Friday, May 12, 2017

Catching Air

Catching air in a skijor sprint in mid May - Yay!!!
Sprinting along in between sun & shade as we get both Max & Zorro in just enough sun to
showcase their hover husky form with the nice shadows.
We made a trip to Vail Pass this morning with the hopes that the temperatures had dipped below freezing last night long enough to build a solid spring crust. It was a little soft down low; but once we got up in elevation - SUCCESS! See for yourself:
A beautiful spring crust to sprint on at elevations over 11,000 feet on Vail Pass.
Oh, nice views too on this gorgeous morning!
Today's short video highlight shows Max & Zorro adapting to the terrain. We start in a gentle trot as the snow had been a little soft just before this clip. But, within a few seconds, Max & Zorro realize "the crust can hold us!" and they break into their favorite spring activity: sprinting the crust. Note that you do not hear any commands from me, I am just riding behind enjoying watching them automatically adapt to the conditions.
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Eventually we had to come back down; so, with temperatures rising, you know what that means:
"Must roll in the snow to cool off!" demonstrates silly Max.
"He's silly! Can we go yet?" says happy little Zorro.
A very successful trip to a solid spring sprint crust up high at Vail Pass, right guys?
"Oh yes! Sooooo nice up high!!!!" exclaim the happy pair at our turnaround point of the morning.

It was "soft & choppy" terrain down low but certainly worth it to get to the perfect conditions up high: 9.1 miles traveled with 1000 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 22 MPH.

2016/2017 Season to Date: 151 days on the trails covering 1267.6 miles with 134,500 feet of elevation climbed.

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