Friday, May 20, 2016

Under Attack

The musher (me) was under attack on the trails today...
Attack of the Slush Bombs!  :)
Slush Bombs flying off Max & Zorro's feet into me. Under attack!

What are "slush bombs" you ask? Well... The snow crust on the trail was firm enough to hold our weight but there was a layer of soft snow atop the crust. As Max & Zorro are running, you get slush bombs (blobs of snow slush) flying off their feet and into me! Look at the prior photo again, all the white specks you see in the upper left are slush bombs flying off my partners' feet. Look to the right edge and middle of the photo and you see a good sized slush bomb.

Here is an even better shot capturing a slush bomb. Look at that large white blob of slush in the upper left coming straight towards my face.  Incoming....

What does the attack of the slush bombs look like? Well, turn up the volume as you watch this short video clip. Every "click" you hear is a slush bomb hitting the GoPro camera case. Now, consider that my face is much larger than a GoPro and realize that for every click you hear there were 2-3 other slush bombs hitting me in the face. Need some "slush flaps" on these vehicles :)  Attack of the Slush Bombs!
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

Attack? Who, us?
"What attack? I'm having a ball!" declares Max.
"Hehehe, just hehehe!" smirks silly Zorro.

For our parting shot... The more shaded areas of trail did not have the soft layer to create slush bombs. So it was Attack of the Slush Bombs in the sun and Launching of the Siberians in the shade:
Zoooom we go on a nice stretch where the human's face was not pelted by slush bombs!

Attack of the Slush Bombs on Rabbit Ears Pass this morning: 8.6 miles traveled with 800 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 21 MPH.

2015/2016 Season to Date: 140 days on the trails covering 1174.7 miles with 129,050 feet of elevation climbed.

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