Sunday, 13 December 2015

Ski Right!

Like any sport, skiing requires a few rules to be gotten right before one can hit the slope. These rules are simple enough and even easier to remember once demonstrated by your skiing guide. Meanwhile; we’re here with some safety tips like the mother hens we are: 

Find your Balance: Most of your weight should be evenly distributed between the heel and arch of your foot. 
Start gently: Practice the position your hands and feet are supposed to be in before going a few feet up a gentle slope and trying it out. 
Speed: While the idea of rushing down the slope sounds fabulous, it isn’t a good idea till you’re sure of your control.  
Always look a few feet ahead instead of down at your feet for that can be dizzying and disorienting. 
Finally, don’t be afraid. Give yourself time and don’t get bogged down by what and how others are doing. Find your own pace and stay confident. 

Friday, 13 November 2015

Love the Alps? So do these books and movies.


Books:


Charlotte Aimes: The Great Alpine Adventure – (2013). 
 When it comes to reality aversion, Charlotte Aimes rules unrivalled. Sent to a new school after the death of her mother, she has no interest in playing the popularity game. Not for her childhood friend, Lyla. Not even for the magnetic René Adler. In Charlotte's book, survival is about being online ... and trying to keep her big mouth shut.
But when winter sets in and Old Sami goes missing, Charlotte starts asking questions.

2. We're Flying – Peter Stamm (2012). 
          The 22 stories in Swiss writer Peter Stamm’s We’re Flying intimately explore the peaks and valleys of his characters’ often solitary passions and obsessions.

3. A Tramp Abroad – Mark Twain (1880). 
         As  two men make their way through Germany, the Alps, and Italy, they encounter situations made all the more humorous by their reactions to them. The narrator (Twain) plays the part of the American tourist of the time, believing that he understands all that he sees, but in reality understanding none of it.

Movies:


  1. “The Eiger Sanction” Starring Clint Eastwood, the film centers on an art collector/mountaineer who doubles as an assassin.                   
  2. “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” is a 1969 James Bond film.                                                                                                        
  3. “Where Eagles Dare” Set during World War II, the story tells of an Allied raid on a castle in the Alps where the Nazis are holding an American general prisoner. 


Thursday, 22 October 2015

10 Reasons Why a Ski Vacation is a Great Idea

1.     The endless Alps covered with sheets of the purest snow make for a welcome change from the dust, smoke and pollution found in the streets of Mumbai.
2.     You can finally reach for those chic, warm jackets stored in the back of your cupboard and feel cozy and look amazing!
3.     You get to learn a new sport which is always a fantastic way to spend your time; and if you love to ski already, you can brush up on those rad skills.
4.     Swiss chocolates. Need I say more?
5.     Skiing is actually very healthy for an individual since it helps tone your muscles, improve coordination and blood circulation.
6.     Interacting with the locals is a brilliant way to get introduced to a new culture and different ways of living.
7.     Up to 200 bird species call the Swiss Alps their home and spotting anyone of the beautiful creatures is a delight unmatched. 
8.     Fond of literature? Heidi was set in Switzerland you know. Experience the beauty Johanna Spyri described first-hand and find out if the praise is well deserved.
9.     Bread and Cheese for dinner doesn’t sound too bad when the cheese is fresh from a farmer’s land and coveted by people all over the world.
10.                         …..
We’ll leave the tenth point blank for now. Come to the Alps with us and we know you’ll have a point of your own to add. Till then, get packing.
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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

We're Sharing Secrets

Where's the fun in having a secret and not being able to share it with even one person? It's practically the first rule of secrets; which kind of go this way-
  • Keep it to yourself for a while. 
  • Convince yourself you'll explode if you don't share it. 
  • Share it ;)   
So, we think we've kept the BIGGEST secret in our stomach for long enough and it is now time to impart the wisdom to you. Here at Trailblazers, we're big on being passionate about life. We love to travel, discover and explore and nothing gives us more happiness than sharing that experience with you. All trips are planned with the same amount of love, attention to detail and excitement, BUT there are some experiences and some journeys, which remain amazing regardless of how many times we've undertaken them previously and we wait all year for them.
Guessed our secret yet? There is one trip we may be slightly partial to and we hope from this year on, you will be too. We're talking about the Trailblazers-Viamonde Ski Camp in the Swiss Alps!!! 

The Ski-Camp is conducted during the last week of December and is for age groups 8-16 and 17-21; which is a graduate camp. How often have we groaned at the thought of a December with the climate of March? How often have we waited hopefully for the infinitesimal sign of chill? And all in vain :( 

Ah, that's just it see. This year will be a lot better and a lot more different if you're quick enough. Bookings for the camp close by end of September so you need to definitely convince your folks at home before then. Why does the skip camp matter so much to us you ask? 
Well for starters, a White Christmas, a lot of us need no more incentive, but just in case you do; here's a few: An actual chocolate factory-a la Willy Wonka! You may not be as lucky as Charlie, but we sure can take you just as close! Get entranced by the aroma of freshly churned chocolate which is second to none, explore a Cheese factory and get in touch with your inner Jerry mouse. Bundle up in warm, colourful winter clothes and take to the slopes with a vengeance. Who knew two strips of wood could bring you so much amusement? 

We did, and so we decided that it's high time you were part of our secret. Come along and we'll share our other secrets with you by the campfire while roasting marshmallows. 

Friday, 4 September 2015

Camp Trivia

Maybe not all of us love Dinosaurs as much as Ross Geller from FRIENDS does; but that doesn’t mean we aren’t intrigued by the thought of creatures as massive as the buildings we live in. Man has always been fascinated by every inhabitant on planet Earth, whether existing or extinct. Dinosaurs first appeared on Earth 230 million years ago, during the Triassic period and were the dominant species from the Jurassic to the Cretaceous period. 

Although the word dinosaur means terrible lizard; the name is not really apt for dinosaurs and lizards are not from the same group of reptiles. The most primitive of these types, Eoraptor, was a small meat-eating dinosaur, but dinosaurs are known to be Herbivores, Omnivores or Carnivores.
Since the discovery of dinosaur fossils in the 19th century, interest in the species spread like wildfire and now, there are a lot of museums and parks dedicated all over the world to these fantastic reptiles. 
In India, we now have the Indroda Dinosaur and Fossil Park which is a treasure spreading across a few hundred hectares in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. It is apparently the second largest hatchery of dinosaur eggs in the world and till date, it is the only dinosaur museum in the country. The park comprises of various attractions such as a zoo, an amphitheater, a massive skeleton of sea mammals etc.

Trailblazers-The Outdoor School, conducts trips to this stunning park which can help children and adults alike to feed their curiosity and learn about a species so overwhelming they leave everyone awestruck.

For details about similar educational programs, contact Trailblazers at 022-25891490/1513 or 09820603530 and visit www.trailblazersindia.com

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Mythical Monsters

Some places are attractive due to their rich culture, some so because they have vibrant histories and some because they have the best stories. What kind of stories are we talking about? Scary ones, that’s for sure. A lot of times, locals start a trend or spread a rumor for their own vested reasons and many a times there are old wives tales so ancient, everyone just takes them as the truth. But while tales of ghosts, spurned lovers and haunted dueling spots are met with skepticism from outsiders, stories of a local monster is always greeted with interest and curiosity. 
These monsters are apparently sighted by different people during different times and seem scarier each time. Lets’ look at a few and judge for ourselves. 
Bigfoot: While no one knows exactly what kind of creature Bigfoot is, hundreds of people claim they have seen large footprints; upto 17 inches in length. 

Loch Ness Monster: By far one of the most famous monsters, the Loch Ness was first allegedly spotted in 1933. Since that time, the monster — real or not — has given Inverness, the town with the lake and other towns along the lake a major tourism boost. People have repeatedly searched Loch Ness for over 70 years, trying to verify the occasional sightings, photos, and videos. 

Cupacabra: This dreaded monster is said to leave behind dead animals! Chupacabras first gained wide notoriety in 1995 in Puerto Rico. No one knows for certain why or how the Chupacabra was first seen, but many Latin Americans believe it is the unholy result of secret government experiments in the jungles of Puerto Rico. 

Champ: Referred to as America’s personal Loch Ness Monster; the Champ is allegedly between 10 to over 100 feet long, has dark skin and is covered with humps. The Champ is so named because it is found in Lake Champlain.  

Giant Squid: This is the only monster on this list proved to be real. Japanese zoologists filmed a monstrous squid for the first time in 2004 and reported it to be approximately 26 feet long and was found nearly 3000 feet below the surface. 

Next time you travel to any of these places, hop into a local diner and ask a local to regale you. Who knows? Maybe one of the theories will have some merit. 

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Because we care about your Instagram and Facebook pictures.

 Who doesn’t want to look nice? We know that while being well turned out isn’t exactly number one on our list of priorities, it does help us feel good about ourselves, and project a better image. Thus a blog post on Travel Fashion

You remember all those trips taken abroad or even to any other destination in India and just feeling either under-dressed or over-dressed compared to other travellers? If yes; then give us a hi-5 because we’re in the same boat. However! We, being the nice people we are, have taken the pains to put together a list of items wearable to different places according to different activities. Jump right in and thank us with your feedback!

While trekking/mountain climbing, it is best to stick to clothes that are comfortable, but not baggy, you wouldn’t want to have excessive fabric hanging around while you navigate a tough road. Invest in a good pair of track pants and good quality, slightly stretchable t-shirts. Also, stick to brighter colours as at times visibility is poor the higher you go, and bright colours makes spotting one easy.

While going on walks around the place, during the summer’s at least, cottons and linens are perfect. However cute your new, expensive, branded top is, you need clothes that will help you breathe while looking elegant. Save that cute new thing for dinner or a night when you know wouldn’t perspire at all.

If your activities chosen are water based, you need to be doubly careful about what you wear. While everybody stresses on dark colours for obvious reasons, it is equally important to wear light-weight clothes or materials like spandex which do not absorb water. Steer clear of anything that weighs you down and adds additional weight.


Lastly, we can never ever stress enough on carrying essentials like sunscreen, basic first aid, caps and hats to guard you from a heat stroke, adequate water and any energy bar or hard boiled candies to keep you from dehydration.  

Friday, 7 August 2015

Advantages of a Day Trip

Well the title is pretty self-explanatory and this post tells you why you must use the weekend to go on a short trek rather than wile time away at your favourite café.
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  •      There is no need to pack a big bag! Packing for a trip is always a nightmare and on a day trek all you need is a small bag carrying essentials. 
  •         You do not need to save up for months. How good is this pro? If you’re funding your own holiday, this way you do not need to wait a while for a well-deserved break. 
  •          A change of scene. Let’s get real, it is impossible to get about 10 days off from school/college or work more than once a year and the thought of a fixed routine the other 355 days is unbearable. Stop staring at that tan wall and go look at lush green valleys. Shoo! 
  •         You get to learn something new. Instead of exclaiming over TLC or National Geographic episodes, visit a Warli Village and get some first-hand knowledge while meeting people with the most amazing stories ever. 
  •         Lastly, field trips are a great way to meet new, like-minded people. The interaction, shared activities and narrated anecdotes usually lead to the development of a lifelong bond.   









Monday, 27 July 2015

How well do you know yourself?

Well enough mostly, I’ll give you that much; but what you know of yourself is what you’ve been like in a particular set of circumstances, a comfortable social sphere, a niche you’ve just been born into. 

Who are you, sans all your relations, sans your school competition certificates, sans your name or surname? You’re still a person, an individual who can do pretty much the same things the other one can, but this time, there will be a difference. When facing the unknown, the new, and the prospect of being whichever way you want in front of people who have no idea of what you were born into or what you were like, how would you re-invent yourself? 

This can only be found out through travel. During the Lewis-Clarke exhibition through the river Missouri, the explorers survived on tallow candles for lack of food. I bet they never imagined they could do that. It’s the same with you. We think we can imagine, we think we can create realistic scenarios and situations and know exactly how we’d react, but that is, unfortunately, not the case. When we travel, when we have to constantly pick one thing over another, we realize what we truly want. We then know what our priorities are; we then know how far we’d be willing to go to reach that summit. We know how painful any regret can be, how exhilarating any and each success. We know us with strangers, with acquaintances, with friends and with ourselves. Most of all, we realize how significant and insignificant each step of ours can be, we know aim, purpose and execution, we know hope and we know we’re just a speck to the world but each speck is a world of its own.