Distance/ascent/pace 9.4 +789/-440 2.4 mph
Yesterday the Rangers told us the forecast was for 6” to 8” of new snow on a southerly wind. We figured the earlier we got going the better off we would be. We knew the trail would be generally good as the Rangers routinely run their sled and big tote down as far as Russell Pond to keep it open.
From Pogey Pond the trail climbs rather steeply for 1.5 miles. On two of the steepest pitches, I pulled my skis and walked. It was just too much work to try and muscle my way up. Jim and Bart had no problems with their waxless BC skis – I was very envious to say the least.
Once in the cabin we got a fire going and began drying all our gear. As we busied ourselves with warm food, fire and dry clothes our attention kept going back to the other party (the one’s with the sleds). We knew from the conditions it was going to be hard for them. There was over 8” new snow by the time we arrived, meaning the later in the day they traveled, the more snow they had to deal with – not to mention the wind. Eventually they arrived. Took them over 7 hours to cover what we did in under 4. Glad we didn’t bring sleds!