Reduce social media consumption in September #unplug

A female hiker sitting on a bench on a summit, overlooking a valley filled with green trees and meadows

During the last weeks, I have felt more and more uncomfortable and unhappy with my social media consumption. Multiple times I was aggravated after reading articles and comments on social media. My biggest issue is with Facebook. I am aware that there is a strategy behind which postings get washed into my feed. The more it triggers me, the more likely I am to interact with it, the longer I will stay online on Facebook.

Fear of missing out, hate-reading, looking for validation are some of the factors that make us open up that social media app time and time again. Stuff like comparing ones life with the seemingly perfect lives of others makes us feel bad about ourselves.

I don’t want to sound like I think I am a zen guru now, I am not claiming I will never open up Facebook again, in fact, I still want to keep running the Mizzi Facebook page (however I am going to handle that) and sometimes check my feed, but I wish to reduce the time that I spend on social networks.

I have already attempted that once, I deleted the Facebook app from my phone which somehow was a scary experience, telling myself that I could always just sign in via the website if I needed to. My experiment went well for some time, until I got annoyed by all the detours I had to take. I even reinstalled the Facebook messenger because Facebook made it harder to respond to messages without the app.

We will see how my experiment goes this time. I deleted the Facebook app yesterday, I kept the messenger because I hardly get messages there and it’s not dragging me back into the rabbit hole of social media anyway.
I will not delete Instagram or any of the messengers I use, because I feel like those apps are not having a big negative effect on my life. I do of course compare myself with others, but I am aware that most pictures on Instagram are not “real”. I, myself, also use a good angle when taking pictures, I try to cut out disturbing elements, I play around with filters… I think that’s fine, as long as I am aware that Instagram is an app for posting “nice pictures” and not authentic, real life stills.

I have turned on the screen time statistics on my phone to collect a bit of info, I am curious to see how often I pick up the phone… I guess I should have started that before I deleted the Facebook app, but oh well ;)

Do you have any issues with your social media usage? Have you tried to reduce your social media consumption or your screen time? Do you have any recommendations for me? Please feel free to write a comment or e-mail me!

Avoid plastic challenge in september #reduceplastic

Stephanie Jagl-Posch standing at the beach with a pile of collected trash

Inspired by a posting by a fellow surfer, I will try my best to reduce my plastic consumption this september (and hopefully stick to it for the rest of my life).

Here is the posting I am referring to:

I can relate to the experience that the awareness for how much we litter our earth has grown due to surfing. I have reduced my plastic consumption over the years already, but I still have lots of room for improvement.

I really had to think for a while what items packaged in plastic I am buying constantly, then I noticed that our beloved noodles come in plastic wrapping. I don‘t know why, because I guess that dry durum wheat noodles could easily be packaged without using plastic, but then again, I‘m not a food engineer, so what do I know, really? ;)

Another item that always is wrapped in plastic is chocolate. There is of course chocolate that is wrapped in aluminium foil, but that‘s probably not better.

My personal challenge for september will be to find an alternative for the noodles that come in a plastic bag, I am optimistic that this will be possible.

More of a mystery to me is my second challenge task – don‘t buy chocolate wrapped in plastic or aluminium. Will it work? I have no idea. But I want to educate myself, so I can make more conscious decisions in the future.

I will continue to buy less plastic, stick to fruits & veggies that are sold unwrapped (ideally locally, organically grown stuff directly at the market) and look for other alternatives to single use plastic.

If you have any recommendations for me, please feel free to post a comment or send me an e-mail!

Nordstau

During the Nordstau days, we spent some lovely hours freeriding with friends, playing it safe in flat terrain.
Freeriding at the Veitsch with friends
Riding the t-bar at the Veitsch

Snowboarding at out local resort in Lower Austria
Even our local resort in Lower Austria opened for two days!

Other than that, some things didn’t go as planned…
The FWQ** Grossglockner had to be postponed due to grim weather, I got sick in the meantime… but now I’m healthy again & looking forward to the next shredventures.

First thing on the list is a trip to sweet Fuerteventura for some surfing with Mellowmove.
Here’s a throwback to our last time on the island in 2016 ;)

Empty beach in Fuerteventura

First winter camping fun trip for this season

Last weekend, we finally made it to the mountains with Burli! We met up with our friends “Pacher’s on tour” (check them out on Instagram, Facebook and visit their website!) for some winter camping days. First, we visited the Gemeindealpe in Lower Austria (or, as us Lower Austrians call it, the “Gmoa Oim”) where we did some fun laps and enjoyed the view to the Ötscher, one of the most characteristic and highest mountains in Lower Austria.

Stephanie Jagl-Posch in front of a view of the Ötscher in Lower Austria
The Ötscher is incredible!

After that, we continued our trip to the Planneralm, which is always a safe bet for a good amount of natural snow. We have visited this rather small resort a lot of times already, because we dig the fact that they only have natural snow on the slopes. Also, the feeling up there is very raw and rural – after all day skiing guests have left and the lights in the few houses up there are on, it feels like winter wonderland straight from some kitschy fairy tale. Besides of riding on the slopes, the resort also offers a freeride area and out of bounds lots of terrain for freeriding and touring is available.

We indulged in snowboarding in the resort, freeriding, a splitboard tour up the Karlspitze and also went ninepin bowling – my first time, so far, I have only played tenpin bowling. Ninepin bowling was much harder for some reason, haha.
Then, the Pacher’s left in direction of Fetzy’s World for some ice bathing and running through fire (yes, the Pacher’s ARE a bit wild ;)), whereas Roman and I went for the softer version and visited the Grimming Therme for a decent after-ride-chill.

Roman Jagl walking in a snowy forest on his splitboard
Roman hiking towards Karlspitze on his splitboard.

A wintertime view of the Planneralm
Looking back towards the Planneralm ski resort on our way to the Karlspitze.

First aid outdoors

First aid course: a doll for practising reanimation is lying on the ground
a doll for practising reanimation 

i took part in an 8-hour long refresher course in first aid in September, focussing on accidents that can happen in the outdoors.
the Red Cross in Mödling offers this course (find all courses by the Red Cross here: https://www.roteskreuz.at/site/erste-hilfe/aktuelle-kurse/) and i thought it was a great opportunity for me to better my knowledge in first aid.

First aid course: Improvised supporting bandage for an arm with debris stuck in it
an improvised, supporting bandage for an arm with debris stuck in it

you need a good foundation of first aid skills to transfer them into situations where you don’t have the full amenities of civilisation and i feel much more capable of giving first aid outdoors now!
it only takes a few hours of practise every now and then, so i urge you to also sign up for a course and get educated!

My Winter Season 2018/19 has started

After a loooooong summer with a great surftrip to the Basque country, I had the chance to attend my first snowboard camp by Sportunion Kaltenleutgeben for this season. We went to the Kitzsteinhorn to get our first runs in. Sadly, the mountain still lacked a lot of snow, so we stuck to riding the slopes and the funpark.

My ultimate goal is to become a “well-rounded” snowboarder, meaning that I want to be able to cruise the backcountry just as gracefully as the funpark or the slopes. I am sure, improving in the park and working on my carving and general riding technique will help me become a better freerider as well.

Stephanie Jagl-Posch in the funpark, doing a method on a kicker

The registration for some of the contests that I’m planning to compete in has already started, so I’m currently trying to get on aaallllll those starting lists.
By the way, check out my new ATHLETE BIO page :)

Other than that, I’m looking forward to – hopefully – lots of fun days with friends – in the mountains, be it in the park, on the slopes or offpiste, where I hope for lots of touring and freeriding adventures.

Welcome to the relaunched mizzi.at!

MIZZI Logo

You have reached mizzi.at and a lot has changed here.

This website was started in 2006 by me, Stephanie Jagl-Posch. The aim was to support female action sports athletes by providing them with a platform where their news, photos and videos got shared.

I ran a personal blog separately, where I wrote about my own experiences as an outdoor enthusiast and amateur athlete.

In 2017, I was not happy with mizzi.at and my personal blog in their current form anymore. I was also looking for a place to share stuff about my job in the field of web development.

After taking mizzi.at offline and going on a hiatus from 2017 to 2018, I finally came to the conclusion that I wanted to strive towards creating a collective home for support for female action sports athletes, for my personal blog as well as for insights into the life of a web developer.

So here we are – I hope you enjoy your stay on my website!

Who is Burli?

Burli, the campervan, parking in front of a mountain in Spain

After getting infected with the camper virus by our dear friends Pachers on tour, we bought our first campervan in 2015, together with Romans parents.
The campervan had been named “Burli” by the previous owners and the name stuck with us.

Burli, the campervan, parking on the camping municipal of Le Pin Sec
Burli 1 on the Camping Le Pin Sec.

After 2 years together with Burli, we got the chance to upgrade and buy another, also used but newer, campervan.

Burli, the campervan, parking in front of a mountain in Spain
The new Burli enjoying the view in the Pyrenees in Spain.

Wenn deine Tour länger dauert als der Tag

Splitboarder with backpack walking up the mountain
Hike to sleep instead of hike to ride this time!

Two people in sleeping bags in a snowcave
Two tired people in sleeping bags in a snow cave.

In February 2018 I participated in a special event by the Alpenverein Gebirgsverein. They held a 2 day workshop on how to safely spend the night outdoors in winter. We learned about different types of bivouacs, how to stay warm and energized and then spent the night in self-built bivvys. My accomodation of choice was a snow cave. Read about my experience on the PowderGuide website:
https://powderguide.com/magazin/safety-themen/artikel/wenn-deine-tour-laenger-dauert-als-der-tag.html

Winter 2016/2017 in review

this winter imposed a special challenge onto me. i will try to make a long story short.
in september, my husband and shredbuddy Roman tore the patella ligament in his right knee while stepping out of our camper in France. we were lucky that the campsite was situated closely to a hospital specialized in chirurgical surgery, where Roman could undergo surgery the day after his accident. thanks to the professional care in this hospital, we were able to leave France and head home two days after the accident, which was only possible because our camper has enough space to prop up ones leg while still being correctly belted.
of course, i was the designated driver for all those kilometers home, which was strenuous, but i was just so happy about the possibility of getting closer to home and our families that i pushed on until we reached Austria 2 days later.
although the healing process had been going very well, Roman was not ready to hit the mountains again. thankfully, Roman is not the only person that i knew would like my company during a splitboard tour or freeriding, but it makes things a bit more complicated if your planning efforts aren’t just like “tour?” “yep” (of course we do plan all our off-piste endeavours much more in detail, i’m only cutting a corner for the sake of an entertaining story).
the second special thing about this winter were the temperatures and the ost-stau. most of the time, we have nord-stau in Austria, meaning that regions from Dachstein on west-ward will get a lot of snow on their northern side, and that Lower Austria (where i’m situated) won’t get as much snow.
i’m very grateful that the weather decided to flow over to us from Russia, bringing us snowfall and temperatures of about -15 degrees celsius for quite some weeks in january.
the snow was meant to stay this time! :)
this allowed for lots of splitboard and snowboard trips in the eastern alps. i really enjoyed spending time with friends in the mountains, increasing the number in my shred counter.


i also took part in two contests this winter, the FWQ* Hochkar and the FWQ** Gastein. i was planning on entering the FWQ** Goldeck and the FWQ*** X Over Kitzsteinhorn, but sadly due to lacking snowpack, Goldeck got cancelled and i couldn’t collect enough points to make it into the FWQ***.
i was able to take home the 2nd place at the FWQ* Hochkar and landed on the 5th place at the FWQ** Gastein. my focus this year was on selecting a line during the facecheck, imagining how it will look like from above and then finding the line as well as incorporating a few jumps.
it might sound like an easy task to ride down a hill, but in a contest it’s really something different. you will have to take the conditions as they are, keep your senses together even tough you’re nervous, look out for landmarks where you have to turn right for example, keep up your speed, watch your riding style and on top of that, throw in some jumps, ideally with tricks.
while i was happy with both my contestruns, i know i could have stepped it up speedwise in Gastein. i got a lot better at remembering my line, setting myself up for jumps and landing them safely, next i want to work on improving my speed.
still, miracoulosly, my ranking in the Austrian Freeride Series this season is better than ever (i placed 6th). i have to say that this fact helps me keep my motivation. i wanted to quit contest riding after the last season, but this season it was a perfect way of collecting experiences for me and i have enjoyed it a lot more than last season.
we have had temperatures above 20 degrees on some days now, it felt nearly like summer already, but last week we had an unusual amount of snowfall in the eastern alps…
we’ll see if the season is really over for me now or if we might be able to smuggle in one more day of riding/touring in this prolonged winter.
thanks to all the friends that i was lucky enough to ride with, to the Open Faces crew for organizing these amazing contests and to my sponsors PIEPS and Julbo Eyewear for supporting me!
 
—- UPDATE —-
i was hoping to squeeze in maybe one last winter adventure for the season in may, but had a bit of bad luck and broke my middle finger at the beginning of our holiday in may. this meant that i could focus on bettering my stamina with lots of walking, running and hiking, but no splitboarding adventures, no climbing, no sauna…
my finger has nearly healed completely in the mean time and i can’t wait to put it to good use soon again ;)