This just keeps getting better and better. We here at SportsmansEyes.com are very pleased to announce that we have been accepted into the Backcountry.com
family to help direct you, our friends to one of the largest offerings of outdoor camping, hiking and back country gear online.
I have been camping for over 40 years and know the value of good equipment. You never know what Mother Nature is going to throw at you while you are in the great outdoors so you need to be equipped with the best gear you can afford. I have been in tents that leak, are hard to set up and tear down, sleeping bags that aren’t warm enough and all types of camping equipment that wasn’t rated for the type of adventure that I was undertaking. And what about snow skiing? Are you like me, do you enjoy the slopes, but only with the proper equipment?
Funny story, or at least it’s funny to me now, I remember when I first learned to snow ski. My college roommate, we were freshmen in college at that time, was an experienced skier so he convinced me that he could teach me to ski so I wouldn’t have to waste a full or half day with lessons. Sure I thought, how hard could it be. Being from the South Central US, I was experienced enough in water skiing and not too bad at it, if I do say so myself. Well, little did I know that there really isn’t any comparison to water skiing with snow skiing, not to mention, it’s very, very hard to stop! So I was geared up with the latest equipment at the time and suited out for a near blizzard!
To make this story shorter, here is the crux of it. I managed, however I don’t remember how, to successfully tackle getting on the chairlift. Piece of cake, right? Nay, Nay! Now I had to get off, which proved to be quite exciting. I’m pretty sure, three rows of skiers behind me were saying words they had never said before. Yes I fell, in fact several times in just the short distance where the lift throws (I mean) drops you off. I managed to crawl quickly out of the way so not to be impaled by the very pointed ski poles being thrust at me. Fine, I am now out of the way and get to my feet. Where is my roommate, my teacher? Oh there he is just about 30 feet away and starting down the mountain. What the heck? He called back to me and said “you have to get to the bottom someway, just follow me and watch what I do!” Hahaha! Needless to say, I did reach the bottom or I would not be writing this some 30 years later. However, my trek down the mountainside was nothing short of a miracle and mostly on my backside. Glad I had great ski clothing! By the time I reached the bottom, I was sweating like no one’s business and using those same words I’d heard from the groups behind me on the lift. Needless to say, I swore then I would NEVER attempt snow skiing again and couldn’t wait to hit the hot tubs. Well, I did return to the slopes and have enjoyed it immensely over the years but I have learned the importance of good instruction and most of all good equipment.
Hope you all enjoy our new member and let us know if we can help you in any way. And no, I do not give skiing lessons!!!