Winter is approaching and it seems that this year there is a lot of snow, for mountain lovers and hikers a snowshoe hike is an activity that can really give a lot of emotions during this period.
But what does snowshoeing mean? How do we prepare? Here are some useful notions for those who are neophyte and approaching this world.

First of all, it is tiring? 

The answer is that there is an expenditure of energy that goes from 40 to 50 percent more than a normal hike without snow and snowshoes. This is caused by several factors, first and foremost if even if you have snowshoes on them, especially if the snow is fresh, you always tend to sink, and this leads to more effort. Second thing that must be taken into account is the weight of snowshoes that even take a pair of light still affect the energy expenditure. Finally, the last thing to keep in mind is the cold, in fact in winter with low temperatures our body burns more calories to keep the body temperature constant and this certainly means more work for our body.

What kind of footwear do they need? 

The trekking boots are used. Snowshoes normally have a universal attachment that can be adjusted on which all types of boots can be hooked. To avoid after-skis or ski or snowboard boots. Remember that during the hike the foot is in contact with the snow and therefore it is very useful that the boot is waterproof. Another useful thing for not getting wet is the gaiters, waterproof canvas tubes that tie around the calf and also protect the front of the boot.

How much is a pair of snowshoes? 

Obviously for snowshoes you have to buy yourself a pair of snowshoes and online and in the specialized shops you can find all the models and prices. To start, an economic model without too many demands is fine. Another thing you need are the trekking poles with a special large washer underneath so as to avoid sinking them on the snowpack. If you can go on a summer hike without snow, it is essential for a smooth and pleasant progression.

It is dangerous? 

There are three main factors that can make a snowshoe hike dangerous:

- Danger avalanche: if you go out on the beaten track and snowshoe on fresh snow you need to know  how to evaluate this danger.
-Loss of orientation: the snow when it falls covers all the paths and so it is very easy to lose track of the path you intend to travel.
-Cold: the winter temperatures often travel below zero and the days are shorter on average, so less hours of sunshine. To evaluate the thing with appropriate clothing.

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