Mie J. Damgaard Snowshoes May 21st, 2018 - 14:33:07
Snowshoes as the name implies are footwears for walking over snow. Snowshoes distribute the weight of a person over a larger area so that the persons foot does not sink completely into the snow. Traditional snowshoes are made of heavy hardwood frame with leather lacings. Modern high-tech snowshoes are made of light metal such as aluminum and alloy or even of plastic. These modern snowshoes are raised at the toe for maneuverability and are generally smaller than the traditional snowshoes. Racing snowshoes and gliding snowshoes are just some examples of modern snowshoes used for movement in deep snow. Snowshoes were used some 6000 years ago as an earliest form of transportation.
2. Johnston Canyon/ Ink Pots Located in Banff National Park off of the Bow Valley Parkway. This is a very popular hike through a lovely canyon. There are two notable waterfalls the Lower and Upper Falls. Upper Falls is a good place to watch ice climbers in winter. From the Upper Falls it is about a 3 km hike through the forest to the Ink Pots. These inky blue pools of mineral water remain at a constant temperature of 4C all year. 3. Cascade Amphitheatre Also located in Banff National Park this trail is accessed from the Mt. Norquay Ski area. The hike is a bit long and quite strenuous for a snowshoe trip. It climbs a lot through pine forests and eventually ends up in a beautiful amphitheatre at the north end of Cascade Mountain.
If you are purchasing a first pair snowshoes for you or your child it might be a good idea to rent snowshoes first. After you have tried snowshoeing once or twice and decided that it is for you the next step is to get your own. Rented snowshoes are often less comfortable and always a lower quality product than ones you will purchase new. So if you enjoyed snowshoeing on the rented pair you will love snowshoeing on a new pair. A good tip is to buy new and try to avoid buying used snowshoes. There are quite a few different types of snowshoes on the market. When selecting which snowshoe is right for you it is wise to shop for quality and stick to the leading names in the industry.
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.