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Backpacker Magazine – December 1999
When the white stuff piles up, work together to break a trail.
Breaking trail on snowshoes in deep snow can be exhausting. If your party consists of two people, try to walk in each other's shoe prints.
Three or more snowshoers can work in unison to conserve energy by laying down a smooth, consolidated trail. The lead snowshoer measures his stride so each snowshoe print begins where the previous one ended. The second hiker's left snowshoe falls directly beside (to the left of) the lead hiker's right imprint. The third snowshoer further compacts the track, smoothing it out for the rest of the party. The leader drops to the back of the line when tired.