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12/18/2018 | Sheryl McGlochlin
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2019 Upcoming Events & Trips
YOU ARE INVITED!
2 Calendars to check often:
April 20 - May 1, 2019: Italy Adventure Trip
(limit 14 people)
July 7 - 16, 2019: Switzerland Adventure Trip
(limit 14 people)
August 12 - 15, Jackson, Wyoming Trip
(limit 12 people)
Sept 23 - Oct 1, 2019: Iceland Adventure Trip
(limit 12 people)
November 14 - 21, 2019: Kauai, Hawaii (details posted soon)
Watch for additional trips posted soon.
PRE-TRIP Meetings: See EventsPre-trip meetings are scheduled for every trip. They'll be posted a month or so before the trip.
FREE, 1-hour class
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 outdoor adventure and travel group
This class is a great pre-requisite for our free, weekly, snowshoeing outings offered every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings during the winter months.
About renting snowshoes from me
19 pair of quality MSR Snowshoes are available, $10/pair
2 pair of children's sizes available for rent, $10/pair
RSVP in advance via text to reserve snowshoes, 801-278-5313, leave your name, how many pair
Enjoy a hassle-free, no-paper work, quick and easy snowshoe experience
Pay in advance on VENMO or Paypal if possible.
OR bring cash and pay in person the day of.
If you pay in advance then need to cancel, you'll receive a full credit toward a future snowshoe rental.
Sorry, no refunds.
How to find me:
VENMO: sheryl mcglochlin
What type of snowshoes to buy that best suits your needs -
Before you buy, rent a pairIn Utah you are often hiking or walking uphill or downhill which is why I love snowshoes with excellent traction. It's the reason I've invested in so many pair of MSR snowshoes. Examine this snowshoe and look at the underside to see how much traction this snowshoe has compared to other brands on the market. I'll prove to you how good it is when we hike up and down hills in our class.
Where to rent or purchase snowshoesI only rent my snowshoes for my outings and classes. Check often at The Gear Room for quality, gently used product OR on KSL Classifieds. REI rents snowshoes as well. Buy snowshoes at REI or online once you know what you want. There are several different types of MSR Snowshoes to purchase. In my opinion and I snowshoe a lot, the basic MSR snowshoe is the one I would buy, without all of the bells and whistles. Unless you want to spend more money. So if you are looking for just a good quality snowshoe that will last a long time I definitely recommend the basic MRS snowshoe, approx. $150. Once you know what you like, go online and buy on Amazon or any recreational outlet in the area. The latest models have gone to a 2-strap system, instead of the 3-strap like many of my snowshoes you saw yesterday.
Why the MSR Snowshoe is my favorite
- Extension options for heavier weight (whether that is a person or backpacking or carrying a child)
- Easy binding to put on
- Very durable snowshoe
- Priced reasonably, approx. $150
Look over my past, present and future snowshoe outings to see where I take people every week. Because I've been doing this for 16 years we have learned first hand where the good, the bad and the ugly places are and plan accordingly. I am very conservative when it comes to snowshoeing and safety. I have 20+ people show up on every outing and I take it seriously on where I lead people in the wilderness. There are places we hike in the summer or fall that we will not snowshoe in the winter. Viewing my outings will show you my favorite winter snowshoeing destinations. View this on my website, liveandthrive.com AND on my Meetup site.
What to wear- see below
How to know which outings will fit your own personal needs and abilities?Every hiking or snowshoeing outing on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday will always have slower and faster hikers. Some, like me even, have appointments and can only go for a very short amount of time. The key is to speak up and even text me in advance if you want to be paired up with someone who is slow or someone who will be stronger and want to go fast OR someone who may be coming back early. The key is to communicate IN ADVANCE with the leader, which is generally me OR my Saturday assistant, who is Mike. We are eager to look after those who are new or who only want a shorter experience to get their feet wet, so to speak. Lots of times if we are snowshoeing in Big Cottonwood Canyon, I'll do a very short snowshoe outing so I can go skiing. The rest of the group knows this before we leave the meeting place, and will keep going. We all start hiking on the trail around 8:45 - 9 AM and generally by 10 - 10:30 AM the group will be turning around to be back to the cars by 11:30 AM. It's important to talk to me at the meeting place or beforehand so you know who the serious mountain goats in our group and and not to try and keep up with them unless you are a very strong hiker. Some like to go slower and take more photos. I like to snowshoe and ski so my snowshoe outings are shorter on certain days.
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:
Attend one of my Winter Hiking 101 Classes to see this in person.
Get any duffle bag and start to fill it with extra winter clothing like Smart Wool socks, long underwear, gloves, hat, base layers, rain coat, balaclava, etc. Take this with you on all snowshoe outings and layer up or down as needed.
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