Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Four Terrains

We were able to skijor on 4 different types of terrain this morning. All in one outing!
Lower French Gulch: packed and fast!
4 types of terrain, all along the French Gulch Trail. It started "packed and fast" in lower French Gulch. It was actually so packed that I had to hold back my sprinting partners as it was almost ice and I'd have no ability to stop if we were going too fast! Still fun, as you can see above; but "cautiously fast & fun".

Eventually you out-ski the popular lower section of French Gulch and get into the lesser used terrain. Only serious cross-country skiers come back this far as it is a lot of work to get here without Siberian Skijor Power (it takes us only 20 minutes to get to this terrain whereas a typical cross-country skier would take more than an hour).
Getting far back in the gulch and riding in a single track barely two Siberians wide.
Keep going and we typically out-ski all existing tracks and find ourselves breaking trail far, far back in the gulch:
No signs of previous humans. Just us Siberians towing the human way back here. The indentations
going perpendicular in front of us were moose tracks; but not very fresh as Max & Zorro only
gave them a "passing sniff" as we cruised by.
Finally, the 4th type of terrain this morning: Moose Trough Trail! A moose had recently crossed the primary trail and sauntered off into the deep snow. Max & Zorro's noses and actions told me this was a very fresh and recent moose crossing. Zorro declared this a new trail - the Moose Trough Trail and tried to convince all of us to follow the scent of moose.
"Swimming in a moose trough - follow me this way!" declares silly Zorro who can barely see
above the snow since the moose trough is so deep.
"I'm in, I'm in!" says silly Max perfectly willing to listen to Zorro and follow the moose.
Unfortunately (for Max & Zorro), the human put a stop to following the Moose Trough Trail and pulled everyone back onto the established trail. Stupid Human :)

A mostly fast day on the packed part of French Gulch with some narrow, deep and moose trough fun deeper in the gulch: 8.8 miles traveled with 900 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 18 MPH.

2016/2017 Season to Date: 39 days on the trails covering 293.7 miles with 29,550 feet of elevation climbed.

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