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tangles in the Jura
could be you.
fun and easy, but there can temporarily be a down side.
will not find this terribly rewarding unless you're included here, so this is
a good time for casual and random browsers to turn back before they get too caught
up in the sweep and majesty of the proceedings and can't let go.
Anyone can get tangled
up in her or his snowshoes and end up on the deck, especially Profs. Durham and
Pirri, as in these chilling scenes from winter
these are not isolated incidents
-- these same participants have been practicing up for some time and have got
good at this.
example, this is the top of Mont de Bière Devant
on a cold sunny day in February 2000.
here (left) are Profs Durham and Pirri beaming on the windy summit, as the narrator
tries to caution them against undue exuberance
in the use of snowshoes.
at well-meant warnings, Profs Durham and Pirri dash along with
not a care in the world for their snowshoes.
whoops, down they go in a great heap . . .
the narrator hurries to memorialize the event.
all Jura snowshoe tangles are coordinated group efforts. Some require a sense
of individual elegance, as here . . .
ready. Here I come."
was that one?"
posing for photographs near snowcovered trees and shrubs, don't stand too close
-- they're likely hollow underneath.
snow-covered piles of forestry debris. They're also hollow underneath.
to stay out of holes in the limestone forest
go on the bottom of the feet.
horses will need their own showshoes as well.
showshoes do you no good on the back of your head!
around, not through, impenetrable thickets.
WAS this snowshoer thinking about? Leave them at the door!
leave your snowshoes just anywhere.
behavior has no place on snowshoes.
be afraid to ask for directions if you've got horribly lost.
angels appear to give you special directions,
listen to them.
are some situations in which large snowshoes are just out of place.
forget to check the weather report before starting out
letting your snowshoes work FOR you.
narrator on Tour de Mayen (Leysin, Switzerland), 1980)
are not meant for all types of terrain, I
(Tour de Mayen, 1980)
are not meant for all types of terrain, II.
(Dr Pirri attempting
to snowshoe over a stone wall, December 2002)
technique for crossing stone walls
demonstrates her preferred way of crossing walls (2 January 2004).
begin to intervene . . .
all's well that ends well.
most importantly for snowshoers, when once in a while it's all come undone, just
pick yourself up, if you can, and carry on with it.
more snowshoeing, see the snowshoeing index
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 14 August 2002, revised 30 November 2013.