Snow Shoe Leadership Training

December 28, 2002

Several of us have taken snow shoe classes with Dave Walp through the Eugene Recreation program and asked him if he was willing to lead a trip for the Obsidians. Lucky for us, he was! At the pre-trip program, he discussed various types of snow shoes and the advantages/disadvantages of each. He also described how to be better prepared when leading trips and how to help other participants stay out of trouble. It snowed hard all day during our field trip on December 28 on the Trapper Creek Trail (Shelter Cove area), but all the soaking wet participants had a good time. We learned that hiking in about 2 feet of snow without snow shoes is difficult, and that breaking trail in either the first or second position makes ones heart beat very quickly. Unfortunately, we didn’t see any animals or their tracks, but Dave did demonstrate what the various animal tracks looked like. I suspect most of us would like to repeat this class next year—thanks Dave!

The participants were: Rick Ahrens, Ann-Marie Askew, Max Brown, Barbara Bruns, Kitson and Peter Graham, Miles Hollander, Yuan Hopkins, Richard Hughes, Bob Huntley, Beth and Emily Kodama, Lana Lindstrom, Effie Neth, Sharon Ritchie, Ben Ross, Michelle Tambellini, Joanne Whitfield, and Mel Zavodsky.

Lana Lindstrom

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