Snowshoe Safety Tips
- Stay off of thin ice. Never walk on lakes, rivers or frozen water unless you are sure it's absolutely safe.
- Be mindful of what is under the snow. Avoid barbed wire, fallen trees and other dangers that may be hidden under the snow.
- Know where you are and the way back. Don't rely on following your tracks. A sudden wind storm can bury your tracks.
- Keep warm. Proper layering can help you avoid frostbite and hypothermia.
- Beware of avalanches and know how to identify risks of a snow slide.
If you follow these basic snowshoe safety tips you'll have a great time in the outdoors and you'll avoid injury. Be sure to always bring a map and compass and tell someone where you're going to avoid being lost in the wilderness. Most of all, have a great time. If you'd like to learn more about snowshoeing, check out these other articles.
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How to Put on Snowshoes
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