what was the last time the trail has been used before the man came and was this important/
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"The trail was faint. A foot of snow had fallen since the last sled had passed over, and he was glad he was without a sled..."
The trail was last used before a one foot snowfall. There we no tracks to follow, and it had been used by a sled. This man was walking....... a bit different than being pulled by a dog sled.
Yes, this was important because smarted, more experienced men had avoided traveling in the snow and bitter cold.
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