Guy Willet from Dream Guides in Chamonix talks us through the basics of backcountry hiking. Using touring bindings and specialist ski touring boots you can hike through un-pisted areas to discover untamed slopes or just scenic views.
The trick is to move slowly and steadily making sure you are not out of breath or sweating too much - this way you'll preserve your energy for the run down.
It is important to understand how the bindings and boots you are using work to make sure that you use them in the most efficient way. Here Guy explains the lockin mechanisms in both boots and bindings and the best way to move up the mountain.