Solaine Snowshoes May 23rd, 2018 - 15:45:11
Fitness. Snowshoe walking is more difficult than walking on a cleared surface but it is also as hard as you want to make it. Start gradually and progress to a more challenging pace as you get more miles on your snowshoes. Every workout should begin with a gradual warm-up and finish with a cool down to avoid injuries or soreness. End your adventure with a few stretches for the legs hips and arms before hopping back into your car. Where to Go Safely. You can pretty much snowshoe anyplace that you can hike. Check your local tourism office or hiking club for ideas to get you started. Stick to well known snowshoeing trails and always snowshoe with a buddy for safety reasons. Always leave word of your route and carry a cell phone for emergency contact.
Wildlife sightings along the trails are frequent and common. The silent aspect of the sport of Nordic skiing is perfect for wildlife observation since the animals are not easily disturbed by the quiet approach of a skier. Deer are abundant and the chance of seeing them is very high. Winter sightings of beaver squirrels rabbits and fox or coyote are possible. The birds who remain in the area during winter are everywhere: eagles crows hawks a wide variety of finches chickadees jays nuthatches and woodpeckers fill the woods and grasslands. This past winter in addition to the many other owls who live here there was an influx of the great Snowy Owls who usually remain north of the border in Canada. Due to a cyclically bad year for voles in Canada the beautiful birds have migrated further south into Minnesota to find a better source of food. They are spectacular to see and silent in flight so keep your eyes open and watch for them. There are many informational sites on the internet to explore before arriving for a Minnesota vacation. The Minnesota DNR site is loaded with information regarding the exploration of the thousands of acres of public lands within the state. Other area websites offer full information on lodging options and as well as events calendars that explain upcoming events and activities in the surrounding communities.
What you need to know to get started: Type of Snowshoe. Depending on your goal activity you can choose from snowshoes designed for running back country or general recreation. Most people who want to get started will buy or rent recreational shoes. Other Gear. Wear clothing that will wick away moisture such as polyester or lycra blends. Cotton is a no-no in cold weather as it gets wet and will hold moisture against your skin. Dress in layers so that you can remove clothing as you get warmer. A pair of stable waterproof hiking boots are a good bet if you are hiking. If you are running a stable trail running shoe or a lightweight day hiking shoe works best. Many people use ski poles in the same way that a hiker does- to increase energy output due to additional upper body muscle use provides stability and to decrease stress on knees ankles and feet. Use leg gators to keep snow out of your boots and keep your feet dry. Make sure you bring your water bottle and some extra food for energy along the way. Other items include first aid kit sunglasses map camera matches flashlight compass/g.p.s (if you know how to use it!) and a cell phone.
Are you just going to snowshoe on easy trails and for short dayhikes? Or do you plan on going for longer expeditions on all kinds of varied terrain? These factors will have a lot of bearing on what type of snowshoe you will need. There are also gender specific snowshoes as well as unisex models. There are molded plastic snowshoes and tubular aluminum snowshoes with leather decks. So the choices of styles are pretty vast nowadays. A good idea before buying a pair of snowshoes is to check out a review site online. Just type snowshoe review into your search engine and see what comes up. Also if you already have a certain type of snowshoe in mind but need a more unbiased review you could also search for brand abc snowshoe review. There are also many online buying options for snowshoes and just looking through many of the offerings you could find the pair you like. I hope this helps you find your ideal pair and happy snowshoeing.