Getting Started

  • Hat (Gortex, wool, etc.)
  • Sunglasses or ski goggles
  • Neck Warmer/Neck Gaiter/bandana
  • Gloves/Mittens, wool or fleece, 2 pair
  • Insulation Layers
  • Heavy jacket in colder weather
  • Wind & Water Resistant Outerwear (pants & jacket)
  • Synthetic Long Underwear
  • Synthetic under shirt (add fleece layer for colder days)
  • Leg Gaiters
  • Wool or synthetic Socks
  • Socks - 2 pair: light weight poly under heavier wool or sythetics
  • Waterproof Hiking Boots
  • **First Aid Kit
  • **Map/Guide Book & Compass
  • **Tarp/Emergency Blanket for shelter
  • **Water and Food (lots of both!)
  • **Waterproof/Windproof Matches
  • **Fire starter
  • **Flashlight or Headlamp
  • **Knife or multitool
  • **Extra clothing
  • **Sunblock (always apply sunblock, even under your arms!)
Troop 4 recommends the following for a personal First Aid Kit:
  • Allergy & prescription medications (with instructions)
  • Waterproof Bandaids
  • Bandages & waterproof tape
  • Antiseptic cream (Bacitracin(
  • Self adhesive athketic wrap
  • Moleskin & foot powder
  • Insect repellant
  • Lip balm & sun block
  • Matches (strike anywhere, waterproof)
  • Emergency money (phone call...)
Accessories can make any outing more fun. Consider these items for snowshoeing:
  • Camera and Film
  • Binoculars
  • Collapsible snow shovel
  • Fanny pack or light weight day pack
  • Hydration system (camelback, etc.)
  • Neoprene pull over booties (for wet snow)
  • Change of clothes & shoes in the car
  • Towel & personal care items (car)
  • Thermos with hot drinks (car)
  • Ski/hiking Poles (classic length is best)

And finally…
Hikers planning extended trips should advise a ranger station, friends, and family as to the destination and estimated time of return. Check the local weather forecast before heading out and always take a map and compass for anything other than short, local hikes.

Be sure all equipment is in good repair prior to departure.

Regardless of how and where you snowshoe, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Stay in control. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas. DON'T FORGET, 'LEAVE NO TRACE' APPLIES EVEN ON WINTER OURINGS!

Start off slowly to avoid excess fatigue part way through your hike. Hike only as fast as the slowest member of your group.

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