First of all, my kid-trip experience is high: I have hauled in kids (toddlers, infants, etc) on sled-pulks a couple of times both to Shrine and Continental Divide and would love some new scenery.
Which brings me to my question about Vances: According to hutski.com the easy route to Vances takes 4 hrs compared to Shrine's 2 hrs, but is is only 3/8 of a mile longer and 150' less gained elevation. So on paper that makes no sense to me. I have made it in ~2 hrs to Shrine hauling a heavy pack and a 4.5 year old, so I know that is a reasonably accurate time. And 2 hrs is really about the maximum I can subject my kids to in a sled, not to mention that in 2012, they will be 6.5 and 4.5 and much heavier. Though I also won't need to haul diaper stuff anymore.
Is there something on the Vance's trip that makes it much slower going? The route looks much less exposed than SMI, (the kids didn't appreciate the wind last year...)
Thanks for any advice in advance.
A family who hut trips together, stays together!