There isn’t much skiing left around Lake Placid, so on my lunch hour Wednesday I went for a run on the loop trail at Henry’s Woods. I found what I expected to find: glare ice and very hard packed snow.
The good news is that the trail will be skiable again with a little bit of snow.
The bad news is that, until we get more snow, trail running can be treacherous unless you have traction devices on your shoes.
Several years ago, I bought some machine screws at a hardware store for a few bucks and screwed them into the soles of an old pair of trail-running shoes. I used nine screws for each shoe, placing them along the outer edge of the sole.
This wasn’t an original idea. I read about this DIY project online somewhere. I believe the pattern of screws depicted in the photo is the pattern I found online. Before writing this post, however, I googled “screws for winter trail-running shoes” and came across other patterns.
What I can say for sure is that the shoes worked fine at Henry’s Woods, though even with screws in my soles, I had to use caution on the icy downhills.
Since I am more of a skier than a runner, I seldom use my screw shoes, but they come in handy when there is a dearth of snow. If we do get snow again this winter, I’ll be back on my boards. And I would ask runners out there not to posthole on trails used by skiers.
Incidentally, there are screws specially designed for trail-running shoes. Click here to read a comparison between these screws and run-of-the-mill screws.
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