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Snowshoeing With Kids | Adventurin'

I've had my snow shoes for almost 10 years and haven't used them in 6 years. (We have some MSR Snowshoes like these.)

Why? Well, these are my excuses. SNOWSHOEING TIPS FOR BEGINNERS

After a few times out adventuring, one of my snowshoes broke and stayed broken for a good part of those 6 years.

Plus, we had two babies in the last 4 years.

In the last two weeks I've gone snow shoeing twice, this time with the #ohniceandchubbybabies. Everything in due time right?

Anyway, after 10 years, I'm still a beginner. Especially when it comes to packing around kids. Sure, we've hiked many a hike with the babes attached to us, but hiking through snow is a whole different beast.

So, here are some things I've learned in my two very short snowshoeing trips with the #ohniceandchubbybabies.

Start small on the whole hike thing.

In fact, you don't even have to do a hike. We actually went to a small park and walked around for an hour. It had snowed a few days before so we had some fresh snow without a print to be seen. If you start with a smaller stroll then you don't have to carry food and water. Work your way up to it.

Know your limits, or your kids'.

With winter here my kids aren't used to being packed around in a stroller or carrier. We kind of get super lazy and they get out of the habit. So I knew we had an hour before boredom set in. Plus, we brought the dog and she always provides extra work.

Meet The Kona.

Double up the babes snow clothes.

If you are carrying them, they can get cold since they aren't really moving around (Even if YOU are sweating.)

Be prepared to carry or pull.

My littles are 3 and almost 2...snowshoeing on their own isn't really an option. So we carry Aiko using an Osprey Packs Poco - Plus Child Carrier. I carry Orion with an Ergobaby, I kind of wish I had two Ergobaby carriers - one for each.

If you have kids older, like 6 and up, you have a few options. You can get them their own snow shoes or pull them around on a sled. I didn't even think about pulling them on a sled, until my friend enlightened me. (I don't think mine would stay on long enough to make it worth pulling on a sled.)

You'll need the basics.

Gloves, Hat, Warm Socks, Good boots. I actually like to wear just a sweatshirt, waterproof pants and a waterproof jacket (something light) because you get hot really fast. Especially, if you are carrying kids.

Had I known there was a cute little picnic area, I would have brought some snacks, but it was also like 10 degrees outside. Next time. Like I said, beginners here.

So there you have it. You don't have to conquer a mountain to start a snowshoe adventure, just start small and work your way up. Any tips you have?


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