6 Steps To Build Expedient Snowshoes

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Snowfall in the mountains can make traveling difficult. It would be nice to be able to walk in the snow, but if you left your snowshoes behind you could sink waist deep in snow.

Use these steps to build expedient snowshoes.

1. Cut willow branches

Willow branches or red twig dogwood will work. Cut many branches the diameter of your finger and as long as your arm.

Cut eight more branches the diameter of two fingers put together and as long as your arm.

2. Weave the branches

At your camp, weave the branches into the bases for snowshoes. Place several of the small diameter branches into the earth so they stick straight up in a line a quarter the span of your fist apart.

The line of branches should be straight and as long as your arm.

Weave several of the smaller diameter branches between those stuck in the dirt forming a crosshatch of woven branches.

When all rows have been finished, remove the crosshatch from the ground and repeat creating another crosshatch.

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