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    Posted February 10, 2013 by
    Murdock, Minnesota
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    Minnesota Snowshoeing


    Jannet Walsh, iReporter from Murdock, Minn., went for a walk in her snowshoes today while the snow was falling during a snow storm. Her dog Andrew, a West Highland White Terrier, joined her in the snow walk.

    Jannet's snowshoes are made of wood and the lacing or webbing, is made of neoprene, traditionally made of rawhide. The style of her snowshoes looks like little canoes as they are an old style called Ojibwa, similar to what Native American might have used in the cold climates for hunting and walking in snow. When walking with the snowshoes, the walker floats on the snow as the weight is distributed accross the shoes.

    You can wear regular snow boots and use walking poles with snow baskets. Jannet's snowshoes are about 11 inches wide by 56 inches long, made by an American company called Iverson.

    Snowshoes can last for years, and even several generations, but can be updated with new lacing or webbing when needed. There is a binding that keeps the snow boot in place.

    You can quickly learn how to snowshoe as you are just walking.  Snowshoeing is a great exercise as you can burn many calories.  Estimates are a 150 pound person will burn approximately 650 to 700 calories in an hour of snowshoeing, according to the online Weight Watchers site.

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