Ida O. Johnsen Snowshoes May 23rd, 2018 - 15:45:46
If you are into winter outdoor adventures chances are you are either into snowshoeing or have given it some serious thought. It is an ideal way to pass the hours in the great outdoors. However if you are new to snowshoeing you want to be sure you purchase the right equipment. There are many good snow shoes and cleats to choose from and they can be found in various price ranges designed to fit anyones budget. One thing you want to be sure of is that you do invest in quality snowshoes; otherwise you will find it can be very frustrating to use inferior equipment. This is especially important if you are just learning how to snowshoe as there are techniques that go along with it.
They are lightweight first and foremost to make your feet as light as possible. They are also typically quite small with a minimal amount of cleats. Finally running snowshoes also typically have a spring-loaded suspension system of some kind so that they dont flop around too much and get in the way of your running gait. Finally you should know that most snowshoes are gender specific. There are a few snowshoes out there that are unisex but many that you will find are meant for one gender or the other. Besides aesthetics the main difference between male and female snowshoes is the size. Women tend to weigh less and need less weight displaced and so womens snowshoes dont need to be as big as mens. So smaller men are perfectly able to wear womens snowshoes just as long as they dont mind the more feminine paint job of most womens snowshoes.
Backpacking and hiking snowshoes will be fairly similar with the exception that when you are backpacking you will be carrying a heavy backpack and will need extra weight capacity to accommodate your backpack. Snowshoes work on the principle of weight displacement so if you weigh more that is if you have a heavy backpack on the snowshoes need to be bigger to displace the larger amount of weight. Many snowshoes have optional tails available which can be attached to increase their surface area. If you want a pair of snowshoes for backpacking a model with optional tails would be a good choice. Running snowshoes however are very different from the hiking and backpacking kind.
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.