/ another beginner's touring advice thread...

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hpil - on 14 Nov 2017
I'm going out to north Sweden in Feb for some climbing with my mate who lives out there. To get anywhere other than roadside crags, skis are required. Its only (ahem) 29 years since i stood on a pair of skis (2 hols or 1 week each in european resorts). I've got as far as working out from the cairngorm mountain ski lesson thing that i was probably about ski level 3 or possibly 4 then (am i right in thinking ski levels vary from place to place - by this site http://www.insideoutskiing.com/level.html i'd have been level 5...), and also spoken to very helpful folk at Craigdon Perth who can hire me touring boots and skis.
I'm thinking it might be wise to get some practice in and perhaps learn what i'm supposed to be doing - a lesson / slope time to re-learn the downhill control stuff? some time out touring so i have at least some idea of what to do, and boot fit? Any tips, ideas or recommendations on eg refresher / update lessons? where is best to go for such lessons / slope time (I'm based outside edinburgh)? lessons, practice or 'supervised on the job' learning? If i'm gettign some downhill lessons / time in, should i do this with the touring kit i'd ultimately be hiring, or with proper / std downhill kit? etc etc etc
Oh, and as 'cost effective' as possible, please!
jonnie3430 - on 15 Nov 2017
In reply to hpil:

I'd recommend a couple of sessions on the dry slope in Edinburgh, I didn't find the switch to touring skis and boots hard, so would suggest their downhill kit.

You hiring skis and boots for the trip? If you are thinking about buying, I'd recommend second hand stuff as the price new is ridiculous.
girlymonkey - on 15 Nov 2017
In reply to hpil:

Are you sure it's touring as opposed to cross country skis that you will need? When I have been in Sweden it has been cross country instead. Obviously if you are going climbing then you will be in a less flat area so it might be touring, but could be worth checking as they have very different equipment and technique.
hpil - on 15 Nov 2017
In reply to girlymonkey:

It's touring, to get in to the mountains for some climbing, and then climbing in the touring boots

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