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Old 02-14-2013, 11:18 AM
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I have a pair of those old long-tail snowshoes shown in Ard's photo, but they hang on the wall in my home
I use to have some like that also that hung in my office, I called them antiques.

Also Kelly brought up trekking poles, ideal when snowshoeing!

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We did the same thing as Kelly, but from CostCo

Came with poles for $70ish
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You guys know how stubborn and fixed in my ways I am so if I were to expand on the relationship between the old snowshoes and I it should come as no surprise.

Well.................... I have often looked with wonder at the new compact hi tech shoes and nearly bought a set on several occasions but alas I find that like my snowshoes I too am an antique. If it weren't for the time constraints faced in these days I would much prefer to travel to and from the cabin by dog sled The trail that leads to our place is the Iditarod Trail and I often find myself riding out in the middle of the river so as to yield to the musher and his team. While I whisk along on a gas powered and noisy snowmachine I look with great curiosity and reverence as the dogs and their driver glide with almost a silent grace on the trail. It is in a way like a magnetism that emulates from those dogs to some I would guess, I know that I always feel the pull of this nostalgic but effective means of transit when I pass it.

What I find in using my old 48" Michigan shoes is a sliver of nostalgia, they are like a portal to a not so distant past. When I first bought them I was doing extended winter camps in the mountains of the Northeast.I found that besides being good for skimming across deep snow they doubled as snow shovels. The tail as a handle and the tips as the scoops. More than once the big obsolete devices cleared the footprint that would see my mountain tent pitched in its protective crater. I don't know how many miles I've put on them but they have seen the snows of NY. PA. Maine, Georgia, (yes, Georgia!) CO. and finally came into their own here in Alaska. Every few years a light coat of 'Spar varnish' applied to the lashings keeps them as new and I expect I'll be using them until such time that I can no longer wander safely into the trees.

Addressing the original post from John I would say that for occasional use the modified Bear Paw may be a good choice offering traditional construction and good performance in any conditions. We have a pair of these at the cabin also and I often choose them for winter wood cutting. Because there is no tail they are very maneuverable even in reverse. Just for fun I'll past a link to a manufacturer here;

Wooden Snowshoes Store Online Sales of Bear Paw Snowshoes
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