Well folks, with the arrival of my new backpack and ski poles I was looking for some adventure. My budget kept me close to home so I chose to break in the new backpack on the beautiful trails off the Santa Fe Ski Basin. Putting on the 40 pound + backpack at the trailhead was a strange experience...like carrying a 12 year old on your back. Weirder still was navigating the trail downhill without rolling on my back like a tortoise in the desert. I was laughing hysterically and grabbing trees to keep from falling. Thankfully no one was around. The new pack performed like a champ remaining dry and was surprisingly comfortable despite the weight. Even though I packed it to the gills it still had more room! It started snowing and all was quiet except the birds; they were chirping in the trees…I hummed along to their songs and I was completely in another world. After ten minutes, I worked up a sweat and had to take my gloves off. It’s hard to imagine that these trails are less than an hour away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Santa Fe. Elevation of the Santa Fe Ski Basin is over 10,000 feet but still has an abundant of large trees which I so love.
For a detailed account and more photos please click on this link to my BCMT thread