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Snowshoes And On The Snow Adventures

By Robert Jensen

Snowshoeing is suddenly a favorite winter activity for lovers of the outdoors. It’s a fun and healthy way to get out and enjoy the snow. You can snowshoe just about anywhere — in the woods, on a trail or near a cross-country trail.

Snowshoes are not cheap, but you can buy everything you need for a lot less money than a skier or snowboarder can. Plus, there is no need for lessons or trips to an expensive ski destination, you can snowshoe pretty much anywhere there is a large open area.

Getting around on snowshoes is a relatively safe activity. Snowshoes are very stable and offer a great method to travel in the snow and get an aerobic workout at the same time. They can be a terrific, low impact, winter-time cardiovascular workout that doesn’t punish your joints. If you are an experienced snowshoer and on the adventurous side, you will be able to explore some remote areas of our national parks that most people don’t get to see in the winter time.

How do they snowshoes work? They work by distributing the weight of the user over an area larger than the person’s foot by increasing the surface area that makes contact with the snow. This helps the user to not just sink past the surface of the snow. Snowshoe manufacturers call this a snowshoe’s flotation factor.

Snowshoes all look somewhat the same, but there are some important differences. The style and model that is right for you is dependent on your body weight, what type of snowshoeing you do and what kind of snow you will be in (wet or dry or in-between).

One accessory most snowshoers have is a pair of strong trekking poles. If you use your poles correctly, you can maintain your balance better during your hike. You will really find them useful when you are going up, down or across a hill or slope.

Most snowshoes will accept most any type of shoe or boot. Since you’ll be in the snow all day, you will want to use a waterproof, insulated boot. Try to get the most comfortable footwear you can, as long as it is waterproof and warm.

When it comes to purchasing snowshoes, many online retailers will offer a package deal that will include poles and a carrying bag. Many ski areas and outdoor stores are now offering snowshoes for rent.

A word of warning, however, please be sure to tell someone where you will be hiking to in case something happens and you don’t come back. Snowshoeing is almost always a safe adventure, but things can happen out in the woods.

A good pair of quality snowshoes can help almost anyone enjoy the cold winter months more.

Although he says to be just a snowboarder, Robert Jensen absolutely loves the convenience of snowshoes and snowshoeing around the park he lives near. He recommends browsing through some of the best snowshoe shops to get an idea of which snowshoes might be best for you.

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