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Snowshoeing Safety
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A dedicated attorney with more than two decades of experience, Andrew Barovick provides legal representation to plaintiffs in personal injury and medical malpractice cases as a partner at Alegria & Barovick LLP. When he is not busy with his professional responsibilities, Andrew Barovick enjoys staying active by snowshoeing.

Staying safe while snowshoeing starts during the preparation stage. Before you go out into the snow, make sure you are well prepared for any problems that may arise, such as falling through frozen water, coming down with hypothermia, and getting lost. It is often a good idea to map out your trip before leaving, but even then, you can still stray off the path.

Although emergency items may add a few pounds to your pack, consider packing a headlamp, a knife, a first aid kit, and tinder to keep you safe. Also, you should pack plenty of water and some snacks. You are still at risk of getting dehydrated in winter, and snacks ensure your body stays fueled throughout the entire trek.

Beyond proper preparations, be honest about your physical limitations. Snowshoeing may seem simple, but it can be very draining on the body. Awareness of what you can and cannot handle allows you to avoid dangerous situations. If you are getting tired or need to rest, let the rest of your showshoeing group know. This keeps you safe and prevents potential injuries that result from getting too weak.

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