Improvised Snowshoes

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  1. davnadz

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    It's been warm lately, so a friend and I went out for a day-hike. Turns out, area we went still had plenty of heavy, wet, snow. Should'a not even tried, but we postholed for a quarter mile. Then I got the idea to make some 'shoes, trying to remember what I saw on some thread long ago.

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    Now I know how not to make snowshoes! I should'a: lashed solid crossmembers to stand on, gutted the paracord to get more cordage to make a second one, and found some smaller sticks or pine boughs to weave in for floatation. Will try again with what I learnt.

    Quick search shows nothing, so show off your success stories here!
     
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    Looks like a really good start on snowshoes. And I don't even use them but if I had to make a pair they may not look as good as yours.:dblthumb: Prov 27 : 17
     
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    Good that you made them and that you know more about making them now.

    I once made a set of OSB snow shoes, yes Oriented Strand Board! One spring in North Dakota, we had a blizzard and I wanted to take the kids out to see what had happened. The snow was 5 feet deep at my garage door and went up hill to the middle of the street. Open the garage door and peek out of the few feet above the snow. Wow. This was a storm that drifted, so the back door of the garage was not snowed in.
    The shoes worked, I pulled the kids around in the sled to see the sights. But, they were not practical, I didn't have any traction. Needed cleats.
     
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    gohammergo I like sharp things.... Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Well, you certainly get an A for effort. :)

    I generally carry snowshoes with me all winter, but in my early years not so much. I've used all kinds of things from boards to the lids from the 5 gallon pails drywall compound comes in.
     
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    You tried and learned young fellar. Good for you. joe
     
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    I would like to use tennis rackets for snowshoes,one of my neighbors and I were just talking about it the other day.

    We have good snowshoes but it would be fun to test out the racket shoes.
     
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    I have a pair of sherpa snow shoes my son gave me , came with extensions for weight and snow density and ice cleats, worth the world to me . I got plenty of use out of them and hope to get more in the future .
    My first introduction was in Search and rescue, very important tools in snow survival .
    Alternative tools are cross country skis or down hill skis with telemark bindings and paracord wrapped around them for traction.
    It takes practice to learn to walk in them, but well worth it.
    What woke me up to their value was an inspection ride on a moe and I stepped off and sank down my head was 2 -3 feet below the moe , I had enough reach to grab the track and pull my self back up . Not a little disconcerting .
    I would rather pack the snow shoes and never have to use them , than go with out and find my self taking that terrible chance again.
     
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    Bit of a thread resurrection, but it took me a while to circle back to that place. I think my second attempt is effective. Just in time for spring! But worth it, as now I'm purty sure I could whip some 'shoes to save my butt.
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    I only spent about 3ft of paracord, using just the guts for the lashing. That wouldn't last long in use, but this was just practice. I estimate 25ft would make a single durable snowshoe. Similar story with the "floatation" branches- just used stickfall without limbing any little pines.
    Giving credit where due: mostly used these guys' techniques:

    Hope this helps someone!
     
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    Cool! Thanks for sharing!
     
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