Still on the Tatina River out of Rohn. The Gorge was nowhere near as bad as in 2014, but short sections were still really awful. I was really apprehensive about the steep drop-off down to Dalzell Creek. Two years ago, this is where all traces of snow disappeared, Karen Ramstead hurt her hand & several mushers had brake bars ripped off. This year, the decent was no problem. Amazing what a little snow can do. The creek was another matter. Earlier in the winter, creek levels had dropped and subsequently so had the ice, leaving ten foot plus drop-offs. The trail breakers had done a lot of work constructing walls of brush meant to keep teams from sliding around corners, off edges and into the creek, so it felt pretty safe. The dogs were moving well and we were cruising through the canyon. I even went so far to think, "hey, this is actually kind of fun." No sooner had I thought that, my headlamp illuminated a huge hole in front of the team and I watched my lead dog Ripp leap to the side to avoid it and in the same movement get flung back into the swing dogs. I jammed my ice hook into the glare ice of the creek and ran up to see if he was ok -- what the heck had happened? The best I can guess is that the line got slack as he hesitated and then caught on the jagged edge of the ice, flinging him back into the team as he tried to vault forward. There were no brush guards on this edge, it had obviously dropped off into the creek after the trail crew had come through. After that, I bumped my headlight up to its next highest setting and held on extra extra tight. I couldn't wait to get out of there and was relieved to drop onto the ice of the Tatina River.
Honestly, i find these dogs quite scary, and I really have a bad fear of dogs and these are from one of them. And the worst part is they are in winters.ReplyDelete
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