This winter, go au naturel.

Who can argue with the satisfaction that comes with constructing practical objects with your own two hands? What feels better than getting yourself out of a pinch by building something ad hoc that actually works? Snowshoes are one such example.

We realize that the number of people out there who are assembling makeshift snow-walkers is relatively small, but imagine being in a position where jury-rigging your own would get you out of a dicey situation. How would you feel then? Even without carrying the life-or-death weight on your shoulders, building any type of useful tool out of natural materials is pretty darn cool. The knowledge alone is worth celebrating. This winter, try constructing some impromptu snowshoes. Trust us, it’ll be a valuable experience, even if you never use them.

diy snowshoes, build your own