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This is one of many sites I maintain. I still believe in the concept that a site dedicated to the sport of snowshoeing in the Pacific Northwest is a worthwhile endeavor. I just don't see to have the time to pursue the sport or the site itself. Maybe it's time for some re-adjust my priorities...
If it's not apparent by now this website is a one man operation -- subject to my whims, moods and spare time. So it's been sparse posting lately, and there's still a lot that's unfinished. And I'm not even sure how/if I want to really "market" this site. I haven't spent any time getting the word out. This is also compounded by the fact that I'm not your prototypical NW dude. I'm fat, out of shape and rather loathe strenuous activity. And though I'm working on those failings, I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the idea of a website dedicated to snowshoeing in the NW. Conceptually I believe it's completely overdue. I think snowshoeing has the potential to be the next big winter sport. I read an article once that stated snowshoeing was the only Winter sport experiencing double-digit growth. It's an inexpensive sport that anyone can do. Even fat guys. No special skills required. So with that in mind I'll keep going.,,
The new Atlas 10 snowshoes santa brought will motivate me to get out there, finally. They arrive from REI later today! Yippie!
An article published at Snowshoemag.com mentions the Winter Wildlands Alliance and talks with their Executive Director, Mark Menlove about the initiative and what the organization is attempting. In brief: "The organization, along with a coalition of 90 other recreation and conservation groups, in August submitted a formal petition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture urging it to amend its 2005 Travel Management Rule to regulate the use of snowmobiles on national forest lands and treat them just like other off-road vehicles are in the summer months. At the moment, the so-called “snowmobile loophole” leaves off-road use in the winter something of an open question."
Well I must say the "Summer" of 2010 was singularly the most disappointing Summer I've ever experienced in the 30 years I've lived in Seattle. Cliff Mass, the best Meteorologist in the NW, confirmed this with a posting on his blog. But he also states on his blog that we're in for a doozy of a winter! This bodes well for some serious snowshoeing this winter. Better than last I hope.
But with the crappy summer we just had, I'm finding it very difficult to get my head into Fall, which is traditionally one of my favorite times of year. I feel ripped off and I'm not quite ready. As the leaves start to fall off the trees and the air turns a little crisper, perhaps I'll finally get my butt into gear and finish the Oregon trails section.
Why a snowshoeing site you ask? Though there are fantastic online sites dedicated to hiking, skiing and other outdoor activities, many sites lack detailed information for snowshoeing. Additionally, I wanted a free resource that combines all aspects of this growing sport—including commonly available trail information—in a single location.