>> Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Can you identify these tracks?
My husband's comment was that this was going to be a very expensive blog post. Let's just say I didn't get the cheapest snowshoes available because I wanted durability and some versatility to be able to do climbing in them. They're MSRs, which I have had several people recommend (including some of my faithful blog followers - thanks!). Based on the recommendations and a whole lot of reading of reviews, they seem to get consistently high ratings for all the categories I was most concerned about. And so far, so good.
I did not pick up tails for them, but I'm clearly going to need some since I sank a lot into the fluffy stuff that's outside at the moment. Looking at the weight ratings on them, I technically squeak into the range for walking in them without tails... so long as I'm naked and the snow isn't fluffy and over 30" deep. If I ever plan on carrying a pack with them I'll likely need the extra length. More than 30" of fluffy snow isn't terribly common around Syracuse, but perhaps up on Tug Hill I'll find some snow that's that delicious.
I also do not yet have proper snowshoeing boots. I could barely bring myself to buy the shoes and poles, despite all the generous contributions toward the snowshoe fund. I'll try a short trip this weekend in my heaviest duty hiking boots and warm wooly socks to see how it goes. The insulated boots are still on the wish list, and will have to remain there for a few more pay periods, anyway.
Here are Wednesday and Lucy sniffing warily at my new toys: