April 7, 2013

High tech not always that welcome in the high country

By Josh Christie

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I've got a bit of a fickle relationship with all this gear. I'm a technophile at heart -- I was always that kid who wished he lived in the future -- but I relish my time on the hill as a time to disconnect.

I'll admit to skiing with my phone (really, just for emergencies) and popping in my headphones when I ski solo. I snagged a pair of nifty Seirus SoundTouch gloves this season, which have special pads on the finger- and thumb-tips that let you use touchscreens without taking off your gloves. If you've ever fumbled with your phone in subzero temperature, the gloves are revelatory.

Beyond that, my skiing is blessedly low-tech. I'm certainly not a Luddite (ask my long-suffering wife, who often rolls her eyes at the gadgets I bring home), but there's something nice about the decidedly media-free environment of the mountains. All of the devices look like they could be a lot of fun, but for now I'm leaving them in the office. I'll trust my companions to tell me how fast I'm going.

Josh Christie is a freelance writer and lifetime outdoors enthusiast. He shares column space in Outdoors with his father, John Christie. Josh can be reached at:

joshua.j.christie@gmail.com

 

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