Gearing up for the Tubbs Romp to Stomp
The time has come for the Tubbs Romp to Stomp Breast Cancer in the Northeast. First up will be New Jersey and then off to Vermont for the Tubbs Crew. They have been spending time getting everything ready including some pretty cool gift bags for participants. Now it’s time for you to get yourself ready. If you haven’t signed up yet there is still time. New Jersey is Saturday January, 19th and Vermont is Saturday January, 26th. Here are some tips to be ready for the big day, and any other snowshoeing adventure for that matter!
In order to do the event you will need snowshoes. If you don’t have them that is not a problem. When you sign up you can check off that you don’t have a pair and you would like to demo a pair of Tubbs. Worried that they may run out of the demos? You can call your local EMS and rent a pair for the weekend. Or ask around, you never know, your friend and her father might have 3 pairs each.
The temperatures are finally getting back to normal for January. That means you will probably need to layer up. Many of you will have some fun costumes or amazing pink to wear on the outside, but it’s what’s against your skin that is important. “Cotton is rotten” for any outdoor activity but this is especially true when it comes to winter sports. If you are planning on running the snowshoe course or walking briskly there is a chance you will sweat. To keep your body from getting cold you might want to consider wearing moistuire-wicking, quick-drying base layers that are wool or synthetic. For the Vermont Stomp I plan on wearing my SmartWool midlayers. Other great options are The North Face FlashDry and EMS Techwick T2.
Over the base layer you’re going to want something to provide more warmth, wind protection, and possibly some water resistance. Many people will be wearing ski pants. After all, if you want to lay down and make a snow angel, you’re going to want to keep your bum dry. Another viable option for snowshoeing is softshell pants. If you tend to get very hot when you snowshoe you may prefer softshells. They are water resistant and more breathable than ski pants/hardshells. Just make sure to do your snow angels at the end of the day since softshells are NOT waterproof.
No matter what type of pants I will be wearing in Vermont I will have gaiters on. I have the tendency to kick myself while walking. The last thing I want to do is have my snowshoe crampon get caught on my pants and fall down flat on my face. If you don’t have waterproof or water resistant pants to wear you also might want to consider gaiters to keep the bottoms of your pants dry. They also help to keep snow from getting up your pants or down your boots.
Jackets and Fleece
Here there are many more choices. I usually like to wear a fleece as my midlayer. Normally, I wear an EMS Power Stretch fleece, but it isn’t pink. Luckily, I have an old EMS Cadence Fleece that is pink. Perfect for the event. The type of jacket you wear on the outside is very much dependent on how hot or cold you tend to be outside. When I am just hanging around I am always cold. Once I start moving though, I get hot. For me that means a lightweight jacket or softshell. If it is not snowing the jacket won’t stay on very long for me. If you are one that stays cold when you are walking outside you will want a heavier jacket. It is better to have extra layers than not enough. If you get hot you can always slow down or take some of the layers off, but when your cold and out in the middle of the woods, you’re going to stay that way which is no fun.
For Your Feet
Think wool. Believe me, your feet will be much happier if you are wearing wool socks. As for boots, almost any waterproof hiking boot can be used for snowshoeing. Insulated winter boots will be warmer and often have special ridges on the heels and toes to help keep snowshoe straps in place. While these are nice features they aren’t a must have. That said, if you get hooked on the sport of snowshoeing (which is very likely) insulated boots are a great investment you’ll enjoy for years.
Gloves, Hats, Scarves
Here’s where things get creative at every Tubbs Romp to Stomp. Think funky matching hats for you and your romping partners along with pink scarves or feather boas. The more colorful the better, just make sure that you have enough to stay warm.