Snowshoeing is among the fastest growing winter sports, allowing participants to beat cabin fever and experience Northeast Iowa like they have never before. The low impact sport is perfect for all ages and equipment is available for children through adults. It brings a whole new level of excitement to your favorite hiking trails, while oftentimes you will find yourself in solitude among the towering trees and the chattering squirrels. Dressing for wintertime activities can be difficult depending on the elements and the physical challenge of snowshoeing is no different. It has become easier with today’s modern fabrics, but layering is still crucial.
Snowshoers should begin by wearing a good base layer that wicks sweat away from your body. The mid-layer should be comprised of fleece or wool. Oftentimes a vest is appropriate to wear as a mid-layer, because it is light yet provides heat to your body core. A breathable, yet waterproof outer layer is the final layer that you should wear for your outdoor winter activities. And just as important as clothing, anyone who has been outside in the winter time knows that a good pair of polarized sunglasses helps to fight the blinding glare off of the snow. The Allamakee County Conservation Board will be hosting a FREE Family Snowshoe Event on December 28, 2013 from 1-3 p.m.
Anyone who is interested in trying snowshoeing is welcome to come to the Yellow River State Forest Headquarters where they will be outfitted with a pair of snowshoes and trekking poles! Participants are asked to wear appropriate outdoor clothing including a winter hat, gloves, waterproof boots, and snowpants! After a quick lesson they will be able to explore the trails in and around the area. Trail maps will be available for your use! For more information you can contact the Allamakee County Conservation Board at 563.586.2996 or email them at Allamakee.email@example.com. Up to the minute program schedules and information are also available by following the Allamakee County Conservation on Facebook!