It doesn’t take much to get excited about snowshoeing. Just one day on snowshoes and you’ll wonder why you didn’t try it already! Before you strap on snowshoes for the first time, here are a few tips to make your first steps easier:
- Dress warmly, preferably in several layers, so you can always adjust the insulation to the conditions.
- Wear waterproof, breathable shoes with good insulating properties, preferably mountain boots or winter boots with good grip. In deep snow gaiters prevent the penetration of moisture.
- A hat and gloves keep warm those parts of the body through which a large part of the heat is otherwise lost.
- Take enough to drink with you, because during sweaty activities the loss of fluids is enormous. Insulated drinking systems make drinking on the go especially easy.
- Sun protection for all exposed parts of the body and good sunglasses are especially important in winter.
- Telescopic poles give better stability in difficult terrain and deeper snow and make it easier to move forward.
In alpine terrain, consider the avalanche situation and weather conditions. Always carry an avalanche transceiver, avalanche shovel and probe. In addition, you should take a bivy sack and first aid kit. An accurate map as well as a compass and altimeter are essential for the more difficult orientation in winter.