TRY SOME­THING NEW

Backpacker - - PASS FAIL -

EN­LIST AID.

Take any and all help you can get. With sk­ishoe­ing, use poles to take longer strides and sta­bi­lize your­self on slopes, and ap­ply wax to keep slushy snow from stick­ing.

READ THE DI­REC­TIONS.

Un­der­stand your equip­ment—and any ac­cou­trements—be­fore head­ing out. Prac­tice switch­ing out cram­pons and skins at home first.

GO EASY.

Opt for gen­tle trails and fa­mil­iar ter­rain. You’ll need room for er­ror as you fig­ure out the tech­nique.

BUDDY UP.

Find a pa­tient part­ner. Fail­ing is eas­ier with a good friend in tow.

KEEP YOUR SENSE OF HU­MOR.

Don’t take your­self too se­ri­ously. A mis­ad­ven­ture is still an ad­ven­ture.

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