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Snowshoeing Class
12/18/2018 | Sheryl McGlochlin

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2019 Upcoming Events & Trips



Short VIDEO: How I got started 16 years ago

PRE-TRIP Meetings: See Events

Don'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 Trip

Thursday, 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 Upcoming local hikes and snowshoeing classes

Snowshoeing Class

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.

No refunds.

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 snowshoes

REI 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

Easy binding

Very durable

Priced reasonably

Favorite local places to snowshoe

See 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 needs

I'll address this in our class

WHAT to bring

Emergency Preparedness Skills

10 Symptoms of High Altitude Sickness

- Click on this hot link

Knowing WHAT is UNDER the snow

Snowshoes vrs microspikes:

WHY you need both, WHEN to use each one

4 of my favorite places to buy outdoor equipment, clothing and gear:

The Gear Room
Recreation Outlet
The Sport Loft

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

How to:

Put on Snowshoes

Take off Snowshoes

Walk forwards

Walk backwards

Run or jog

Side step

Turn around

Walk uphill

Walk downhill


Sit down

Kneel down

Fall down

Getting up after falling down

Making Snow Angels

Do push ups

Do situps

Salsa dance step

Cha Cha dance step

Grapevine dance step

Swing Dance

Walk in a Single track

Yoga positions

Ballet positions

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.

Snowshoeing experience:

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.


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:

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 -  - NOTE the fabric: Merino Wool

Base layer top -

Outer layer - pants:

Outer layer jacket -

Hat - wool blend (fleece lining)

Gloves - Swany Toaster Mittens -

Spikes - Kahtoola Micro Spikes,

Socks - Smart Wool Socks,

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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.

Sled - Zipfy,

Trekking Poles - The Gear Room in Cottonwood Heights - used - any ski pole $25 or

Dealing with Sore Muscles after participating in Snowshoeing (or other sports your body is not used to.)

When I'm not snowshoeing, I'm hiking, skiing or participating in a host of other activities. I enjoy being active year round but I still get sore muscles but I have my secret weapons to recover quickly. 

Epson Salt Baths - I got hooked on this from all of my many trips to Iceland.  A hot bath with 2 cups of Epson Salt (I buy this at Costco) first thing in the morning makes a huge difference for me OR after a big day of skiing. 

Drink WARM water - Click on this link to read about the benefits of drinking warm water!  It feels good.  It's better for your body and your body loves it because it's about the same temperature as your body.  

Get a good nights rest - I go to bed by 10 PM, sleep really well and wake up around 6 AM each day, well rested.


My serious weapon.  After drinking ASEA (1/4 cup in the morning and 1/4 cup at night) every day for over a year, I am blown away with the benefits I've received and my overall health!  Text me if you want more info on this or any product.  It's not sold in stores.  Take a tour of the manufacturing plant in Pleasant Grove and receive FREE product if you like!  Let me know.