Our Snowshoeing Adventure

Our Snowshoeing Adventure

Even though we’ve been experiencing a hot summer here on the Pacific Northwest, the winter we had this year (January well into March) is still not yet a distant memory. It was such an extreme winter, that I really couldn’t look back until we were well into summer!

Our Snowshoeing Adventure

In February, Karolyn and I got up early and carpooled to a intensive half-day group agility practice. Afterwards, I was tired and planned on going home and relaxing. Karolyn had other plans, and asked if I’d be interested in joining her on a snowshoeing adventure. I had never snowshoed before, and I immediately said “yes!” Home I went (for 10 minutes) where I kicked off my cleats, and threw on a t-shirt, a waterproof shell, some workout pants, and rain boots. I packed a light backpack of just water and Miles’ treats, and bucked Miles into his Ruffwear Webmaster harness (same one going on strong).

Our Snowshoeing Adventure

The snow was extremely deep, and was pretty well packed on the first part of the hike. It was nearing the beginning of melting, which caused it to be unstable (at random and sudden moments, even my snowshoes would sink 2-3 feet!) and slippery. Miles was very agile in the snow, despite having limited experience given the mild climate of where we live.

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I had to take a picture of two hipster dudes and their clothing choices!!

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Above and below: Miles carefully but adventurously climbing the soft snow banks off-trial on the mountain.

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{ Miles and Camilla checking out cool smells }

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{ Japser, Camilla and Miles }

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I find Miles’ “snowy mountain exploring position” hilarious — nose down, back arched, and always, always one leg slipping into the snow!

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I’ve never been on such a snowy mountain before. I’ve never been much of a skier and I’ve never snowboarded (my sister was crazy about both!). It is so quiet, and so different on the eyes. The ground is white and very reflective, the sky is gray, and the trees feel alive. It is weird and magical and you feel like you are in a different world.

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Weehee!

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Two cute dog bums… Very good friends who always walk close together.

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Miles loves Boston Terriers. I caught these two mid-play where Miles is about to retreat and playbow. Unfortunately the Boston Terrier’s owner wasn’t as polite and randomly out of nowhere swept down, and picked Miles up, proceeding to kiss his face! Yikes! Never do that with any strange dog, not your average terrier!! Miles is very well-trained and well-adjusted and didn’t react at all… But just.. Avoid doing that, well-meaning folk!

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{ Meanwhile, on the dog trail }

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At attention!

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Me: “Having fun Miles?” Miles: (see above expression-answer – “yes, indeed!”)

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He looked up at me but then got snow in his little beady eyes!

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Onward — we wanted to get to the view before it got too cloudy.

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But wait! There are so many smells in the snow. Layers upon layers of buried treasure.

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{ “What was it Camilla?” }

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{ Miles taking a turn to investigate }

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{ A huge dip in the snow }

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The humans hiked as fast as we could up the hills (it feels good and it is more efficient on one’s body than walking slowly) to get them over with), and inevitably the dogs would fall behind sniffing and exploring. They loved it when we’d get just past the top of each hill and excitedly call them. They’d come running full-throttle!

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{ Now, single file }

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As the sun began to set, and the clouds started to roll in, we made it to the lookout!

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And what spectacular views we took in.

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There was only one problem: the guys we saw earlier were there too.. With a drone! Miles’ greatest fear!

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It took some comforting to convince Miles the drone was not there to whisk him over the side of the mountain.

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I can’t remember what these birds are called. Anyone know the name? I mean other than Larry and Tina?

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As the clouds rolled in, we packed up, and headed back. I can’t tell you how slippery it was, how soft the snow was, and how painful going down the hill was for me! Ha! I am not graceful and I was slipping and sliding and falling on my bum and hips pretty much non-stop the whole way down the mountain…

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Miles was still having a blast the whole way back. He really has endurance!

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3 hours later, civilization was a welcome relief for me and my bruises!

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Other than drone-inhabited areas, Miles is pretty happy to go on any adventure anywhere with me.

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Snowshoeing with Miles: Adventure experienced!

Have you gone snowshoeing with your dog? Would you like to?


Emma’s Essential Snowshoeing Tips for Beginners:

  • Bring nuts or a energy bar in your backpack for energy. Especially if you are climbing and going WAY up in elevation, like we did that day. It can be a bit of a shock to the system.
  • Pack 2 water bottles.Β You will likely drink far more water than you expect!
  • If you plan on renting snowshoes, check what time the rental places close before you go.
  • Wear hiking boots, NOT rainboots.
  • Wear no-chafe socks. Your feet will be sliding around a LOT, so you’ll want your skin to be protected and comfortable.
  • Pack extra gloves.
  • Bring your usual treats for your dog, along with tightly-sealed non-perishable high-value dog treats

10 comments on Our Snowshoeing Adventure

  • Mary Anne Hauck

    Beautiful pictures, as always. You can make snow and cold look fun! I’m curious about the brand of harness Japser, Camilla and Miles are wearing? They are quite unique.

    • Emma (author)

      Hi Mary Anne, pleased you enjoyed the photos! It was fun in a “I hope I don’t collapse of exhaustion before we make it back” kind of way! (We’d already done a half day of intensive agility practice and I hadn’t eaten lunch!)

      The pups are wearing Ruffwear’s Webmaster harness! Miles has had his many years now and it is awesome for hiking because you can lift them over things. Here is the original post introducing the harness! πŸ™‚

  • Danielle

    What a spectacular view!! Well worth the effort I’m sure.
    My favorite photos are the ones where the dogs are all running single file down the path, and their backs with their matching harnesses. Too cute!!
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Emma (author)

      Hi Danielle, yes those are cute aren’t they? I wonder if those paths are used by Coyotes too?

  • Darcy

    Oh Emma! Your snowshoeing adventure looks amazing! I’ve lived in the North East all my life, skiing since I was 5, snowshoeing and snowboarding, but every snow is different, and every ecology is different! I loved your photos of the trees, the view, and the little bird who’s name was either Larry or Tina. Such drama in the sky! Wow! Hope the Lady with the Boston Terrier doesn’t get a bite! (BTW.. not typical of Bostonians… just so you know). And Miles hates drones? He thinks they are insects? I know.. Sally will go crazy if there’s a fly in the house, snapping and barking at it.. funny… Emma, you truly take the most brilliant photos! I always feel like I’m there.. experiencing it all with you guys.. I feel a little cold and bruised right now.. going to get a sweater
    Love you tons!
    Darcy

    • Emma (author)

      Darcy, I am not sure what Miles thinks drones are, but whatever it is, it is the scariest thing imaginable. It is the sound that really does him in, poor guy. One time at an agility trial a drone went over the course before we ran and he was so scared the judge gave us a re-run! What is snowshoeing like out east? I find the snow there really different! Here it is so much messier and it is so slippery. My parents always comment on that too! Sally and Miles both have similar passions… He hunts flies too! – Emma

  • Darcy

    I’m pretty sure the snow here in the East contains more moisture. It packs well, usually. Snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains is lots of fun. The only way to travel in some areas, otherwise you’d just “posthole” up to your waist. The snowpack is very different from East to West… skiers talk about it constantly.. “powder” in the West.. “cement” in the East…haha

    • Emma (author)

      Interesting! I am not at all knowledgeable about snow. But from what I hear, west coast snow is great for snow sports, but crappy to experience in daily life — whereas east coast snow is supposed to be decent to live with in the winter. This year when we really got slammed with snow here, it was miserable! Soooo slippery for the cars, everyone kept getting stuck. Even my friend’s super duty truck had trouble.

  • Molly the AireGirl

    Snow – beautiful snow! What gorgeous photos! Don’t you wish it could snow right this very minute! It’s hot and humid here in CT.

    • Emma (author)

      Sorry to brag but the weather here right now is PERFECT! πŸ™‚ It is warm and pleasant, not too hot, not cold. I prefer this over snow. But if I lived in humid weather, I bet I’d be wishing for snow too!

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