Course Details

In this webinar you’ll learn about footwear and traction for different types of hiking and backcountry travel on snow in different seasons.

  • Title: Lightweight Footwear and Traction Systems for Snow Travel Webinar
  • Presenter(s): Ryan Jordan, Backpacking Light Publisher
  • Length: 1.5+ hours of video

Course Curriculum

Module 1

Lightweight Footwear and Traction Systems for Snow Travel

Webinar Outline

  1. Introduction
  2. Footwear System Objectives
  3. Keeping Feet Warm and Dry: Shoes and Socks
  4. Keeping Snow Out of Your Shoes
  5. Overboots and Insulated Boots
  6. Traction & Flotation
  7. Spikes, Crampons, Snowshoes, or Skis?
  8. Trekking Poles and Ice Axes
  9. Case Studies: Footwear and Traction Systems
    • Early Summer – Low Angle Passes on the Pacific Crest Trail (CA)
    • Early Summer – High Angle Passes in the Wind River Range (WY)
    • Summer – Washington Cascades Glacier Traverse (WA)
    • Late Fall/Early Winter – Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Traverse (MT)
    • Mid-Winter – Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park (WY)
    • Late Winter – Wild Basin, Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)