Hilaire Vachon Snowshoes June 01st, 2018 - 16:34:48
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.
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.
From the time I was little Ive always loved the outdoors. I grew up in a family where appreciation for natures beauty was a value drilled into us nearly as often as "Say please. My name is Brian Hughes and my wife Bec and I are the founders of Tuckerman Outfitters LLC. When we started this business we saw it as a chance to share our love of nature with other outdoor enthusiasts like you. Were passionate about adventurous living and we hope you are too. In short Tuckerman Outfitters isnt just our business; its personal. We care about the outdoors and we care about you. Thats reflected in the products we offer and the level of service we provide. We love helping others to enjoy natures gifts just as we do.
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.