Snow Shoes/Poles....what do you recommend ?


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Social climber
Dec 31, 2012 - 11:41pm PT
hey there say, lynne and all...

here is my pair... they are from cabelas... they were on sale the year that i got them... think they were about 75 bucks, but that about 8 years
ago... plus, tax, so it was a perhaps 80?? something...
no bindings...

there were not many left, that year, as the snow was bad...
(edit: folks must have been tempted to buy them more, :)) and--we actually SAW folks around here traveling down the street on cross country skiis, :O oh my)

EDIT: these are about $112.?? or something, now,
and without bindings:

here is mine... wow, i hope they are still okay?
do they need more varnish? it is recomended to put marine varnish on them every few years, but--i have not used them for about three years now, :(
edit: just remembered: they were called 'yukon' ones, back then...
(which are sometimes also called 'alaskan' ones)

cabela's made in canada... 10X46   &#40;might be the alaska kind? now ...
cabela's made in canada... 10X46 (might be the alaska kind? now shown in there link???) could not find a name on it, just a number...
Credit: neebee

Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Dec 31, 2012 - 11:42pm PT

I had a fortunate encounter recently with a new guy on snowshoes who had an ice axe, a 100' light rope and an avalanche receiver. He was nicely prepared for the subtlties that traveling on snowshoes offer. He was also humble in the face of new experiences and terrain.

I think objectives can be different on 'shoes VS. skis.

Social climber
Dec 31, 2012 - 11:45pm PT
hey there say, jim...

yeah, it would have been like throwing part of myself away, :(

and see, god knew i'd be BACK here someday, and HERE i am...


soooooo glad, i listened to that gut feeling...
yeah--gear kind of becomes part of oneself...

just like the climbers stuff, :) for sure...

and--our musical instruments, too...

oh my, and me, i only did the snowshoes on private land, but i HAVE read of the 'never should snowshoes MESS UP ski trails' etc...

whewwww, things folks need to know, if they decide to just go out
cold turkey somewhere... there IS such a thing as 'ettiquette'

no matter how it is spelled or misspelled, ;))
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 1, 2013 - 12:08am PT
Jim Brennan,

Just want to get out there and wander happily. Much can be discovered on treks like this. My opinion...fasties miss much due to their muy rapido pace. Just my humble opinion of course. :D

Unless I have a guide I'll go shoe then learn ski's.

Happy New Year and most powerful, fun adventures to All. lynnie
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jan 1, 2013 - 12:13am PT
Having been recently humbled, I humbly agree !

Social climber
Jan 1, 2013 - 12:16am PT
hey there say, lynne... you can do a fast search, too, on which kind of snow shoe, is best for you..etc...


well--happy new year, all... it is now 12:14...

got to get off line now and do some chores, as, the little boy
here will wake up early and his folks won't get him 'til noon, this
time... :))

god bless to all...

and lynne, do not forget,
we need a trip report--nope, not you tripping over, but tripping as to a great fun outting) :) and--pictures :)

Social climber
The land of ice, snow and rocks
Jan 1, 2013 - 12:17am PT
Got a pair of new red feathers from an ex. $50 and they are yours, if yer interested.

Escondido, CA
Jan 1, 2013 - 12:21am PT
Hey Lynnie, I recently inherited a couple pair of MSR Denali snowshoes. You are more than welcome to take 'em for a test drive if you want.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 1, 2013 - 12:24am PT
Thanks Baja Andy,

Happy New Year to you and your family. I'm off on a New Year adventure but will contact you about the snow shoes. Thanks Dude, lynne
John M

Jan 1, 2013 - 12:34am PT
What part of the world are you adventuring to Lynne?

Oops... did you mean a party? haha

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Jan 1, 2013 - 12:34am PT
I think the msr snowshoes are the most efficient, and durable.
As for poles, go with bd, or leki

Social climber
Jan 1, 2013 - 12:42am PT
Disclaimer - I like to boot about in winter and avoid the weight and hassle of snowshoes. Nonetheless, as soon as I leave the packed trail I want a means of flotation as breaking trail through hip-deep snow is few people's notion of fun less'n yr of the De Sade clan.

Can't ski for shyte so snowshoes are the deal for this former Texan. Learning curve is nicely short and mainly consists of some horse sense about ambulation when your feet are a foot wide and a couple long.

Warm feet are nice so get insulated boots or size your mountain boots for the extra sox (my choice). Make sure you can keep your feet dry as well. A built-in gaiter on my boot top and snug guide pant cuffs works reasonably well for keeping the shnee at bay but a real gaiter is more bombproof and adds a bit of warmth you may want.

MSR snowshoes are the best in my experience for weight and reliability but especially for traversing slopes. Still any with a pivoting crampon up front and aggressive teeth under heel work pretty well too in going up or sideways. You just want them burly so to avoid backcountry breakdowns of the mechanical sort and bindings that work easily to avoid the emotional breakdowns of being unable to 'lace' your shoes with cold (gloved or ungloved) hands.

Like Seamstress says, all screwlock poles will fail eventually and the BD Fliklock (or comparable) are the highly recommended. Also, being able to easily and securely attach the snowshoes to your pack can save intense frustrations when it is time to carry those unwieldy suckers.

Wishing you all the best in the winter wanderlands....

PS - Start out with all hot liquids, even your H2O. Well, maybe not the whiskey...
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 1, 2013 - 01:07am PT
Never a funner place than here. Covers all the bases from gear to food and fluids....Love yo all, peace and joy tonight, a great night. Happy New Year.

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jan 1, 2013 - 07:54pm PT
Hey Lynnie... Just got back from snow shoeing and snow camping. Maureen has great advice. I can't emphasize enough that you should get women specific snow shoes. For years I had non specific. They were ok but I did a lot of stepping on them in stride. Then I would work to widen my stride. A couple years ago I got a woman's specific snowshoe (Atlas) and wow, what a difference! There are several manufacturers of women specific...DO IT.

Couple days ago on Glacier Point Road in Yosemite

Humping the pack...
Humping the pack...
Credit: SCseagoat

Happy New Year to you!

Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Jan 1, 2013 - 10:05pm PT
Sounds like you may be set with shoes.

I used to teach snowshoe classes, and I must say that I came to be a fan of MSR's. Simple to use, and light.

As to poles, as many others have said, twist-adjustable poles are NOT the way to go, unless you tape them into place with the intention of not moving them for the day.

It seems that I've seen a pair of the lever-lock poles for sale at wal-mart (if you are into that) for about $20 recently. You would want to get snow baskets, though, I don't think most come with them.

If you are going for dirt cheap, plain-ol' non-adj ski poles will work.
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