Monday, November 21, 2022

All Terrain

Check out this awesome shot of airborne Jack & Rudy on an incredible groomed trail!

The hover huskies! Wheeee!

"Where oh where is this trail?!?" you must be asking. Well, it is at the base of Walton Peak (atop Rabbit Ears Pass). Our local snowmobile club grooms these trails during the winter. As we were driving by this morning, we saw the groomed trail from the highway. We immediately u-turned to get on this fresh groom. When I saw the perfect trail, I was thinking, "Oh wow! We are going to flying today!" But, it turns out they had only brought the groomer for a little practice run. The groomed track only lasted for about 1.5 miles. But, as you see above, Jack & Rudy knew what to do with this 1.5 miles!!!

When the groomed trail ended, we were as equally surprised to find untouched trail in front of us! We all happily exited the groomed track and kept onward laying fresh tracks.

Fresh snow all to ourselves.

I knew we would eventually meet up with backcountry ski tracks since we were on popular Walton Peak. Sure enough, we spent the majority of the outing in narrow backcountry single tracks. A few times, the single track was too narrow for Jack & Rudy to fit side by side (they took turns who got to lead). But, when wide enough, it was shoulder-to-shoulder fun in the single track:

Where does Rudy end and Jack start? Good question :)

There are multiple backcountry paths to approach the top of Walton Peak. Near the top, though, all paths converge and we had a wide backcountry track for a short distance.

Backcountry, but wide from heavy traffic.

Not everyone makes it to the top of Walton Peak, but Jack & Rudy did :)

I'm paused to adjust my gear.
Jack is rolling snow angels because, well, I'm paused :)
Rudy is inspecting the communication equipment on top of Walton Peak.

So, the day went as "groom, then fresh tracks, then single tracks, then wide tracks and then single tracks again to the top of Walton Peak." We did an out & back, so that meant we got the reverse on the way back: "single, wide, single, fresh, groom". Once Jack & Rudy got back onto the 1.5 mile zoom track, they took off once again. Come along for a glimpse into the sprint to the finish on the grooomie zoomie! 

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What a fun day doing all possible types of terrain, right guys?

"We had a blast!!!" declares the happy, happy kids.

An entertaining "all terrain" day covering 9.2 miles with 1000 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 23 MPH.

2022/2023 Season to Date: 21 days on the trails covering 163.9 miles with 13,900 feet of elevation climbed.

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