|Snowshoeing pictures look about the same - snow, trees, sky. This day was particularly pretty though.|
Over the holidays, I managed to drag my little brother and his girlfriend Vy snowshoeing for the first time. Vy, while enthusiastic about seeing snow on the scale of Colorado snowstorms, wasn't excited about tripping over her own feet because of the bulky snowshoes. On the compacted, popular trail, it did seem extraneous to be wearing them, so at one point we went off-trail and to their surprise, even with the snowshoes, the soft powdery snow had quite a bit of give. My first time snowshoeing, I was just as disappointed to sink to my knees and to have to work quite hard to lift my legs through the snow.
My only point of comparison from with snowshoes to without was to the time when I went ice climbing a few years ago and didn't have any on the approach. I remember the 10 minute approach taking at least three times as long as I climbed through the snow, which was almost up to my chest. But I never actually did a direct comparison. So last weekend, while out on the West Summit Loop A at Rabbit Ears Pass near Steamboat Springs, I decided to give it a try.
|On the left - with the snowshoes and the shadow of my husband. On the right - no snowshoes and no husband.|