If you are ready for an adventure, then try a guided snowshoeing trek.
You will need knowledge of winter survival, outdoor cooking, fire building, and making shelter.
Follow the person ahead of you so you do not get lost.
It is a demanding workout so be sure to be in shape.
Enjoy the sun and fresh snow. You can bring a backpack stuffed with snacks and drinks to keep you going. You will need some equipment like:
- Snowshoes: The most important piece of equipment for snowshoeing is, of course, the snowshoes themselves. Snowshoes are specially designed footwear that help distribute your weight and prevent you from sinking into deep snow. There are many different types of snowshoes available, with different sizes and shapes depending on your weight and the type of terrain you’ll be snowshoeing on.
- Poles: Trekking poles can provide stability and support while snowshoeing, especially on steep or uneven terrain. Look for poles with adjustable length and wrist straps for added support.
- Boots: You’ll need warm, waterproof boots that provide good traction on snow and ice. Look for boots with insulation and a sturdy sole for added support.
- Clothing: Dress in layers to stay warm and dry while snowshoeing. A waterproof outer layer, such as a jacket or shell, is essential for keeping out snow and moisture. Be sure to also wear warm socks, gloves, and a hat or beanie.
- Backpack: A backpack can be useful for carrying extra layers, water, snacks, and other essentials while snowshoeing.
- Safety gear: It’s important to carry a map, compass, and emergency supplies such as a first aid kit, whistle, and headlamp while snowshoeing. If you’re venturing into avalanche-prone areas, it’s also important to carry a beacon, shovel, and probe.
- What is snowshoeing, really? Well, it’s basically hiking in the snow, but with hilarious footwear. Think of them as flippers for the snow.
- Do I need any special gear to snowshoe? Apart from those fashionable snowshoes? Yes, you’ll want warm, moisture-wicking clothing, sturdy boots, and possibly poles for balance. Also, don’t forget your sense of adventure and a hot drink wouldn’t go amiss either.
- Can anyone snowshoe? If you can walk and have an appreciation for looking slightly goofy while doing so, you can snowshoe!
- How do I choose the right snowshoes? The “right” snowshoes depend on your weight, the conditions you’ll be trekking in, and your personal style (since we all know fashion is the most crucial factor).
- Where can I go snowshoeing? Anywhere with enough snow, really. Mountains, trails, parks, your neighbor’s backyard (maybe ask permission first though).
- Is it a good workout? Absolutely! It’s like hiking, but your feet weigh an extra few pounds, and you’re trudging through snow. If that doesn’t get your heart rate up, we don’t know what will.
- Can I snowshoe with my dog? Yes, but be prepared for Fido to be considerably less encumbered (and likely more graceful) in the snow than you. Check local rules and regulations before you set off though.
- What should I do if I encounter wildlife while snowshoeing? Firstly, no selfie requests. As a rule, give wildlife space and admire them from a distance. If you encounter a Yeti, it’s customary to offer it hot chocolate.
Snowshoeing stats infographic
Survival items you need in the winter:
- Warm, waterproof jacket
- Insulated pants
- Warm hat
- Insulated gloves or mittens
- Scarf or neck gaiter
- Thermal base layer
- Warm socks
- Winter boots with good traction
- Snowshoes or skis, depending on the activity
- Snow goggles or sunglasses
- Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
- Multi-tool or knife
- Fire starter (matches, lighter, fire starter sticks)
- Water bottle with insulation cover
- Water filter or purification tablets
- High-energy snacks
- Lightweight stove and fuel
- Shelter (tent, bivy sack, or tarp)
- Sleeping bag rated for below-freezing temperatures
- Sleeping pad or insulation mat
- Emergency blanket
- Navigation tools (map, compass, GPS)
- Whistle for signaling for help
- Personal locator beacon or satellite messenger device
- First-aid kit
- Prescription medications
- Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
- Hand and foot warmers
- Emergency radio or satellite phone
- Warm fleece or insulated jacket for layering
- Snow shovel
- Ice axe and crampons, depending on the activity
- Snow probe and avalanche beacon, depending on the activity
Photos of a shelter made from snow and sticks
You can make a fire in the winter like in the summer. You need some kindling, dry wood, and matches.
Kayaking is good choice for a small group of friends that want an outdoor experience.
Most will hold 2 people like these.
Camping in the woods can be fun and scary. You will have time away from the city and get a chance to view nature like eagles and hawks.
The scenery is amazing. You need to bring must have gear.
Be ready to tell and listen to stories and jokes.
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