This Snowshoeing Adventure began with this beautiful, motivating, downtown Denver sunrise you see pictured to the left. I grabbed my coffee, my gear, put on some great tunes, and headed over to pick up my good friend, Kathleen.
Kathleen and I had signed up for a Snowshoeing Adventure through my work. Did you know that you can get a group of friends or coworkers together and get some guides from REI to lead a snowshoeing expedition? How cool is that?! For about $60 per person, they bring the gear (including shoes, poles, & gators) and lead you on a couple hour-long hike on a trail, like Echo Lake, teaching you proper technique.
We spent half of a day hiking through the beautiful forest near Echo Lake. We stopped at the top of the trail to eat lunch and take in the breath-taking views before hiking back down. Some of us continued onward for another hour, while some headed back to the lot at the trailhead. Understandable – it was definitely a full body, as well as mental, workout.
As far as equipment and clothing, learning to walk around in the snowshoes wasn’t difficult; the poles were a HUGE help and definitely necessary for keeping balance while hiking up and down the terrain. The gators were great for keeping our feet nice and dry. I opted out of wearing gators as I already had a waterproof pant shell (Marmot, $99 – thanks, REI) that I was wearing over my thermal undergarments. Waterproof hiking boots are a MUST. The snow could reach a few feet in depth at times, so it was important to have waterproof boots keeping our feet dry.
Snowshoeing is a great way to clear your mind, get some great exercise, bond with friends or a team, and regain perspective. It’s nice to remember what a beautiful place we live in and what adventures it provides if you just go looking for them.
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