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How to Snowshoe: Choose Your Accessories

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NOTE: This is part 2 of a 3 part article on "How to Snowshoe". Click here to read part 1.

In our last article, we covered the basics of choosing snowshoes that fit your style of adventure. So you’ve got the basics down and you’re ready to head out, right? Wrong. There’s still a couple more things to consider.

How will you get water?

Its a simple, important but often ignored question. How will you hydrate and stay hydrated? Snowshoeing, even in its simplest form is capable of burning more than 400 calories per hour. That means, you’re going to sweat. You’ve got to replace those fluids to keep moving. I have a friend who went snowshoeing last year with a friend. It was a simple enough hike, covering no more than 2 miles. On the dry trail it would’ve take about 45 minutes to an hour to complete. But it snowed that day. It was deep, powdery, dry snow. Which means they sank more than usual. It was more work to power through than they had planned. About 2 hours into it, they realized, neither of them had brought water, turning what should have been a relatively easy hike into a dangerous journey. They had to rest more so they wouldn’t start to sweat, take breaks to eat snow, and recoup energy. Overall, the journey took more than 5 hours.

Don’t end up like my friends. Plan ahead how you will hydrate. Will you need a stove to melt snow? Are you packing a filter to clean creek water? Are you going to use a bladder or a bottle to keep the water in? How will you keep that from freezing? The cold complicates everything and you need to mentally prepare for it ahead of time.

How will you refuel?

When you have the kind of energy output one see’s when you’re snowshoeing, you have to be thinking about refueling your body. Are you going to be taking some PB & J’s with you on the trail? Or are you packing energy gels, chews, and bars? How about freeze dried meals for dinners and breakfast on longer excursions? Will you need a stove and fuel to melt and boil snow to rehydrate them? Evaluate the length of your trip and plan your energy intake accordingly.

How will you keep warm once you stop moving?

When you’re snowshoeing, you are burning off lots of calories, you’re sweating, you are creating your own heat and a lot of it. Its a different story though once you stop moving. You go from burning 400+ calories per hour to burning about 35 to 60 calories per hour. You’ve got to find away to retain your body heat. You’ll want to have a good hat, a nice warm jacket and something to keep your hands warm like gloves or mitts. Here are a few factors to consider when you’re choosing your insulation layers.

Is it light weight? Remember, you’ll be carrying these layers with you but not wearing them until you need them. Choose a light-weight packable insulation material so that you can go farther and longer on your adventure.

Is it wind proof? Often, people choose to take breaks in places with great views, which means you’re exposed to the elements. Finding a windproof layer, especially in your jacket and trousers, can mean the difference between taking in the vistas and begging to get moving again.

Is it water-proof? You’re snowshoeing. Snow is wet, and when your hot body plops down onto of a snowy stump for a break, you’re going to wind up melting that snow and sitting in a puddle. Choose a layer that has water proofing where you need it most. The most common areas are on the seat of the pants, the front of the jacket and across the neck and top of the shoulders (places where snow will come to rest).

How will you pack it all up?

Now that you’ve chosen how you’ll hydrate, and how you’ll stay warm, its time to think about how you’ll keep all those things together with you as strike out into the wilderness. The most common solution is a simple one. A backpack. It’s easy to access, out of the way till you need it, and versatile. Here are a few tips to help you choose the right pack for your journey.

How long will  you be gone? This is the most important question to ask when choosing a pack. If you’re going on a 5 day snowshoe expedition, you’ll definitely need a bigger, burlier pack than someone who is just going out for the afternoon. A good rule of thumb to find a correct pack size (in Liters) is to take the number of days you plan to be gone and multiply it by 12. So for instance:

EXAMPLE: I’m planning on being gone for 4 days and 3 nights. 4 (days) x 12 = 48 (Liters). I should look for something around 48 Liters in capacity to suit my supplies for a 4 day expedition.

As you put together your kit and gain experience on what you personally need, you might want more or less capacity. Experiment with it and find what suits you!

How will you keep the contents dryAs you hike, snow will accumulate on your pack whether or not it’s actually snowing. You brush tree branches and knock snow off, the wind blows snow around, you’re hiking buddy pelts you with snowballs. The question is not “if”, but rather “when” your pack will get wet and how will you keep it’s contents dry?

Pack Covers. Pack covers are a waterproof cover that go all the way around the front, top, and bottom of your pack (think of it like a shower cap for your backpack). They can be held in place by elastic bands, nylon straps or if you’re my father, an old fraying bungee cord held together by duct-tape. They are light weight, easy to use and pretty effective in snow and rain. They do, however leave the back of the pack open and susceptible to water permeation. Usually this is not a big deal because the back of the pack is usually on you, the snowshoer. If you’re in a down pour, or you fall in the creek (not out of the question…trust me) this can leave the contents vulnerable to getting wet.

Dry Bags. Another option is dry bags or dry sacks. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The way these work is you put whatever you want to stay dry inside of these backs and seal them. Some have a gasket closure, some have roll-tops. Either way, you’re stuff will be protected should the worst happen. The down side to them is that it is a separate bag with in your pack, so it takes more time to stop, take off the pack, open it up, pull out the dry bag, open it up and retrieve your stuff.

The beautiful thing about snowshoeing is that the sport is what you make of it. If you want it to be a calm walk down a familiar trail or just a few laps around a park, it can be. If you want the thrill of hiking through the backcountry, it can be that too. You decide you’re own level of adventure. The suggestions made in this post and the questions posed are just a few things to get you thinking about what your personal level of adventure will require along with your new snowshoes. You’ll learn that you need something more, you might learn that you actually need less. The snowshoe experience is as unique as the snowflakes that make it possible.

What have tips do you have that you’d like to share with those who might be new to snowshoeing? Share them in the comments below.

 

Event | Three Days of Awesome – 7th Annual Ogden Climbing Festival

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Three Days of Awesome –

That time of year when you can smell grass shake off dirt, observe Mt. Ogden cling to her shrinking blanket of white, and run your fingers across the warmth of sun soaked East Bench boulders. That time you trade four walls for Spring’s enthusiastic air. It’s that time. Time, for the Ogden Climbing Festival!

Living in Ogden affords us access to local crags, boulders, and trails that require our activity and stewardship. We’ll celebrate Ogden’s geography and surrounding beauty this weekend with climbing, trail running, yoga, photography, food, and friends. We would like to invite the community to take part in the festivities.

GEAR:30 kicks off #OCF7 Thursday evening at 7pm, with a slideshow from Nathan Smith with Pull Photography. Catered by Slackwater Pizzeria.

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Image: Nathan Smith red pointing Chinggis Gold 5.12a. Gorkhi-Terelj. Mongolia.

Friday night Weber Rocks plays host to the free Demo and invitation only Intercollegiate Boulder Comp. Test new gear from the industries top vendors, while watching the best local college climbers battle it out in high-ball bouldering.

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Saturday is chock full of events beginning with the Red Point Boulder Comp in the Lower Ogden Boulder Field.

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Following the Boulder Comp, we’ll have lunch sponsored by Red Bull.

From 1-3pm, event clinics for the whole family. This year’s clinics include:

* Obe Carrion’s Next Level Clinic
* Rock Rescue Clinic
* Striders Running Malans Peak Trail Run
* Children’s Bouldering Clinic
* Yoga Clinic
* Top Rope Climbing Basics Clinic
* Tour de Ogden Boulder Field

Amer Sports Theater hosts Keynote speaker Obe Carrion at 6:30pm. Obe is a 24 year veteran of climbing who has starred in several films produced by Big Up Productions. Obe currently coaches some of the world’s best climbers.

An after party catered by
Roosters Brewing Company at GEAR:30 wraps the Fest. Hang out and enjoy free food and beverages while swapping stories of the weekend’s events with Reel Rock 8 playing on the big screen.

Use the hashtag #OCF7 during the Fest so we can feature some of the best Instagrams and Tweets.

Official Event Website:
http://www.weber.edu/outdoor/ogden-climbingfestival.html

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Mike Henderson – Ogden Climbing Festival

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Most of the winter Mike Henderson charged the backcountry guiding Dawn Patrol for the Weber State Outdoor Program. Now that spring has sprung, well, ‘Hendo’ is still skiing, but also helping organize this year’s 7th Annual Ogden Climbing Festival. Below is our interview with Mike about #OCF7, but first the deets:

GEAR:30 kicks off the Fest on Thursday, April 10th at 7pm, with a slideshow presentation by adventure photographer Nathan Smith. Check out Nathan’s images at Pull Photography. Catered by Slackwater Pizzeria.

This year’s Fest will introduce an Invitation Only Intercollegiate Boulder Comp at Friday night’s Weber Rocks demo. Young Subaru donated a $250 purse for the winning climbers. Friday’s demo will also be a great night for families and climbers to come test gear, jump on a rope for the first time, and meet Keynote Speaker, climber and trainer, Obe Carrion.

Saturday is the big Fest day! The action kicks off at 10am in the Ogden Boulder Field with a Red Point Boulder Comp! At noon is lunch sponsored by Red Bull. Community climbing related clinics begin at 1pm. From upping your climbing game with Obe Carrion’s “Next Level” clinic, to Climbing Yoga, a Striders Running Trail Run, Rock Rescue, and Children’s Bouldering, there really is something for everyone at Saturday’s boulder field events.

Amer Sports will host Obe Carrion’s Keynote Presentation at 6:30pm. We’ll announce winners of the boulder comps, and give away ridiculous amounts of swag!

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The weekend wraps with an after party at GEAR:30, catered by Roosters. Reel Rock 8 will be playing, along with music, chair bouldering, and socializing.

 

More Festival details in the interview, or visit the Festival website here: http://www.weber.edu/outdoor/ogden-climbingfestival.html

Listen on iTunes.

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Ogden Outdoor Adventure Show Episode 163 – Running The Edge

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INTERVIEW: Scott Jaime – Colorado Trail FKT (Fastest Known Time)

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We had the privilege of interviewing the owner of the Colorado Trail FKT (Fastest Known Time), Scott Jaime, before the Ogden preview of his film. Running The Edge played at Peery’s Egyptian Theater to an enthusiastic, nearly sold-out crowd.

Would like to thank John Wojciechowski with Striders Running for pitch-hitting for the San Francisco travelin’ co-host Todd to the Top during this episode.

Check out the interview here:


Running the Edge: THE COLORADO TRAIL – Teaser 2 from Matt Trappe Photography on Vimeo.

 

INTERVIEW: I’m with the Band

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Next, we had a couple musicians back on the Ogden Outdoor Adventure Show! We called this segment, “I’m with the Band.” Dan Froerer with Betty Hates Everything, and Austin Cochran from The Last Wednesday chilled with us and chatted about their mini-tour, promoting music in 2014, and preparing for a Spartan Race.

I’m with the Band – Dan Froerer with Betty Hates Everything, and Austin Cochran from The Last Wednesday:

 

Scott Jaime and John Wojciechowski hung around to chime in with News and Events, and things got weird. You’ll have to listen.

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Events:  

Quote of the Week:

In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.” – Mark Twain

Ogden Outdoor Adventure Show 163, Running The Edge:

Jim Skaggs – Antelope Island Buffalo Run Race Director

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Jim Skaggs, Race Director for the Antelope Island Buffalo Run sat down with us to chat about this year’s race, buffalo wrangling, mountain lion fears, finish-line stew, and yes, some ultra-running.

Skaggs’ best racing advice for first timer’s on the Island: “Don’t p**s off Earl (the buffalo).”

 

 

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Mr. Goodyear’s Neighborhood Episode 2 – Carla ‘CT’ Taylor

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It was a pleasure having Carla ‘CT’ Taylor in studio. A player-coach legend at Weber State University, and an inspiration to more than her players, CT now works in our community for the GOAL Foundation inspiring youth in Ogden!

Huge thank you to John Wojciechowski with Striders Running for making this interview and show happen!

Kick back, grab some popcorn, and have a listen to this episode of Mr. Goodyear’s Neighborhood – Carla ‘CT’ Taylor!

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GEAR:30 Basics – Kayaking

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Kayaking Basics:

Where: GEAR:30, 7pm, 1931 South Washington Blvd, Ogden

What: 

Learn the basics of kayaking in a classroom, completely dry, setting. Yes, it’s possible. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to kayak, now’s the time and this Basics class is your fist step. Morgan Hancock from the WSU Outdoor Program and Mark Bokish from GEAR:30, both avid kayakers, will cover the following kayaking BASICS:

  • Equipment Overview – Boats, Paddles, Apparel, Accessories
  • Basic Paddle Strokes
  • How to Get Started and Where to take your first Roll Class
  • Basic River Reading Techniques
  • Where to paddle around Ogden
  • Question and Answer Session

This is a beginner friendly class, but if even if you consistently paddle Class 4/5 water, and you just want to come hang out and chat kayaking, come on down!! The more the merrier.

Ogden Outdoor Adventure Show: Episode 158 – V-Day Eve

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News:

 Events:

  • Feb. 15 – Striders Winter Racing Circuit 10K at Dee Events Center
  • Feb. 15-16 Banff Mountain Film Festival at Peery’s Egyptian Theater
  • Feb. 18 – Moonlight Snowshoe (WSU Outdoor Program) – Ogden Canyon Overlook (Snowbasin)
  • Feb. 19 – Dawn Patrol (WSU Outdoor Program), 5am
  • Feb. 20-23 – AIARE Level 1 Course (WSU Outdoor Program) $200/$250
  • Feb. 20 – Ogden Outdoor Adventure Show Podcast –
  • Feb. 20 – Kayak Roll Session (WSU Outdoor Program) 6:30pm, $20/$8
  • Feb. 22 – Tarahumara Snowshoe race at North Fork Park
  • Feb. 26 – Dawn Patrol (WSU Outdoor Program), 5am
  • Feb. 27 – Ogden Outdoor Adventure Show Podcast –
  • Feb. 27 – GEAR:30 Basics – Kayaking with Mark Bokish
  • March 4 – Moonlight Snowshoe (WSU Outdoor Program) – Skyline South
  • March 5 – Dawn Patrol (WSU Outdoor Program), 5am
  • March 6 – Ogden Outdoor Adventure Show Podcast – Luke Nelson

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Skillz Session:  

New Alpinism Training

Quote of the Week“Where there is love there is life.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Ogden Outdoor Adventure Show Episode 158 – V-Day Eve:

GEAR:30 Radio:

GEAR:30 Radio on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gear-30-radio/id586453387?mt=2

Jared Preston – Suunto

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Jared Preston – Suunto

 

INTERVIEW: Jared Preston – Suunto

  • History of the brand
  • Any Olympic Athletes Suunto wearers?
  • Ambit 2 and Ambit 2S
  • Movescount Wins Design Award
  • New Technology / Watch Improvements
  • Most requested upgrades?

Jared Preston – Suunto Interview:

GEAR:30 Radio:

GEAR:30 Radio on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gear-30-radio/id586453387?mt=2

Ogden Outdoor Adventure Show: Episode 157 – Groundhog Bomb

 

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Jared Preston – Suunto

INTERVIEW:  Jared Preston – Suunto

  • History of the brand
  • Any Olympic Athletes Suunto wearers?
  • Ambit 2 and Ambit 2S
  • Movescount Wins Design Award
  • New Technology / Watch Improvements
  • Most requested upgrades?

 News:

Events:  

  • Feb 6 – GEAR:30 Basics – Ice Climbing with Tim Nguyen
  • Feb 6 – Kayak Roll Session (WSU Outdoor Program) 6:30pm, $20/$8
  • Feb. 8 – Weber State Intercollegiate Bouldering Comp, 10am
  • Feb. 9 – Sunday Snowshoe Shakeroo (Weber Pathways) – Wheeler Canyon, 8am
  • Feb. 12 – Dawn Patrol (WSU Outdoor Program), 5am
  • Feb. 13 – Ogden Outdoor Adventure Show Podcast –
  • Feb. 13 – GEAR:30 Basics – Backcountry Touring with Daniel Turner
  • Feb. 14-17 – Presidents Day Cooperative Intermediate Backcountry Yurt Trip (WSU Outdoor Program)
  • Feb. 15 – Striders Winter Racing Circuit 10K at Dee Events Center
  • Feb. 15-16 Banff Mountain Film Festival at Peery’s Egyptian Theater
  • Feb. 18 – Moonlight Snowshoe (WSU Outdoor Program) – Ogden Canyon Overlook (Snowbasin)
  • Feb. 19 – Dawn Patrol (WSU Outdoor Program), 5am
  • Feb. 20-23 – AIARE Level 1 Course (WSU Outdoor Program) $200/$250
  • Feb. 20 – Ogden Outdoor Adventure Show Podcast –
  • Feb. 20 – Kayak Roll Session (WSU Outdoor Program) 6:30pm, $20/$8
  • Feb. 22 – Tarahumara Snowshoe race at North Fork Park
  • Feb. 26 – Dawn Patrol (WSU Outdoor Program), 5am
  • Feb. 27 – Ogden Outdoor Adventure Show Podcast –
  • Feb. 27 – GEAR:30 Basics – Kayaking with Mark Bokish
  • March 4 – Moonlight Snowshoe (WSU Outdoor Program) – Skyline South
  • March 5 – Dawn Patrol (WSU Outdoor Program), 5am
  • March 6 – Ogden Outdoor Adventure Show Podcast – Luke Nelson

GEAR:30:

Skillz Session:  Ten reasons NOT to run an ultramarathon

My Lands: Mountain Accord Invites Public Input

Quote of the Week:

“The Olympics. Not a sport but several peculiar sports, each of which only commands your attention every four years, like a dental appointment.”

-Dan Jenkins

Ogden Outdoor Adventure Show 157: Groundhog Bomb

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