I saw someone using them in six inches of snow today. In a flat Surrey park....
As I was wading through the snow for a little leg stretch, I started thinking about how much more snow we need, before I would benefit from getting my snowshoes out.
Yeah, thinking about it, I'm very tempted to get the snowshoes out and have a bit of practice. I'd just feel a bit of a plonker if I met anyone I knew, unless the snow was deep enough for the benefits to outweigh the "plonker factor".
It's good for XC skis at the moment in Dundee. I overtook quite a few folk walking to work as I was on my skis this morning.
Skis give both flotation and glide. What snowshoes give that skis don't is manoeuvrability and the abilty to not slide when poitning down a slope. Plenty of places that's useful, but the middle of open park land ain't generally one of them...
OTOH, though I've not personally ever tried snowshoes it's generally the case that things like that typically benefit from practice, and there's an excellent opportunity right now.
Now that's a plan! With my goggles on too, nobody would recognise me. I'll have a poke around the loft tonight and dig them out of my winter kit box.
It would be good to get some practice before heading off to Snowdonia on Tuesday, where I'm hoping that some decent snow will still be hanging around for me.
Well I had a good go today. I decided on wearing my Oakley Radar Pitches, as they are just so cool, I could live with wearing the snowshoes.
As it happened, it was a great morning for it. We'd had another few inches of snow, so there was 8-12 inches everywhere. Plenty of practice on slopes, crossing paths as well as yomping along over the open ground. I learnt a lot above my shiny new snowshoes.
Oh yes, marvellous fun. Felt like a snow plough when I was at full speed with the amount of snow I was kicking up. You certainly want to wear waterproof bottoms with my snowshoes.
Damn tiring though.
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