Many who read this blog – ok, the few who read this blog – will like me be keen winter sports enthusiasts who probably have various old, unused bits of kit lying around the loft, the shed or under the bed.

Old ski boots, old skis, gloves or hats you don’t use any more – stuff you’ve never bothered to get rid of but won’t use again even though it still is in decent nick.

So, here’s a suggestion as to what you could do with it. Donate the stuff to This is an admirable little operation that provides ski and mountain guides (and trainee guides) in Kyrgystan and Turkey with equipment that they otherwise would find too expensive to buy themselves.

It’s run by Dutch dude Olaf Seuters, who has enjoyed many epic freeriding expeditions to the remote and spectacular mountain ranges of these countries and is keen to give something back. Olaf’s aims are fourfold:

1. To provide decent quality ski, snowboard and mountaineering gear to local guides
2. To stimulate winter tourism by bringing attention to the amazing backcountry skiing possibilities in these countries
3. To provide training and support for local mountain guides
4. To cut the high unemployment rate in these areas, especially in winter

Olaf cites the example of Hayat Tarikov who is responsible for developing winter tourism in the mountain village of Arslanbob in Kyrgystan’s Jal-alabad region (see

Hayat is a self- taught skier and the co-ordinator of the Community Based Tourism Association (CBTA) in the village. He hosts and guides about 60 clients each winter from all over the world as well as being busy setting up a kid’s ski school because he feels they should be involved in winter tourism in the future since the region has great potential as a perfect freeride base as it is surrounded by several peaks over 4,000 meters.

But as you can imagine getting hold of gear for all this is far from easy. So, if like me you have old ski gear cluttering up your loft why not – also like me – try and get it out to Hayat and co. and let someone else not just enjoy it but perhaps even make a living from it…?

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