It was once again time for me to venture out into the (now less so) frightening world of ski touring. This time however, I was prepared, or at least, more so than before. I had duct-taped my ankles, loaded up my backpack with water, and planned a route that had a bar serving food at the top. I had certainly learnt from previous mistakes.
Whilst before we had toured up the mountain first before heading down, this time we did the opposite; we skied down before hiking back up to the comfort of the bar at the peak of the slope. This tour route was certainly much more my thing, the picturesque scenery on the way up made the challenging uphill journey much more enjoyable. `
I had certainly learnt from previous mistakes.
I had certainly learnt a lot from my first ski tour, for example, I could feel the duct tape protecting my battered heels from the tumultuous trek upward making it considerably easier. This time I had packed a couple of snacks, much more water and as I mentioned, assured that there was a tasty meal waiting for me at the top, motivating me to keep going. Although, there was definitely a minute or two where I was debating how tough it would actually be to sleep on the mountain and continue on home tomorrow. However, the spaghetti bolognese was most undoubtedly worth it in the end!
Furthermore, I was able to alter the bindings of my skis much quicker than before, making the switch from ski, to hike, to steep hill with considerably less of a hassle for both me and my team-mate.
However, in spite of me realising that I still had plenty of room to improve my fitness and only being motivated to continue walking to be greeted by a tasty pasta dish, I found myself missing the usual chairlifts or helicopters significantly less than I had anticipated. Although, with my (somewhat) improved technique, the touring upward wasn’t as difficult, allowing me a new perspective into why someone would do this, and to say it was not enjoyable would be far from the truth. There is something incredibly serene about walking up the mountain side in your own thoughts and enjoying the landscape around you, and I look forward to touring out on my own soon.
…with my improved technique, the touring upward wasn’t as difficult, allowing me a new perspective into why someone would do this
- Something at the top of the mountain to motivate you to keep going is always a good idea (could be a tasty meal, a beer or even your accommodation!)
- Duct tape around your ankles does in fact prevent blisters
- How to alter the binding in my skis unaided
Read more about my ski touring experiences in future blog posts
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