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2012-12-19  
Yaki Point to Shoshone Point (Almost), AZ
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Yaki Point to Shoshone Point (Almost), AZ 
Yaki Point to Shoshone Point (Almost), AZ
 
Snowshoeing avatar Dec 19 2012
cactuscat
Snowshoeing2.00 Miles
Snowshoeing2.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.20 mph
      20 Mns Break
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Well here I am in snowy Northern AZ, and I plan to stay for many winters to come ... so despite my aversion to the cold, I decided to try and embrace it.
Bought a pair of snowshoes from a friend who is moving to Florida, and a pair of Sorel Caribou boots which I can already tell was money well spent.
Wanted to try out the snowshoes by hiking the dirt road/forest out to Shoshone Point, but Desert View Drive is still closed ... Kristi suggested I drive to Yaki Point and hike to Shoshone from there. : rambo :
Froze my fingers putting on the snowshoes at Yaki, and they didn't start to thaw for about a half an hour ... hand warmers, Columbia Omniheat gloves, and alot of body heat generated finally did the job. The rest of me was toasty warm, except my toes got a bit chilly near the end.
Footprints ended about three minutes into the hike, and mine were the only tracks the rest of the way besides the animal tracks.
Only took a minute or two to figure out how to walk in the snowshoes, and I only tripped myself and fell to my knees twice - both times on the way back, when I was getting tired.
Snowshoeing takes alot of energy, and when I had the Point in sight I decided that I had already expended half the energy I had for this hike, and turned back. I went about a mile each way.
All in all the experiment was a success ... I didn't freeze, and I actually enjoyed it. It was a gorgeous sunny day, and completely peaceful and beautiful out there. :D
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