Since Andy had to work at 5 we set a strict finish time of 2:30. If it looked like we weren't going to finish in time then we'd pull the plug wherever we were and try to hitch a ride back to the car. Andy also worked until 1 AM last night so we (he) didn't want to start too early. This left us with a leisurely 8 AM (exactly) start and a race pace effort all day to try and squeeze it in.
Climb 1, Millcreek winter gate to Dog Lake. This was a pretty upbeat effort and set the tone for the rest of the day. I think we both felt sluggish right out of the car but a little high cadence skinning let us find a good rhythm. Thanks to whoever put the skinner in from the summer parking lot to the lake, 1:42 (total time).
|5 miles of road to start|
Descent 1, Dog Lake to Cardiff Fork. Most of this was a bobsled track out Mill D. We were fortunate enough to catch a little breakable crust heading to the BCC road. It's great, all day we skinned up the powder and skied the breakable, 2:12.
Climb 2, Cardiff Fork to Little Superior. Once again we found a nice skinner leading up Cardiff, under Toledo peak, and up to the ridge just east of Little Superior. Since we were racing the 2:30 deadline, we kept gunning for this whole section, 3:25.
Decent 2, Little Superior to Snowbird. This was fun. Breakable crust the whole way down. What more can I say, 3:48.
Climb 3, Hidden Peak. After a going hard all morning we both started to feel a little heavy. We figured if we could top out around 1 PM then we'd look at the map and make the call. Once in the warming hut the Snowbird Ski Patrollers were kind enough to offer up a little help. They recommended descending Mineral Basin, heading out of the lower backcountry gate, and then following a snow mobile trail out to Tibble Fork. Since it was just before 1:00 and we had good beta it seemed like a good idea to push on. Of note, we both looked like clowns heading up Snowbird in full Lycra. Our favorite heckle came from a "rad" skier. He skied by and just yelled, "LAAAME!" Given what we looked like I can't really blame him for stating the obvious, 4:50.
|Lame, full lycra at the Bird|
Lucky for us little sister Aimee agreed to pick up her two dirty brothers and shuttle us back up to SLC. Sorry about the foul smelling boots.
Even though we only toured on mellow terrain, it was still good to get out and cover some ground. I'm not sure how many people have done this little tour but I think more should. It's safe, you see a ton and it's good exercise. Do it.
|Glad to be done|
Millage - 25-30 miles
Elevation - 7-8000'
Time - 5:52
Food- 2 Gu's, 1 bagel, 1 fruition bar, 2 32 oz Gatorades