On The Trail With The First Skiers


On the Trail with the First Skiers

If you want to experience how the first skiers were involved in the ones that we have now, then you can experience it at the Chinese Altay mountains. The hunting party starts from the mountains to search for the elk. Everything is silent, and the temperature is minus 30o Fahrenheit. A party of five people goes on a journey in the snow where they carry a wooden staff. By using skis and modern poles, we manage to match their pace. The thin air and trail are challenging for a rookie, but the expert hunters seem quite to adapt to the environment. They can easily climb up a steep incline without any challenges, and you cannot see any sign of exhaustion. 

Every man has a knife attached to their belt along with a lariat of a horse on their shoulders. They were also pulling a sled that contains all the provisions for the path. Other items in the gears were china bowls, tin kettle, horseflesh, billycan, and two axes. The tracking for an elk can take quite long, and the exact time is not known as mountains are tricky for first time skiers.

On The Trail With The First Skiers
On The Trail With The First Skiers

Tracking Down The Marks

After setting off from Aukoram, the leader of the hunters from the northernmost fringe of Western China is not thinking about elf when he stares at the sunrise and talks about the un predictive nature of snow. There was a prediction about the blizzards in Altay, which would bring enough snow that will consume the entire forest, and this is the first winter in the four years where you can go for the search of elk. In China, the guns are not allowed for hunting, and in reality, the men at Altay do not require guns for hunting as they are quite adept with deep snow to use it as a weapon.

The winter was the perfect combination of winds along with moisture that produced a four-foot deep mantle. Hunting an elk is just a part of work, as you need to travel in the harsh environment of the winters, and the hunters seem quite lively at such time. They were following the way of their ancestors and living life in the snowy region. 

On The Trail With The First Skiers
On The Trail With The First Skiers

Challenges In The Trail For Skiers

The anthropologists believe that their lineage is of Samoyed and Turkic tribes, and they moved to different places over the past thousands of years. After living in the snow for so long helps in making them skilled Skiers. Every one of them takes pride in their horsemanship, and the horses are quite essential for their culture as they used to pull sleight during the winters. To make the sheep and goats into the upland summer pastures, they use the horse for it.

During the trail, you can learn a lot about the place. The wolves remain in large numbers in this area, which means that no one is allowed to go in the snow along, which can be life-threatening. Once a motorcyclist got lost in the snow and surrounded by the wolf, he called police who told him to set the bike on fire to scare away the wolves. When the police arrived, they found blood everywhere and a helmet without a face in it. It is the reason for the extra caution from the hunters.

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