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The basics of snowshoeing

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If there's one winter activity, aside from sledding and building snowmen, that just about everyone can do, it's snowshoeing. Before the white flakes fall, learn about what you'll need to get started during one of REI Spokane's (usually) monthly snowshoeing basics classes. REI's outdoors experts share their insight on the increasingly popular activity, including what to wear, where to find trails to hike and even how to get up if you fall, which can be tricky.

"People are really interested in snowshoeing," says REI's outdoor program manager Carol Christensen. "It's fairly easy to get involved in; it's a matter of getting a good pair of shoes and a pair of poles, and you're set."

Those attending the intro session also will learn where to attend local snowshoeing classes and how to rent gear if they're not ready to buy their own shoes and poles, which can cost around $200. A woman-specific snowshoeing class in November also is scheduled.

"Women are more comfortable doing a class together. It's a different energy and feeling, and it's a good opportunity to make connections with other women," Christensen says.

Snowshoeing Basics • Wed, Oct. 28, from 7-8:30 pm • Snowshoeing Basics for Women • Tue, Nov. 3, from 7-8:30 pm • Both sessions free; register to save a spot • REI Spokane • 1125 N. Monroe • rei.com/stores/spokane • 328-9900

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