Snowshoe Raid with Hammer.
Flash freeze and snow over a ton of rain made for dicey conditons, and -15c meant frozen hydration hoses and cold fingers at times.
Hammer was in fine form both in speed and skill, and we ended up breaking trail for a fair bit off the start, with Hammer diving through the thickest bush sometimes in luge postition, sometimes in skeleton mode. We were with Storm Beowulf up to the matrix. In the second half we ended up breaking way more crusty trail than expected, and iced up the snowshoes a bit which made for uneven running. Even where we followed a few tracks the uneven breakable crust made for hard going.
Hammer’s nav was right on but for one CP with tracks all over the place which cost us a few min and meant we had to drop CP50.
We had a dicey log river crossing in the South end which cost us a few more minutes, especially when my pants got stuck on a broken branch.
We were a bit overtime on the final road run.
You can see that Hammer left it all out there.
Pleased to see that we were second overall, behind Storm Beowulf, with the most points minus our penalty. Great to race with the Hammer again.
Nice to see Bash and Browner take the masters female, and second female overall I think.