|Marten comes out and goes 20' then backtracks.|
The snow on the 45% talus slope had slide filling the trail. The 350 meter or more took me 4 hours to shovel.
I reached the Inklin cabin at 6:30 and called Vikki on the SBX. "I just got here, the whole pass was full. I'm leaving now, be back there in an hour."
The snow is so high it is almost reaching the wire I attach the trap too. Amazing.
I had no trouble until reaching the Knoll at Two Bridges. There was another fresh snow slide 10' deep on the trail. The Big 550 drove down into it and tipped. By that time I was getting pretty tired and lost control of the machine. Took 15 min. of hard labour. My arms were so sore I could hardly steer the skidoo anymore.
The steep drop.... I only made it halfway up (trail was not set up yet). But I just had to back up 150' and took another run at it. "Miss Piggy" the Scandic 800 SWT would have had to back down the whole drop which would have been impossible in the dark.
I got to the bottom of the Long Drop. At the dip at the bottom, I gunned it , gaining speed and Yee Hay.... the hi beam burnt out. Ten minutes before, I'd seen a blue arcing in the headlight. Now I realized it was the 1st hi beam filament burning out. I was in the pitch dark. I had to stop 50' up. I fiddled around with the switches and got the low beam on. I backed up twice and finally got it out of the dip at the bottom.
After reaching the top of the long drop, I had no further trouble. That 28 km round trip checking traps usually takes 2 hours. This time 8 plus hours.
The whole rest of the way I was thinking.... "I sure hope the other headlight doesn't burn out".