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[2017-01-15]
The start is coming closer and closer …
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[2017-01-21 – 2017-01-25]
From Vienna to Puchberg am Schneeberg.

On the way to the real alps. Coldest Janurary since 30 years in Austria gave me perfect conditions at the start of my tour (see kurier.at)

route overview 2017-01-21 until 2017-01-25

route overview 2017-01-21 until 2017-01-25


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[2017-01-21]
Start in vienna. I learned two things today:

  • Drawing a gps track at home is easier then carrying a backpack with 20 kg
  • Vienna is quite large
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    [2017-01-22]
    View from kammersteiner hut in the morning sun:
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    Coffee stop with „topfenstrudel“ spiced with cinnamon and cardamom:
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    Amsteinnadel:
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    Sunset @peilstein:
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    [2017-01-23]
    REstday, RElax, REpair, REview, REplan:
    REstday because I carried my backpack with ski for about 55 km the last two days. 3 km by ski only. So I need RElaxing.
    REpairing my sticks was necessary. Now I go on with a combination with a nordic walking stick.
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    REview of some new equipment.
    Garmin Gpsmap 64s: does its job very well. Can be maintained perfectly with gloves. Unfortunately wireless transmission of new tracks is not possible from android devices.
    REplanning: next accomondation is closed. So I neede to replan my route also.

    [2017-01-24]
    Day of change. Changed from walking to skiing. Changed between up and downhill 8 times. Changed to funny part.
    Passed pottenstein and muggendorf today!

    Near muggendorf, Niederösterreich

    Near muggendorf, Niederösterreich

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    Near gutenstein.

    Near gutenstein.

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    Last downhill skiing for today.

    Last downhill skiing for today.

    [2017-01-25]
    Went from mariahilfberg via öhler hut to puchberg am schneeberg. Ongoing repairs: yesterday I bent again my stick and bought new shoestrings. Today I lost a screw from my ski boots …

    Try out new selfie stick

    Try out new selfie stick

    Already fixen with a new srew :)

    Already fixen with a new srew 🙂

    Need to reduce backpack weight

    Need to reduce backpack weight

    [2017-01-26 – 2017-02-01]
    From Puchberg am Schneeberg to Eisenerz.

    Traversing the first mountains: Schneeberg, Waxriegel, Veitsch, Hochschwab.

    route overview 2017-01-26 until 2017-02-01

    route overview 2017-01-26 until 2017-02-01

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    [2017-01-26]
    Went from puchberg via Waxriegel to hochschneeberg (2076 m). Ski down to Weichtal hut.

    View from Waxriegel.

    View from Waxriegel.

    Waxriegel --> Munich

    Waxriegel –> Munich

    View from schneeberg

    View from schneeberg

    Ski Areal Adobe Kientaler hut

    Ski area above Kientaler hut

    [2017-01-27]
    Went from Weichtal hut via Kesselgraben, Gloggnitzer hut to Scheibwaldhöhe and down via Habsburg hut, Zikafahnlgraben, Kaisersteig, Naßkamm to Altenberg an der Rax. Started half past 6 with headlamp, perfect and fast access to Scheibwaldhöhe, exciting descent via Kaisersteig. At the end hard access to Naßkamm in deep snow without any trace. After starting in Vienna and almost one week in Niederösterreich I reached the Steiermark today.

    Second breakfast at 10 at Gloggnitzer hut

    Second breakfast at 10 at Gloggnitzer hut

    View from Scheibwaldhöhe

    View from Scheibwaldhöhe

    Untouched snow near Zikafahnalm

    Untouched snow near Zikafahnalm

    It's tea time

    It’s tea time

    Kaisersteig

    Kaisersteig

    [2017-01-28]
    Went from Altenberg an der Rax to Neuberg an der Mürz to be in the pole position for the long Veitsch traverse on Sunday.

    Start from Paar in Altenberg an der Rax with almost -20°

    Start from Paier in Altenberg an der Rax at almost -20°

    Powder at Michlbaur when skiing down to Neuberg an der Mürz

    Powder at Michlbaur when skiing down to Neuberg an der Mürz

    At the river bank of the Mürz

    At the river bank of the Mürz

    As usual some repairs. But I had a replacement with me.

    As usual some repairs. But I had a replacement with me.

    [2017-01-28 update]
    I have been asked „isn’t it dangerous?“ several times. Looking back at the first week I remember two dangerous situations: Both of them at the first day. 20 minutes after starting from railway station I was asked for some money when walking through a shady alley by a shady guy!
    Two hours later my track goes through a park which I entered through an opened gate. After 10 minutes of walking I reached the end of the park but I found closed gates only. After checking three gates I decided to climb over the two meter gate. Of course with my backpack with ski on it. At the top of the gate my trousers got stuck on the gate. In parallel my skis hit an electric cable above the gate. It was a mixture between a serious and a funny situation.

    Of course the typical dangerous situations are due to avalanches. The first week I had perfekt conditions. Lowest risk of avalanches, powder up to the valleys, cold temperatures and sun for most of the time.

    So I’m looking forward for tomorrow:

    Preparation for the next day ... which will start at 5 am.

    Preparation for the next day … which will start at 5 am.

    [2017-01-29]
    Traverse of Veitschalpe. From Neuberg an der Mürz, Veitschbachtörl, Grundbauernhütte, Veitschalpe, Gingatzwiese, Aschbach to Gollrad.

    After Veitschbachtörl

    After Veitschbachtörl

    Warm temperatures give snow bats on the ski

    Warm temperatures give snow bats on the ski

    Beautiful Grundbauernhütte

    Beautiful Grundbauernhütte

    [2017-01-30]
    Starting the 3 day traverse of the Hochschwab. From Gollrad via Staritzen to the unguarded Schiestlhaus.

    Step view from Mieserkogel to Seewiesen

    Step view from Mieserkogel to Seewiesen

    On the way to Schiestlhaus

    On the way to Schiestlhaus

    View from Schiestlhaus

    View from Schiestlhaus

    Dinner in preparation

    Dinner in preparation

    Night at Schiestlhaus

    Night at Schiestlhaus

    [2017-01-31]
    Via Hochschwab to Sonnschienhütte.

    Weather changed. View back to Schiestlhaus

    Weather changed. View back to Schiestlhaus

    Summit of Hochschwab

    Summit of Hochschwab

    Looks like a insect ...

    Looks like a insect …

    [2017-02-01]
    From Sonnschienhütte via Fobistörl to Eisenerz.

    Avalanche from the roof of the Sonnschienhütte

    Avalanche from the roof of the Sonnschienhütte

    Sonnschienalm

    Sonnschienalm

    Descente from Fobistörl

    Descente from Fobistörl

    Hinterseeaugraben

    Hinterseeaugraben

    [2017-02-02 – 2017-02-09] + some additional days on a round trip
    From Eisenerz to Öblarn.

    Traversing the Niedere Tauern … a calm region of the alps.

    route overview 2017-02-01 until 2017-02-09

    route overview 2017-02-01 until 2017-02-09

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    [2017-02-02]
    Simone joined. From Eisenerz to Ramsau.

    Near Hohenegg

    Near Hohenegg

    Reached the youth hostel in Ramsau

    Reached the youth hostel in Ramsau

    Evening workout

    Evening workout

    [2017-02-03]
    Ramsau, Kragelschinken, Zeiritzkampel to Wald am Schoberpass.

    East ridge to Zeiritzkampel

    East ridge to Zeiritzkampel

    Summit of Zeiritzkampel

    Summit of Zeiritzkampel

    Sunset from Hinkareck

    Sunset from Hinkareck

    Sunset from Hinkareck

    Sunset from Hinkareck

    [2017-02-04]
    Wald am Schoberpass, Großer Schober, Himmeleck, Bergerhube (Hintertriebental)

    Schwarzbeeralm on the way to Großer Schober

    Schwarzbeeralm on the way to Großer Schober

    Just before the summit of Himmeleck

    Just before the summit of Himmeleck

    Summit of Himmeleck

    Summit of Himmeleck

    [2017-02-05]
    A sad start: Simone needs to go home. So I leave the Bergerhube alone via Krugtörl and Gaaler törl to Bruckenhauser in St. Johann am tauern.

    Some cm of snow felt in the night and gives a nice view to the Gamskogel

    Some cm of snow felt in the night and gives a nice view to the Gamskogel

    It tooks quite some effort to reach the first col as there was no given track

    It tooks quite some effort to reach the first col as there was no given track

    Spring conditions during skiing down the Hühnersteige

    Spring conditions during skiing down the Hühnersteige

    [2017-02-06]
    I will try to have my second rest day. Let’s hope the wheather is as bad as promised. Hmm. The wheather was bad but restdays are not one of my special disciplines. So I went via Klackalm to Bretstein.

    Not the best wheather above the Klacklalm

    Not the best wheather above the Klacklalm

    [2017-02-07]
    Went from Bretstein via Kreuzkogel, Kreuzberg, Donnersbachwald to Mörsbach hut. Need to replan the trip a little bit due to strong wind from north and avalanche risk in south slopes. Distance of 41 km today. I’m getting tired to make distance ….

    I used some water near Schwaberger hut to boil some tea

    I used some water near Schwaberger hut to boil some tea

    After endless distance I reached the Kreuzberg with some nice meters in fresh powder

    After endless distance I reached the Kreuzberg with some nice meters in fresh powder

    [2017-02-08]
    I really did it! My second rest day.

    Planking like in the EB basement but without annoying comments from planking specialists

    Planking like in the EB basement but without annoying comments from planking specialists

    In the Mörsbach hut

    In the Mörsbach hut

    [2017-02-09]
    Went from Mörsbach hut to Lämmertörlkopf. Then via Stadelfirst into the Walchental down to Öblarn.

    View from Lämmertörlkopf

    View from Lämmertörlkopf

    View from Lämmertörlkopf

    View from Lämmertörlkopf

    Nice ridge between Lämmertörlkopf and Stadelfirst

    Nice ridge between Lämmertörlkopf and Stadelfirst

    Powder down into the Ramertal

    Powder down into the Ramertal

    Powder down into the Ramertal

    Powder down into the Ramertal

    Rest @ Ramertalalm

    Rest @ Ramertalalm

    [2017-02-10 extra trip]
    I take the weekend off with Alex in Sölktal. Of course I went there by ski. The days alone are quite hard for me. No one sharse the fun of a powder trip. So I thought to give up the trip. Let’s see what happens until sunday … Today I went from Öblarn via Schupfenalm, Schönwetterberg, Zinken, Auerloch into the Sölktal.

    First stop @ Schupfenalm

    First stop @ Schupfenalm

    Schönwetterberg

    Schönwetterberg

    Zinken ... next to Gumpeneck

    Zinken … next to Gumpeneck

    [2017-02-11 extra trip]
    THE SPIRIT IS BACK! Thanks to Alex and Philipp who joined spontanously. The motivation team did their job perfectly. We did a nice trip from Sölktal to Gaßeneck.

    Just before Gaßeneck

    Just before Gaßeneck

    Top of Gaßeneck

    Top of Gaßeneck

    Top of Gaßeneck

    Top of Gaßeneck

    Preparing for skiing down

    Preparing for skiing down

    After the flat routes of the previous weeks its nice to ski down the perfect slopes from Gaßeneck

    After the flat routes of previous weeks its nice to ski down the perfect slopes from Gaßeneck

    Back from Gaßeneck in Fleiß in Sölktal

    Back from Gaßeneck in Fleiß in Sölktal

    [2017-02-12 extra trip]
    Went with Alex and Philipp from Großsölk, Koller via Schönwetterhütte to Gumpeneck.

    West ridge of Gumpeneck

    West ridge of Gumpeneck

    West ridge of Gumpeneck

    West ridge of Gumpeneck

    West ridge of Gumpeneck

    West ridge of Gumpeneck

    West ridge of Gumpeneck

    West ridge of Gumpeneck

    Top of Gumbeneck

    Top of Gumbeneck

    [2017-02-12 – 2017-02-19] + some rest days
    From Öblarn to Maria Alm.

    Dachstein, Tennengebirge, Steinernes Meer. Typical mountains of the northern Kalkalpen. Great ambiente, steep mountains.

    route overview 2017-02-10 until 2017-02-19

    route overview 2017-02-12 until 2017-02-19


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    [2017-02-12]
    At the afternoon I went back to my original route from Öblarn to Stoderhütte.

    Almost reached Gröbming

    Almost reached Gröbming

    Sun set with view to Großglockner just before Stoderhütte

    Sun set with view to Großglockner just before Stoderhütte

    [2017-02-13]
    Went from Stoderhütte to Dachstein and down to Simonyhütte. Quite a long trip. Very wavy surface … went 20 m up, 10 down. But fantastic view. Reached top of dachstein in late afternoon. After two weeks in the Steiermark, I reached Oberösterreich now.

    Not from me!

    Not from me!

    Colourfull wood from a larch

    Colourfull wood from a larch

    Nice view to the dachstein area comes up

    Nice view to the dachstein area comes up

    I like the shadows in the snow

    I like the shadows in the snow

    Approaching the dachstein area

    Approaching the dachstein area

    Summit of dachstein

    Summit of dachstein

    Summit of dachstein

    Summit of dachstein

    Climbing down from dachstein

    Climbing down from dachstein

    Sunset from dachstein

    Sunset from dachstein

    The last highlight of the day. Thanks Philipp. A bottle of wine from Philipp would be worse to be carried across the complete alps. I carried it at least for 3000 m.

    The last highlight of the day. Thanks Philipp. A bottle of wine from Philipp would be worse to be carried across the complete alps. I carried it at least for 3000 m.

    [2017-02-14]
    Ski down from Simonyhütte via Hoher Trog, Hoßwandscharte, Hinterer Gosausee to Gosausee. Fantastic landscape.

    Looking back from Hoher Trog to Dachstein

    Looking back from Hoher Trog to Dachstein

    View from Hoher Trog in direction Hallstatt, Obertraun

    View from Hoher Trog in direction Hallstatt, Obertraun

    Below Hoßkogel

    Below Hoßkogel

    Ski down from Hoßwandscharte

    Ski down from Hoßwandscharte

    Simply beautiful landscape above the Oberer Gosausee

    Simply beautiful landscape above the Oberer Gosausee

    Interresting canyon to ski down

    Interresting canyon to ski down

    No more words ....

    No more words ….

    Looking back from Vorderer Gosausee to Dachstein

    Looking back from Vorderer Gosausee to Dachstein

    Finally I found a parking slot directly in front of Gasthaus Gosausee

    Finally I found a parking slot directly in front of Gasthaus Gosausee

    [2017-02-15]
    Went from ski area Gosausee to the cross-country trails from Lungötz and via the Lämmertal to the Heinrich-Hackl hut where I met Nickl.
    After some days in the Dachstein area, crossing a ski area is awful. Skating downwards the cross-country trails was funny and entering the Tennengebirge at the evening was nice again.

    View from Lämmertal to the first mountains of the Tennengebirge

    View from Lämmertal to the first mountains of the Tennengebirge

    I reached the hut at sun set time where Nickl and me where the sole guests

    I reached the hut at sun set time where Nickl and me where the sole guests

    Sun set in front of the hit. Großglockner in the middle.

    Sun set in front of the hut. Großglockner in the middle.

    [2017-02-16]
    Great traverse of the Tennengebirge. From Heinrich-Hackl hut via Tauernscharte, Schartwand , Wenger Scharte to Mittleres Streitmandl and down the steep valee in the north of the Fieberhörner to Pfarrwerfen.

    Heading for the Tauernscharte

    Heading for the Tauernscharte

    Heading for the Tauernscharte

    Heading for the Tauernscharte

    @ Tauernscharte

    @ Tauernscharte

    Top of Schartwand

    Top of Schartwand

    Switching to ski down in profi style

    Switching to ski down in profi style

    Up and down towards the Wenger Scharte

    Up and down towards the Wenger Scharte

    Skiing down from Streitmandl

    Skiing down from Streitmandl

    Entering the steep valee behind Fieberhorn

    Entering the steep valee behind Fieberhorn

    Nickl in action

    Nickl in action

    Perfect spring conditions   and great ambient

    Perfect spring conditions and great ambient

    Another milestone of my traverse: the highway from Salzburg

    Another milestone of my traverse: the highway from Salzburg

    [2017-02-17]
    Went with Mike from Pfarrwerfen to Ostpreußenhütte.

    Start in Pfarrwerfen ... on the way to the Maskenball

    Start in Pfarrwerfen … on the way to the Maskenball

    Size of ski changed a little bit during the last decades

    Size of ski changed a little bit during the last decades

    We had some problems with the wet snow on our ski

    We had some problems with the wet snow on our ski

    Just bevore Ostpreußenhütte

    Just before Ostpreußenhütte

    Mike @ Ostpreußenhütte

    Mike @ Ostpreußenhütte

    Perfect shoe cleaning system

    Perfect shoe cleaning system

    [2017-02-18]
    Went with Mike from Ostpreußenhütte via upper Blünbachtal, near Eckberthütte to Brandhorn. Then via Hochbrunnsulzenscharte and Totes Weib to Kärlingerhaus. We reached Bavaria!
    Hard day! We need to go up around 2000 m in fresh snow of about 25 cm.

    The day starts at 7 with ski down from Ostpreußenhütte to Blünbachtal

    The day starts at 7 with ski down from Ostpreußenhütte to Blünbachtal

    The day starts at 7 with ski down from Ostpreußenhütte to Blünbachtal

    The day starts at 7 with ski down from Ostpreußenhütte to Blünbachtal

    The day starts at 7 with ski down from Ostpreußenhütte to Blünbachtal

    The day starts at 7 with ski down from Ostpreußenhütte to Blünbachtal

    first barriers

    first barriers

    @Tennboden - the end of the Blünbachtal

    @Tennboden – the end of the Blünbachtal

    nice hunter's lodge below Hauslalm - our first break

    nice hunter’s lodge below Hauslalm – our first break

    approaching the Tauchertal

    approaching the Tauchertal

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    Reached the Brandhorn

    Reached the Brandhorn

    skiing down from Brandhorn

    skiing down from Brandhorn

    Skiiing down from Brandhorn - due to the weavy surface many ups and downs

    Skiiing down from Brandhorn – due to the weavy surface many ups and downs

    @Hochbrunnsulzenscharte

    @Hochbrunnsulzenscharte

    view to Buchauer Scharte from Hochbrunnsulzenscharte

    view to Buchauer Scharte from Hochbrunnsulzenscharte

    fantastic light in the later afternoon

    fantastic light in the later afternoon

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    high concentration for doing a selfie

    high concentration for doing a selfie

    last day light just before the Funtensee

    last day light just before the Funtensee

    last day light just before the Funtensee

    last day light just before the Funtensee

    in the winter room of the Kärlingerhaus - 600 gr spaghetti

    in the winter room of the Kärlingerhaus – 600 gr spaghetti

    Mike really carried a bottle of wine the last two days

    Mike really carried a bottle of wine the last two days

    [2017-02-19]
    Went with Mike from Kärlingerhaus via Totes Weib and Buchauer Scharte down to Maria Alm. We passed the Funtensee in the early morning. I was really interrested to be at the coldest place of Germany. When we went down the 25 m from Kärlingerhaus to the Funtensee I was really interrested to leave this place. Minus 28,5 °C!
    Have a look at Mikes Photoalbum also.

    leaving the winter room of the Kärlingerhaus in the early morning

    leaving the winter room of the Kärlingerhaus in the early morning

    the really cold Funtensee

    the really cold Funtensee

    we reached Bavaria the day before - now back to Austria

    we reached Bavaria the day before – now back to Austria

    approaching Buchauer Scharte

    approaching Buchauer Scharte

    approaching Buchauer Scharte

    approaching Buchauer Scharte

    reached Buchauer Scharte

    reached Buchauer Scharte

    skiing down the Buchauer Scharte

    skiing down the Buchauer Scharte

    skiing down from Buchauer Scharte

    skiing down from Buchauer Scharte

    half the way from Buchauer Scharte to Maria Alm

    half the way from Buchauer Scharte to Maria Alm

    [2017-02-20] … [2017-02-22]
    Rest days. Need to repair running surface of my ski, ski shoes, binding strap and it was really neccessary to wash all my clothes.

    4 weeks of the trip are over ... a part of the distance is done. But that is not the point. I'm looking forward for some more experience of nature!

    4 weeks of the trip are over … a part of the distance is done. But that is not the point. I’m looking forward for some more experience of nature!

    My new self made binding strips

    My new self made binding straps

    [2017-02-23 – 2017-03-04] + some rest days
    From Maria Alm to Steinach am Brenner.

    The typical winter tour area: Kitzbühler and Tuxer alps.

    route overview 2017-02-23 until 2017-03-04

    route overview 2017-02-23 until 2017-03-04


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    [2017-02-23]
    Went from Maria Alm via Schwalbenwand to Zell am See with Matthias.
    Really hot temperatures. Snow was bad therefore. May be 50° more compared to Funtensee. Destroyed my new climbing skin … repairs goes on.

    Some other donkeys

    Some other donkeys

    Top of Schwalbenwand

    Top of Schwalbenwand

    Top of Schwalbenwand

    Top of Schwalbenwand

    Switching to walking mode. Zeller lake in the background.

    Switching to walking mode. Zeller lake in the background.

    Managed the last barriers in Zell am See

    Managed the last barriers in Zell am See

    [2017-02-24]
    Went from Zell am See via Schmittenhöhe ski area to Pinzgauer hut with Matthias. We planned the Pinzgauer walk to Jochberg but due to fog, snowfall, wind and dropping temperatures I convinced Matthias to stop at the Pinzgauer hut. Thanks to Mike for the hint.
    Yesterday the host of Haus Wilhelmina repaired my torn climbing skin perfectly.
    I forgott to mention one experience of yesterday: when walking down the street from Mitterberghof to Thumersbach a rottweiler dog bit a piece of cork out of my stick. I really love dogs bit I hate these fighting dogs!

    It rained when we started from Haus Wilhelmina

    It rained when we started from Haus Wilhelmina

    We have to go up the ski area of Schmittenhöhe. It was no fun when hundreds of GoPro equipped guys started skiing down next to us

    We have to go up the ski area of Schmittenhöhe. It was no fun when hundreds of GoPro equipped guys started skiing down next to us

    Look out of Pinzgauer hut. It seems to be a nice hut in a real winter environment

    Look out of Pinzgauer hut. It seems to be a nice hut in a real winter environment

    [2017-02-25]
    Did the Pinzgauer walk from Pinzgauer hut to Jochberg with Matthias.
    We simply expect 15 cm of fresh powder and sun tomorrow. Of course in a completely untouched area.
    All expectations met …

    A perfect day starts ... view from Pinzgauer hut

    A perfect day starts … view from Pinzgauer hut

    Self explaining!

    Self explaining!

    Again view from Pinzgauer hut

    Again view from Pinzgauer hut

    We start the Pinzgauer walk

    We start the Pinzgauer walk

    @ Pinzgauer walk

    @ Pinzgauer walk

    We included some summits ... not recognizing the length of the Pinzgauer walk correctly

    We included some summits … not recognizing the length of the Pinzgauer walk correctly

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    Many ups and downs on the Pinzgauer walk

    Many ups and downs on the Pinzgauer walk

    Lots of short but nice ski downs

    Lots of short but nice ski downs

    Winter impressions

    Winter impressions

    We climbed a couple of summits ... unfortunately  I don't remember all names

    We climbed a couple of summits … unfortunately I don’t remember all names

    Still good snow in the afternoon

    Still good snow in the afternoon

    At 2 or 3 pm we recognized the length of the Pinzgauer walk. But we reached the last col at sun set and had the last day light in the upper part of our ski down

    At 2 or 3 pm we recognized the length of the Pinzgauer walk. But we reached the last col at sun set and had the last day light in the upper part of our ski down

    [2017-02-26]
    Went from Jochberg to Aschau. We had breakfast at Wagstättalm and went on to point 1903 m in the south of Pengelstein where Matthias and my way split after four days.

    Alte Wacht was booked completely. But the fantastic team Samerberg offered their mobile home for us

    Alte Wacht was booked completely. But the fantastic team Samerberg offered their mobile home for us

    The splitting point in the south of Pengelstein

    The splitting point in the south of Pengelstein

    [2017-02-27]
    Went from Oberlandhütte via Hintenkarscharte to Steinberghaus with Ralf. It’s the first time that I can write this blog when sitting in the sun.

    Ok. It's measured in the sun. But we are sitting also in the sun.

    Ok. It’s measured in the sun. But we are sitting also in the sun.

    But back to the trip. Ralf arrived yesterday and I spent the second night in a VW bus. We started early because of the high temperatures and arrived with ski at Steinberghaus around 1 pm.

    Ralf mounted my new ski binding ... I destroyed my old one after 20 years.

    Ralf mounted my new ski binding yesterday … I destroyed my old one after 20 years.

    Just before Hintenkarscharte. Großer Rettenstein in the background.

    Just before Hintenkarscharte. Großer Rettenstein in the background.

    Above Hintenkarscharte. We wanted to gain some north orientated slopes.

    Above Hintenkarscharte. We wanted to gain some north orientated slopes.

    Still some powder in northern slopes above 1500 M

    Still some powder in northern slopes above 1500 m

    Just before Steinberghaus

    Just before Steinberghaus

    Short break before Steinberghaus

    Short break in the sun just before Steinberghaus

    @ Steinberghaus

    @ Steinberghaus

    Looking forward for the dinner

    Looking forward for the dinner

    [2017-02-27 update]
    Some impressions of the hard life when doing a transalp in winter …

    Appetizer: Tiroler Tris

    Appetizer: Tiroler Tris“

    Hirschgulasch

    Hirschgulasch

    Almost as good as from Krausi!

    Almost as good as from Krausi!

    [2017-02-28]
    Went from Steinberghaus to Bamberger hut via Kröndelhorn very early due to bad weather arriving about lunch time. Ralf went back the way from yesterday to Oberlandhütte.

    Early check out from the nice Steinberg Haus

    Early check out from the nice Steinberg Haus

    View to Kröndelhorn

    View to Kröndelhorn

    Bad weather arriving

    Bad weather arriving

    I reached Kröndelhorn at 11 am. There was no fog but no contours. Once I felt over because my sense of balance was disturbed. I triggered two small avalanches on the east side of the Kröndelhorn. I was above the slopes, so I was safe, but nature gave me a warning signal to be carefully.

    [2017-03-01]
    Went from Bamberger hut via Schafsiedel, Erla-Brennhütte, Niederjochkogel to Stumm in Zillertal. Powder and high heels walking.

    After 1,5 h going in 30 cm of new snow a friendly family joined and we went together to Schafsiedel

    After 1,5 h going in 30 cm of new snow a friendly family joined and we went together to Schafsiedel

    Weather becomes better after a stormy night

    Weather becomes better after a stormy night

    Approaching Schafsiedel  together

    Approaching Schafsiedel together

    @Schafsiedel

    @Schafsiedel

    The best slopes so far followed when skiing down from Schafsiedel to Erla-Brennhütte … 30 cm powder.

    Post card pictures in Langer Grund

    Post card pictures in Langer Grund

    Post card pictures in Langer Grund

    Post card pictures in Langer Grund

    The temperatures switched extremely today. Walking up in shirt and on the summits cold and windy

    The temperatures switched extremely today. Walking up in shirt and on the summits cold and windy

    I had to ski down some forest roads. Due to untouched sticky snow I need to switch to walking mode even downwards. After two steps I had 10 cm of snow between the boots and the ski. Thats what I called high heels walking before.

    One last barriers short bevore Stummerberg

    One last barriers short bevore Stummerberg

    Unfortunately Tannenalm was booked completely. But the friendly team helped me to find a hotel in Stumm.

    Stone mushroom ravioli

    Stone mushroom ravioli

    It was even better than it looks like :)

    It was even better than it looks like 🙂

    [2017-03-02]
    Started at 4:30 at Stumm, 5:00 on the ski slopes of Kaltenbach. Arrived before the skiing people at Wedelhut where I had an absolutely perfect breakfast. On the way to Pfundsjoch there was partly fog. Then down to Hagelhütte where I considered to stop the trip and go down into the valley. But then the fog went away and I could go on via Nafingköpfljoch to Weidener hut.
    Thomas, the host of the Weidener hut served me the complete menu twice … and of course I ate it twice.

    Empty ski slopes @Kaltenbach at 8 am.

    Empty ski slopes @Kaltenbach at 8 am.

    I had breakfast at Wedelhut with fantastic bread, cheese, salmon, fresh pressed juice ... unfortunately I rejected the prosecco

    I had breakfast at Wedelhut with fantastic bread, cheese, salmon, fresh pressed juice … unfortunately I rejected the prosecco

    Just before Weidener hut, the wheather became better

    Just before Weidener hut, the wheather became better

    [2017-03-03]
    Went from Weidener hut via Krovenzjoch, Lager Lizum, Klammjoch, Peeralm to Navis, Eppensteiner.

    So far I always liked to go a new track in the snow ... may be I did it too often in the last weeks.

    So far I always liked to go a new track in the snow … may be I did it too often in the last weeks like on this picture on the way to Krovenzjoch.

    Foehn wind impressions

    Foehn wind impressions

    Foehn wind impressions

    Foehn wind impressions

    On the so Zirbenweg (track of cedars)

    On the so called Zirbenweg (track of cedars) … the name is programm

    Storm on the way to the Klammjoch

    Storm on the way to the Klammjoch

    @Klammjoch

    @Klammjoch

    @Klammjoch

    @Klammjoch

    The pretty Navis

    The pretty Navis

    I checked in in the well known Eppensteiner in Navis. After two sauna trips, some beers with the brother in law from Sigi, the host of Eppensteiner, who was on Tournee with Marianne and Michael already, a fall asleep.

    [2017-03-04]
    Replanned stage 37 via Sunntiger and Bendlstein even if it looked absolutely impressive from Navis. Walked down some hikeing tracks down to Steinach am Brenner. Even this was an adventure because of the heavy storm in Wipptal. Reached Brenner highway … another milestone at this transalp.

    [2017-03-05] … [2017-03-09]
    I’m too fast compared to my plan. I need to wait for accompanying friends to access the stubaier alps. Furthermore I need to repair my ski shoes which could not be fixed for skiing down any more, my head lamp charging adapter got broken, my skis need to be waxed … so I will take some days off.

    [2017-03-04 .. 2017-03-21]
    Went from Steinach am Brenner to Scuol in Swizzerland, crossing Stubaier, Ötztaler and Sesvenna group.


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    [2017-03-05 … 09]
    Rest days and climbing days @home.

    Simon made a new bolt for my ski shoes … now they can be fixed for skiing down again

    [2017-03-10 – extra tour]
    Due to high avalanche risk, we did a very safe tour from Gries am Brenner to Sattelberg with Roland, Biorni, Steddy.

    Just before Sattelberg

    Strong wind from north

    @sattelberg

    30 cm of fresh powder above 1700 m

    [2017-03-10]
    Went from Steinach am Brenner into the upper Gschnitz valley to Alfaierhof.

    After sattelberg I walked up the Gschnitz valley

    View from Gschnitz valley to the next stages around bremer hut

    Last meters to Alfaierhof

    Preparing for next days

    [2017-03-11- extra tour]
    Went from Trins via Trunahütte to Leitner Berg.

    @Trunahütte

    Nice snow between 1800 and 2100 on northern slopes

    Back at Trins

    [2017-03-12]
    Went with Sven to Bremer hut.

    We avoided the ski route to bremer hut and took the summer route which was safer due to frozen snow on the south side

    Above Simming lake

    @bremer hut at 10:15 am

    40 minutes of work to be able to enter the winter room of Bremer hut

    View from winter room

    Start to a small lunch ski tour

    Finished our small tour from bremer hut

    Powder 🙂

    The chimney was filled with snow …

    After an hour in the smoke of the winter room we took some fresh air outside

    Moon light @bremer hut

    [2017-03-13]
    Went from Bremer hut via Nürnberger Scharte to the Östlicher Feuerstein and down to Nürnberger hut.

    Just before Nürnberger Scharte

    View from östlicher Feuerstein

    On the way to Nürnberger hut

    The Nürnberger hut … some home feeling comes up

    View from Nürnberger hut

    View from … you know …

    [2017-03-14]
    Went from Nürnberger hut via Freiger Scharte to Italy. Then via Ebenerferner to Schwarzwandscharte and finally via Windachscharte back to Austria to the nice winter room of the Siegerland hut.

    On the way to the freiger scharte

    Entering Italy. Federal state number 8: Wien, Niederösterreich, Steiermark, Oberösterreich, Salzburg Land, Bayern, Tirol, Südtirol

    Way down from Freiger Scharte

    Way down from Freiger Scharte

    Between Freiger Scharte and Ebenferner

    On the Ebenferner

    On the Ebenferner

    On the Ebenferner

    Just before Windachscharte

    Windachscharte

    View from Windachscharte


    @windachscharte


    Siegerlandhütte with a fantastic winter room

    Mid night @Siegerlandhütte

    [2017-03-15]
    Went down to Sölden from Siegerland hut.

    Leaving Siegerland hut

    @Lochlealm

    Sven tries to remove the airbag handle when leaving the last piece of snow

    [2017-03-16 … 19]
    Again time for some days off …

    [2017-03-16 – extra tour – Hoher Sonnblick from Kolm-Saigurn]

    On the way to Hoher Sonnblick

    On the way to Hoher Sonnblick

    We met Peter from franconia who guided a group to Hoher Sonnblick

    Perfect rest place

    A perfect rest place

    On the way to Hoher Sonnblick

    On the way to Hoher Sonnblick with view to Großglockner

    Top of Hoher Sonnblick

    Skiing down from Hoher Sonnblick

    Skiing down from Hoher Sonnblick

    Stop at neubau hut

    Skiing down from Hoher Sonnblick

    Again some repairs on my ski shoes ….

    [2017-03-17 – extra tour – Hocharn from Kolm-Saigurn]

    Steep view to Kolm-Saigurn when accessing Hocharn

    View to Hoher Sonnblick

    Top of Hocharn

    Top of Hocharn

    Top of Hocharn

    Almost back at Kolm-Saigurn

    Completely back at Kolm-Saigurn

    [2017-03-18]
    Went from Sölden to Bodenegg via Gaislachalm. Start at 5 pm. Ernst and Georg joined.

    Some vitamins for the next days in basecamp Samerberg

    Start in Sölden at 5 pm

    Try to leave Sölden as fast as possible

    View to direction Vent from Gaislachalm

    [2017-03-19]
    Went from Bodenegg to Hochjoch Hospiz via Vent. Breakfast at 8 am at Rofenhöfe. Almost no snow on the way to Hochjoch Hospiz.

    It does not only look stupid … it is stupid. I walked from Bodenegg to Vent on the road in the early morning. Furthermore I declined the offer of a car driver to pick me up.

    Almost no snow on the way to Hochjoch Hospiz. But due to +5° in the early morning walking was better then dealing with wet avalanches

    We reached the nice Hochjoch Hospiz exactly at 12.

    [2017-03-20]
    Went from Hochjoch Hospiz to Burgeis via Hintereisjoch and Matscher Joch.
    I left Austria after 2 month and around 1000 km distance.
    I passed exiting regions like Hochschwab, Dachstein, Steinernes Meer, Stubaier and Ötztaler alps. I got to know Gösser, Murauer, Puntigamer, Stiegel, Zillertaler and Zipfer beer. Unfortunately I left austria with a spoiled stomach which made the monotonous access to the Hintereisjoch via the Hintereis glacier even harder.

    Ernst skis down the completely untouched Matscher Ferner from Hintereisjoch.

    Georg on the Matscher Ferner.

    Georg on the Matscher Ferner

    On the way to the Matscher Joch

    View from Matscher Joch

    On the Planeilferner

    Reaching the nice mountain village Planail. Unfortunately there was one accomondation only which had rest day today. So we went further to Burgeis.

    [2017-03-21]
    Went from Burgeis to Scoul via Schlinig, Sesvenna hut, Sesvennascharte and S-Charl. Reached Swizzerland.

    In time with the spring start yesterday.

    View to upper Vinschgau

    I stopped at Sesvenna hut for Strudel and Espresso 🙂

    While there was some fog in the region of the Sesvanna hut, the uppet mountains were more sunny

    View to the west part of Sesvenna group.

    Vinschgerl with speck … absolutely fantastic … at least 5 of 5 stars.

    Earth pyramids above Scoul

    Ernst and Georg picked me up at Scoul