Essential Clothing and Gear for Snowshoeing

As part of our snowshoe series we've talked about the history of snowshoeing, why to snowshoe, how to select a pair of snowshoes, and where to buy snowshoes. Today we're discussing some of that extra stuff, like what to wear snowshoeing and what gear to bring along. We dress for snowshoeing just like we do for cross-country skiing or winter hiking. Because it's such an aerobic activity layers are crucial. What to wear: We start with a good baselayer of merino wool, or other warm, moisture wicking synthetic material, add a midlayer of fleece and top it off with an outerlayer…

DIY Boot Dryer

It's been downright soggy here in Laramie the past week and I made a discovery. Our kid only has one pair of shoes that fit him. He also has a mild obsession with running through mud puddles and playing in any form of water, dirt and mud that he can find. Last week keeping his shoes dry was somewhat of a challenge...until I realized that I could prevent the wet shoe problem by making him play outside in his snow boots. Or I could always order him a new pair of shoes... When it comes to wet ski boots, hiking…

4 Tips for Spring Hiking

Chances are if you've been cooped up all winter long muddy trails and unpredictable weather conditions aren't going to keep you from heading out on a spring hike. Last week we discussed a little bit about protecting the trails while hiking during muddy, spring-like conditions. Today we're going to share a few tips for hiking during the spring. Bring gaiters and wear a good pair of boots. Have you ever been hiking and started at the base of the mountain where the trails were dry just to get a few miles up the trail to have the trail turn into a…