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Posted: 13 November 2017 at 2:24pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Tossed the snowshoes and a pack in the Jeep, met four of my buddies at the local ski resort. Hiked for a couple of hours on the mountain. It was great to be back on snowshoes!



Carried the .45 Kimber discretely under my wool shirt. I just figure it's part of my "emergency gear."

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Posted: 21 November 2017 at 2:56pm | IP Logged Quote M700

And back on snowshoes this morning!

On this hike, I had my little .357 magnum tucked inside my gore-tex parka. A buddy and I met at the icy parking lot of the Mission Ridge ski resort. Rain was pooling on the ice and snow, temp was about 32 degrees. Our snowshoes have built in "crampons" for good traction, so we headed up a fairly steep and icy trail to nearby Lake Clara.

It was about a 3 mile round trip this morning, with nearly a 1,000 ft elevation gain, and took us a couple of hours, stopping to talk pretty frequently. Trail was icy! He's another veteran of both the military, and law enforcement, and an all around good guy. It was a good hike. Wildlife seen? One squirrel!



I hope to do a weekly snowshoe trip all winter. I won't bore you with all of them though! Just excited about it now 'cause it's the start of the season.

We're talking about a one or two night winter backpacking trip, perhaps in December or January. I haven't done that in the last few years. Looking forward to it!

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Posted: 21 November 2017 at 5:19pm | IP Logged Quote Rex

I've never been on snowshoes but believe that must be the best exercise a man could get besides getting to see some great country.
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Posted: 21 November 2017 at 7:32pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

I first snow shoed when I got stationed in Alaska. The Winter field uniform mandated wearing the big VB boots (Mickey Mouse boots)which are huge and heavy and don't flex much, but after wearing the snowshoes on top of the VB boots for a while, it felt like you could dance ballet in the VB boots when you took the snowshoes off.

I imagine there's a lot of technique to moving with them on I never learned. Fine by me, doesn't snow that much here and I don't get out in it when it's deep enough to worry about things like snow shoes.

Looks like nice country.

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Posted: 21 November 2017 at 8:00pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Ya, here in the Cascades, we usually get a fair bit of snow. If you want to cover ground in the winter, and don't want to sink thigh-deep, ya learn to use snowshoes and/or cross-country skis.

I enjoy both skis and snowshoes. Have for 40+ years.

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Posted: 21 November 2017 at 8:01pm | IP Logged Quote M700

I've used the Mickey Mouse boots, both black and white versions. They will keep yer feet warm. And wet. And they're pretty awful as ski boots since the uppers flex way too much.

But they will keep feet from freezing. No doubt.

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Yeah, you have to change socks frequently wearing them, trench foot is a real possibility if you don't. I have rotten metabolism for staying warm it seems, if I'm going to be still, like on a deer stand, and it's below freezing, I wear my Sorrels.

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Posted: 21 November 2017 at 9:31pm | IP Logged Quote M700

You should! Sitting still, on a stand, in winter, is ROUGH. Very tough to stay warm when the ol' body is still, producing little heat.

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I know guys who can withstand cold that just seems crazy to me. I got a lot more used to it at one point and am still better at dealing with it than I used to be, but still fight to deal with it. Unfortunately, #1 son inherited this trait, and I'm gonna try to get him out during our firearms season this year. He just got out of the Marine Corps and hasn't hunted in five years or so. Gonna have to spend some time this weekend getting him some warm stuff together.

Extreme heat never bothered me much until just a few years ago, guess getting older is taking it's toll, but I can't deal with that the way I used to.

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Got out again this morning. Sure was a nice hike. Had a little 9mm compact pistol in my pocket.

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Posted: 12 December 2017 at 2:47pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Today's snowshoe hike in the Cascades:





Good workout, beautiful country. I was surprised to find so many deer tracks in the snow! The deer could move a mile or two, going further down, and find themselves completely out of the snow! Lots of snowshoe hare tracks too.

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It is always amazing how much more game signs you see in snow than when it's not there. All those same critters are moving when there's no snow, but you just can't tell.

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Posted: 15 December 2017 at 6:09am | IP Logged Quote M700

Ya - even I turn in to a pretty good tracker in the snow!
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