Cairn making can be a surprisingly relaxing activity that will bring you closer together with your community and the Earth. You can make a traditional rock pile or a creative stack to help you focus on balance, permanence and harmony.
Various cultures have used cairns for many purposes throughout history. They may have been made to mark a route, to indicate a food source, or to warn of danger. In North 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 range in size from small rock sculptures to large man-made hills of stone, some of which are comparable to kistvaens and dolmens but built of stone rather than ephemeral earthworks.
Cairns are used by many people, but they are most commonly used by hikers. Cairns http://cairnspotter.com/cairn-as-a-therapy-by-data-rooms/ help hikers find their way back to the trailhead, after a hard day of hiking.
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.