How do you prepare before setting out on a tour?
The day before I think about the weather, the avalanche situation and the snow conditions and check all related information. Then I have a brainstorming session to decide which tour will provide the best experience and the best snow under the circumstances and keeps risks to a minimum. Once a tour is over I always pack my rucksack ready for the next one so I only need to optimise the clothing for the weather and the water and supplies for the length of the tour. I put fresh, dry boot liners in the shell and select the skis best suited for the type of snow.
What are the most important items that you always take with you on a tour?
Avalanche kit, airbag, mobile, first aid kit, warm clothing, enough water, multitool, ski strap, good skis of the right width – very narrow for firn, very wide for powder – and my reflex camera :)
And last but not least: what does ski touring mean to you?
Ski touring is not a lifestyle – it’s life!
Thanks for the interview Lukas!
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