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snowshoeing • explain • distributes
hike up • clumping
  1. This backpack is comfortable because it weight really well.
  2. It's hard to walk because all this mud keeps on my boots.
  3. It took about 4 hours to the mountain and only an hour to hike down.
  4. It's hard to why I don't trust him, but I really don't.
  5. He goes across the lake with his dogs every morning.
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755 Snow Shoes
Tim talks about special shoes he uses to get around when snow trekking.

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I just do snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

'Snowshoeing' is an activity where you put special shoes that look like rackets on your feet, so you can walk on snow without falling in deep.

Notice the following:

  1. I have never tried snowshoeing before. 
  2. We all went snowshoeing, and it was fantastic fun.

hard to explain

It's hard to explain but it's kind of like a big paddle that you strap to your boot.

When something is 'hard to explain,' it means that you have difficulty describing it.

Notice the following:

  1. It is hard to explain how much I love him.
  2. She said it was too hard to explain, so she did it herself.

distributes your weight

If you just have regular boots, you're going to fall into the snow, so it distributes your weight.

When you 'distribute your weight,' it means that you try to spread your weight evenly over a particular surface.

Notice the following:

  1. When you jump, you have to try and distribute your weight so that you do not injure yourself.
  2. A good bike distributes your weight really well.

hike up

I was hiking Yosemite and we hiked up and there wasn't any snow at first.

When you 'hike up' somewhere, it means that you walk up something with an incline. Usually we use hiking to describe an activity that is more difficult than normal walking.

Notice the following:

  1. I have always wanted to hike up a mountain and have a picnic at the top.
  2. She hikes up mountains on a regular basis.

clump on

It's really wet snow and sometimes it will kind of clump on the snowshoes.

When snow 'clumps on' the snowshoes, it means that is groups together and sticks onto the shoes.

Notice the following:

  1. All the mud has clumped onto my boots, and I have to clean them.
  2. Snow really clumps on these mittens, and my hands get cold very quickly.