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Are snow shoes useful in mountaineering?

Yes, snowshoes can be very useful when mountaineering. The ideal conditions for their use are lots of snow and fairly gentle slopes. The deeper the snow, the greater the advantage snowshoes have over ...
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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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What features to look for in a small snowshoe for getting up and down a long driveway and around the yard during what may be a snowy winter?

A lot depends on the type of snow you get. Ojibwa regarded snowshoes as 'disposable' You made them for the current conditions, used them for a week or a month, or a winter, and threw them away. ...
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Are snow shoes useful in mountaineering?

There are certainly use cases for snow shoes. However, I believe this is rather a niche when talking about proper alpinism and not just snow shoe hiking as it is always an addition to the normal ...
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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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Are snow shoes useful in mountaineering?

Snowshoes are certainly useful in mountaineering and are widely used, at least in North America. Typically they are used on the approach and not so much on technical terrain. Many of the climbers I ...
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What features to look for in a small snowshoe for getting up and down a long driveway and around the yard during what may be a snowy winter?

At your weight and height I would look for 23" snowshoes. When in doubt about size, it is usually best to lean toward the small size. Smaller snow shoes are easier to walk in, particularly in wetter ...
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Why do snowshoes have a hole in the front deck?

Because your foot doesn't pivot at the toe, but under the ball of the foot. Since the pivot is at that point, the front of the foot goes thorough the hole. This helps to anchor the snowshoe going ...
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Why do snowshoes have a hole in the front deck?

Some explanations come to my mind Freedom of movement Especially if you use the climbing aid, your toes will go through the plane of the snow shoe. The hole allows your toe box to get "through" the ...
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Are snow shoes useful in mountaineering?

Depending on the route, you'll likely need a way to not sink into snow and give you more grip than boots alone. With ice or hardpack snow boots and crampons are great. Most folks with the experience ...
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Are snow shoes useful in mountaineering?

In alpine conditions generally skis will work better. Below timberline skis work on broad trails. Narrow twisty trail and bushwhacking is easier with snowshoes. Snowshoes on a steep crusted side ...
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Should I expect to need snowshoes in the Serra da Estrela in April?

It might help in places, but you'd be taking them on and off regularly as the snow is mostly patchy, and it doesn't address the bigger problem of meltwater. The highest part of the Serra de Estrela, ...
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Why do snowshoes have a hole in the front deck?

The primary reason is to allow the tail of the shoe to drag, which is what keeps long shoes tracking straight. Replacing them with ski-style bindings which pivot at the toe accomplishes that too, but ...
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Why do snowshoes have a hole in the front deck?

I believe key parts of your question concern both the size of the toe hole and the length of the pivoting, clawed sole plate. I suspect that an ideal adult snowshoe would come in different sizes, ...
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