That was a great hike....my new snowshoes http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/brows....jsp?locale=en
worked really well in the conditions, trails with loose snow and inclines that were more packed and icy.
The winter recliners are a thing of beauty, especially on a cold day. The heat just beams back at you...I felt it through 2 down sweaters and a windbreaker. I never used to stop much on my winter hikes from years past but it's nice to stop and enjoy the quiet and have a brew....sweeeeet.
I've said it before and I'll say it again....it's good to have a friend with serious DIY skills