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Jenny

Angel Diva
We're going to try this tomorrow, but not in the wild. We'll be at the Winter Sports Park, on trails, which they say are groomed. I'm guessing more clothes than cross country skiing but less than downhill?
 

newboots

Angel Diva
I dress like for winter hiking. And of course, layers needed because you start out freezing, get to sweating, and - you know the story. So similar to XC skiing.
 

liquidfeet

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
We're going to try this tomorrow, but not in the wild. We'll be at the Winter Sports Park, on trails, which they say are groomed. I'm guessing more clothes than cross country skiing but less than downhill?
^^Yes they said. You'll get hot. Layers that you can peel off and tie in place are called for, if no backpack. I have fallen in love with snow shoeing. I broke trail today for an hour. I have discovered that the deer like human trails. If I lose the trail, I can usually follow deer tracks.7C1C11B2-0D6F-4E49-A9F9-788F1E1BE5AE.jpg
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It's so beautiful out there. It takes my breath away. Slow travel, not at all like skiing.
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Lots of water crossings.
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This is a deer print.
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liquidfeet

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
Here is a trail marked with deer tracks. There were two deer walking single file. I am amazed that they know the trails. They even took the hard-to-find (for me) alternate route around a big mass of granite because the way down is too steep; I thought they would be fine with that kind of descent since they are wild animals and have four legs, but no, they are cautious like me. They clearly prefer the human trails over bushwacking, which makes sense. Their tracks save me from constantly checking my trail map app on my phone when humans have not done the trail yet. Thank you, deer.

Enjoy your first snow shoeing!!!

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SallyCat

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
Try to start out a little cold, because you'll warm up quickly and won't sweat as much or have to shed layers right away. Unless it's bitter cold and windy, a pair of light spring-skiing type gloves will be more comfortable than bulky winter ones.

Fwiw, I just replaced my old LL Bean snowshoes (which were perfectly fine and in great shape) with a new pair of MSRs that have a heel riser. I snowshoe in an area with some steep climbs, and I've been hiking up to board down. The heel risers make a huge difference in comfort and effectiveness, and if it's flat, I just kick them down. Just something to consider for anyone making an investment in new snowshoes.
 

liquidfeet

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
I have the Tubbs Flex RDG. Love love love the boa for tightening up the bindings. These snowshoes are quite light and maneuverable around obstacles. The teeth / crampons on the bottom are similar to those on MSR snowshoes. They have a heel lifter, but I've never used it. The climbs where I go are short, and my dorsiflexion ROM is super high.
 

liquidfeet

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
Thanks, @newboots, for telling me how to get the photo right side up. I am still amazed that deer choose to walk along human trails instead of bushwhack across the woods. They even used the cheater alternate route to avoid a steep descent that I don't like. Without their tracks, I would have had trouble locating that detour.
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Jenny

Angel Diva
Today was fun! I was toasty warm - enough to take off a layer after we got started.

Here's some pics.
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geargrrl

Angel Diva
I've been doing a ton, too. We have access to private timber land from our condo so I can go where is there no one... meanwhile the state park trailheads are overflowing. My thoughts are do not overdress, but have something extra in your bag. I wear a heavier baselayer, a vest and a shell coat. I will lose the coat pretty fast on the ascent. My pants are a windblock stretch fleece. 20210102_104307.jpg
 

Tvan

Angel Diva
@Jenny - I wish, but no. This is a town trail here in Connecticut. We haven't been to our property in Vermont since last February... a year ago this week, in fact.
 

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