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kernowclimber
2010-12-21 11:21:12
May you make many Lightening Ascents!
Glad you like your new snowshoes, Weedavie! And yes, MSR have a base in Ireland. They are excellent and repaired a snapped crampon on Martin's snowshoe within 24 hours.

So you have given your pair a baptism of fire out on the Scottish hills. I bet that you were glad you didn't go for a cheaper end shoe and opted for one with an 'aggressive crampon unit'! Going downhill is always fun - I tend to glisade a little in them if the snow is very deep, but on our hills you have to be aware of hidden rocks and other obstacles. I agree, traversing in them is somewhat more difficult, but I have gotten used to this now, it's a lot to do with balance and I don't tend to use poles out on the hills. I tested my snowshoes out in the Mournes this weekend, wearing them for half of the trip, and I agree with your observation that there isn't a significant difference in the speed between using them and wearing just boots. But I would say that wearing snowshoes is much less tiring than treading through shin deep snow in boots, you fall over less and I certainly feel more confident knowing I have a crampon unit underfoot!

Snowshoes were designed primarily for traversing deepish snow, not rocky terrain with a thin layer of the stuff. Here one might be better off in just 4 season boots, or if icy, crampons. With the amount of snow we have here in Wicklow today, I might need mine just to walk down the hill to Tescos!!
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