Another terrific season of Mad Trapper Snowshoe racing is now in the books. And thanks to global climate change, each passing year gets more interesting and more challenging. This past winter the only real snow we saw book-ended the season. We had a great dump of snow in mid December, with spots of rain and light flurries through January and February. It wasn't until late February, the week prior to the Mad Trapper Grand Finale, that any measurable amount of snow fell again.
The first Mad Trapper event of the 2009/2010 season has just wrapped (north of Ottawa near Wakefield, Quebec). Had you been here five days before the race, Dec. 12, you wouldn't have believed it to be possible. Earlier in the week there wasn't a single snowflake on the ground and the inaugural race of the 2009/2010 season was in serious jeopardy. But, Tuesday evening the snow started falling and it didn't stop until Thursday morning. Wednesday evening the decision was made, and with 30 new centimeters of snow on the ground, the race was a go.
Wow, what a day!
The weather was perfect. The conditions were perfect. The competition was awesome. And Monique was able to save my food shopping faux pas!