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Snotty
January 2nd, 2010, 02:36 PM
Ok, so I find myself with a new direction in life and looking to get back out and doing the things I enjoyed. Getting back into the back country is one of those things and I am tired of sitting my house watching the winter drift by. I should maybe be brewing but can't get my brewhaus up and running yet.

So... I was thinking snow shoes. What should I look for? Costs for a good entry level setup and what is an entry level setup? lol

Also, where is a good easy place to go? I have to work back into this stuff slow, so not looking for places where death is possibility! lol

Thanks!

Snotty

ArloGuthroJeep
January 2nd, 2010, 03:23 PM
There is a book called "Snowshoeing in Colorado" or "Snowshoeing on the Front Range" (I can't remember what it is called). But really, you can go anywhere that has snow. 4wd roads that are closed down are always an easy one.

Up North, Brainard Lake is super popular for snow shoeing.

I have these snow shoes: http://www.rei.com/product/759866

I love them, great for very steep stuff and do great in the deep stuff as well. However if you're looking for staying on the trail more so, or not breaking trail, etc...get a lighter (and cheaper) pair.

You can get a pair like this: http://www.rei.com/product/703354 and add on these: http://www.rei.com/product/703356 if you want to get into deep stuff. They'll be lighter then the metal ones I have. They don't do as well on very steep stuff or side-hilling.

With snow shoes, my favorite thing to do is pick a trail head, then from there point to a location and make that the destination for the day. So there really isn't a limit to where you can and can't go. Having said that, avalanche danger is pretty high in the back country right now so stay away from steep stuff and in the fall-out area below steep stuff. Tree's are generally safer, but slides can certainly still happen in there, especially if it is steep.

CAIC (Colorado Avalanche Information Center): http://avalanche.state.co.us/index.php

ArloGuthroJeep
January 2nd, 2010, 03:25 PM
Oh, and you can get super cheap snow shoes (sub $100) but you run the risk of them breaking (poor quality plastics that become brittle in the cold) or crappy attachment mechanisms to attach them to your feet.

Remember to wear a water proof hiking boot, and not a full on winter boot (like that ones good to -30 deg - they're way too warm to wear hiking).

Snotty
January 2nd, 2010, 03:32 PM
Thanks!

Will take a look tonight. Got my Asolo boots some time ago and love them. Just need some gators now.

imitationdave
January 4th, 2010, 01:40 PM
look on Rei's website where they have the classes listed and check for the next winter trails day. You can try out different snow shoes and see which one's you like the best.

Matt
January 4th, 2010, 03:21 PM
I have some MSR Denali's and they work work great for what I do. Good side hill traction.

Colin
January 6th, 2010, 04:08 PM
I have some MSR Denali's and they work work great for what I do. Good side hill traction.

Have a pair on backorder right now, can't wait to get them. You can always rent shoes from rental shops and try out different brands/sizes. Thats what I did anyways.

If anyone's ever in the Gunnison/Crested Butte area I'll show you around and go on some hikes. Whether were talkin snowshoeing/XC/tele/splitboard


Dont forget about camping in the winter, nice way to get out for a weekend.
http://www.colorado4x4.org/vbb/showthread.php?t=138659

CannonBall
January 13th, 2010, 08:05 AM
Emerald Lake Trail in RMNP is awesome. Like anything in RMNP it gets a little busy, but winter is the best time to go. I did the hike last year with my GF. I have a BC touring setup so skinned the train and she snow shoed, which was probably better given that the trail was pretty packed in many places. Here's what you get to after a pretty fast 2 miles or so.
http://photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v2568/186/43/10208357/n10208357_42085140_7338325.jpg
Getting to and into RMNP can be a tad expensive, but they have a great trail system.
-Nate

ArloGuthroJeep
February 1st, 2010, 07:38 PM
Went up to Crystal Lake on Saturday (Directly south of Peak 10/Breckenridge). Beautiful day!

http://arlojeep.com/Hiking-Trip-Reports/Alma-Showshoe-1-29-10/Weberized/IMG_5799_resize.JPG
http://arlojeep.com/Hiking-Trip-Reports/Alma-Showshoe-1-29-10/Weberized/IMG_5805_resize.JPG
http://arlojeep.com/Hiking-Trip-Reports/Alma-Showshoe-1-29-10/Weberized/IMG_5824_resize.JPG
http://arlojeep.com/Hiking-Trip-Reports/Alma-Showshoe-1-29-10/Weberized/IMG_5854_resize.JPG

mrutledge
February 11th, 2010, 01:14 PM
Getting to and into RMNP can be a tad expensive, but they have a great trail system.
-Nate

Winter is the best time to enjoy RMNP. Indian Peaks Wilderness is also great this time of year.

The people on the trails in winter are more hard core than the people on the trails in the summer. But, if you go 1.5 to 2 miles in you might be by yourself.

Does REI still rent snowshoes?

99ChiliPepper
March 4th, 2010, 10:14 PM
Does REI still rent snowshoes?


Yes they do, but I think you have to be a member. :thumbsup: