PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - "Let's talk about the most important part about snow shoeing which is the equipment. In fact the snow shoes, snow shoes come in a lot of different shapes and sizes. Typically the longer snow shoes are for the people who are breaking trail, working through untracked snow and for the people carrying a pack if they're doing an overnight trip on their snow shoes. And then again, the smaller snowshoes are for younger people," Mark Shea said.
"So okay, before we put the snowshoes on I want to talk a little bit about shoe selection. You see I have sneakers on, if you're going out on a trail that's packed or there's not deep snow then sneakers are fine, especially water proof type sneakers. Joey has the snow boots on, regular snow boots and those are great if you're going out, you want to stay really warm or if you're going out where you're breaking trail, those will keep your feet nice and warm," he added.
"Now all you really have to do is step into your snowshoe like this, onto what is called the binding or the strap. Okay make sure your foot is as far forward as possible and it's nice and snug in there. And then there's just a series of straps you tighten up, I'm going to start with the heel strap first."
"One thing a lot of people like to do when they're snow shoeing is use poles, it aids in balance. It also can increase the cardio vascular benefit you get from it."
"Typically poles should be or create 90 degree, a little bit better than a 90 degree angle when you hold the pole close to you like this."
"You don't want to be too cold and you don't want to be too hot when you're out snow shoeing. It is aerobic activity, so you might think well it's just walking I'm not going to work up a sweat, but you can easily work up a sweat especially if you're overdressed."
"One of the best things about snowshoeing, is if you can walk you can snowshoe. Right, but there is a little bit of a technique to it, as we found out already today. You want to kind of exaggerate your steps as you go, if you're using poles you want to do opposite hand opposite foot. So if you go forward with your left, you plant your right pole, when you go forward with your right snow shoe you plant the left pole."
"Okay so going down hill can kind of be tricky on snow shoes They do have these metal cleats on the bottom that clamp on and help you get grip, but it can still be a little tricky. So when you go down hill you want to remember to keep your knees bent and you want to lean back a little bit."
"Poles definitely come in handy going up or down a hill. You can sort of rest a little bit of your weight on the poles as you go down."