Snowshoeing in Circles
Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
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The sun had almost set as we left later than we planned. Then John realized he had not packed my snow shoes. We reluctantly turned back for home just as we had reached our destination. Once we grabbed our forgotten items at home we quickly turned around and drove to our destination, again, which was 20 minutes away. At this point the sun had gone down and the moon was almost full, which illuminated our way. The car thermometer read a chilly 0 degrees Fahrenheit
It took about 20 minutes to get all our gear together and at this point my fingers felt like they were going to fall off. Finally we headed out to the snow path to make our 1 1/2 mile journey up to the yurt. One problem, there were three paths forking in different directions. Which to choose? John decided to choose the path with the sled marks since the other boys where bringing a sled. Jim and I hesitated feeling as though it might be the wrong way, but we went along anyhow since John might know best. Man, snowshoeing is hard work! We plowed away down the semi snow packed path, often sinking one leg into 2 feet of snow. It was a slow and tedious journey. We walked, and walked, and walked some more, but no site of the trail we were looking for. We connected up with the main skate ski trail but it didn't look good. Finally, we turned around, thinking it might have been the other trail we were to take. So we walked, and walked, and walked some more. No trail. We ended up where we began and then some. Finally, we stopped, took out the booze and truffles and had our own mini party on the trail surrounded by snow covered pine trees, snow blanketed mountains and the full moon illuminating our surroundings
We had hiked in circles for 2 hours and were covered with frost. As we drove off, the thermometer read 8 degrees below zero! I'm astounded that Jim and I had the stamina to hike at night in below freezing temperatures at a 7,000 foot altitude.
We learned many things that night. First always get good directions, and if meeting others where there is no cell services, bring walkie talkies!