“The Aspect from Atlas musters guide-level features in a quick-handling package tailored to backcountry applications. With few obvious concerns, the binding and decking systems complement the all-points toothed frame for positive surface contact in variable snow conditions.”
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“So, what do you do OTHER than climbing?” I was asked in 2009. My reply was a lot of blinking, followed by a lot of thinking, and ultimately, a stunned silence.
I adore rock climbing… it’s still my main passion, even though I’ve diversified to also include the occasional mountain. But, for awhile there, I’d become a one trick pony. I decided at the end of 2009 to branch out and try to include some season-appropriate sports into my repertoire, to reduce the number of two-sunrise-drives in order to get in a couple of days of climbing, each winter. Last winter was the season of starting a new relationship with gravity, through downhill skiing. This winter is the season of starting yet another new relationship with gravity, through snowshoeing.
I have a secret. It’s not a dark secret. I will probably tell you after a couple cups of Chai or if asked directly but I don’t usually offer this up. I live in Colorado, I am a native, and I have never skied or tried snowboarding. I am not saying I will never try either of these winter sports but here’s the thing…I love snowshoeing. Not only is it easy and fairly inexpensive but it’s a lot of fun and you burn serious calories while enjoying the sun and the snow.
This season I was fortunate to try out a new pair of women-specific snowshoes from Atlas, The Elektra 1023. When I first opened up the box I was impressed with the compact design but a little intimidated by the foot bindings. It looked like a lot of webbing and maybe a bit complicated. I was wrong.