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#16 prasantrin

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 03:35 PM


Does anyone go snowshoeing? I've been investigating appropriate footwear, and it seems most people wear running shoes or hiking shoes when they go snowshoeing. But I won't last long with non-insulated footwear--can't one wear winter boots?

I wear these. You can get something comparable from LaLa Bean for less money. I like to have good lateral support when I snowshoe (in addition to waterproofed warmth), but I go out in the woods in several feet of snow; you may not need as much shoe.


Perfect! I have a similarly-designed pair of waterproof and insulated Columbia boots that should do me just fine. Why does most of the online literature say to wear running shoes or non-insulated hiking boots with many layers of socks? It's winter for god's sake! Wearing running shoes with layers of socks in my teenage-hood is why I am forced to wear ugly bulky insulated boots as an adult!

I'm planning to become a member of a nature place that offers free snowshoe and nordic pole rentals. It will be my exercise this winter, since I still can't do yoga. Hopefully secondary Raynaud's won't put a damper on my plans.

Thanks!

#17 GG Mora

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 07:06 PM



Does anyone go snowshoeing? I've been investigating appropriate footwear, and it seems most people wear running shoes or hiking shoes when they go snowshoeing. But I won't last long with non-insulated footwear--can't one wear winter boots?

I wear these. You can get something comparable from LaLa Bean for less money. I like to have good lateral support when I snowshoe (in addition to waterproofed warmth), but I go out in the woods in several feet of snow; you may not need as much shoe.


Perfect! I have a similarly-designed pair of waterproof and insulated Columbia boots that should do me just fine.
Why does most of the online literature say to wear running shoes or non-insulated hiking boots with many layers of socks? It's winter for god's sake! Wearing running shoes with layers of socks in my teenage-hood is why I am forced to wear ugly bulky insulated boots as an adult!

I'm planning to become a member of a nature place that offers free snowshoe and nordic pole rentals. It will be my exercise this winter, since I still can't do yoga. Hopefully secondary Raynaud's won't put a damper on my plans.
Thanks!


Because it was written by people that have never actually gone snowshoeing?

#18 SLBunge

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 09:01 PM

We had a blizzard starting late Friday evening and continuing until about 8pm last night. Storm total for Minneapolis was a bit over 16" (mongo did you get more?). High winds kept the snow blowing around.

The blizzard coincided with my office holiday party which was to be a catered meal at our home. As the afternoon went on the messages saying "can't make it because I can't get out of my driveway" started coming in.

The caterers from Al Vento had a pickup truck and made it only about 20 minutes late (I had given up on them). They ended up closing the restaurant for the evening so we managed to get their top two cooks rather than just one. They were incredibly friendly taking over the kitchen, prepping, cooking, serving, clearing and even helped with DJ duties.

Only three of my colleagues showed up so we went out and invited several neighbors.

Food and drink for 20 and only 14 attendees. I can't think of a better way to spend the evening of a blizzard.
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Posted 12 December 2010 - 10:09 PM

It was something to see that video footage of the Metrodome's roof collapsing. I guess they didn't bother taking Minnesota winters into account when they decided to use flexible Teflon.
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Posted 13 December 2010 - 01:54 AM

We had a blizzard starting late Friday evening and continuing until about 8pm last night. Storm total for Minneapolis was a bit over 16" (mongo did you get more?). High winds kept the snow blowing around.


i'm in delhi. mrs. jones and the boy and the dogs are probably trapped in the house, eating each other. apparently, close to two feet of snow down there.

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#21 SLBunge

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 03:29 PM


We had a blizzard starting late Friday evening and continuing until about 8pm last night. Storm total for Minneapolis was a bit over 16" (mongo did you get more?). High winds kept the snow blowing around.


i'm in delhi. mrs. jones and the boy and the dogs are probably trapped in the house, eating each other. apparently, close to two feet of snow down there.

This would be a good time for the pipes to your kitchen sink to freeze.
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#22 ghostrider

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 06:58 PM

It was something to see that video footage of the Metrodome's roof collapsing. I guess they didn't bother taking Minnesota winters into account when they decided to use flexible Teflon.

According to the news, this is the 4th time that roof has collapsed, though till yesterday it hadn't happened since 1983 or thereabouts.
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#23 Ron Johnson

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 07:02 PM

Our first decent snowfall here occurred over the weekend. gave me a good excuse to break out the new boots from Barbour.

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 10:00 PM

I got to spend an extra 2 hours 45 minutes stuck on my flight yesterday on the runway at Atlanta while it waited to be de-iced. Delta was way behind the curve. Lots of flights sent back to the gates thanks to the 3 hour rule. Numerous ones cancelled when the flight crews timed out waiting for the planes to be de-iced. Between the snow flurries (yes, only flurries) in Atlanta and the blizzard in the midwest, there were a lot of unhappy fliers.

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 02:17 AM

I think I was lucky to get out of ATL clear on Friday morning. My guess is things deteriorated rapidly from there.

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 04:31 AM

We're having snow now. Just flurries, but at least it's snow.

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#27 StephanieL

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 02:17 PM

It wasn't fun to be out on the subway platform last night.

We got about 1/2 inch of snow in my part of Queens. Now it's just cold.
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#28 ghostrider

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 05:27 PM

I got to spend an extra 2 hours 45 minutes stuck on my flight yesterday on the runway at Atlanta while it waited to be de-iced. Delta was way behind the curve. Lots of flights sent back to the gates thanks to the 3 hour rule. Numerous ones cancelled when the flight crews timed out waiting for the planes to be de-iced. Between the snow flurries (yes, only flurries) in Atlanta and the blizzard in the midwest, there were a lot of unhappy fliers.

That's a miserable situation. Flying seems more unappealing every day.
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Posted 19 December 2010 - 07:58 PM

It's raining steadily in LA. And we do not do rain well. We need it, but it's an inconvenience. When it continues for a few days it always reminds me of the rainy sequences in The Big Sleep. Presumably, this will be over and clear up the air for the Rose Parade and game. If not, folks are gonna get grouchy. It's not easy for us making the adjustment to being fish again. A couple of mudslides later, I suppose we will adjust.

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 08:26 PM

(snip) A couple of mudslides later, I suppose we will adjust.


The mudslides, and the forest fires that preceded them, really underscore the need for coordinated planning on things like development inside the forests, and effective fire breaks in areas where fires can be expected.

As long as people expect the authorities will come save their homes built in high risk areas, the problems won't go away. Forest fires, hurricane zones, etc. There's a reason why many insurers won't write those risks anymore.

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