Thursday, February 17, 2011

Snowshoeing essentials for beginners - Craig Macartney

Rating: ****

  This article on snowshoeing, informs the readers the basics of this sport and is meant for people just starting to snowshoe.
 This article starts off with a basic forward movement so you don't step on the other snowshoe. Turning is a simple 90 degree turn.  Going downhill includes a need for balance and speed, or just sliding down the hill. As a caution it ends with a term known as "mal de raquette", the pain and aching you feel if you don't stretch your ankles or legs before a snowshoe adventure.

  I enjoyed this article, because it was short and sweet and got right to the point on how to move in certain stuations. This article caught my eye because our class may be snowshoeing in the future.  I felt that I should learn how to move before I start. "If you can walk you can snowshoe, all it takes is a little bit of time..."

     Macartney, Craig. Snowshoeing essentials for beginners, Ottawa Outdoors, Fall/Winter 2009/2010 pg 5

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