[WGF:12] What Would Life Be without Snowshoeing?
Snowshoes were invented between 4,000 and 6,000 years ago in central Asia, and THANK GOODNESS they were! At least one-fifth of the joy in my life would just not exist without the presence of snowshoes.
As people and ideas migrated west from the central Asian steppe, the snowshoe morphed into Nordic skis. People headed east from central Asia took snowshoes with them as well, and settled in North America. Despite the many cultural differences between North American indigenous groups, snowshoes were actually one of the most broadly shared elements among them – particularly in the northern regions.
Despite their extensive history and direct correlation with fun, snowshoes were primarily used for professional and survival rather than recreational purposes until the 1970s.
Sometimes I like to imagine what life would have been like if I had lived in another time period. No hospitals, no cars, no computers, no recreational snowshoeing, no…hold on. No recreational snowshoeing? No thanks.