Re: TR: Ski Tour from Virginia Lakes to Return Creek, and Return.
Posted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:50 pm
My dog, Lucy the Border Collie, doesn't want to walk on snow. She prefers to eat it.
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Good question, and one that now concerns me too. There are places--usually northerly slopes, gullies, and forest flats where snow accumulates and stays soft-- where Bearzy really has some trouble with post-holing. Other times, on wind, or sun-crusted surfaces, he dances above, and I post-hole. I wish I could predict exactly what the majority of the surfaces will be on each trip, but not yet, and I'm not sure I'll ever be able to. Maybe bobby49 will come up with some "snow-dog shoes,: or at least a more clever name for them, to go with "doggles," ?I'm afraid I have yet another question about Bear: How does he manage not to posthole? Is he some sort of elf? Or does weighing less and distributing his weight across 4 paws make a huge difference to his threshold?
Under my usual first category-- Petty Stupidities, I have at least 2:Any post trip takeaways, anything you'd do different guys [gals]?
The standard method that I've used is this. You have your sleeping bag stored in a stuff sack. Use a big stuff sack. When you get to camp and you are ready to store your wet boots, you empty the stuff sack, then turn it inside out. Put the boots in there and put that into the bottom of your sleeping bag overnight. In the morning, your boots will be moderately warm. Put them on, and then turn the stuff sack outside in for sleeping bag storage. This way, it keeps the moisture on one side of the stuff sack and keeps the other side dry.