Mie J. Damgaard Snowshoes May 21st, 2018 - 14:56:42
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.
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.
Once you start snowshoeing you are going to want to spend a great deal of time in the wilderness which means more traveling. In this case you want to be sure your equipment is not only versatile for the type of elements you will face but also lightweight. It is really important that your snowshoes are of good enough quality that they have the strength and durability you need for this activity. This means that the ribs of the snowshoes must be placed in the exact proper position and there have to be reinforcements with it. Comfort is also going to be very important and the materials the snowshoes are made from are going to play a role in how comfortable they are. The ones that are comprised of stainless steel and aluminum framing are an excellent type of snowshoe. Vinyl decking is also a good way of providing the comfort that one needs when going on long snowshoeing adventures.
Along with the recent popularity of snowshoeing technology has stepped up and designed and manufactured more durable and lightweight snowshoes. Snowshoes have come a long way since the wooden framed rawhide-laced versions worn by Inuits and Native Americans. If you want to try snowshoeing check with local ski rental shops where you plan to snowshoe. Most will have snowshoes for rent. This is a good way to see if this is a sport you want to get into. The experts in the rental shops should be able to offer advice on size and type of snowshoes to rent. Along with the snowshoes they will fit you with appropriate sized poles that will come in handy during your hike. You should also have a good pair of insulated winter boots and gaiters (gaiters fit over your pants and boot tops) to keep your feet warm and dry. Start off by practicing walking with your snowshoes on near the trailhead until you feel comfortable and ready to venture out. Take it slow and conserve energy by keeping your feet close to the snow so youre almost shuffling along.