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Skis versus snow shoes - when to choose which for travelling the backcountry?

First off, I want to make clear that this applies to skiing and snowshoeing as a means of long-distance travel. It doesn't directly apply to skiing in specifically for the descents. Skis are better ...
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Why don't people in the UK use snowshoes?

This is really interesting, and I think it might be similar to why we don't generally have snow tires / chains etc as a common item here in stores. Certainly the South rarely gets snow, with Wales, ...
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When is it effective to put on your snow shoes?

I used to run outdoor orienteering constests in winter at a boarding school. The kids had to bring snowshoes, but whether they wore them was a team decision. At 2-3 inches no one wore snowshoes. At ...
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Skis versus snow shoes - when to choose which for travelling the backcountry?

Summary from a winter spend in Winnipeg long ago compared to Central European conditions: there are probably good reasons why native North American people went with snowshoes while native Europeans ...
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Skis or Snowshoes for Colorado

I am willing to take the time to learn what I need to, so I don't want to go with the "easier to use at first" option. If you really mean that, then you can't not try skiing. There are many ...
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How to attach snowboard to backpack during skitour?

There are three important aspects: Maneuverability, exposure to wind and firm attachment. The optimal orientation for all of those is vertical. Most of the board is then covered by the body so there ...
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Skis or Snowshoes for Colorado

If you have no experience with either, then I recommend getting some snowshoes first (I'm not recommending you don't eventually get into everything else as well). There are many different styles of ...
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Why don't people in the UK use snowshoes?

In addition to the good answer by Aravona, there are two important reasons: Snow shoes are impractical on steep terrain because they put a lot of stress on your ankles. If you are going to buy ...
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Is there a technique to snow-shoeing besides "walk on the snow"?

I think it's quite similar to skiing because the reason for kick-and-glide is to save energy. Same for snowshoes; try not to elevate the whole weight of the shoe for every step. Of course in deep snow ...
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Why don't people in the UK use snowshoes?

Snowshoes are available in the UK, but generally you have to go to more specialist mountaineering shops. I doubt any of the high street chains stock them, instead look at the smaller independent shops....
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Is there a technique to snow-shoeing besides "walk on the snow"?

Walking technique You can save energy by not lifting your shoe higher then needed. And also how long steps you take. If it's steep try to make smaller steps to save energy. If you walk with poles use ...
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Does it really matter which snow shoe goes on which foot?

Snowshoes will fit on either right or left foot, most people recommend facing the binding buckles toward the outside of your feet as it keeps the buckles from coming into contact with one another. ...
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Does it really matter which snow shoe goes on which foot?

Most styles of snowshoes are symmetrical, and will work on either foot, but some bindings are designed to be right or left handed, meaning that they are easier to operate with one hand or the other. ...
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Skis or Snowshoes for Colorado

Snowshoeing is ridiculously easy, will get you everywhere, and is quite cheap. Where I live you can rent them for the entire season for, IIRC, 60$. Cross-country skiiing (off trail, that is) require ...
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Is there a technique to snow-shoeing besides "walk on the snow"?

Search and rescue guy here. It's been a while since I've skied, XC or downhill, but I do plenty of snowshoeing, and they are nothing alike, even with shallow snow. If anything, snowshoeing on shallow ...
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How to attach snowboard to backpack during skitour?

I find that horizontal is often not convenient. It will get caught in narrow paths, it will get in the way of your arms if you use poles to go up, and it can easily get unbalanced, pulling strongly on ...
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Backpack for both ice tools and snow shoes

Look for a pack where the ice axe is on the side of the back. Strapping snowshoes to the back of a pack is fairly trivial: usually I rig a loop at the bottom of the pack about 4" in diameter. Run ...
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Backpack for both ice tools and snow shoes

I believe you should search for backpacks that are specifically marketed for snow-shoeing/ backcountry skiing and check if they allow carrying ice tools as well. I haven't tested it myself, but it ...
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How to counter bindings getting loose on MSR Lightning Ascent snowshoes?

I have the Denalis and I also found it difficult to tighten the straps in the cold (it was -20 C the first time I put the snowshoes on.) I found if I fit them to my boot first in the warmth of my ...
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What animal could entirely strip the bark of a birch like this?

With the little information provided the safest educated guess would be porcupine having a wintertime meal. An extension.org page on barkstripping discusses the issue and lists likely culprits and ...
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Skis versus snow shoes - when to choose which for travelling the backcountry?

In addition to the other answers: you might take a look at snowblades. These are very short skis, which means that you can both ski and relatively easily cross forests. --Edit Bear in mind that next ...
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How to counter bindings getting loose on MSR Lightning Ascent snowshoes?

Some things you can try to hold the boot in place that work for me: Strap the toe, then the heel. Strap the rest of the foot straps. Then, re-tighten the toe & top straps so they are really tight....
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