Hilaire Vachon Snowshoes June 01st, 2018 - 17:22:20
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.
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.
What you need to know to get started: Type of Snowshoe. Depending on your goal activity you can choose from snowshoes designed for running back country or general recreation. Most people who want to get started will buy or rent recreational shoes. Other Gear. Wear clothing that will wick away moisture such as polyester or lycra blends. Cotton is a no-no in cold weather as it gets wet and will hold moisture against your skin. Dress in layers so that you can remove clothing as you get warmer. A pair of stable waterproof hiking boots are a good bet if you are hiking. If you are running a stable trail running shoe or a lightweight day hiking shoe works best. Many people use ski poles in the same way that a hiker does- to increase energy output due to additional upper body muscle use provides stability and to decrease stress on knees ankles and feet. Use leg gators to keep snow out of your boots and keep your feet dry. Make sure you bring your water bottle and some extra food for energy along the way. Other items include first aid kit sunglasses map camera matches flashlight compass/g.p.s (if you know how to use it!) and a cell phone.
If you are into winter outdoor adventures chances are you are either into snowshoeing or have given it some serious thought. It is an ideal way to pass the hours in the great outdoors. However if you are new to snowshoeing you want to be sure you purchase the right equipment. There are many good snow shoes and cleats to choose from and they can be found in various price ranges designed to fit anyones budget. One thing you want to be sure of is that you do invest in quality snowshoes; otherwise you will find it can be very frustrating to use inferior equipment. This is especially important if you are just learning how to snowshoe as there are techniques that go along with it.