Ida O. Johnsen Snowshoes May 22nd, 2018 - 18:43:32
Minnesota winters are filled with activities and festivals celebrating the season! There are so many reasons to plan a Minnesota winter vacation that the only difficulty is deciding what to do first. From ice fishing to snowmobiling and a dozen other activities the entire family will enjoy the experience. While some folks prefer the rush of the wind on their faces as they race along the 1200 miles of snowmobile trails which interconnect rural communities in the Breezy Point area others prefer to experience the quiet natural setting at a more sedate pace by gliding along beautifully groomed ski trails or striking out into the pristine forests with a set of snowshoes strapped to their feet.
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.
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.
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.