Friday, November 8, 2019


Celebrating a successful, albeit creative, skijor in the backcountry this morning!
"We had a GREAT time, now how about those end-of-run treats?!?" says the happy & focused trio.
With the warm & dry start to November we are limited to well shaded trails to continue our skijoring until the next storm arrives.  There is a steep set of mountain biking trails that start close to the town of Breckenridge and take you up quickly into some heavily shaded terrain. We decided to let the youngsters (Jack & Rudy) tow me up this shaded incline this morning.
Nice snow coverage (although narrow & heavily packed) as we ride up & out of town.
Since the trails are so close to town, they are heavily used so pretty packed & slick in places. So, we could go UP these trails but I would certainly die trying to come DOWN them behind 2 or 3 fast sled dogs :)

So the plan was to let the youngsters tow me up and eventually we would meet up with Zorro & Nancy and continue to skijor the much less steep but still heavily shaded backside of Sally Barber Mine. Zorro joined in, everyone ready to go?
"Yes!!!!" exclaims the happy trio.
Once we had Zorro in team, we did an out & back on the shady side of Sally Barber. Unfortunately you run out of safely shaded terrain after just under 1.25 miles. So it was a fast out & back with Zorro and, thus, the reason we did a steep climb to exercise the youngsters first. Although short, this section of trail is still in fantastic condition. If you look closely, there are two packed tracks on the trail with shallow powder in between. Each track is only "2 Siberians wide" so we spent most of the outing on Sally Barber with skinny Zorro & Jack sharing one track and big, husky Rudy running his own track.
Great shot of the "sprint tucked trio" as we fly along a perfect trail!
Time to turn around and....
"Please tell me they did SOMETHING other than this before I joined!" states Zorro.
"We are the snow rolling goof twins!" declares Jack & Rudy.
Yes, Zorro, the kids really did tow me up the mountain; but the most fun was when we added you into the team! Come along for a glimpse of the fun to be had on the backside of Sally Barber.
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Finally, winding out the day with the happy trio towing me to the trailhead.
"So happy to be towing the human!" demonstrates the sled dog trio.

A steep start with Jack & Rudy and then a short & mellow out & back with Zorro, Jack and Rudy: 6.5 miles traveled with 900 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 19 MPH.

2019/2020 Season to Date: 17 days on the trails covering 102.6 miles with 10,350 feet of elevation climbed.

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