A Bit of Hiking in Snow

Originally posted @ Deuter.

Is there a better way to start off the New Year than by doing a little snowshoeing? My friend Jason and I didn’t think so and planned on doing just that to start off 2013. And it was a grueling 3 1/2 mile walk through the woods!

To pack everything I needed for this adventure, I grabbed my Futura Pro and stuffed it full of the necessities: Deuter Streamer water bladder, rock climbing rope, Jetboil stove, extra gloves, extra jackets, two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, multiple packages of Extra Cheddar Goldfish, apple slices without the skin, and most importantly the hot chocolate packets with mini marshmallows. Oh, did I forget to mention that Jason and I were taking our sons and pulling them on sleds? Jason’s son Chase is three and my son Brennon is four so we had to make sure to bring enough clothing and snacks for the trip.

We arrived at the trailhead not knowing what to expect as far as the snow pack was concerned. The snowfall thus far in Colorado has been quite lackluster. Knowing that this particular trail is heavily used by cross country skiers and hikers alike, we strapped our snowshoes to our packs and got the kids bundled up as best we could. I measured off a piece of rock climbing rope and slid it through the sled and strapped it around the Futura Pro’s waist belt. We were ready to go.

The weather started off as overcast but soon cleared up and it was nice to have the sun out. The trail was well beaten so snowshoes weren’t needed and it was a blast hiking and pulling the boys in sleds behind us. The most fun they had, of course, was when there was a bit of downhill, but even when there wasn’t any pitch to the trail, Brennon was yelling for me to go faster and start running. Not being in the best of shape due to my partial inactivity over the winter months, I could only do this a handful of times.

About a mile and a half into the hike we stopped at a clearing to have some snacks and to let the dads take a breather. Unfortunately the wind started to pick up and the boys started to get cold. After quickly packing everything up we started to head back. A couple of times we got the boys out onto the path so they could run and play in the snow to warm up which seemed to work for a little while. But, eventually, with only a quarter mile left, Jason and I found ourselves with our kids on our shoulders. They seemed to be done with our sledding rigs and wanted to get a ride on us.

By the time we got back to the trucks the boys were pretty crabby so Jason quickly put them in the truck and turned on the heat while I got out the stove to heat up some water. After getting everything off and packed into the truck, I poured Chase and Brennon some hot chocolate, adding a bit of snow to the cups to cool the drinks down. Jason and I never saw our boys happier than when we were on the road and they had the warm chocolate and marshmallows in their stomachs!  What a perfect way to start off the New Year and find yet another great use for my Futura Pro!

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