Timber Wolf, Lake Superior, Ontario

A lone timber wolf greets
paddlers along the north shore
of Lake Superior, Canada
(Photo by Michael Neiger)


[goes] back
six thousand years.
  --Osgood & Hurley
  The Snowshoe Book,


No snowflake
in an avalanche
feels responsible.
  --Stanislaw Jerzy Lee
  More Unkempt


the mountains and
get their good tidings.
Nature's peace
will flow into you
like sunshine flows
into the trees.
The winds
will blow
their own freshness
into you
and the storms
their energy
while cares
will drop off
like autumn leaves.
  --John Muir


The mountains
can be reached
in all seasons.
They offer
a fighting challenge
to heart,
and mind,
both in summer
and winter.

If throughout time
the youth
of the nation
the challenge
the mountains offer,
they will keep alive
in our people
the spirit of adventure.

That spirit
is a measure
of the vitality
of both nations
and men.

A people
who climb the ridges
and sleep
under the stars in
high mountain meadows,
who enter
the forest
and scale peaks,
who explore glaciers
and walk ridges
buried deep in snow--
these people
will give
their country
some of the
indomitable spirit
of the mountains.
  --William O. Douglass


The Rucksack Masthead
By Michael A. Neiger (aka: LandNavMan), Marquette, Michigan
Wilderness tripper: backpacking, winter camping, swift-water canoeing
Web site URL: http://therucksack.tripod.com • E-mail: mneiger@hotmail.com
Contents copyright © 1984-2007 by Michael A. Neiger • All rights reserved.



Michael Neiger
laces up
his snowshoes
for a deep-snow trek
in the Agawa Canyon,
Ontario, Canada
(Photo by Dave Ide)



By Michael A. Neiger
Copyright 2001

Last updated on February 22, 2009

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Snow Shoeing at Hiker Central

Snowshoe Central


Snowshoeing Base Camp

Snowshoes and Snowshoeing

Winter Backpacker--Snowshoeing



Atlas Snowshoe Co.

Baldas Snowshoes

Climb High

Crescent Moon Snowshoe Co.

Dion Snowshoes

Elfman Snowshoes

Faber Snowshoes

Glacier Snowshoe Co.

Good Thunder Snowshoes

Great Bear Snowshoes

Grivel North America

GV Snowshoes

Havlick's Snowshoe Co.

Iversons Snowshoe and Furniture, Inc.

Little Bear Snowshoes

Maine Guide Snowshoes

MSR (Mountain Safety Research)

Northern Lights Snowshoes

Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters
   N-4088 Pine Mountain Road
   Iron Mountain, MI 49801
   906 774-9009

Powder Wings

Prater Snowshoes

Ramer Products, LTD

Redfeather Snow Shoes

Romp Snowshoes


Schnee Schuh Profi

Sherpa Snowshoes
   (No longer in business)

TipToe Snowshoes

TSL Snowshoes

Tubbs Snowshoes

Ursus Outdoor Equipment

Verts Climbing Snowshoes

Whitewoods USA

Wilcox & Williams, Inc.


Yowie Snowshoes

Yuba Snowshoe Co.

Yukon Charlies Snowshoes

Yupi Skishoes




Building Snowshoes, by Gil Gilpatrick (De Lorme Pub. Co., 1979)

Canadian Snowshoe, by Thomas Drummond (J. Hope, 1916)

Complete Winter Sports Safety Manual--Staying Safe and Warm While Snowshoeing, Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowmobiling, and Camping, by Bery Kreissman (Bear Claw Press, 1997)

Crafting Techniques for Handsplit Snowshoes, by Carl Heilman (Carl Heilman, 1983)

Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing, by Erwin Bauer (Winchester, 1975)

Essential Guide to Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing in the United States, by Charles Cook (St. Martin's Press, Inc., 1997)

Essential Snowshoer--A Step-by-Step Guide, by Marianne Zwosta (McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing, 1997)

High Performance Snowshoeing, by Danelle Ballengee, Robb Reece, and Cody Reece (Danelle Ballengee, 1997)

How to Make a Pair of Snowshoes, by T. H. Ingersoll (T. H. Ingersoll, 1985)

Making It, a Guide to Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, and Winter Survival, by John Hitchcock (Harrowood Books, 1973)

Making It: Winter Survival, by John Hitchcock and Charles Fox (Livingston, 1973)

Making Snowshoes, by Kathleen Lynch (Anchorage Alaska Adult Literacy Laboratory, 1974)

Making the Attikamek Snowshoe, by Henri Valliancourt (Trust for Native Cultures and Crafts, 1987)

Skiing and Snowshoeing (U.S. Army, 1957)

** Snowshoe Book, 3rd edition, by William Osgood and Leslie Hurley (The Stephen Greene Press, 1983)

The Snowshoe Experience, by Claire Walter (Storey Publishing, 2004)

Snowshoe Handbook, by Len McDougal (Burford Books, 2000)

Snowshoe Making, by Henri Vaillancourt

Snowshoer's Equipment Guide, by William Prater (Sierra Design Co., 1972)

Snowshoes, by Daniel Davidson (American Philosophical Society, 1937)

** Snowshoeing, 4th edition, by Gene Prater (Mountaineers Books, 1997)

Snowshoeing, by Sally Edwards and Melissa McKenzie (Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc., 1995)

Snowshoeing, by Steven A. Griffin (Stackpole, 1998)

Snowshoeing--A Trailside Guide, by Larry Olmstead (W.W. Norton, 1997)

Snowshoeing--Basic Essentials, by Phil Savignano (Globe Pequot, 2001)

Snowshoeing for Everyone, by Anthony Carter (Carter, 1975)

Walk Into Winter--A Complete Snowshoeing and Winter Camping Guide, by Gerry Wolfram (Scribner, 1977)

White Earth Snowshoe Guidebook, by Tom Hollatz (North Star Press, 1975)

Winter Touring--Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing, by Clayne Jensen (Burgess, 1977)



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In God's wilderness lies the hope of the world,
the great, fresh, unblighted, unredeemed wilderness.
— John Muir 1838-1914, Alaska Wilderness, 1890

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