Valentine’s Day Sunday. I’ve never been a huge advocate of Valentine’s Day as I don’t particularly need one day a year to appreciate my loved ones. However, 2016 is my year of productivity and I was reminded last month as to how short life can be and how quickly it can change so made a promise to myself to do more things. I used to do everything but calmed down a little over the past five years or so, so it was more of a promise to re-ignite that spark to do everything at every opportunity. Therefore, when we managed to get our one day off a month together (just happened to be on February 14th!) I had big plans for us to go cross country skiing to the warming hut at McGillivray Lake. We were also on this little detox…
However, I did not foresee my cross country ski partner becoming ill. As such, there was very little chance of me dragging his poorly little ass on a cross country jaunt to a freezing lake in the snow (I made him tea instead!).
With a ridiculous amount of energy myself (on the wagon for a few days may I add…! Gold star for me!), I decided to go snowshoeing up to the chapel at the Sunburst Lodge in Sun Peaks. For those of you not in the know, this is mid-mountain point at roughly 1841m above sea level – an ascent of 572 m (according to my Ski Tracks app), which quite frankly, seems pretty pathetic to me as I definitely felt like I could add a couple of zeros onto that whilst I was climbing! Anyway, i did it and had all these big plans to do a fancy yoga pose at the top to post on my Instagram page and was so excited that I’d made the top that I forgot… Must. Be. More. Mindful.
I felt amazing afterwards and it most definitely did its job in making me feel as exhausted as possible so I slept that night; that really satisfying exhausted that you get after a really good workout.
Snowshoeing is definitely my go-to during the winter where I struggle to get my quick cardio bursts that I get through running in the summer, due to snow and ice! To get my aerobic exercise and really get my heart rate up I will head straight up the alpine and pick a run based on difficulty level and my energy levels.
The most wonderful sunrises and sunsets are a little bonus as well if I manage to get out before or after work. They are great for that essential fresh air and vitamin D fix if you are stuck in the office all day and most definitely help me to get to sleep at night!
Try it 🙂
SNOWSHOE HIKE ESSENTIALS
Mine are some little cheapy ones I bought a few years ago when I wasn’t sure if I would really use them all that much. Needless to say they are my winter staple and I can now definitely justify some new ones. These ones come highly recommended to me by an avid snowshoe peer and are the ones I will be getting myself when my next pay check comes in!
This is just great. Usually used by people in the alpine to track their days’ skiing, there is a little option to change your activity to snowshoe, as opposed to the default ski. Great to track your snowshoe progress.
If I am going for longer than a quick 30 minute jaunt I will take my trusty water belt, which was a very thoughtful Christmas gift. A water backpack would work as well.
As lovely as your ski/snowboard jacket is, leave it at home! Layers are key here.
A camera (or camera phone!)
Especially if you are going at sunrise or sunset. Who knows what wildlife you’ll run into. I usually just use my phone, which neatly brings me onto my next one…
Some form of contact with the outside world in case you injure yourself/get lost etc. We do not want one big icicle.
Always tell someone where you’re going and when to expect you back.