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Marcy Damn, Adirondacks NY.
Marcy Damn, Adirondacks NY.
Joseph Savery

     Snowshoeing is a recreational activity that is great for people of all ages and abilities. No matter who you are, if you can walk, you can snowshoe. Compared to other winter activities, snowshoeing has a very low initial start-up cost, and allows people to set their own pace. Whether it is a stroll in an open field, a hike through the mountains with steep vertical climbs, or even a snowshoe race, snowshoeing has something to offer for everyone.

     Over the years snowshoeing has changed dramatically from its stereotypical mom and pop wooden shoes, worn by hunters in the great north woods, to a very modern snowshoe made of aluminum frames and nylon decking, that are worn by people looking for an adventure. A way to forget about the world’s worries and troubles, be it for a day, a week, or even just a couple of hours.

     Many people do not realize how different the world around them is in the winter time, and how things can change season to season. Snowshoes allow people to explore places that are hard or impossible to reach any other time of the year. In the heart of winter when snow covers the earth like a big fluffy white blanket, a pair of snowshoes is your passport to explore the undiscovered nooks and crannies of a favorite backwoods destination, or an entirely new retreat believed to be unobtainable any other time of year.

     There are also many resources out there that can point you in the direction of many snowshoeing day adventures. Some of which are hikes the other three seasons of the year. These resources can be found in many local bookstores, as well as online and delivered to your door. For those who want to try it before they buy it, look locally for a guiding service that can show you the ropes, most of which have equipment that you can use/rent. This way if it is not for you, no harm done, and you can move on to your next adventure.