Thanks guy's. I wish I could drag you guy's along on some of these rides. Its allways a thought of havin to abandon the sled, and hike out when I ride alone if it craps out and cant be fixed. I plan for it, but prepare everything real good and dont push it hard.
The rides are typically 20 - 30 miles long. Very short compared to my old Sconny rides. But, a mile out here seems like 3 miles in the forest of Sconny.
I take alot of breaks simply to just sit there and soak up the amazing scenery. I take more breaks as the temp rises. Im not really excited about when it goes above 60 as thats gettin to warm even for the Enticers. A nice upper 40's sunny day with a real light breeze is just perfect.
The sun here is extra strong, and you have to plan around it. You need to be able to add or strip lots of layers depending on the wind or sun. A 40 degree swing in " feels like" temps is normal from when you start to when you finish.
The wildlife isnt really all that active in this area during winter. A few Elk, the occasional hawk, and now pine squirrells and small birds. I have heard big packs of coyotes, but only seen one or two. No wolf or mountain lion tracks yet. And, Im thinkin not many if any Grizzly bear from the looks of the terrain.
The moose was just a fluke. Especially due to the lack of water in the area he was in. Im guessin he was traveling to a wetter area a few miles away.
I was a bit surprised he decided to give me a challenge, since he was all alone and obviously not a big female with a youngin in tow....... those are the dangerous ones !
I think my total miles for the year are just a few hunnert. I didnt start till nearly the 3rd week of January, and we had alot of funky weather that kept me off the mountain many, many times. Nothing like the 4000 mile seasons I had back in Sconny. Its a entirely different kind of sleddin here.
Its not for everyone, and its not convenient. You cant risk running anything less than a super reliable machine, or you may be on a all day hike, and might not make it back even then. It typically has no cell phone reception, and is a wilderness situation with no services of any sort. No plowed roads intersect the system, so tow out by 4 wheel vehical is not a option. Pretty much the only rescue would be by another sled........or possibly........if you were lucky enough to have a spot tracker that you could send a SOS text.....helicopter rescue. But I have yet to see a helicopter like when in lived in Utah or Montana.
Its all still very doable, you just need to be aware of what your getting into. Its actually user friendly towards older and smaller machines if you stay on the trails.
I would be glad to lead anybody around, its a pretty easy to access area...........just not many people use it.
More pics and story to come....................
Meanwhile, here is a perfect example of dumbazzery when sleddin in moose area. They guy in front is obviously runnin the moose down after he spots the moose up ahead......mistake ! Stupid chick has a gun, yet waits way to long to fire a warning shot. Guy could easily been beat up bad way before she fired.
When you spot them.......STOP ! Either shut your machine off, or turn around fast if there is room and you wont get stuck. NEVER chase them from behind !https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIgvCUXxh1Y