Training for the Expedition - Ski touring
Updated: Apr 2
Ski touring is a popular activity for those who love to combine the thrill of skiing with the peacefulness of nature. Recently, my sister Louise and I decided to do a ski tour in Gaschurn, Montafon, in Austria.
We aimed to tour to the top of the Madrisella and enjoy the beautiful sunny day. We marveled at the stunning views as we began our ascent up the mountain. The Madrisella peak stands at 2,466 meters and is known for its impressive summit panorama.
We could see the nearby peaks of Piz Buin and Silvretta and the sprawling valleys and forests below. It took us a couple of hours to reach the top as we traversed the ridge.
While the conditions were favorable during our trip, we knew that the risk of avalanches could increase quickly, so we were cautious and took all the necessary precautions. We stayed on paths and kept our distance from steep slopes or unstable snow areas. Safety should always be the top priority when engaging in any outdoor activity, and this was no exception.
This ski touring experience was not only a great way to enjoy the beautiful scenery and weather but also a way for me to prepare for our upcoming expedition to Svalbard in August. Svalbard is also known for its rugged and challenging terrain.
Ski touring is a good form of training for an Arctic expedition because it simulates many of the conditions and challenges that one may face in such an environment. It's an excellent way to build physical fitness, develop skills, and gain familiarity with equipment that may be useful during the expedition. It also helps me feel more comfortable and confident in a challenging environment.
Our tour up to Madrisella was a really nice experience. We enjoyed the stunning views, warm weather, and peaceful atmosphere while mindful of the potential avalanche dangers. We refuelled with a sip of herb tea and a chocolate bar before we skied down through untouched powder, enjoying the fresh snow and the best company.
Madrisella Mountain: Elevation: 2, 466meters
Location: Gaschurn Montafon, Austria
Known for: Its impressive summit panorama, ski touring opportunities, and challenging terrain.