Hilaire Vachon Snowshoes May 31st, 2018 - 22:57:02
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.
Choosing a snowshoe takes a little bit of know-how so Im going to let you know what to look for when buying your first pair. By the way its a good idea to maybe rent some snowshoes first just to make sure this is going to be a good fit for you. To pick the best snowshoe figure out what type of snow you will be hiking on. Is it hard pack on a groomed trail such as a cross-country ski area? You dont need long snowshoes if youre trekking on groomed trails. Most of the time a 22" will do. You do want good traction so choosing a shoe with the metal crampons on them is important. A good shoe for this is MSR Lightning Ascents. They have the steel teeth around the perimeter of the snowshoe. Will you be going off trail into some deep powder? If so you will to select a longer snowshoe. Many times you need to know what the max height and weight load is for a snowshoe and that can be found fairly easily with a little research. Many brands of snowshoes will offer a "tail" as an optional purchase to give you more flotation in deep powder. No need to hibernate during the winter months any longer. Many people can and do get out and enjoy winter to its fullest and now armed with this knowledge you can be out there and enjoy mother nature too on your snowshoes.
Todays snowshoes are shorter and narrower than the wide-bodied wood framed snowshoes of old. They feature a lightweight aluminum frame and a special decking. With the easy-to-use flexible binding and crampons on the bottom to prevent slipping snow shoeing today can be a walk in the park. The beauty of snowshoeing is that nearly anyone can do it. If you can walk you can snow shoe. Snowshoe running is a different variety. This fast growing sport is a superb cross-training activity for runners and other active people during the winter months. With less impact than road running snowshoe running is a great way to strengthen the muscles of the legs and core without having to pound the pavement.
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.