John’s Submission – Kids & Family Focus

Who inspires me to drag the family outside in the winter? Why, Mother Nature herself! And perhaps a little of the kids’ behavior, too. When the rain is coming down in sheets at our house at the base of the mountains we know just a few hundred feet above us it’s a winter wonderland.

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Lisa’s Submission – Trail Walking

My name is Lisa Conrad.  I am 47 years old and I am Tubbs Ambassador Material!

I received my first pair of snowshoes for Christmas in 2009.  I never asked for them.  And I remember thinking “Me? Snowshoe? I don’t snowshoe.  It’s cold and, well, snowy”.

My husband was planting a seed.  You see, life has thrown Read More

Bob’s submission essay – Backcountry

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Snowshoeing to Extremes 

Backcountry snowshoeing, strictly speaking, is so esoteric it barely exists.  Not that many people camp, compared to the general population; fewer still winter camp; fewer still tromp around in snowshoes.

But even for those that do, it can hardly be called dangerous.  Slow, occasionally exerting—but when was the last time Read More

Anne’s Submission – Day Hiking

I love to explore. I live to explore. Growing up in northern Michigan, I spent my entire childhood exploring the steep hills, beach-maple forests, and old fields in search of new adventures. The outdoors was, and still is, my playground from sun up to sun down. Especially during winter, when familiar sights take on a Read More

Suzann’s submission essay – Backcountry

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To define brazen is being bold without shame. Snowshoeing into the backcountry at the base of Mount Rainier with blizzard like conditions, as I’m packing an abundant spaghetti dinner including a full bottle of wine I believe hits both of those points. It all started when I wanted to do something Read More

Thomas’s Submission – Day Hiking

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Snowshoeing began for me around 1990, at the young age of 49, after I completed building 2 sets of traditional snowshoes from kits for me and my children. I enjoy outdoor activities in all seasons and with my new set of shoes, snowshoeing became one of my favorite winter pursuits. I of course Read More