I’ve been badgering my mates for months about going snowshoeing.
This winter, I’m on a campaign to override my tendency to enter hibernation mode for four months. As a substitute of succumbing to winter and the depressing climate it brings, I’m making an attempt to play good with it. To this point I’ve gone upstate to see the Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze in November, loved Christmas season in NYC in December, organized a pot luck dinner with my mates, went to my first trampolining class in January, and now – a snowshoeing journey upstate in February!
I had it in my thoughts that snowshoeing would make for an amazing exercise, and could be pretty straightforward to choose at first try. Extra importantly, it could be one thing NEW to attempt.
And so, the innovative installment in my Kick The Winter Doldrums sequence: a snowshoeing daytrip to Fahnestock Winter Park!
Attending to Fahnestock Winter Park
Cost-wise has not to profit to taking the practice vs. renting a automotive to get to Fahnestock. However what makes the exercise journey value it’s the scenic river views all alongside the way in which. My gaze was completely fastened on the Hudson and its huge puzzle-like ice chunks scattered offshore. As a lot as I declare to hate snow, it certain seemed likely on the river.
We referred to as for a cab as our practice arrived in Chilly Spring and had been informed it’d be about 20 minutes. 20 minutes quickly become effectively over an hour, which was extra amusing than it was irritating. I wrote it off as small city attraction and we killed the time by hanging out in a snowy park on the river, watching freight trains roll by and listening to mild ice cracks within the distance. We relished this quiet time away from town noise.
At Fahnestock Winter Park
Fahnestock Winter Park is a part of Fahnestock State Park, which capabilities as a campground and climbing mecca throughout hotter months. As such, there isn’t any snowboarding or downhill snowboarding right here – as an alternative, throughout snowy winter months, strolling trails are groomed and reworked into snowshoeing and cross nation snowboarding trails.
Fahnestock has 2 devoted snowshoeing trails. With zero snowshoeing expertise to our names, we opted to attempt the simpler path first. Maybe the circumstances had been perfect, however I discovered it to be exceptionally straightforward – like, bunny path straightforward. That didn’t cease me from having fun with the expertise, although – we didn’t see anybody else on the path, and it was simply so peaceable and calm on the market. At instances the path had us crossing the road, or led to views of parking tons beneath, a fast reminder that we weren’t too deep within the wilderness.
We stopped for lunch at the lodge, then set out once more for spherical 2 – this time making an attempt the tougher snowshoeing path. We didn’t fairly have time to make it by way of the entire path, however we did make it as much as the lake viewpoint:
The tougher snowshoeing path runs partially alongside the Appalachian Path, which we acquired a fast style of on our little jaunt. It positively was tougher than the opposite path, however I didn’t find it tiring in any respect even with the regular uphill climb. The toughest half for me was the footwork required on narrower elements of the path, significantly whereas navigating hills. I tripped over my large clumsy toes a number of instances, however falling on snow was fairly painless.
This path felt considerably extra rugged and scenic – like we had been really within the wilderness, not in a well-kept park. I want we’d had time to finish the entire thing, however we had to ensure we returned our rental gear by a fixed time.
In all, I had a blast not solely snowshoeing, however escaping New York Metropolis for a day. I’d like to snowshoe once more, perhaps even attempt cross nation snowboarding, however ideally someplace extra aesthetically gratifying (hiya, western US and/or Canada!).
I had been questioning a number of issues earlier than my first time snowshoeing, so I assumed I’d share my findings with others considering making an attempt it out:
What’s snowshoeing really like? Strolling or trekking, however with added traction on your feet which makes it simpler and quicker to barter snowy hills.
How exhausting is it? Not exhausting in any respect! In the event you can stroll, you may snowshoe. I discovered it barely difficult to sort out the elements of the path that had been very slender and unflat, just because it was simpler to journey over my snowshoes (sure, I did this on multiple event).
What ought to I put on? LAYERS. Layers for days! Don’t fear a lot about pants – your legs ought to heat up pretty shortly. I used to be completely heat in simply fleece leggings. As for the highest half, I’d advocate a sweat-wicking backside layer, a skinny warm-weather pullover (like the sort you’d run or work out in), and a skinny outer layer (ideally waterproof). Carrying one large winter coat is just not a good suggestion since you’ll sweat like mad. FYI – it was within the 20’s once I snowshoed on this getup.
What sort of footwear? Something waterproof. Common climbing boots would work positive, however you’d need to put on a pair or two of wool socks to maintain your toes heat. I opted to put on my heat and fuzzy snow boots, which labored very effectively for me.
Do I need poles? More often than not I found I didn’t need them, however they had been helpful to assist in keeping balanced on hills or slender elements of the path.
As of February 2014 —
It’s effectively value renting a automotive for a day to get to Fahnestock Winter Park. However when you’re frugal and/or adventurous, you may attain Fahnestock Winter Park from NYC through public transport and taxi:
- Practice: Take a Metro North Hudson line practice from Grand Central to Chilly Spring. Trains go away each hour, take about 1h20m, and price $26.50 roundtrip.
- Taxi: It’s a good suggestion to have the telephone numbers of some cab drivers earlier than arriving, and name to be picked up shortly earlier than arriving in Chilly Spring. A cab journey takes 15-20 minutes and prices $25 every method.
You may lease snowshoes and skis (with poles) on the park: it’s $15 for an all-day rental, plus $10 for a path cross.
By way of meals, there are some cute cafes on the town, not terribly removed from the practice station, that are perfect for grabbing espresso and breakfast earlier than hitting the paths. There’s additionally a restaurant at Fahnestock that sells snacks, scorching drinks, and lunch (sandwiches and chili at $5 a pop).
In all, 2 folks can anticipate to spend about $80 every on this snowshoeing tour – and nearer to $100 if renting a Zipcar.