First Time Snow Shoe Experience

| March 20, 2013 | 2 Comments

It’s important to layer with a good outer shell.

Snow shoeing is a northern thing, let’s face it. You can’t do it here in Texas because, well, you need snow and that’s just something we don’t have. So when I was looking for something new to do for my ACK Go Play Day, a company initiative that allows employees to spend time outside, I decided to grab a pair and head up to the powder for a long weekend. I traveled to a cabin smack dab in the middle of the Twin Cities at the Dodge Nature Center to have my first snowshoeing experience. Dodge was a great place to start because it provides some very light areas to walk about and while it’s in the middle of St. Paul, Minnesota, it feels like a wilderness area.  

I couldn’t have asked for better weather, with 30+ degree temperatures (which sounds unbearably cold now that I am back in Texas) and fresh snowfall from the previous week. While I quickly realized the simplicity of the activity, it did require some heavy layering for obvious reasons. I threw on a basic base layer, some NRS Boundary Water Shoes over my wool socks, blue jeans, gloves, a wool shirt and, most important of all, an outer layer consisting a snow jacket and pants. Keeping warm is about all there is to snowshoeing and with that setup I was nice and cozy when we got to walking around.

Again, it was incredibly simple once we actually got walking. Having the snow shoes allow you to spread your weight as you walk, through what’s called flotation, and as a result you spend less effort pulling your feet out of the snow and more time walking around through some beautiful snow covered areas. I found that I really enjoyed snowshoeing as it gave me the ability to explore a snowy hills and trails as if I were on a normal hike. Enjoy the photos below and I highly recommend giving it a try when you get the chance! You can find everything you need and more to outfit your next snowshoeing adventure at ACK.com here.

Joseph @ACK

 

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  1. Geoff Smith says:

    Hey Joseph. It was very entertaining reading your post here on snowshoeing since I am from Ontario Canada.
    Perspective is everything eh. LOL 30+ deg F would be too warm to snowshoes and if I was to do it at those temps I would have on a thin base layer and a fleece only.
    The other problem with those temps is the snow itself. It will pack too easily and become icy, cleats on the bottom help with that. That is why you found it easy and could wear such small snowshoes.
    You really must try it in some nice powdery conditions but this will require a wider shoe to get that floatation which becomes harder to walk in. Beaver tail style shoe for instance.
    I love the NRS boots they are what I wear all winter. They meet my need for minimalist footwear.

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