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How to equip yourself for snowshoeing? Prevention is better than cure!

Updated: Oct 30, 2023

"There is no bad weather, only poorly equipped people."

And here are 10 compelling reasons to invest in hiking poles, as they benefit both beginners and experts by reducing the overall difficulty of your hike:

  1. Stability: Hiking poles provide stability, especially on uneven terrain.

  2. Improved Buoyancy: They enhance your balance and buoyancy, making traversing snow-covered landscapes more manageable.

  3. Reduced Fatigue: Hiking with poles reduces fatigue and the strain on your legs, enabling you to go further.

  4. Weight Distribution: Poles distribute your body weight more evenly, taking some of the load off your legs and engaging your upper body muscles.

  5. Braking on Downhills: They serve as brakes on downhill slopes, adding an extra layer of safety to your winter hike.

Whether you embark on a solo adventure or explore with friends, one thing is certain: Get outside and embrace the beauty of winter. Being well-prepared and equipped with the right gear enhances your outdoor experience.

To equip yourself for snowshoeing, prevention is indeed better than cure! Here are some essential steps to prepare for a safe and enjoyable snowshoeing experience:

  1. Snowshoes: Choose the right snowshoes for your weight and the type of snow you'll encounter. Refer to the manufacturer's guidelines or seek expert advice.

  2. Footwear: Wear insulated and waterproof boots with good traction. Gaiters can help keep snow out.

  3. Clothing: Dress in layers to stay warm. A moisture-wicking base layer, an insulating layer, and a waterproof and breathable outer layer are ideal. Don't forget warm socks, gloves, and a hat.

  4. Trekking Poles: Consider using trekking poles for stability and balance, especially on uneven terrain.

  5. Backpack: Carry a small backpack to store essentials like water, snacks, a map, a compass or GPS, and a first-aid kit.

  6. Safety Gear: Pack essential safety items such as a headlamp, a multi-tool, a fire starter, and an emergency blanket.

  7. Navigation: Carry a map of the area, a compass, and know how to use them. A GPS device can also be helpful.

  8. Food and Water: Bring enough food and water to stay hydrated and fueled throughout your trip.

  9. Communication: Carry a fully charged mobile phone or a two-way radio for communication in case of emergencies.

  10. Avalanche Safety: If snowshoeing in avalanche-prone areas, take an avalanche safety course and carry appropriate gear, including a beacon, probe, and shovel.

  11. Weather Forecast: Check the weather forecast before heading out, and be prepared for changing conditions.

  12. Trail Knowledge: Familiarize yourself with the trail you'll be snowshoeing on. Inform someone of your plans and expected return time.

  13. Group or Buddy System: Whenever possible, go snowshoeing with a friend or in a group for added safety.

  14. Emergency Plan: Have an emergency plan in case something goes wrong, and make sure someone knows your plan and can contact help if needed.

  15. Stay Informed: Keep updated on snowshoeing techniques, safety tips, and local regulations.

Remember, proper preparation is key to a safe and enjoyable snowshoeing adventure. It's better to be well-equipped and informed before you hit the trail to prevent problems and ensure a memorable experience.

Before leaving, don't forget anything!

For winter hiking we can never say it enough, the use of warm clothing and without cotton is necessary as well as putting several layers is better than a big thick garment. Your hat must have a windproof fabric and don't forget to hide your neck. Don't accumulate moisture in your boots, put on your merino socks just before you go hiking. Gaiters are two very important pieces of clothing to protect your lower legs and to prevent snow from getting into your boots and getting your feet wet. Goggles prevent frostbite caused by the wind and cold. Your backpack will be very useful to carry your headlamp and also your survival kit because prevention is better than cure.

Here are 10 good reasons to buy hiking poles because they are very practical for beginners as well as for experts by decreasing the level of difficulty of your hike. Choose the adjustable model to adjust the height as you need it during your downhill or uphill escapade. Their purpose is to make your gait more stable, improve your buoyancy and decrease your fatigue. Poles also help to distribute weight by taking weight off of your legs, moving your upper body. And not to mention, they will help you act as a brake on a downhill slope.

Explore on your own. Explore with your friends. Either way, get outside and play!

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