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How to Size Snowshoes

MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes

The size of snowshoe you need depends on your body weight, the weight of your gear, snow type, and whether you snowshoe on broken-out trails or travel cross-country, on fresh powder. But if you are about to buy a new pair of snowshoes, don’t take manufacturer’s size recommendations as gospel. …

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How to Attach an Ice Axe to a Backpack

Ice axe shaft is lashed to a Talon Buckle using elastic cord and a cord lock

This is a serious issue, because I see a lot of people do this improperly, opening themselves to a potentially serious injury. To remedy that, I’m going to demonstrate how you should do this safely, in a way that prevents the axe pick from puncturing your hip if (when) you …

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