Sunday, January 17, 2016

Winter Snowfall-Break Out The Snowshoes

It snowed....

...we finally got enough of the white stuff to dig the snowshoes out of the storage locker. Yippee!

It was a perfect day for a hike through the local woods. The temperature was around -1C, a decent amount of snow upon the ground and the trees still draped in their winter white. I love the winter woods.❤

With the exception of the hum of traffic upon the adjacent highway it was a quiet jaunt through a pristine winter landscape. Some critters were up and about; rabbit, squirrel and canine prints found in the fresh snow the only other indications of activity.

My snowshoeing preference is a pair of Sorel winter hikers matched to a pair of waterproof gaiters. The leather boots are lighter than pack boots and far more versatile. I have poles that I rarely use, usually only when dealing with deep snow.
Found some good sources of birchbark for the fire starter kit. Stuff burns hot and fast even when wet.

 Perfect for fire building. As does cat tails. It makes a perfect flash tinder bundle once you fluff it as it takes a spark from flint and steel or a magnesium rod easily. Always good to keep some in the bushcraft bag.

Home to coffee and food that never tasted any better.Amazing how fresh air, exercise and the solitude of the woods becomes a balm for the body and soul.

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