Ida O. Johnsen Snowshoes May 25th, 2018 - 16:49:10
Snowshoes like many useful human inventions are based on the adaptations seen in nature. Animals that live in cold and snowy climates such as the snowshoe hare and the snow leopard often have oversized feet. It is their feet that allow them to move quickly and efficiently over snow without becoming mired down. The additional distributes the animals weight over a larger area preventing the feet from sinking very far. Snowshoes operate on exactly the same concept and they are just as effective. Humans have used snowshoes for thousands of years to aid in survival; today however they are popular primarily as a form of recreation.
Cleats are the teeth present at the bottom of the shoes that provide traction and allow for more confident stepping. Kids snowshoes are not limited just to kids; they can be used by anyone weighing less than 80 pounds and of shorter height. Kids snowshoes can also be used by children for off trail hiking on golf courses in packed trails etc. A low impact workout with a pair of snowshoes provides many health benefits. Snowshoes can be used by folks of all ages who enjoy a winter snowfall while walking running jumping or climbing. Snowshoes are great fun to use in any type of snow conditions.
4. Chester Lake This hike is located on the Smith Dorrien Hwy which can be accessed from Canmore or also from the Kananaskis Lakes road to the south. The trail climbs through forest to a couple of meadows before ending up at beautiful Chester Lake. The hike is short only 3.5 km to the lake but has some steep sections. From Chester Lake you can go for another kilometer to the Elephant Rocks. 5. Rawson Lake This is another popular hike in the Kananaskis Lakes area. The trail begins at the Upper Kananaskis Lake parking area and follows Upper Kananaskis Lake before starting to climb through the pine forest to lovely Rawson Lake.
Modern snowshoes usually have an aluminum or stainless steel frame and neoprene/nylon or polypropylene decking; the toe is generally tilted upward to allow for easier maneuverability. In order to work as intended snowshoes must not be allowed to accumulate snow on the tops. This is usually prevented by use of a latticework which allows any snow to fall through the snowshoe. Some snowshoes use no latticework having a solid plastic decking; however these models do not appear to have a problem with accumulated snow. If they did they would not be as popular as they are. Many modern snowshoes also incorporate crampons which are essentially spikes that protrude from the bottoms of the shoes. Crampons help with mountaineering and glacier travel providing additional traction in snow and ice.