Jan. 21, 2019
Like millions of people across the world, you’re probably kicking this new year off with some resolutions. After all, it’s a time of self-reflection and to set goals to help make the most of a new beginning.
It’s also likely that at least one of your resolutions was related to overall health improvement and/or spending more quality time with the people in your life. One great way to nail two birds with one stone is to go snowshoeing near Lake Chelan.
Don’t worry if you’ve never tried this particular sport. There are plenty of groomed trails where you can easily pick up this winter adventure in no time!
Don’t own snowshoes? Also not a problem as with a little bit of planning you can simply rent them from your local winter sports shop.
Are we alleviating your concerns and getting you stoked for a great time out in nature?
Here are some beginner tips for snowshoeing near Lake Chelan to make your first time out even more memorable.
As with any winter sport, you shouldn’t just make an impromptu plan and drive up to the trails. Instead, make a plan and ensure that you have all of the proper gear.
In addition to renting snowshoes in advance, you’ll want to dress appropriately for the cold, snowy season, have an intended route set and know how long you’ll be gone, bring water and even snacks, tell someone where you’re going in case plans go awry, and make sure that not just you but your mode of transportation is ready for potentially inclement condition.
Without these minimum tasks complete, you may accidentally enter into a dangerous situation instead of enjoying what is most often a very safe winter sport.
Bring a Bigger Pack Than Necessary
As you kick off your snowshoeing adventure you’ll likely be cold so you’ll be appropriately bundled. You’ll be wearing lots of layers for warmth at the start, but will soon find that you’re getting too warm. You’ll stop to take off a layer and keep going. Then the wind will pick up and you’ll want to put that layer back on.
You can never have too much room in your day pack, but you can have too little, so keep in mind that layers will be on and off as the day progresses, and you’ll need room for food and other items as well.
You may ponder whether poles are necessary, but they will greatly improve your balance and traction. You’ll expend much more energy without them and as a beginner, you’ll want your trek – no matter how long or short – to be as enjoyable as possible. Poles will help you achieve this goal.
You can use ski poles, snowshoe-specific poles, or even trekking poles you may already own. If you use trekking poles make sure to switch out the smaller, standard baskets for snow baskets to improve movement in deeper snow. If you’re not sure if you have the right gear, stop by any sporting good store and an associate should be able to easily ensure you have what you need before you head off.
Bring a Repair Kit
Sporting gear fails sometimes. Basketballs deflate, swimming goggles leak, and bindings become loose. Make sure you have what you need in case something fails while you’re out in the woods.
Duct tape, hole patches, and plastic tie wraps can all help in a pinch. Also, consider adding a grommet repair kit if that’s used in your snowshoes.
Think like a boy scout when you head into the woods and always “be prepared.”
Drink Enough Water
If you’re not actively sweating because of the cold you may not immediately realize that you’re body is becoming dehydrated. And yet, you’re exercising – walking miles up and down hills. Stop regularly to drink water and even bring an insulated bottle to warm yourself up with some tea, hot cocoa, or coffee along the journey. It’ll be a welcome treat.
Take Turns Leading
As you’re snowshoeing near Lake Chelan it’s easy to fall in line and follow along as you take in the white world around you. But, keep in mind that the leader is exerting the most energy as this person is breaking new ground in fresh snow. Unless you have a dedicated guide, take turns as the leader as it really is easier to follow than to be the first to plow through the steep snowy hillsides.
Bring an Extra Shirt
Even if you don’t immediately realize, you will likely be sweating during your excursion. Wearing a wicking material as your base layer will help to keep you dry, but bringing along an extra shirt for when you return to your vehicle is an easy way to quickly warm up – and therefore stay healthy – once your snowshoeing tour comes to an end.
Expect to be Sore
Snowshoeing near Lake Chelan is a wonderful way to enjoy the winter sites, but let’s not forget that it’s also a workout. Your stance will be wider than normal as you avoid stepping on the frames of the shoes, you’ll be engaging your arms and core as you balance with your poles, and you may be walking longer distances than you’re used to, so expect your muscles to feel sore the next day and the next few trips until you build up those muscles.
You May Fall
It’s pretty uncommon, but not impossible to fall, especially while descending. If you do fall while snowshoeing near Lake Chelan try to fall onto your back or side. Then slip your hands out of your pole straps and work your way to your knees. Use your poles to stand from there. You’ll be back on your way in no time.
Your actual gear list may vary slightly, but here are some recommended items to bring along on your trip:
· Base layer, insulating layer, waterproof top layer
· Sunglasses and sunscreen
· Hat, waterproof gloves, socks, scarf (wool or synthetic)
· Insulated or waterproof boots
· Water, snacks, warm beverage
· The 10 hiking essentials
Ready to kick off the New Year right? Find even more information here and here for your snowshoeing near Lake Chelan adventure.