1 miles traveled with 500 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 24 MPH.
The video highlight of the trip comes from day 1. Watch how Max, on the inside, is really hugging the snow wall as we fly along. I, on the other hand, do not want to be near that wall (catch a pole or ski and tumbling over you go) so I am out to the left a bit as I fly along behind my fun partners.
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2015/2016 Season to Date: 50 days on the trails covering 424.1 miles with 44900 feet of elevation climbed.