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Cairn Making – A Meditative Activity That Can Bring You Closer to the Earth and Your Community

Cairn making is a surprisingly meditative activity that can bring you closer to the earth and your community. It’s a great way for you to get your mind off of the everyday and focus more on balance and permanence.

Throughout the history of mankind, cairns have served many different purposes. They may have been used to mark out a route, to indicate food sources, or to warn people of danger. In North America cairns served as burial grounds for Native American tribes. This practice was known as the inukshuk.

The word “cairn” comes from the Gaelic for “heap of stone”. They are usually constructed in the form a hill. The size of these man-made hills can vary from small rock carvings to large, man-made hills. Some of them are similar to kistvaens (ephemeral earthworks) and dolmens (ephemeral stoneworks).

Hikers, in particular, have a long and varied use for cairns. Cairns are used to guide hikers from the trailhead to their starting point after a long and tiring day of hiking. They can also be used to help them find a way through remote wilderness areas.

A well-placed cairn can save lives and can help guide a group of hikers who are lost or have difficulty locating their trail path. Some people, however, argue that cairns don’t belong in nature and violate the Leave No Trace principle.

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