1) Starting at the crack of 11 am is a little to late this time of year.
2) Get a map. I thought I could figure it out once I hit the trail but quickly realized this wasn't the case. I kind of got some directions from some horsemen that eventually got me headed in the right direction.
3) Bring adequate water or means to get water from a stream. I spent a good portion of the day eating snow to keep hydrated. Doesn't work so good.
4) Dogs are great ski partners, but they don't set a very good boot pack.
I ended up on the trail in the middle of the picture which led in the wrong direction and cost me about an hour of time.
Enough of the dirt, time to hit the snow.
A lot of the day was spent staring at this guy?