Snowshoeing success

The Cibola Trail Alliance and Continental Divide Trail Ambassadors Kendra and Michael Brown introduced dozens of adventures to snowshoeing on Saturday, January 26.

Kendra and Michael Brown. Photo by  Dr. Clayton Smith.

Kendra and Michael Brown. Photo by Dr. Clayton Smith.

Kendra and Michael, along with a couple of of volunteers, led about 35 people out on a 30-minute out and back hike on Mt. Taylor. The vast majority of attendees had never been snowshoeing and ranged from small children to senior citizens.

Snowshoes provided by MST Adventures.  Photo by Dr. Clayton Smith.

Snowshoes provided by MST Adventures. Photo by Dr. Clayton Smith.

A small group of experienced snowshoers trekked their way up to the Continental Divide Trail.

Snowshoes and poles were provided for those who didn’t have their own, courtesy of MST Adventures. About 20 people were outfitted with their equipment.

Many attendees said they were excited for the chance to learn how to snowshoe, saying it was something that they had always wanted to try, but had never had the opportunity to do so.

A few said the Mt. Taylor Winter Quadrathlon, a multi-sport winter race that involves biking, running, snowshoeing and cross country skiing held in Grants piqued their curiosity in learning how to snowshoe. The event is in its 36th year and will take place on February 16.

Following the wintry hike, everyone gathered together around a welcoming fire for hot chocolate and s’mores. As they warmed up, many newcomers discussed where to purchase snowshoes - a good sign they’re hooked on a new hobby!

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