Ida O. Johnsen Snowshoes May 22nd, 2018 - 18:26:23
Short days and long winter nights mean hibernation mode has arrived for many of us. But the start of our grey season does not mean you have to turn into a sloth and put your metabolism to sleep until spring. Not sure what to do this winter? Here is a great activity that you should book into your fitness plan this year: Snowshoeing. This winter activity is making a comeback in the recreation world and snowshoe technology has made leaps and bounds over the past decade. With new lightweight materials todays snowshoes will probably feel a lot different to you then they did when you first tried them during family outings as a child.
Mountaineer Style Mountaineer style snowshoes are built much tougher and heavier than say running style snowshoes. This is for added traction and stability on steep and icy hills. They typically include larger crampons to achieve this added traction. The binding will also be able to accommodate larger shoes including climbing shoes and boots. Extra heavy duty material is used to create mountaineer style snowshoes for better performance during different types of weather situations and various types of terrain. This also makes mountaineer style snowshoes the best choice for walking in deeper snow. Mountaineering snowshoes are the right choice for any serious snowshoeing enthusiast.
A 32 gal plastic trash can works or you can simple fill the tub up with water and lay the skin in it. It is preferable to remove rawhide before taking your wife takes her evening bath! As the skin relaxes just keep pushing the skin under water. You may need to weigh it down with something like a rock or brick. Heres an idea I use to relax a rawhide completely but I am warning you get permission first or wait until the wife is gone. After the skin is relaxed enough in the tub or plastic container fill the wash machine with warm water. Fill the machine first and leave the lid open check the temperature to be sure it is not hot. Add some detergent any brand will work. Place the skin in the water and allow it to agitate. Again leave the lid open so the machine will not drain and spin at this time. Allow the skin to work itself soft.
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.