Frequently Asked Questions
Where are the best places to snowshoe?
Depending on where you live, there may be state parks and forests with summer hiking trails that allow snowshoeing or cross-country skiing in the winter. Many times these parks offer snowshoeing without trail fees.
You can also use http://snowshoes.com/ to find snowshoe trails near you. This site is a great resource for all kinds of information about snowshoeing!
How do I attach the bindings to my boot ?
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What if I want to return my snowshoes?
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How do adjust the length of the trekking poles?
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What do I do with the excess strap after tightening the binding?
Sometimes after tightening the binding, there is a portion of the straps that may interfere with your snowshoeing. They can either be tucked in or cut to the length you desire. If the straps are cut, the ends must be seared to keep from fraying.
Is snowshoeing good exercise?
Snowshoeing can burn up to 600 calories an hour. It hits your quadriceps when you're walking up a hill, and strengthens your hamstrings when you're walking downhill.
The below link is a summary of a recent study on energy expenditure of snowshoeing:
How do I prepare for a snowshoe hike?
IN ADDITION TO YOUR SNOWSHOES, HERE ARE A FEW SUGGESTIONS TO CONSIDER FOR YOUR NEXT SNOWSHOEING TREK:
- CHECK THE WEATHER BEFORE YOU GO ON ESPECIALLY LONG TREKS
- TO HELP STEADY YOUR WALK THROUGH THE SNOW AND KEEP YOUR BALANCE, TREKKING OR HIKING POLES ARE RECOMMENDED.
- CHOOSE BOOTS THAT WILL KEEP YOUR FEET WARM AND DRY. ADJUST THE SNOWSHOE BINDING TO YOUR BOOTS BEFORE GOING OUT IN THE SNOW. WHEN YOU DO GO OUT, YOU WILL ONLY HAVE TO INSERT YOUR FOOT AND BUCKLE THE STRAP AROUND YOUR HEEL.
- MERINO WOOL SOCKS ARE COMFORTABLE IN COOL OR WARM CONDITIONS, ABSORBS AND WICKS MOISTURE, CUSHIONS AND DOESN'T ITCH LIKE RAGG WOOL. SOME SYNTHETIC MATERIALS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED TO BE COMFORTABLE AND WICK AWAY MOISTURE AND ARE USUALLY LESS EXPENSIVE THAN WOOL.
- GAITERS CAN BE HELPFUL TO KEEP YOUR PANTS DRY AND SNOW OUT OF YOUR BOOTS IF YOU ARE NOT USING WATERPROOF WINTER SPORT PANTS.
- GLOVES OR MITTENS SHOULD BE WATER RESISTANT, IF POSSIBLE.
- A HAT OR BALACLAVA IS RECOMMENDED. BALACLAVAS ARE ESPECIALLY USEFUL WHEN THERE IS A LOT OF WIND. NECK WARMERS OR A SCARF THAT CAN BE TUCKED IN ARE ALSO USEFUL.
- FOR A SHORT HIKE, YOU MAY NOT NEED TO CARRY MUCH BUT A DAYPACK OR BACKPACK CAN BE USEFUL. YOU MAY WANT TO CARRY SNACKS, WATER OR OTHER EMERGENCY SUPPLIES IF YOU ARE OUT LONGER THAN YOU EXPECT, I.E., SPARE GLOVES OR SOCKS. SOME BACK PACKS HAVE PROVISIONS TO CONTAIN A VACUUM BOTTLE FOR HOT LIQUIDS.
- FULLY CHARGED CELL PHONE
- SNOWSHOEING CAN BE STRENUOUS AT TIMES SO IT IS IMPORTANT TO DRESS IN LAYERS THAT WON'T TRAP MOISTURE. IT IS GOOD TO HAVE A WICKING, BREATHABLE MATERIAL AS YOUR BASE LAYER.