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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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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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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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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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Inflatable Snowshoes - how do they compare to the real thing?

For a couple of days, I traded my classic snowshoes for a pair of inflatables, on a 2-week Christmas outing, and found them quite effective in level soft powder, but much bulkier than my own mesh &...
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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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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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