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  • Snowshoeing ‘up north’

    I threw my snowshoes, hiking pole and a daypack filled with essentials into my Ford Ranger and drove north. The designated snowshoe trails that I visited in both Flambeau and Brule River state forests were relatively short, from a half mile to two and a half miles in length. In most Wisconsin state forests, you can snowshoe just about anywhere, as long as you stay off groomed cross-country ski trails. So this leaves snowshoeing distances up to your choosing.

  • Backcountry vs. frontcountry
    What are the advantages and disadvantages to snowshoeing in either backcountry or frontcountry areas? First what is the backcountry and frontcountry? 
  • Snowmobilers seek to reopen trail through Blue Mound State Park
    Snowmobile clubs lawyers and lobbyists are pressuring top Wisconsin DNR officials to reopen a snowmobile trail - closed more than 25 years ago - through Blue Mound State Park and across existing silent sports trails. 
  • On frozen pond
    I jumped up and down on the frozen surface of the creek three times. On the third pounce I broke through into freezing cold knee-deep water. 
  • Escanaba in da moonlight
    There is a 303-acre lake on a chain of lakes in Vilas County, Wisconsin, just southeast of Boulder Junction. This state-owned lake is named Escanaba Lake. On snowshoes, one can access Escanaba Lake by way of a hiking trail called Lumberjack Trail. 
  • Shape up for snowshoe season
    Why are some 20 year olds so out of shape that they cannot keep up with someone close to their grandparents’ age? I am not an unusually fit person. But I keep in good enough shape so I don’t become so easily exhausted when snowshoeing. 
  • The last snowshoe racer in wins, too
    Everyone at a snowshoe racing event contributes to the thrill and competition that makes the sport a growing phenomena. Everyone has significance at these events, even the person who comes in dead last. Every competitor is part of the snowshoe racing community no matter where they place. 
  • When snow blankets the Sleeping Bear Dunes
    Lower Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes is a favored biking, camping, hiking and paddling destination. Once the snow comes, we return with skis and snowshoes. 
  • Poles apart
    Don Erickson and Jim Joque debate the merits of snowshoeing with one trekking pole or two. 
  • I first met Jim McDonell at one of the Midwest regional snowshoe racing series events last season. I was excited to see a series of over 20 racing events scheduled that McDonell was instrumental in organizing. But I was also pleased to see the spirit in which he himself raced in that event. 
  • 'Shoeing blind
    SNOWSHOEING with Jim Joque
    I scheduled an overnight winter camping adventure for students taking my university camping and backpacking course. It happened to fall on the same night as the first major storm of the season to hit central Wisconsin on December 8, 2009. I had to make a decision as to whether or not to proceed or cancel. My top concern is always safety.
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