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RE: [hiking-309] New Event: Snowshoe Hike

From: user 4.
Sent on: Monday, December 17, 2007 8:06 AM

I don’t snowshoe but I do XC ski, any of those coming?

 

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From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Tom Ryan
Sent: Saturday, December 15, 2007 7:16 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: [hiking-309] New Event: Snowshoe Hike

 

Announcing a new event for The Bend Hiking Meetup Group!

What: Snowshoe Hike

When: Saturday, December 29, 8:00 AM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Event Description: Join us for a snow shoe hike.

As usual, the destination and length of the hike will depend entirely on the prevailing conditions. Hopefully, we will get some more snow accumulation and the trails at Swampy or Meissner snowparks will be open.

Anyway, let's plan to meet at Starbucks on Century Drive at 8am.

Please remember, hiking in the Cascades in Winter can be a pure delight. On a glorious sunny day a snowshoe hike can be a casual, t-shirt stroll through a pristine winter wonderland. On the other hand, it can also be an energy-sapping slog through deep snow with a biting cold wind sending slivers of ice crystals through every chink in your clothing. Both scenarios can be fun - but only if you are dressed appropriately. Be prepared.

Wear appropriate clothing. Dress in layers so you can adjust your temperature to changing conditions. Always carry a windproof shell layer.

Bring an additional fleece or down vest to wear when we stop for lunch. You burn a lot of calories when you are hiking. When you stop you get cold fast. You need some extra warmth.

Wear appropriate footwear. That means a pair of hiking boots that will keep your feet warm and dry. Note that the boots need to have sturdy uppers. Snowshoe bindings will compress a soft boot and that can cause pain or, even worse, restricted circulation.

Wear gaiters. Ice crystals have an amazing ability to find their way into your boots - where they turn into water. Water makes your socks wet. Wet socks don't insulate. You get cold feet. Gaiters stop snow getting into your boots.

And, of course, don't forget your woolly hat, gloves, sunglasses, food and drink.

Sorry to be pedantic - but we all have more fun when we are all well prepared.

A note for car-pool drivers. Passes are required for the snow-parks. Traction tires or chains are also essential. It is also a good idea to carry a shovel! (I got my brand-new Xterra stuck in the Dutchman parking lot last year!!!). Please don't volunteer to drive if your car is not properly equipped.

Tom

Learn more here:
http://hiking.meetup.com/309/calendar/6919602/




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