Cairn building is a surprisingly meditative experience that can bring you closer with the earth and community. You can make a traditional rock pile or a creative stack to help you focus on balance, permanence and harmony.
Throughout the history of mankind, cairns have served many different purposes. They may have been made to mark a route, to indicate a food source, or to warn of danger. In North http://cairnspotter.com/generated-post-3 America, cairns were also made to serve as burial sites for Native American peoples, a practice known as inukshuk (the plural is inuksuit).
The word “cairn” comes from the Gaelic for “heap of stone”. They are usually constructed in the form a hill. They can be small rock sculptures or large man-made stones hills.
Cairns can be used in many different ways by hikers. Cairns can be used by hikers to return to the trailhead at the end of a long day of hiking or to help them find their way in remote wilderness areas.
A well-placed trail cairn is a lifesaver and can guide stranded hikers or those who have difficulty finding their way. Some people, however, argue that cairns don’t belong in nature and violate the Leave No Trace principle.