Saturday, January 23, 2016

If it is Winter I Must be Snowshoeing

My grandpa Peterson's snow shoes from back in the day when he used them for trapping up north
Winter in Northern Saskatchewan entails many fun outdoor sports when the weather is mild enough to appreciate them. I really enjoy getting out on my snowshoes to walk the trails and across the lake. My dad still traps so I usually head out on his trapline to check his traps as well. Sometimes I just listen to the sounds of nature and sometimes I put on earphones and rock out to my playlists. Either way I end up with a 17,000 step plus average on my Fitbit...yay for me and PS I love my Fitbit.
My snowshoes are by GV made in Canada
Wiki says - A snowshoe is footwear for walking over the snow. Snowshoes work by distributing the weight of the person over a larger area so that the person's foot does not sink completely into the snow, a quality called "flotation".
Traditional snowshoes have a hardwood frame with rawhide lacings. Some modern snowshoes are similar, but most are made of materials such as lightweight metal, plastic, and synthetic fabric. In addition to distributing the weight, snowshoes are generally raised at the toe for maneuverability. They must not accumulate snow, hence the latticework, and require bindings to attach them to the feet.
In the past, snowshoes were essential tools for fur traders, trappers and anyone whose life or living depended on the ability to get around in areas of deep and frequent snowfall, and they remain necessary equipment for forest rangers and others who must be able to get around areas inaccessible to motorized vehicles when the snow is deep. However, snowshoes are mainly used today for recreation, primarily by hikers and runners who like to continue their hobby in wintertime. Snowshoeing is easy to learn and in appropriate conditions is a relatively safe and inexpensive recreational activity
The indigenous people of North America developed the most advanced and diverse snowshoes prior to the 20th century. Nearly every North American aboriginal culture developed its own particular shape of shoe, the simplest and most primitive being those of the far north. The Inuit have two styles, one being triangular in shape and about 18 inches (46 cm) in length, and the other almost circular, both reflecting the need for high flotation in deep, loose and powdery snow. However, contrary to popular perception, the Inuit did not use their snowshoes much since they did most of their foot travel in winter over sea ice or on the tundra, where snow does not pile up deeply.
Outside of indigenous populations and some competitions such as Arctic Winter Games, very few of the old-fashioned snowshoes are actually used by enthusiasts anymore, although some value them for the artisanship involved in their construction. They are sometimes seen as decorations, mounted on walls or on mantels in ski lodges. Even though many enthusiasts prefer aluminum snowshoes, there is still a large group of snowshoe enthusiasts who prefer wooden snowshoes. Wooden frames do not freeze as readily. Many enthusiasts also prefer wood snowshoes because they are very quiet.
Warning heavy snow may fall on your head from the snow laden branches....
The trees have been weighted down with snow and hoarfrost pretty much all winter...white white and more white, following along the edge of the lake alongside an otter track

Relax...Respect...Enjoy some snowy outdoor sports today... Dorri

1 comment:

  1. You are one sexy snow bunny...............................