Enjoying Winter-Outside

I know, I know being outside in the winter kinda sucks, especially when it’s below zero. But it’s not bad when it’s 32 – 10 degrees out. Especially if you dress for it and are moving around.

I love snowshoeing. I’m not much of a skier. I tried cross country skies when I was younger and well, I kept falling, and just couldn’t make it work. Being a bit of a klutz does that to a person. Anyways, I’ve fallen in love with snowshoeing. Mainly because it’s easy and all you really need is the snowshoes.

Before I asked for snowshoes for Christmas one year I did some research. REI.com had a great section on what to look for snowshoes: https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/snowshoes.html

Basically, I figured out I probably needed fairly long snowshoes since I would rarely travel on a trail. Thus they would need to hold my weight on top of the snow without sinking too deep. Longer shoes distribute your weight better over the surface of the snow. I also discovered that I wanted walking sticks or poles to go with the snowshoes, and gaiters. The gaiters are great for keeping snow off of your pants and don’t allow snow to build up on the hem of whatever you’re wearing. Trust me that’s a huge plus!

What else to wear? Layers, lots of thin, but warm layers. Snowshoeing burns tons of calories especially if you’re breaking your own trail. In other words, you’ll sweat your butt off in no time! I’ll wear Cuddl Duds and a heavier sweat or yoga pants. On the top, Cuddl Duds, Turtle neck, and thin sweatshirt. A heavy winter jacket is a must, good gloves, and a hat.

Now you’re ready to get started. Strap on the snowshoes and go. That’s it. Seriously, that’s it. Just go where your heart desires. It’s not hard.

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