Yesterday was our final outing of a record setting skijoring season!
Way to go Jack & Rudy!!!!
|"We did it! 1444.0 miles traveled! We set the record!" declares the happy kids.|
Our record season had been 1433.5 miles traveled with Max & Zorro in 2016/2017. I knew going into this season that Jack & Rudy were primed to give the record a challenge. All we needed was the snow to hold up. Well, despite ending in late May (we often skijor into early/mid June), the impressive kids set a season record for our pack!
Our final outing of the season found us at Buffalo Pass. This location typically has the deepest snowpack in all of Colorado. But, it's a real haul and challenge to get to; thus, we typically do it only once or twice a season. Come along for the highlights of our season finale.
We started out on VERY sketchy conditions with little snow and spans of no snow at all!
|Starting up on a narrow ribbon of snow with exposed ground ahead of us.|
Why not drive past this point of the trail, you ask? Well, we start out driving up Buffalo Pass until we can drive no further. What happens is we will encounter a very deep (usually shaded) impassable span of snow at some point on the way up. Even with our 4WD Jeep, we will get to an impassible span at some point. So, we must start the skijor from the impasse, even though we know we'll encounter tough & exposed sections like the prior photo on the other side of the impasse.
We also know, though, that the further & higher we go, the better it will get!
|Ah, nice deep snow covering the entire trail!|
Notice the power in Jack & Rudy as my hands are on my hips as I ride
the Siberian Tow Rope up this stretch of trail.
Along the way, I paused at the location of some of Max and Zorro's ashes. While Jack & Rudy never got the chance to meet special Max, they did learn everything they know about skijoring from wonderful Zorro. As I paused to reflect back on Max & Zorro, Jack and Rudy did their "pause usual" :)
|Rolling snow angels in snow over the location of Max and Zorro's ashes.|
Then, as expected, we found some incredible conditions up high. Wish there was an easier way to get here, we'd come back every day if so :)
|So, so, so nice up high!|
Now, come along for our final clip of the season. We are a bit lower in elevation in this clip compared to the prior photo, so we start out cruising along nice albeit soft snow. Then, near the end of the clip, you get to see Jack & Rudy slowing to perfectly navigate me on skis through two narrow passages before opening up the throttle again. Perfect partners!
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We cannot end the season without one final hover husky shot!
|Catching air again. Wheeee!|
Finally, concluding the season with our final end of run treats. No snow walls to climb this time, it must really be the end of season :)
|"We LOVE snow!" declares the cool dudes awaiting end of run treats.|
A monster outing to complete the season. You have to make full use of the difficult trek to get on snow at Buffalo Pass: 14 miles traveled with 1100 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 18 MPH.
2022/2023 Season Total: 164 days on the trails covering 1444.0 miles with 130,600 feet of elevation climbed.
Very Impressive Jack & Rudy! Very Impressive!!!!
See you all in September (we hope) or October for the 2023/2024 Skijor Season beginning.