Bow Valley, Nov 27 | Snowshoeing & Winter Hiking | Kananaskis Outdoors Forum

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Bow Valley, Nov 27
November 29, 2015
10:40 pm
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Our wandering around doing volunteer work in the Bow Valley on a sunny day that was supposed to get to +2° but only managed -9°.

Stick to packed trails. Off trail travel is knee deep snow, or calf deep in the dense forest. I'm not sure that anything other than really big snowshoes would help that much; the snow is dusty and not supportive. There's a really weak ice crust down about 15 cm that is easily broken through. Trail breaking is hard and tiring work.

On packed trails such as the Highline, hiking travel is fine. The snowshoers and fat bike tire guys have created a good enough trail to walk on with good boots. YakTrak like grippers are unnecessary.

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