Essentials for Ski Touring | VISIT NORWAY

Essentials for Ski Touring | VISIT NORWAY

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When it comes to ski touring Norway is an incredible place to explore. To ensure that you get the most out of your trip you need to be well prepared for the challenges you may face. My name is Markus. I’m a mountain guide and avalanche expert. I am going to give you some advice concerning clothing and equipment to take along when on a ski trip. In Norway we use woolen base layer, like this. It keeps you warm, even if it gets a bit wet or damp. I prefer woolen sweater – – as a mid-layer, and then the outer clothing has to be wind- and waterproof. There is a lot of weather and we Norwegians probably bring along a bit more equipment than you are used to from the alps and other countries. So, we always take along some extra clothing. My favorite is this big isolation jacket which I can put on top of everything else without undressing. I bring two pair of gloves. Always bring an extra hat. And I bring goggles. They are great when it’s windy and snowy conditions. Depending on the time of year I bring a head torch. I always bring a GPS… …and a map and a compass to find my way in the terrain. I also have an offline map on my cell phone, which has to be fully charged. I always bring food and hot drinks for the whole day. And then, as always first aid kit and bivy bag. The bivy bag can really save your life and even make your lunch a bit more pleasant. You can go into it during lunch. As always, beacon. A probe and a shovel. And depending on what kind of outing I’m on I bring an ice axe and a set of ski crampons. If you want to go to a ridgetop, reach a summit and it’s really hard snow, well, they might come handy. Also, when the snow is hard ski crampons are really, really helpful. And finally it’s not a bad idea to bring a helmet. If you follow our advice you’ll have a safe and memorable trip – – in the Norwegian mountains. Have fun and enjoy.

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