Posts tagged ‘outdoors’

February 7, 2008

Intro to Snowshoeing

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Tonight I attended a one-hour class at my local REI store to learn about the sport of snowshoeing. The class was free, and it filled up, mostly with older adults, but in no way did that turn me off. The presenter was a gentle man named Jerry, who did not look prepared to snowshoe in his tropical shirt and Chacos.

According to Jerry, snowshoeing can be done into the Spring; however, most people assume the season ends in February. Since I have a few friends that are enthusiastic about snowshoeing, I plan on outfitting myself with the proper gear and hitting the snow very soon.

Here’s what I’ll need:

Snowshoes (rent or buy).

– Waterproof, and preferably insulated, hiking boots.

– Three thin layers of synthetic clothing (long underwear, Polartec fleece and a waterproof shell).

– A hydration system for my day pack.

– Gloves and hat (styles depend on conditions).

– Trekking poles.

Gaiters.

And here’s the advice that stuck with me from the presentation:

– Walk with a wide stance, toes angled out.

– Stay hydrated.

– Let someone know where you’re going and how long you’ll be gone.

– Always be prepared to deal with a worst case scenario.

– Avoid wearing cotton.

-Don’t be afraid to blaze your own trail once you’re familiar with the conditions and the terrain.

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