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All the Mount Tom Trails that were Groomed 2019-03-06 21.7 km13.5 mi 3h:23m 13 zdjęć

Such a weird tree. No, not dead. Deciduous conifers! The Larch trail. North Ridge trail. Yes, I'll take some sun! Map

I've been skiing myself into better fitness or at least better endurance. Similar to this trek, I've skied all the trails in Peru, VT at Wild Wings Ski Touring Center, also about 13 miles. Although the time says 3.5 hours it really only took 2.5 hours of skiing.

Peru 2019-01-30 14.3 km8.9 mi 3h:34m 2 zdjęć


Peru 2018-11-20 2.9 km1.8 mi 0h:50m 14 zdjęć


Chittenden Reservoir on a September Evening 2018-09-19 7.2 km4.5 mi 1h:16m 2 zdjęć


A quick paddling trip after work is aways a stress reliever. This evening was cooler and a little windy in spots but a fine time to be on the water. I think the timer was stopping whenever I stopped so this is only the time I was moving and I did stop on occasion to enjoy the scenery. I got to see loons and a few gulls too.

First Morning Paddle 2018-05-10 11.3 km7 mi 2h:32m


Great first paddle of the season. Peter mentioned he often got into wind on the return trip on Lake St. Catherine paddles and just as we reached the north end the wind and waves picked up so the return trip was exciting, bashing through some waves, but a lot of work. My arms are feeling it.

Skiing Norway at Mt Tom 2018-03-19 13.7 km8.5 mi 2h:11m 10 zdjęć

Corduroy in the tamaracks. Tamarack trail. Rest stop. Skate and foot traffic. Map

Having many classic ski trips under my belt over the winter I finally felt in good enough shape to try a skate trip at Mt Tom. I assumed very crowded trails with these stellar and rare conditions but to my surprise I was perhaps the third skater since last grooming. I crossed paths with 2 skiers and as many walkers.

Skiiing the Upper Trails at Wild Wings with Roxane 2018-03-10 12.1 km7.5 mi 2h:42m 6 zdjęć


Over Thursday and Friday Wild wings got 20” of new snow which was enough to cover wet spots that had been appearing. Wild Wings groomed it up to perfection by Saturday and it was wonderful. The snow was warm and a bit sticky and slow but the trails got more and more packed by traffic so the glide was consistent over the day. I got there before Roxane and got my gear and myself ready.

Trying out the new skis! 2018-02-13 12.4 km7.7 mi 1h:47m 4 zdjęć

Styles Brook from the bridge. The new-to-me used skis. Even a green fern! Signs of spring in February! Map

A late start at Wild Wings Ski Tourning Center but a great ski. I met with Chuck in the shop and he said it was a klister day. I didn’t have any so used the hardwares I had. Actually I had the opportunity to use 3 different ones because as Chuck predicted they came off on the abrasive granular snow.

First Day Chickadee and Loon Open! 2018-02-06 6.3 km3.9 mi 1h:08m 4 zdjęć


A perfect ski day. Below freezing but not too much. Only trouble was there wasn’t much time left in the day when I started. Oh well, best of all I got to do Chickadee and Loon for the first time this year. The logging operation that has been a hold up on opening these trails seems to be finishing up. They were loading logs at the road crossing. For once I chose the correct skis.

New Snow, Sticky, Slow but Wonderful! 2018-02-04 8.4 km5.2 mi 2h:19m 3 zdjęć

Skiing up the hill before sticking... The new Side-By-Side (seats 2) The new drag and track setter. Map

I was very determined to use my skinny, waxable racing skis even though I was planning to hit some more remote trails. Have I made this mistake before? All the time! I just can’t seem to leave behind the glide of my racing skis and don my waxless backcountry skis that, in comparison, seem like snowshoes.

Wild Wings Cross Country Ski Center, Peru, VT. Grouse and Goshawk 2017-12-14 2.7 km1.7 mi 0h:19m 2 zdjęć

Perfect, right? These old skis are beat though the tops still look good! The bases are pealing off. Anyone have some used classic skis to sell? Map

Nice to ski some hills! New switchback on the return to the Center confused me as I was prepared to make a left turn but the new trail continues straight. There was a crash but enough snow to cushion the landing.

Wild wings Ski Center, the trail called Snowgoose 2017-12-14 4 km2.5 mi 0h:25m


Opening day for the 2017-18 season. Nice snow and trails in great shape for the first day. As for me, not in great shape but skiing will help that! Yes, I forgot to start tracking until I got to the first road crossing.

Fall Hike up Haystack 2017-10-15 5 km3.1 mi 1h:59m 12 zdjęć

A short rest. The path that leaves the road. A view into a field. Map

October 15th! I had to check. So late in the foliage season and still not much color. None the less it was a great hike. Missy, the boarder collie, was well behaved and healed so close to me that she sometimes tripped me. There was a couple on top and another I met coming down the path just before the top.

First Ski in 2017’s SECOND Ski Season 2017-03-18 13.4 km8.3 mi 2h:19m 10 zdjęć

Junction with Loon. Looking back the way I had come. Where Chickadee meets Chickadee returning. Wild Wings home base. Map

After a crazy warm spell in February we lost all of our snow but a March storm brought us enough so XC ski places could open again. Wild Wings was my choice to try out the new snow. I warmed up on their Woodcock trail to discover my tape wax was working reasonably but would sometimes stick and sometimes slip. So it is with waxed skis around the freezing point.

Thaw at Season's End 2017-02-25 6 km3.7 mi 1h:29m 3 zdjęć

Bridge that marks the start of Snowgoose. The stream much wider than the last time I was here. Site of an earlier photos with round snow covered rocks. Map

With the threat of high temperatures and rain in the following days, I grabbed my skis and headed for Wild Wings and was so glad I did. I don't remember such fine conditions on such a warm day. My wax skis couldn't get a grip on the 50 something degree snow but my waxless skis worked perfectly! In fact I was surprised how much glide I was getting on such wet snow.

Afternoon on Classic Skis 2017-02-05 13.5 km8.4 mi 2h:34m 3 zdjęć

The second lookout. Red Pine forest and trail leading to the first of two lookouts. The first of two lookouts. Map

Equipped with both racing and backcountry skis I started out with the backcountry pair because these trails never get groomed any more. Well I've never been so happy to be wrong. Though there were no tracks set, the corduroy trail was very easy and fun to ski compared to the lumpy state we delt with on Thulrday.

Woodstock Ski at Mt Tom 2017-02-02 6.6 km4.1 mi 1h:48m 10 zdjęć

Reid drinking his Mom's water. Bonny with Reid following. The gradual climb up the carriage road. Map

My sister, Bonny, and her son, Reid, joined me in a ski to the Mt Tom Star overlooking Woodstock. At 13, Reid has been skiing for a couple of years at the Bill Koch League at Mountain Top Ski Touring Center and is doing well skate skiing which is the way he went on this trip. He had no trouble keeping up or ahead of Bonny and I on our racing classic skis.

Chittenden 2016-10-15 7.5 km4.7 mi 1h:20m 17 zdjęć


Haystack Mountain 2016-04-30 2.5 km1.6 mi 1h:01m 7 zdjęć

Nell, our tour guide, was enjoyed by Roxane. Where the foot path leaves Tunket Road. Parking on Waite Hill Road The beginning of the trail. Map

Quite a few other hikers taking advantage of the sunny April day. We felt lucky to have found a place to park. The track shows only the way up. My phone ran out of battery on the trip back down. A nice hike with Roxane and a great view at the top. Here’s a panoramic from the summit: http://pnr.ma/dJOndJ .

2nd Rollerski trip, Lake St.Catherine 2016-03-30 8.4 km5.2 mi 0h:47m 1 zdjęcie


Though a late start, it turned out to be a beautiful evening to be out on the rollerskis. Starting out I felt optimistic and set my speed reducers on the first notch. Really this setting does little but keep the wheels from coast spinning when you pick them up off the road.

Statystyki Wykresy

Cliff Dutton Cliff Dutton
Wycieczki 99
Zdjęcia 904
Całkowity dystans 839 km521 mi
Najdłuższy dystans 65 km41 mi
Średni dystans 8 km5 mi
Całkowity czas 7 dni 13h:07m
Najdłuższy czas 9h:21m
Średni czas 1h:49m

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