The crunch of the snow is the only sound among the wind in the trees and the twitter of the remaining winter birdlife. Yep, snowshoeing is a peaceful pastime. Strenuous yes, technical for sure, but it is at its core a peaceful activity, and one that when the snows fall we look forward to.
Whether you’re heading up into the Cairngorms for a multi-day trek and need assistance over the snow, or venturing out of an alpine chalet with a daypack and a plan to get back in time for a vin chaud and a fondue dinner, it’s just a great way to get around. Of course, if you’re heading out skiing or snowboarding in the backcountry, these can be seriously handy too.
Far from the wooden tennis racket-style shoes of the past, snowshoes today are highly technical pieces of equipment designed for different things. Some are designed for steep terrain, some for trail hiking, some for backcountry use. We chose MSR’s Lightning Ascent for the Outdoor 100 because of their versatility.
“We chose MSR’s Lightning Ascent for the Outdoor 100 because of their versatility.”