Ida O. Johnsen Snowshoes May 22nd, 2018 - 18:49:48
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.
Maybe youre not a big fan of winter or it could be that its too cold or you just stay inside in the winter months because you dont know what to do with yourself outside in the snow. Skiing or snowboarding is not an option so what could you possibly do that might boost your mood and help you enjoy winter a bit more? In a word snowshoeing. This sport is growing like gangbusters and those that try it out find out what all the hub-bub is all about. You can snowshoe almost anywhere its easy to learn and the cost of equipment is not bad. Winter came seem almost fun if you get outside and embrace it by playing in the snow. Snowshoes like MSR Lightning Ascent and Atlas Elektra or Tubbs Frontiers are great options.
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.
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.