alright guys so now that we've talked a little bit about snowshoes different styles and advantages/disadvantages stuff like that and we moved on to different types of bindings to include tying one on our snowshoes I wanted at this time just go over a couple techniques without using snowshoes if you've used them in the past I'm sure you're well aware of this stuff but just a few tips like I said on on how to use them and doing different things with them on your feet so uh I'll try to adjust the camera here so you can see what I'm talking about as I do it and we'll go from there alright so the first thing we'll talk about is turning there's a few different ways you can do that in each one kind of pertains to how deep the snow is that you're in but uh probably one of the easiest ways to turn with your shoes on is just baby choppy steps in the direction that you want to go so if I wanted to go to my right your left it looks something like this and vice versa if I wanted to go to my left your right a little choppy steps another thing you can do is I don't know if there's a name for it or not but I call it helicoptering so I'm gonna take one of my feet and swing my tail end around and then just bring the other one around with it that's another technique another one that I'm not very comfortable with myself it might be because I have short legs I'm not sure but is to pick the snowshoe up the one that's in the direction that you want to go so again if I wanted to go to my right that way I would pick my snow or my knee up like that turn my snowshoe this way and you can see it's caught on top of the other one now again it might be because my legs are short not sure and then you would just bring the other one around like such and for obvious reasons I'm not a really big fan of that one again it could just because my legs are short I'm not sure but uh that is another technique and that might work in a lot deeper snow which I haven't experienced yet we've got all I don't know four or five inches maybe on the ground now it's been snowing for two three hours we're supposed to get another six inches or up to that something like that so it is what it is yeah that one can be tricky pick it up step in that direction bring the second one around again you got the choppy step one which is probably the easiest especially if you're new on snowshoes and then you got the helicopter one again just to recap make it turn a little bit quicker and not one in particular I'm not sure how well that would work in much deeper snow look you know time will tell all this something else that you might want to do is I have to back up so I'll try to give you a front and a side angle view of this put on to back up lift your knee and then what you're gonna do is flex your calf muscle which is gonna kick the back end or you snowshoe up like that I'll try to do that from the side for you guys so just pick your leg up flex your calf kind of look like a dork but it's a technique another one is a good point to carry a stick if you're the type that uses ski poles while you snowshoeing those will work too I always carry an axe so that's what I use but no sir probably work better and much deeper snow that becomes the plow trucks so now I have more shovel into me so anyway axe a stick your ski poles whatever it is that you want to carry and at that point you just lift your leg up push down on your snowshoe and step back same thing with the next one push down walk backwards pretty simple try to give me the side view of that so again pick up on your shoe push down so on and so forth trying to pay attention to the camera and make sure I'm in the frame another good thing for the stick of the axe or your ski poles whatever it is wet snow like we get up here in the Northeast eventually he's gonna stop sticking to you snowshoes so as you're walking just hang them off not a big deal all right so probably another technique you might find yourself needing was debating whether I should even cover this one or not but why not right so we're going to move over here to the tree you know if you can figure it out I'll show you how to do that all right so here we are at the tree and you may or may not know what's coming next look if you have to handle your business out in the woods and here's another you know good reason for the type of bindings that we went over on how to tie in your snowshoe but uh pick a tree something you can hold on to without following in the snow depending on how deep the snow is of course you may have to pack it down so it's not hitting your tail and when you handle into your business but uh obviously one technique if you nimble and Gumby like you can just point your snowshoes out as far as you can you know hanging on to the tree handle your business that way that works obviously if you're not so nimble or Gumby like you can take your foot right out of the binding on both and put them totally your shoes totally sideways and now there's no chance of you bringing something nasty back to camp alright guys so there you have it a pretty quick video just some things you may have to do any of snow shoes you know how to turn back up you know stuff like that so hopefully it helped you and we'll see you soon with another video take care you

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29 thoughts on “Bushcraft – Simple Snowshoe Techniques

  • June 1, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    Works beater with bear paws when you are short 😃

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    What a great video… You had me laughing my butt off with necessary expenditures in the woods part. Thanks for that! Andy

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    Hey thanks for the video! Where did you get your parka? Looks perfect for wet snow. What is the material?

    Jay

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    I'm Gumbie dam it! LOL how many people even knew what that meant

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    Nice job on the demos, and that you did them in traditional wooden shoes, too. If you are using larger/longer shoes with tails, that one turn is going to be trouble short legs or long, but if the snow is deep enough, lifting the shoes is sometimes the only option for turning out of a narrow trail. The inside of my thighs and knees ache just thinking about doing a lot that. Hope you got time to enjoy all the snow that came your way recently. It's just been really cold up here in the North Woods of Wisconsin.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    Freakin funny, allot of how-to's don't show the reality, good tips….Thanks

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    Snowshoes are for chumps. Back in the 60s we went barefoot in the snow, suck it up you liberal.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    very nice vid, never thought of the last dome…LOL..
    I still need snow in SE MN… got maybe 2 inches on ground. .

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    Great Video, hopefully I will need mine by the end of the week!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    LOL +sargefaria that's probably a first… How to crap with snowshoes on.  All jokes aside though thanks for the techniques on maneuvers

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    Oh yeah, you will be needing those this week!  I hope you don't get screwed out of your leave with this blizzard.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    Great info, hell in a couple weeks you'll be moon-walkin in those things!!! I geuss we got a big storm coming Tuesday, hopefully no rain. Should make for some adventure…

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    Just watched this with my partner and we found it very helpful and useful.. Want to thank you for this instructional video. We subscribed to your channel because I found your video's to be direct and to the point with great camera angles. (& very helpful information) I loved the one you did on how to make a jacket with hood and front pocket out of a green wool blanket.. It was wicked cool! Look forward to your show

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    Great tips. I don't see a problem standing up but turning might need a bit of practice. The last technique got me rolling though seeing myself try that LOL. Thanks for sharing. atb

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    Not sure if someone mentioned but the one that's tough for short legs is useful for a more "about turn" move when you're stuck in a single track of deep snow. Even with long legs it can be a pain!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    well I didnt expect that last lesson lol. thanks man 

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    I meant desert ⬇️😅

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    Excellent tips. However, can't practice in Puerto Rico… Lol by the way Sarge, is there any special shoe that the military guys like you wear on heavy sand conditions like dessert for instance? Could this snow shoes be used as well? Gracias

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    I can see myself falling a lot at first. lol
    Is it hard to stand up with snowshoes on?
    Thanks for the video

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    As always good instruction thanks. What's your parameters for when to use the snow shoes? Snow depth? Wetness of snow ?

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    Great Info Derek! I'm vertically challenged as well so its great to see these options! 😉

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    Have,nt had them on yet not much snow here in east central,MN

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    good stuff sarge………

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    Love the jacket, man.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    Great stuff 🙂 Something to consider covering is what to do if your snowshoes don't track properlly, as the majority don't as they are not "handed"

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    Dude where'd u get that sweet jacket??

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    sarg if I remember correct ya its your legs got a friend in Alaska that said ppl with shorter legs needs to have shorter shoe but iv never used them myself so I cant say from experience

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    great video man! I've went to our property. outside the city, the snow was about 80 to 90 cm, it was my first time ever to see a snow that deep. it was great. I would have absolutely tried your technique if I were to remain in the property. I always enjoy your vids. 

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