I haven’t done it in a long time, I really long time. Only once since I moved to Bozeman Montana may 2015. I didn’t wander. Upon moving to a new town where I didn’t really know many people I forced my self to socialize to make friends and try to conform to those I met. I forgot what had made me who I was and what had brought my closest friends into my life. I have this delicious past of taking off on solo adventures, without a plan, just a road and a smile. It was this habit that made me want to move to Montana in the first place. The amazing people I met in passing there made the town a special place, somewhere to try more permanently. But once there, I never went on a walk about.
According to the piece of mail I just received from a gear company, alpine touring is one of the most growing parts of the outdoor industry. And I believe it. A search on Instagram for #skiuphill turns up over 18,000 posts whereas a search for #skidownhill returns just over 200.