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Klondike Derby

January 15-16, 2016« More activities from 2016

What a difference some snow makes at the Klondike Derby! Instead of carrying their sleds over slightly frosted grounds, there was a good 2-3 feet of snow, which cause even some mighty Boy Scout sleds to falter during the Great Race. On Friday night, we made pretty good time at the church getting gear and got on the road by 7pm. The roads at the pass were pretty clear, so smooth sailing to Ensign Ranch. We were at the cabins by about 8:30pm, tents all setup by around 9:30pm, then snowballs until 11pm. Webelos from Cub Scout Packs Pack 282 and Pack 793 joined us for the night and stayed in the cabins.

We woke to an inch or two of new snow on our tents, and the snow came down for most of the day. We got our breakfast going, got the Scouts up, took down our tents and stowed our gear, and then had breakfast. The Webelos parents brought and cooked sausages, so that was an extra treat. After sweeping for trash and gear, we got everyone over to the competition area and checked in at the registration cabin. We lost a couple Patrols and sleds due to people trying to come over in the morning and the pass closing, so we only registered two Patrols.

The cross-cut saw crew didn’t make it through the pass either, and some Patrols from other Troops arrived late, but it was a very fun day of competition and camaraderie. Our Patrols won ribbons for some events. They had a heck-of-a-time playing King of the Snow Mountain too…

The ride home was hurried as the Pass closed at 4:30pm for avalanche control. We had to chain up just east of the Hyak exit. Mr. Haines and our SPL and ASPL got an extra treat when the pass was closed 15 cars in front of them. At least the Scouts got to play in the snow in the middle of I-90.

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