Hilaire Vachon Snowshoes June 01st, 2018 - 17:12:22
Hiking is a lot of fun but most hikers hang up their hiking shoes when the bad weather starts and wait for spring. But if you just cant wait to get back out and hiking again there is an alternative and that alternative is snowshoes. Snowshoes enable you to go hiking or walking even when there are multiple feet of snow on the ground and make it so you can enjoy the outdoors all year round. Of course hiking isnt the only thing you can do with a pair of snowshoes. Many people go on multi-day backpacking trips with them and there are even people that go running with snowshoes on. These different uses for snowshoes however means that there are different kinds and you should figure out what you want to do with your snowshoes before you buy if you dont already have a pair of them available to you.
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.
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.
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.