If you can see behind me there, I encountered a wild and also untamed gaper in the wilderness.
I dared not approach it directly and was advised not to feed it.
I humbly made my way around it, providing ample space and distance. Yet it fixed it's steely gaze upon my personage and began to follow me with great stealth.
I made conscious efforts to avoid eye contact and refrained from making sudden movement. Making my way atop the barren ridge, I glanced back in fear watching it continue to track me.
It was only miles later that I realized it was after my voile strap.
See - you can determine that the skis of the gaper are not secured at the tips. I had taken the time and care to secure my own skis with my favorite GO-TO piece of essential gear: the exalted Voile strap.
The gaper fixed his beady eyes upon my treasure and pursued me across the ridgetop at great speed. It was only a stroke of sheer luck and my lightweight dynafit setup that allowed me to escape: both with my life and my voile strap.
Moral of the story: You need this in the backcountry.