SCRUBBED! – For Safety Reasons, this session has been cancelled
This is the third of about twelve snowshoe events I will be running for EBTC. The weather forecast is VERY WARM, -1C with light winds.
- Snowshoeing on a variety of terrains including through the trees.
- How did the snowshoer crossed the road? (Answer, carefully).
- Enjoy the legislature lights before they are taken down; bring your camera!
Where are We Going and How to Get Back
- Meet at the skate shack at the SOUTH end of the legislature grounds (look for an ATCO trailer topped by a giant snowman); if you need an address try: 9515 – 107th Street Edmonton.
- We will remain on the south lawns of the legislature grounds, don’t worry though – lots of adventure awaits!
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 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.