When I tell people I’m the event manager for the Romp to Stomp, one of the most common questions they ask is “Do you get out snowshoeing a lot?”
Sadly with all the travel I do to execute the Romp to Stomp events in the winter, it is difficult to schedule a time to get out and snowshoe for myself.
However, today the Romp to Stomp and Tubbs Snowshoes crew headed up to Snoqualmie Pass here in Washington for a snowshoe adventure. For a few hours, we were able to escape the pressures of work, the urgency of deadlines, and the orderly man-made world in which we live.
It was a perfect day for snowshoeing: fresh powder, light snowfall, and tree branches laden with a foot of snow. Our guide was Ranger Kim, who coordinates the snowshoe programs out of Snoqualmie Pass, WA. They offer snowshoe treks Fri-Sun starting after the new year.
We learned about Spring Tail bugs that live in the snow, Kim gave us tips on how to identify animal tracks, and I discovered that there’s a whole host of mammals that actually live in the snow and rarely ever come up to the surface!
At the end of the day, I slid into the passenger seat of car rejuvenated, excited and re-focused on my passion for engaging people in one of my favorite outdoor activities.
The Romp season is coming fast. Soon I’ll be buzzing in and out of airports, getting up at 5am every Sat for a Romp event, and wrapping up one event, only to start another within a few days. But I’m so thankful for this day–that I could be reminded of the joys of snowshoe and that I could remind all of you!
Snowshoeing is truly a unique sport. It allows you to experience the beauties of winter without too much investment in gear or time learning to snowshoe. I encourage you to get out snowshoeing this winter before the Romp. There are glorious places to explore–and the Romp would make a great capstone to your winter adventure.
If you’re looking for some snowshoe trail suggestions, check out Snowshoes.com, which has a database of 3,200 trails all submitted by snowshoers like you!
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