ötscher tour, 27.02.2011

finally we were able to hike up and RIDE (not hike, like the last time) down! :) we were pretty happy about that!
we arrived in lackenhof at about 12:30 am (rather late), packed our gear and then took the chairlift up the großer ötscher.
from the top station of the chairlift, we started to hike upwards to the peak. this took us about 1,5 hours (480 meters difference in altitude). we came to the conclusion, that it would be a good idea to invest in splitboards, because carrying about 10 kilograms of gear on your back when hiking upwards for 1,5 hours is not exactly the nicest thing to do ;)

the weather was fine. in the beginning, it was sunny, later on it got cloudy and a bit foggy – thankfully not too much, it didn’t affect the sight.
when we arrived at the peak, we took a short break to drink something, change our clothes, repack the backpacks and take a snapshot as proof that we made it to the peak.
funnily, roman met a couple that he knew up there… the world’s very small obviously!

ötscher
prooooof!

 

after about 15 minutes, we were ready to start the descent. we traversed to the left (west) for a while, the snow up there was rather hard and icy, since the peak is pretty exposed to the wind. a bit further down, we got into the fürstenplan couloir and found soft, but wet snow there. the conditions were pretty good, we were expecting them to be much worse. we really enjoyed ourselves in the slushy snow.

towards the end of the run, we had to pass through the woods. we couldn’t avoid carrying the boards and walking, since there were so many stones visible.
after about 30 minutes, we reached the black slope and rode down to the parking lot. that was it – our first proper snowshoeing / freeriding tour! we were very stoked on that… also, we were happy that we were not really exhausted after this trip. obviously, leading a more active life really changes things, builds up stamina and strength!

for more pictures, click here! there’s a slideshow with all pics!

freeriding the “stoa”… krippenstein!

on january 3rd and 4th, roman, his co-worker guido and a friend of guido, markus, went freeriding on the famous krippenstein in upper austria. we booked a guide at outdoor leadership and met up with him (klaus) in the morning of the 3rd of january at the krippenstein gondola.

we were quite lucky with the weather, as it was pretty sunny and not too cold or windy, but still there had been a big lack of snow, like nearly everywhere in the austrian part of the alps. it’s not exactly a good winter so far.
nevertheless, we were able to do some awesome runs down to the valley. they were rather challenging, especially the bridge that we had to cross at the end of some runs. we also hiked a lot, so we were able to see a lot of the possible routes.
on the second day, klaus practised searching for avalanche victims with us. while this was not new to roman, guido and me, it still was very good to practise it again and refresh the knowledge. practise makes perfect! :)

in the evenings, we all were exhausted! after the second day of riding, everyone was pretty happy and we were smiling a lot. thankfully, we had booked very nice rooms with great hosts, so we were able to relax perfectly. we stayed at the haus rye in obertraun.

krippenstein.
klaus explaining the heilbronner kreuz (a school class from heilbronn in germany got lost on the mountain in the year 1954, they all died and the cross was built as a reminder of that tragedy).

click here to see a slideshow with pictures from the two days.

-> http://www.krippenstein.com/
-> http://www.outdoor-leadership.com/

hike2ride… or rather hike2hike.

today, roman and me went on our first proper snowshoe trip all on our own.

for preparation, we bought avalanche rescue sets and snowshoes, aswell as lots of books on avalanche awareness and skitouring. also, we took part in an SAAC avalanche awareness camp in westendorf, tyrol, and tried to learn as much about avalanche dangers and route planning as possible.
we checked the avalanche report in the morning and studied the route that we wanted to follow. we were lucky, the avalanche danger was only rated a 1 out of 5, so touring was possible.
after a proper breakfast, we packed all of our gear in my car and made our way to mariensee, about an hour from vienna.

when we got there, the weather was fine and we were looking forward to our little trip. sadly, there was not much snow…
we went up with the chairlift and then put our snowshoes on.

snowshoeing is fun!
(un)packing the snowshoe gear

we snowshoed to the west over the “steinerne stiege” for about an hour, then we reached a plateau and decided to rest a bit there. ah, that sandwich was delicious ;)

snowshoeing is fun!
snowshoeing is fun!
snowshoeing is fun!

we had to notice that it was not possible at all to ride down to the valley, due to the lack of snow, so we had to turn around and go back to our starting point. that was a bit of a bummer, but nevertheless, the trip was great fun. i’m sure we’ll go on a lot of snowshoe trips in the future, but hopefully we will be able to hike2ride instead of only hike2hike ;)

snowshoeing is fun!
roman being a gentleman and carrying my snowshoes for me ;)

yeah zine issue #2

i recently received a copy of yeah zine’s issue number 2. the envelope also included stickers and a button.
thanks to angie marino!

i really enjoyed reading it. it was an honor for me to be featured in it, even with 2 stories!
one story is about mizzi, the other story is about our 3 weeks camping trip through europe.

here are snapshots of the pages:

yeah zine issue #2yeah zine issue #2

-> make sure to check out the yeah zine website! http://yeahzine.blogspot.com/

fatbmx girls week – featuring me.

biarritzbmx

fatbmx.com is one of the leading bmx websites out there. i was very honored when bart de jong asked me if i would like to fill out the fat favourites list for the girls week. the girls week is taking place from december 1st until december 7th and all news entries on the site are about girls. the site design has been changed to a pink theme ;)

-> check out the fatbmx.com website for my fat favs

bmx edit 2010

last year, i was not as motivated to ride as i was in the years before. this was a whole new experience for me, because after all, bmx has been my main leisure time activity for the past 6 years.

i felt frustrated with my progress (or lack thereof), with the options for riding i had (spots, skateparks…) and with riding alone most of the time. this resulted in me riding only seldomly. it was weird not to ride every single time i had some spare time. i felt like i couldn’t identify myself with being a rider anymore. that was a strange feeling!

maybe i needed this little break. in 2010 i was hella motivated again. i have no idea where this motivation came from, but i’m glad it finally came back.

i put together a little edit of my riding. of course, because i didn’t ride much for a year (and maybe aswell because i’m getting older and more scared ;)), i’m not seeing as much progress as i was wishing to see. but still, i love riding and i’m proud of the things i have learned. thus, i wanted to share my footage with everyone who is interested.

here you go:

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/17472657]

strolling around on the rax with my mom

recently, i invited my mom to come to the rax with me. the rax is one of the bigger mountains in the eastern part of the alps, about 1 hour by car from vienna.

we took the cable car to the top and went for a walk to the ottohaus. it was rather windy and a bit of snow had already fallen there, so we tried to make our way through the snow without getting our shoes wet.

i really enjoyed this little getaway together with my mom. it’s nice to spend time with loved ones!

here are 2 pics.

rax
my mom enjoying the view – yes, it was windy!

rax
me looking good in front of an even better looking mountain ;)