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Change in Plans (Again) - Beginner Snowshoe Now A Short Hike

  • Dec 23, 2012 · 10:00 AM
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Not enough snow to snowshoe, so once again, we will talk about snowshoes, equipment and clothing, then take a short hike. If this changes your plans, please change your RSVP.

One more beginner snowshoe! Meet at White Ranch near Golden Gate State Park to learn how to snowshoe. We'll talk about the basics - how to dress, boots to wear, other gear to bring, water, and snacks. We'll learn how to put on snowshoes at the trailhead! Then we'll practice in the snow! Depending on the group and the snow, we'll snowshoe through a meadow (with less than 200 feet elevation gain) for 2-3 miles.

Directions to the Trailhead: From Golden, head north on Hwy 93 from Hwy 6 for about 1.5 miles and turn west on Golden Gate Canyon Road. Follow for about 4 miles to Crawford Gulch Road (Highway 57) and turn right (near the Granger Hall). Travel another 4 miles to Belcher Road and turn right. Follow Belcher Road to the second parking area on your left. You'll see a large parking lot and the trailhead sign. There are bathrooms near the parking lot.

What to Bring for Snowshoe: Snowshoes and poles, plus a backpack to carry your water, food and extra clothing. Have a layering system - base wicking layer (long underwear), warm layer (light fleece or other winter wear), outer protective (from wind and snow) layer in the form of a jacket and pants. If you don't have snow pants, wear gators to keep snow from going in the tops of your boots. Always bring an extra jacket, wear good winter socks (wool is good)and bring an extra pair of socks just in case. Bring gloves, hat, scarf, extra pair of gloves in case the first get wet or sweaty, waterproof boots, sunglasses, poles, snacks and extra food in the form of high carb, high energy food, comfortable shoes to change into after the snowshoe and don't forget your camera!

For your first snowshoe, bring extra layers in a separate bag so you have choices for the weather. It's better to have more than enough than not be prepared and cold. I recommend starting out a little chilled because once you start moving, your body will warm up quickly. And if not, this is when you can start adding layers.

Bring a snack to eat at the campground.

Important Note: This is a participate at your own risk event!

Life is risky. I am not a professional guide. By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety.

See you there!

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  • Carol

    Great outing. Lots of sunshine to offset the wind. Enjoyed the workout with a nice group. Thanks, Debbie.

    December 23, 2012

  • Debbie

    A nice workout because there was some snow on the trail. Of course, not enough to consistently snowshoe but made for a good snow hike!

    December 23, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Made it to the gym :-) Going to see if I can trade my Tubbs for the snowshoes you have at REI tomorrow.

      December 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where is the Rawhide Trail???

    December 23, 2012

    • Debbie

      All these trails are at White Ranch. You can look them up on line.

      December 23, 2012

  • Debbie

    I just learned there is no snow to snowshoe at White Ranch, so please don't rent snowshoes. Instead we will just talk and then hike. If this doesn't interest you, please change your RSVP. Thanks.

    December 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there any snow at this location, as the weather has been so mild? If not, what's the alternative plan? Barry

    December 22, 2012

  • Janet

    Yes Kris you may borrow my red feathers.

    December 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome get to use those $200 snowshoes I just bought, if anyone needs a ride from Centennial/South Aurora area let me know.

    December 18, 2012

    • Marilyn H.

      Hi Larry, I would very much like to ride with you. I live in the area. Where would you like to meet?

      December 18, 2012

  • Marilyn H.

    Yes Debbie, I'll bring my own equipment. I just bought the whole set up at Costco. Probably not as good as yours, but I think it will work.

    December 18, 2012

  • Kris N.

    Hello, I just got moved off the waitlist - does anyone have extra pair of snowshoes. I have the poles. Thank you.

    December 18, 2012

  • Debbie

    We have a wait list so if your doubting attending this beginner snowshoe, please change your RSVP NOW so others have a chance to make plans. No Shows will be noted - see no show policy under Discussions.

    December 18, 2012

  • Janet

    I have an extra pair of snowshoes also.

    December 18, 2012

  • Marilyn H.

    Does anyone want to carpool from SE area? I can meet you at Highlands Ranch area or Hampden and I-25.

    November 16, 2012

  • Marilyn H.

    Debbie, Id like to borrow your snowshoes if uou think they would fit me.
    Marilyn

    November 16, 2012

    • Debbie

      Sure Marilyn, and I have a tall pair of poles too, if you don't have any!

      November 16, 2012

    • Marilyn H.

      Great, I'll take both!

      November 16, 2012

  • Debbie

    I have two extra pairs of snowshoes available to whoever wants to borrow. This event is only open to members of Baby Boomers. Unfortunately, the guest option is not enabled. If this affects your plans, please change your RSVP.

    November 15, 2012

  • Sheila B

    REI at the Orchard, 144th and I25, rents snowshoes.

    November 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm kind of curious about snowshoeing but am not sure where I could go to rent some for the day. I live in Thornton so any suggestions would be appreciated.

    November 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wish I could be there, but, I will be in Wisconsin, spending Christmas with my youngest daughter and her family. Hope you all have a great time.

    October 19, 2012

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