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Life Lessons From a Backcountry Chalet Owner

In today's world, it can often seem as though life is moving too fast. Ubiquitous connectivity to the world wide web has made it so that information is needed instantly, work conversations regularly bleed into "vacation time" and the chance to truly unplug from it all is becoming increasingly rare. While it's easy to laud the societal advances the technological new era has heralded, it's also easy to sometimes forget that with the advent of a hyper-connected society, people are forgetting how to enjoy the little things.

But Black Diamond wants to encourage you to take it easy, and they're soliciting the advice of Al Schaffer to show you how.

Schaffer is the owner and operator of the Blanket Glacier Chalet in British Columbia, where for the past 32 years he has welcomed visitors and preached his message of the beauty of simplicity. Check out Schaffer's advice on how to "slow down a little bit and smell the snowflakes a little bit more" and then get out into mountains with your friends.

Well spoken Big Al!

always enjoy a lap or two at Blanket. Big Al makes it happen

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