Ski Trip Gear: How To Befriend The Land
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Travelers go to a ski trip for the general intention of “loving the territory”. After all, tourist spots are the one place on earth where you get to enjoy the finer things in life. Luxurious travelers are keen on acquiring excellent services of a tourist venue and all the comforts the first rate features can provide. However, it is a completely different picture for trailblazing eco tourists.

For those who are keen on visiting the wilderness, there are several transitional phases before arriving at “loving the territory”. After all, such places are uncultivated, borderline hostile and generally uncharted. Like dealing with wary strangers, one needs to be acquainted with them. Upon visiting rustic and rugged ski vacation destinations, you initially need to build rapport with the natural environment. You need to befriend the land. With this objective in mind, you need to accomplish the following using “earth-affinity” equipment:

Ease of Navigation

Tundra and alpine highlands are among the most challenging terrains to navigate. Because of the heavy concentration of frost and unpredictable weather patterns, it is not easy to familiarize yourself with distinct natural landmarks. Having maps that point to key trails will somehow help direct your path and prevent you from straying far off the safe outdoor regions. Compasses and complex pedometers ought to be an inseparable accessory for maps. But you can only do so much with still aerial diagrams and manual devices. You’re better off with a high tech GPS gadget for a more comprehensive navigation, although it is very vulnerable to the alpine region’s erratic climate.

Capable foraging

Living off the land is one of the key objectives of being an ecological tourist. It is always prudent to prepare hunting tools and a miniature set outdoor kitchen utensils. A small fishing kit can be a crucial item in your backpack inventory, but in a ski wilderness you can only have limited use for it. Sealed plastic packs and/or mason jars are useful for foraging wild fruits and herbs.

Efficient crafting

While you can have a distinct advantage with a set of hunting weaponry (e.g. bows and rifles), it is highly impractical to risk confrontation with authorities. For a safer alternative, you can always bring “inconspicuous weapons” such as a hunting knife and a hatchet. The latter, in particular, is very useful for cutting firewood. Anyone with high level of woodcarving proficiency can use all-purpose outdoor knives to fashion wooden cups and other useful utensils. Bringing crafting accessories can make your wild off-beat ski trip trek less cumbersome, especially your ski gear in tow (note: traveling light).


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