Friday, January 25, 2013

Mountaineering Snowshoe Failure.

When you're trying to break a snowshoe a trail in this sort of terrain -- like we found on the way to the California Matterhorn -- you need good equipment. With the wrong gear you slip and go snow diving down the slope ... you and fifty pounds of backpack.

I know this too well because the snowshoes that Cabelas sold me were crap that acted more like a snowboard. Why?

Take a good look at the bottoms in the next photo. The bottoms have a lot of slick surface to slide on and not much in the crampon category. Crampons being those metal teeth.

I had a miserable time with these shoes. They may be good for a day hike, but worthless for mountaineering.

BAD, REALLY BAD BOTTOMS

BETTER - SEE THE BIG RIDGES OF CRAMPONS?

THESE MSR'S ARE THE BEST - AGGRESSIVE EVERYWHERE AND CRAMPONS YOU COULD FELL A BIG, TALL SPRUCE WITH.


In addition to aggressive bottoms and crampons, the bindings should secure and remain secure. Mine, below, kept coming lose. Bad. Bad.

BAD BINDINGS

BETTER BINDINGS BUT MORE DIFFICULT TO SECURE


THESE MSR'S ARE THE BEST - SECURE AND EASY TO GET INTO AND OUT OF.


1 comment:

  1. While I was on the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team- the BAD snow shoes were the issued snow shoes. You are right, if you weren't careful with your weight distribution you were skiing.

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