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kernowclimber
2010-12-11 14:30:24
Snowshoes
Thanks, Wicklore, for your kind comments on our video. Agreed, the snowshoes we have are a bit dear to buy, but as we try and ensure our winter hols are built round snowy places we therefore do get to use them each year and there has been the added bonus of the snow this winter and last here at home! I do not find them difficult to walk in at all, you tend to adopt a gait that is a little wider than usual to avoid them catching each other, just as you modify your gait when walking in crampons. Once on your feet they do not feel huge at all.

Getting up if you fall over though is a bit of fun as you have to ensure that one shoe contacts fully with the snow to provide sufficient leverage to stand up (I imagine it must be similar using skis)!! Snow poles help in this instance, but we don't always use them, particularly when we are climbing as opposed to trekking. If you find yourself somewhere overseas in future where you could hire snowshoes to see how you get on, you should. In the US they say that anyone who can walk can snowshoe and its common to see whole families out on the trails with kids only a few years old giving it a go!
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