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Snowshoeing Safety

| February 20, 2014

SNOW SHOEING SAFETY from WAGM-TV on Vimeo.

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Since we see snow almost 6 months out of the year here in Aroostook County, it’s a great idea to get out and enjoy the outdoors.

“We have some great trails for snow shoeing. It’s an activity that has exploded over the years,” says Scott Thompson.

If you can walk, then you can snow shoe. Even though it is a simple outdoor activity, Park Manager, Scott Thompson says there’s a few things to keep in mind.

“A person’s got to understand their limitations. You know you don’t want to just go out and be a weekend warrior and never done this, and come out and expect to go up a mountain or go up long ways. Start off slow, progressively get into longer distances. Once you get tired out there on the trail, that’s when accidents do happen,” says Thompson.

Thompson says if something did happen, it’s good to have someone else with you. If you are snow shoeing alone, make sure you at least tell someone where you’re going. That way, Maine Game Warden Alan Dudley will have an easier time finding you if you get lost.

“People need to take some responsibilities before, and that can be as simple as telling someone where you’re going. Many, Many times I’ve been on searches and people don’t know where they went. So tell someone where you’re going, carry a cell phone, GPS unit, have a little survival kit. Things like matches, a space blanket, little extra food,” says Dudley.

Dudley says a compass is always good to have, just in case your cell phone or GPS doesn’t work. Thompson says if you are snow shoeing at a park, the trails are usually well packed and most parks have maps. Both Dudley and Thompson add that dressing in layers is important when snow shoeing or being outside in general. As long as you keep yourself warm, travel in pairs or tell someone where you’re going, and follow the trails, snow shoeing is a great winter activity that the whole family can enjoy.

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