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Wood and Rawhide Snowshoes, Twenty Inches of Snow!

No one knows how the idea for the first snowshoes came about.

Gil Gilpatrick, Building Wooden Snowshoes & Snowshoe Furniture, 2001





Remember these snowshoes? I re-laced them with 1/8 inch nylon cord and mason's line last November and today was the first day I could really try them out! We received over 20inches of snow yesterday and last night, some times the snowfall rate was 4 inches an hour!





These snowshoes are a dream! They are about 2 pounds lighter per shoe, as compared to when they were laced with rawhide, now it's like walking air! Click here or on the book title above to learn more about Gil Gilpatrick's book on how to make snowshoes!





Our place this morning. I might try to get the Wrangler out this afternoon!





The gulch behind our house.





Our Australian shepherd, Josey, coming up the road.

Comments

  1. You must really be a lover of snow! Man, I'm ready to close that weather chapter. Can't wait for a stretch of solid warm, Spring-like days.

    When you snow shoe do you wear regular boots?

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  2. I love snow!

    This part of Colorado had so little snow (practically none!) this past winter that any snow is good snow, anything to help get us through this drought.

    I wear good old "L.L. Bean Boots", rubber bottoms, leather tops when I go snow shoeing. The soles don't tear up the lacing.

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  3. Hi Wilson,

    I have a question about one of your images on your blog. My name is John Cordova. I am a Graphic Designer for the City of Albuquerque Senior Affairs Department. I am designing a "Sports and Fitness" Catalog for the senior citizens for them to know what activities they can participate in. The catalog is not sold, they pick it up for free at the Senior Centers to find out the activity, time, date, etc. I was searching for a vertical image of snowshoes and came upon yours. The one I am referring to is the first one at the top of the page with two shoes crossed and stuck in the snow (cool image). I was wondering if I could have your permission to use it. It would only be about 1"x3" in size. Again, it will not be sold. If not, I appreciate your time.

    Thank you so much.

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    1. John Cordova: Thank you for asking permission to use my photo! I give you, and only you, permission one time use of the photo mentioned in your comment!

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