Today was awesome. I really need to take my cross country skis and do crazy stuff more often.
As usual the day started with a march up the mountain. The fact that I was on light weight gear made it into not nearly as much of a trudge. As it was, though, there were 4 AT skiers in the group who well outpaced us on the way up. (Something about at least one of them bicycling the Ididarod (sp?) in winter.)
It snowed the whole way up. But surprisingly we got some nice views of the mountain. I once again misjudged my heat production capacity vs the weather. So I was in a sweaty wet t-shirt by the top. I ended up taking that off before heading down. The AT skiers got cold and so headed down before us.
On the way down, I did a brief trial to see if my telemark technique had improved enough to be usable on my cross country skis. One visit to the bushes later and I decided not. So I did my old standby — a mix of parallel, wedges, and anything goes. Ye ha!
The trail was in gorgeous condition. Sure there were tracks, but it was a nice fluffy snow cover. Actually in a few places too nice because it made it hard to lift my skis up to turn them.
Tyson, meanwhile, was skiing on my new telemark skis and having a riot. His excuse for borrowing them was that they are better for his knee — probably true. But now he’s decided that they are just way more fun than his. It sounds like it might be a while until I get them back.
Amazingly, we were down and packed up by 12:30. The brisk pace on the way up and then lovely conditions on the way down made us fast. Normally this would have been an excuse to head back up again for a second lap. But the wind was picking up and some folks had commitments and others no energy left. Guess it will have to wait for another day.
Photos will be posted once we get home.