Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The History of Snowshoeing

         In the beginning it is believed that the various Indian Nations in North America were the first people to manufacture snowshoes.  It is believed that each Nation developed a form of snowshoe that they used to adapt to their particular environment.  The frame of the snowshoe was made of either white birch or ash.  Ash was the popular brand as it had better properties.  Over time they have perfected the weaving of the snowshoes in an effort to make the best floating technique of the snowshoes.

     Oftentimes, the snowshoes were made of the skin from red deer, caribou or moose.  It appears that moose was the most sought after skin as it has better tension then the other types.  When cows from the Europeans became popular they started to use them due to their availability and had some of the similiar properties that were sought after for snowshoes.  Cowhides are still being used in modern days.

     In 1840 Samuel de Champlains made the discovery of the Indian Snowshoe.  This gained that attention of a group of Canadians and was the start of Snowshoe Clubs.  The first snowshoe club to be established was the Montreal Snowshoe Club.  It was established in 1840 in the Canadian metropolis by Anglophones.  It was a short three years later when the club introduced the annual snowshoe races in the field of the St. Pierre River which is now part of the City of Verdun.  Two famous clubs existed in Montreal.  They were the Canadien de Montreal and Trappeur de Montreal.

     Following a constant growth of the snowshoe clubs the "Union canadienne des Raquetteurs" (Canadian Snowshoers Union) was founded on March 8, 1907.  The first convention of the Union was held in Quebec City in 1908.

     The Canadian Snowshoers Union had 25 clubs.  They included Canadian, French Canadian and Irish Canadian.  They had 800 members in the beginning.  By 1911 it had gained much popularity and had 52 snowshoe clubs that were affiliated to the organization.

     Snowshoes have varied greatly over the years.  People who no longer have to trap their food have now taken to the woods for the pure enjoyment of the sport.  Snowshoeing had become a recreational sport and no longer a tool required for survival.

     Snowshoeing offers something for everyone who is interested in the great outdoors.  Whether you are looking for a soothing walk through the woods or a hike down a known trail the snowshoe is great to have. However, if you are the hunting for game type of person why not throw on a pair of snowshoes to help you with the great outdoor hunt.  You may be amazed at how much they help.

These Articles are written by my wife Laurie Ramp I really think she does a great job. She has such a passion for the outdoors and see's so many benefits in activities that we do as a family so I am going to start posting all her articles on here a new one every Tuesday

Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Outside of Ashland, WI on Lake Superior just another view you can't see from a road.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Hey how is everyone doing today? I wanted to start posting some videos that may help in many categories to make snowshoeing more enjoyable and to take the guess work out of some of it. Today this is a short video about Yukon Charlies how to use your snowshoes and poles. Just a short view on some of the basic stuff.

Watch the video here

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Hey hope you all are doing great today. Here is a good article 10 Great Places to try Snowshoeing for the First time.

This gives you some ideas of the places that are waiting for you out there. Remember winter does not have to be that time of year to hide Snowshoeing is just one great way to not only see some very cool places but it also enables you to stay fit and bring all your family and friends together.

Monday, February 13, 2017