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7 Common Snowshoeing Mistakes

7 Common Snowshoeing Mistakes

Posted by Crescent Moon on Feb 1st 2023

Snowshoeing is a fun and exciting winter activity that allows you to explore the beauty of the snowy outdoors. We've done our fair share of spending time outdoors in snowshoes, so we've personally forgotten important items or didn't prepare well enough.

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7 Common Mistakes of Snowshoeing

However, it can also be dangerous if you're not properly prepared or if you make some common mistakes. In this blog, we'll discuss some of the most common mistakes made while snowshoeing and how you can avoid them. Here are several ways to remember what to not do:

Not wearing the right clothes.

It's important to dress in layers when snowshoeing, as the intensity of your activity and the weather conditions can vary greatly. Make sure you have a base layer, a mid-layer for insulation, and a waterproof outer layer to protect against the elements. It's also a good idea to bring a hat, gloves, and a neck gaiter to keep your extremities warm.

Not using proper equipment.

In order to have a safe and enjoyable snowshoeing experience, it's important to have the right equipment. This includes properly fitting snowshoes, poles for balance, and boots with good traction. It's also a good idea to bring a backpack with essentials like water, snacks, and a first aid kit.

Going out alone.

Snowshoeing can be a solo activity, but it's always a good idea to bring a friend or two along for safety reasons. If you do go out alone, make sure you tell someone your route and expected return time. In case of an emergency, it's important for someone to know where you are and how to reach you.

Not following the trail.

It can be tempting to stray off the marked trail when snowshoeing, but it's important to stay on the designated path for your own safety. Going off-trail can lead you into dangerous or unfamiliar territory, and it can also damage the environment.

Not paying attention to the weather.

It's important to check the weather forecast before heading out on a snowshoeing trip. If the conditions are poor, it's best to stay indoors. If you do go out, make sure you have the proper clothing and equipment to handle the weather.

Not pacing yourself.

Snowshoeing can be a physically demanding activity, especially if you're not used to it. It's important to pace yourself and take breaks when needed. Drink plenty of water and bring snacks to keep your energy levels up.

Not being aware of your surroundings.

It's important to pay attention to your surroundings when snowshoeing, as the environment can be unpredictable. Be aware of your surroundings, including any potential hazards or wildlife.

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By following these tips and being mindful of your actions, you can avoid common mistakes and have a safe and enjoyable snowshoeing experience. Just remember to always be prepared, stay on the trail, and pay attention to your surroundings. One of the biggest mistakes commonly made by snowshoe enthusiasts is not having the right snowshoes. Then you face issues while you're out in the cold like broken straps etc. Fortunately, Crescent Moon offers top-rated and quality snowshoes for the entire family, including kids snowshoes. Happy snowshoeing!

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