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12/18/2018 | Sheryl McGlochlin
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2019 Upcoming Events & Trips
YOU ARE INVITED!
Short VIDEO: How I got started 16 years ago
PRE-TRIP Meetings: See EventsDon't worry if you miss this first Pre-trip meeting. Let me know if you are interested. I can send you info or watch for another pre-trip meeting.
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, 7 - 8 PM, Pre-trip Meeting for Italy April TripThursday, Jan. 10, 2019, 7 - 8 PM, Pre-trip Meeting for Iceland June Trip
Note: All pre-trip meetings are held at Sheryl's home, 2836 E Casto Lane 5060 South, Holladay, Utah
Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019: Seminar: Living the Dream, Adventure Travel, Part 1
Thursday, Jan. 17 - 21, 2019: Southern Utah Adventure Trip
just a few spots left, (up to 14 people)
April 20 - May 1, 2019: Italy Adventure Trip
(up to 14 people)
June 3 - 11, 2019: Iceland Adventure Trip
(up to 12 people)
July 7 - 16, 2019: Switzerland Adventure Trip
(up to 14 people)
FREE, 1-hour on the snow
Rent from me if you need snowshoes!
Who is invited:
Those who have never snowshoed
Those who want to learn and practice valuable snowshoeing skills
Those who want to learn more about our weekly snowshoeing group.
This class is a great pre-requisite for our free, weekly, snowshoeing outings held every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday morning during the winter months.
About renting Snowshoes from me
19 pair of quality MSR Snowshoes are available, $10/pair/outing.
RSVP me in advance via text to reserve snowshoes, 801-278-5313, leave your name and how many pair you need.
Receive a hassle-free, no-paper work, quick and easy snowshoe experience
Pay in advance on VENMO or Paypal if possible.
If you can’t pay in advance, pay in person the day of. Bring cash.
If you pay in advance but need to cancel, no worries, receive a full credit toward another snowshoe rental.
VENMO: sheryl mcglochlin
What type of snowshoes to buy that best suits your needs -
In Utah you are often hiking uphill or downhill which is why I love snowshoes with excellent traction, which is why I've invested in 19 pair of MSR snowshoes. Examine this snowshoe and look at the underside to see how much traction these snowshoes have compared to several other brands on the market. I'll prove how good it is in our class when we practice going up and down hills.
Where to rent or purchase snowshoesREI also rents snowshoes or you can purchase a pair. Once you know what you like, go online and buy on Amazon or any recreational outlets in the area.
Why MSR Snowshoes are my favorite
It has an extension for heavier loads or people
Favorite local places to snowshoeSee where I post the snowshoeing outings on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. These are my favorite local winter snowshoeing destination. Check my calendar to learn the names of these places.
What to wear- see below
How to customize any of our snowshoe outings to fit your needsI'll address this in our class
WHAT to bring
Emergency Preparedness Skills
Knowing WHAT is UNDER the snow
WHY you need both, WHEN to use each one
4 of my favorite places to buy outdoor equipment, clothing and gear:REI
The Duffle Bag:What to put in it
Preparing for all kinds of winter weather conditions
5 Benefits of drinking water while snowshoeing
The Domino Effect
On a shoestring budget?Get acquainted with these Valuable places to buy or rent gear - NOT just for camping (like my article says)
Snowshoeing in the mountains can sometimes feel like a mild obstacle course. We focus on the following skills to help you get used to moving around in snowshoes in a variety of ways. The more comfortable you feel in snowshoes the more confident you’ll be in any type of snowshoe outing.
27 Snowshoe Skills to practice
Put on Snowshoes
Take off Snowshoes
Run or jog
Getting up after falling down
Making Snow Angels
Do push ups
Salsa dance step
Cha Cha dance step
Grapevine dance step
Walk in a Single track
Squat and walk
Hoop & Snowshoe (Hula Hooping while Snowshoeing)
Rent snowshoes until you decide if you really like the sport.
I'll help you determine this before you spend a lot of money on snowshoes.
I have a passion for being active outdoors, especially during the winter months when cabin fever can make you crazy.
I receive great satisfaction in helping others experience the healing power of outdoor recreation.
For 16 years I’ve been instructing, leading, organizing, promoting and guiding snowshoeing and hiking outings AND many adventure trips near and far.
New events and adventure trips are continuously being added.
Check my website often. liveandthrive.com
SERIOUS MONEY SAVING TIP:
A few years ago I was working for a local TV station as their outdoor adventure enthusiast. One segment they asked me to do was “How to buy clothing & gear for winter sports on a shoestring budget”.
I did the research and it worked! This is what I presented.
Get acquainted with the brands, fabrics, styles, etc. in quality Outdoor Recreational Retail Stores. (REI, Kirkhams, Scheels, Sport Loft, Backcountry, etc.)
Look closely at what they are selling and the prices BUT DON’T BUY ANYTHING yet.
Since we live in Utah and many people shop at these stores and at some point they’ll donate a lot of these items - still in great condition.
Go to thrift stores like Deseret Industries, Savers, The Gear Room (a consignment shop), etc. Look thru the racks of clothing especially focusing on these quality brands and fabrics.
For base layers look for 100% (or as close as possible) Merino Wool. This fabric is what you want. It's like the BMW of winter clothing fabrics.
This should be a fun treasure hunt. If you know what to look for because you are familiar with the good stuff, it will be easy to spot these items in a thrift or second hand store.
Sugarhouse DI (Deseret Industries) 700 East 2100 South is a great place to start. There are several DI’s in the valley. Also Heber, Utah is close to Park City and has a LOT of wealthy outdoor enthusiasts so if you get a chance, go to their local Thrift Store. Also: https://www.rei.com/used
What I wear -
This is only an example of how one person dresses for snowshoeing. Many other options are available.
THINK like an onion. LAYERS! This sport can be very aerobic which means you may get hot fast. If find myself peeling off gloves, hat, coats, etc. sometimes right down to my base layers...even in 10 degrees F! Bring a backpack large enough to carry clothing that you peel off OR may need to put on.
Base layer bottom - https://www.icebreaker.com/en/womens-pants-leggings/oasis-leggings/100521.html?dwvar_100521_color=001 - NOTE the fabric: Merino Wool
Base layer top - https://www.backcountry.com/smartwool-midweight-zip-top-womens?CMP_SKU=SWL0819&MER=0406&skid=SWL0819-CHHE-XL&mr:trackingCode=27D60BAD-E73F-E511-80F1-005056944E17&mr:referralID=NA&mr:device=c&mr:adType=plaonline&CMP_ID=PLA_GOc001&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=PLA&k_clickid=_k_CjwKCAiA0uLgBRABEiwAecFnk6dD21QCIweewoaJOqXA86fuPMJMbYsSoDxClOul5sy-2TU5IzAWHBoCfYMQAvD_BwE_k_&gclid=CjwKCAiA0uLgBRABEiwAecFnk6dD21QCIweewoaJOqXA86fuPMJMbYsSoDxClOul5sy-2TU5IzAWHBoCfYMQAvD_BwE
Outer layer - pants: https://www.backcountry.com/marmot-precip-pant-womens?CMP_SKU=MAR000C&MER=0406&skid=MAR000C-BK-L&mr:trackingCode=34D1A9D5-75ED-E211-92D4-BC305BF82376&mr:referralID=NA&mr:device=c&mr:adType=plaonline&CMP_ID=PLA_GOc001&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=PLA&k_clickid=_k_CjwKCAiA0uLgBRABEiwAecFnkzo5Kql16jd4e28-G8QaOIYSH6k3vWefmlzvTPFP_l51ifrLG0eMQRoCKiAQAvD_BwE_k_&gclid=CjwKCAiA0uLgBRABEiwAecFnkzo5Kql16jd4e28-G8QaOIYSH6k3vWefmlzvTPFP_l51ifrLG0eMQRoCKiAQAvD_BwE
Hat - wool blend (fleece lining)
Gloves - Swany Toaster Mittens - https://www.backcountry.com/swany-legend-ii-mitten-womens?CMP_SKU=SWA0007&MER=0406&skid=SWA0007-WH-S&mr:trackingCode=02D2254E-B5E7-E511-80F3-005056944E17&mr:referralID=NA&mr:device=c&mr:adType=plaonline&CMP_ID=PLA_GOc001&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=PLA&k_clickid=_k_CjwKCAiA0uLgBRABEiwAecFnk5E47njC-GxKlQbqbhE4Rh0NfehZ2sjlTH7eoK41iRrYhtQtAlUyiBoCZUkQAvD_BwE_k_&gclid=CjwKCAiA0uLgBRABEiwAecFnk5E47njC-GxKlQbqbhE4Rh0NfehZ2sjlTH7eoK41iRrYhtQtAlUyiBoCZUkQAvD_BwE
Socks - Smart Wool Socks, https://www.amazon.com/SmartWool-Womens-Margarita-Socks-Medium/dp/B017VJSEE6/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1545016224&sr=8-6&keywords=smart%2Bwool%2Bknee%2Bhigh%2Bsocks%2Bwomen&th=1&psc=1
Shoes - Keen Hiking Shoes - https://www.rei.com/product/103728/oboz-sawtooth-low-hiking-shoes-womens?sku=1037280006&store=81&cm_mmc=PLA_Google_LIA|404_176792|1037280006|none|2ae70c08-bf94-43f2-ab12-f175d3a478a8|aud-553371945779:pla-337535316156&lsft=cm_mmc:PLA_Google_LIA|404_176792|1037280006|none|2ae70c08-bf94-43f2-ab12-f175d3a478a8&kclid=2ae70c08-bf94-43f2-ab12-f175d3a478a8&gclid=CjwKCAiA0uLgBRABEiwAecFnkz4VnuJ-MSgR2nKa8-6eZdDGJDXIvagffd-oHchsdc_T8zUscZyGZxoCRvoQAvD_BwE
Snowshoes - MSR - https://www.rei.com/product/875159/msr-evo-snowshoes?sku=8751590005&store=19&cm_mmc=PLA_Google_LIA|404_197356|8751590005|none|2ae70c08-bf94-43f2-ab12-f175d3a478a8|aud-553371945779:pla-386222269906&lsft=cm_mmc:PLA_Google_LIA|404_197356|8751590005|none|2ae70c08-bf94-43f2-ab12-f175d3a478a8&kclid=2ae70c08-bf94-43f2-ab12-f175d3a478a8&gclid=CjwKCAiA0uLgBRABEiwAecFnk83i2R8gXJU2j1G57YjX6LZmx0s7tAWZ_gVHv3xNVkQ-U9wR5ZM1BRoCyicQAvD_BwE
Balaclava - (face protection) https://www.rei.com/product/725709/seirus-thermax-headliner-balaclava?CAWELAID=120217890000797214&CAGPSPN=pla&CAAGID=15886226080&CATCI=aud-553371945779:pla-441153163585&cm_mmc=PLA_Google|404_1050537933|7257090030|none|2ae70c08-bf94-43f2-ab12-f175d3a478a8|aud-553371945779:pla-441153163585&lsft=cm_mmc:PLA_Google_LIA|404_1050537933|7257090030|none|2ae70c08-bf94-43f2-ab12-f175d3a478a8&kclid=2ae70c08-bf94-43f2-ab12-f175d3a478a8&gclid=CjwKCAiA0uLgBRABEiwAecFnk7NjNc3EjbJ-O41QJQAiy7r_cnOOjQKGsoMwoOiy-eO-UnHkUf8S5hoCoGgQAvD_BwE
Backpack - REI Brand, large enough to carry snowshoes - (Not only does this work to carry snowshoes as needed, but it has served me well everytime I travel all over in Europe which has been many times during the past few years. https://www.rei.com/product/137744/rei-co-op-workload-pack-womens
Trekking Poles - The Gear Room in Cottonwood Heights - used - any ski pole $25 or https://www.levelninesports.com/scott-team-issue-ski-poles?sel=11191&gclid=Cj0KCQiA6dLgBRDoARIsAJgoM4ugTPeGmWN8X49SPRl0lHPOi_M9VS1FC4vXzfcxED8tcfpvOcXm0jIaAsJYEALw_wcB