Affordable Alternative for Outdoor Winter Fun
There are a myriad of possible adventures students can go on with snowshoes.
Jenna Bracken, REI Outdoor Programs and Outreach Market Coordinator, went “snowcaving” in college, where she would snowshoe into an area, build a cave out of snow, and then sleep in it. Students could go straight up a mountain in snowshoes because of heel lifts built into the snowshoes.
Spokane offers a wide variety of areas to snowshoe affordably. On October 24, REI had an intro to snowshoeing class that taught basics at REI building on Monroe: clothing, how to navigate, where to snowshoe, snowshoes, avoiding avalanches, and how to be safe. The class was for beginner snowshoers.
“So we basically meet all these people, who have a wide variety of skill levels, and I basically just give ‘em the lowdown,” said Bracken. “You can get instant feedback, and you get to share with other people too, so it’s a lot more interactive than finding out how to snowshoe online. That’s the class, it’s more present, experiential, seeing, it’s for different learners.”
The “fun-focused” class brings together fellow outdoor enthusiasts. Bracken will be teaching a women’s snowshoeing class on November 29.
Mt. Spokane has trees that have blue triangle markers that are above the snow, so hikers can know where they are. Snowshoers need a $30 Sno-park Pass to snowshoe on Mt. Spokane.