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  Adirondack Mountain Hiking and Snowshoeing Guides.         Enjoy a peaceful day hiking in the Adirondack Mountains with a native guide. Backpacking trips and backcountry camping offer solitude and natural beauty to rekindle the spirit. The Lake George hiking trails offer the breathtaking views of the Adirondacks with an exhilarating hike. Take a two day hike and camp overnight at a  lean to site on a wilderness pond with only the shrill of a Loon to break the silence.               


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 How you plan to snowshoe is just as important as weight and terrain when determining the shoe size you need. You've got lots of choices; casual neighborhood walks, hikes through a park, winter camping adventures, vigorous workouts and even races. Sherpa Snowshoe Co. has developed simple merchandising categories, organized by activity, that make it easier for you to find the right snowshoe for you.
Another aspect of the binding is the type of rotation pivot system. A fixed rotation pivot system allows your foot to pivot off the snowshoe at about a 450 angle, then stop, fixed rotation gives you more maneuverability when backing up or going around obstacles, and lifts the snowshoe tail up on packed trails to eliminate drag. A free rotation pivot system does not limit how far your foot pivots off the snowshoe, keeping the snowshoe parallel to the ground for easier asceke the exclusive, patentee APSTM (Adjustable Pivot System) from Sherpa Snowshoe Co.

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Claws. Claws or cleats are your primary source of traction when snowshoeing. They come in a variety of materials, lengths and shapes either as a standard feature on a snowshoe or as an accessory. Talking to your dealer about the kind of snowshoeing you plan to do can help him or her determine the right claw type for you.

How much does it cost to get started?
One of the great things about snowshoeing is that it doesn't require a lot of equipment. A pair of snowshoes may be all you need, assuming you already have the appropriate clothing. In fact, when you compare snowshoeing to other winter activities, it's surprisingly inexpensive. A family of four can easily be outfitter for as little as $400. Sherpa recommends that you also purchase balancing poles and foot warmers or foot gaiters, depending on the type of snowshoeing you plan to do.

 

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What kinds of features do I look for in a snowshoe?
Snowshoes are best defined by four features the frame, the lacing, the binding and the claws.
Frame. The frame is essentially the snowshoe's skeleton. It impacts weight as well as maneuverability. Older snowshoes had wooden frames that were fairly light, but offered limited durability. Modern snowshoes are built of aluminum and similar materials to give them both light weight and added strength. Abrasion resistant coatings repel snow and ice for even longer performance.

 

Construction. There a two methods of assembling a snowshoe The traditional process is to lace the snowshoe's deck to the frame. Most modern snowshoes use rivets instead of lacing. While both rivets and lacing give you ample durability and help protect the frame from wear and tear, lacing can give you additional traction in a range of snow conditions.

 Keeping the snowshoe's tail on the ground also helps you save energy by allowing the snowshoe to shed snow in deep snow conditions. The ideal pivot system is the one that automatically gives you the benefits of both fixed and free rotation, l
Binding. The binding is what holds your foot and snowshoe together. The keys to a good recreational binding are versatility, simplicity, support and comfort. A versatile binding lets you use a wide variety of footwear, from heavy snow boots to tennis shoes. Simplicity means that it's easy to get into and out of, and requires little if any adjustment. A binding that properly supports your foot and ankle lessens the possibility of soreness or even injury. Finally, a comfortable binding allows you to focus more on the experience, and less on the snowshoes themselves.

Another aspect of the binding is the type of rotation pivot system. A fixed rotation pivot system allows your foot to pivot off the snowshoe at about a 450 angle, then stop, fixed rotation gives you more maneuverability when backing up or going around obstacles, and lifts the snowshoe tail up on packed trails to eliminate drag.

What should I plan on bringing along on my snowshoeing excursions?
What you bring depends on how long you plan on being out of doors. You'll want to have ample snack food and water along to keep your energy reserves up. Extra layers of clothing in a backpack will help you in case weather conditions change. The clothing should includes lightweight materials that wick moisture from your body and protect your from wind and water. This will help you stay dry, warm and comfortable, regardless of how long your excursion. A fully charged cellular phone puts help within easy reach. Matches and candles are also a good idea, as are a flashlight, binoculars, compass and a map. Be sure someone knows where you'll be and now long you plan to be out. Remember that safety starts and ends with you. Use your best judgment and you'll be ready to fully enjoy the kind of adventures that last a lifetime.

 

Your guide is a forestry graduate of Paul Smiths College. A New York State Licensed Guide and an Emergency Medical Technician with training in wilderness rescue and outdoor survival. With extensive training in outdoor navigation and a degree in Land Surveying, Adirondack Hiking Guide Service can take you there and bring you back. We have a perfect safety record.

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