/ Snow Shoes in the U.K.

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Alan Breck on 06 Dec 2012
Does anyone actually use snow shoes in U.K. conditions?

I ask as I looked at a pair the other day. Certainly not light & I wouldn't:
a) Like to carry them all day or
b) Like to use them on my feet all day.

I'd have to say that a little postholing might be preferrable to using large, heavy, long lumps on my feet.

Always willing to listen though to those who have actually used them.
davidbeynon - on 06 Dec 2012
In reply to Alan Breck:

I have managed to get good use out of them once last year, but the conditions that make them worthwhile aren't that common.

As someone else is bound to point out, if you can ski well enough then skis are faster.
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Ron Walker - on 06 Dec 2012
In reply to Alan Breck:

We were out in the Cairngorms with snow shoes yesterday and I would not have liked to not have had them, due to the deep drifts of fresh snow over heather and whiteout conditions for skiing.
However they are ungainly and more tiring than using existing compacted trails.
Once the season gets underway and the snow consolidates I'll rarely use them. I prefer to use sensible route choice, skis or follows other groups tracks!
From the climbing point of view the one advantage is you can use your normal climbing boots on mixed routes rather than ski boots.
Having said that, if you really need to use snowshoes due to the depth of snow, the avalanche risk will likely be high and climbing is unlikely to be that great!

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