Line J. Skov Snowshoes May 25th, 2018 - 16:50:21
Working with rawhide. You just received this hard stiff piece of rawhide and are wondering how in the heck do I get this soft enough to use. I have received many calls from clients asking how to best rehydrate the rawhide. Finally I decided to just write it down and put it on our web site. Rawhide Lace: The best way I have found to relax rawhide lace is to place the entire bundle in lukewarm water let me repeat t hat LUKEWARM WATER! A small child should be able place their hand in it without whining! Hot water will destroy the tissue in rawhide and you will have gelatin. Leave the bundle overnight if you even think you might leave it longer than 12 hours add some pinesol or a bit of bleach to the water usually a cup of pinesol or a couple oz.
4. Chester Lake This hike is located on the Smith Dorrien Hwy which can be accessed from Canmore or also from the Kananaskis Lakes road to the south. The trail climbs through forest to a couple of meadows before ending up at beautiful Chester Lake. The hike is short only 3.5 km to the lake but has some steep sections. From Chester Lake you can go for another kilometer to the Elephant Rocks. 5. Rawson Lake This is another popular hike in the Kananaskis Lakes area. The trail begins at the Upper Kananaskis Lake parking area and follows Upper Kananaskis Lake before starting to climb through the pine forest to lovely Rawson Lake.
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.
Most snowshoes today are made of lightweight materials like aluminum so finding lightweight snowshoes should not be difficult. Steel toe claws are an absolute necessity for going up or down hills. Poles are more of a personal preference. Some snowshoe kits come with poles. However if you have to buy poles separately you might want to wait and see if you really need them. If you or your children have difficulty with balance or coordination then poles are a good idea otherwise poles are probably not necessary. One last aspect to consider is the size of the snowshoe. Basically the area of one snowshoe in square inches should equal your weight in pounds. Your weight includes you and the all the gear or equipment you will be wearing or carrying.