Hilaire Vachon Snowshoes June 01st, 2018 - 17:35:36
Snowshoeing has become quite a popular pastime for many in the Canadian Rockies. First of all the equipment is minimal you need a pair of snowshoes. It is also a lot easier to learn than cross country skiing and for sure costs a lot less than downhill skiing. Now for the list. My wife and I along with members of our hiking club The Rocky Mountain Ramblers have personally hiked these trails many times. 1. Paradise Valley This is a beautiful hike in the Lake Louise and Moraine Lake area of Banff National Park. There is little elevation gain on this hike and beautiful views of towering Mt. Temple and surrounding peaks. Most people will go as far as the second bridge and then turn around but if conditions allow (avalanche) you can carry on to Lake Annette.
Look for fleshing cuts on the back side of the skin when laying out your pattern. These thin areas can break through when the rawhide is drying. Also brands can be a problem. Darker rawhide is stronger than light lighter spots usually have a higher fat content and can be weaker. A thought for drum makers. I have cut my pattern out while the rawhide is dry then soak just that piece. If you do decide to soak the whole skin and either have scraps left over or find you do not have time to work with the rawhide right away just place it in a plastic bag and freeze. Thaw out in water or room temperature to use again. Do not take out and forget it it will begin to spoil after a couple of days.
As temperatures start to cool thoughts turn to the coming winter and with that winter sports. One winter sport that comes to mind is snowshoeing. Snowshoeing has become a popular pastime in Colorado and other states that embrace winter sports. The wonderful thing about snowshoeing is you dont need any specialized skills or training to do it. Any person that can hike can snowshoe. While snowshoeing has been around for many years only recently since the 1970s has it become a recreational activity for outdoor enthusiasts. Snowshoeing was a necessity for many living in rugged snowy terrain and the only way to travel through deep snow during the winter months.
A 32 gal plastic trash can works or you can simple fill the tub up with water and lay the skin in it. It is preferable to remove rawhide before taking your wife takes her evening bath! As the skin relaxes just keep pushing the skin under water. You may need to weigh it down with something like a rock or brick. Heres an idea I use to relax a rawhide completely but I am warning you get permission first or wait until the wife is gone. After the skin is relaxed enough in the tub or plastic container fill the wash machine with warm water. Fill the machine first and leave the lid open check the temperature to be sure it is not hot. Add some detergent any brand will work. Place the skin in the water and allow it to agitate. Again leave the lid open so the machine will not drain and spin at this time. Allow the skin to work itself soft.