This is the second of about twelve snowshoe events I will be running for EBTC. The weather forecast is great -11C with light winds.
- Fumble and stumble through setting up potentially new equipment for the first time.
- For absolute newbies, get used to the experience of walking on big aluminium boots.
- Evaluate how much/little clothing is needed relative to the weather and physical exertion.
- Practice basic hill skills including traversing a slope.
Where are We Going and How to Get Back
- Victoria Park, meet in the parking lot for a 6:15pm start.
- We will be walking on the skate part of the groomed cross-country ski trails in addition to going off trail a bit.
What to Take
- Snowshoes (duh!) and poles (optional).
- Clothing appropriate to the weather. Noting that I tend to run hot, I am plan to wear/bring:
- Hiking boots
- Lightly insulated shell pants
- Long sleeve cycling jersey and a cycling shell (shell is shelved fairly quickly)
- Fleece neck warmer
- Cycling beanie and/or a baseball cap
- Full fingered cycling gloves
- Headlamp (generally these will be off but just in case we need them).
- Backpack to carry/stow clothing
- 0.5 – 1.0 litre of water
Books, Where to Buy and Other Resources:
Totem Outfitters: http://www.totemoutfitters.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/2016-WINTER-RENTAL-RATES-VERSION-2.pdf.
I have no problem recommending the first two choices (a long ago former employee of the first and long standing member of the second). No history with the third.
Canadian Tire is a good place to get entry level shoes (and to use up that dirty pile of Canadian Tire money).
I prefer the MSR binding system but this is a matter of personal preference.
Unless you are a traditionalist, stick with the modern aluminium snow shoes.
Avoid web based bindings unless you can buy the real cheap.
- Best ‘How To’ book: Basic Illustrated Snowshoeing, A Falcon Guide, Eli Burakian.
- Second best ‘How To’ book: A Beginner’s Guide to Snowshoeing in the Canadian Rockies, RMB, Andrew Nugara.
- Other Canadian book: Snowshoeing in the Canadian Rockies, RMB, Andrew Nugara. Note, both of Nugara’s books focus on the southern Alberta Rockies.