roman put together this edit of our trip, enjoy!
from february 26th until march 2nd, we stayed in ginzling near mayrhofen and took part in the SAACnd step camp there. the SAAC camps are avalanche awareness camps where you learn about avoiding avalanche dangers when freeriding. our guide for the week was Stephan Keck.
check out his book: Solo mit Familie – Abseits vom Normalweg
on sunday evening, we met up in a hotel in hippach for the first theory session. we decided, that on monday we would go freeriding in the mayrhofen resort for a start. we did lots of runs, until our quads burned.
in the evening, we had another theory session and planned the next day. for tuesday, we planned a tour to the flachspitze (am flach) from juns. since the weather and avalanche conditions were fine on tuesday, we were able to do our tour. the descend was really fun!
hiking up to the flachkogel
on wednesday, we wanted to make it up to the rastkogel, descend from there and then hike up to the rosskopf, but sadly, the weather was bad. the sight was very limited, so we decided on the rastkogel summit, that we would not continue our tour. we rode back down to the resort and spent the rest of the day with practising how to search for multiple avalanche victims.
trying to find an avalanche victim without an avalanche beacon, with the use of avalanche probes only, is hard and takes a lot of time! never go out without beacon, shovel and probe! that’s the only option if you want to be able to find your friends – and if you would like your friends to be able to find you!
thursday was a big day for us – we were going to do the hoher riffler in the hintertuxer glacier area. our first glacier tour and our first hike up onto a mountain over 3000 metres. i had set my alarm to 5.45 to make sure i would be on time. we met up at 8am and took the gondola to the tuxer fernerhaus. from there, we hiked for approximately 3 hours to get to the summit. the weather was wonderful, a bit too warm even, and we were able to enjoy the wonderful panoramic view from the summit.
the descend was really great, we went through the kleegrube and our ride ended at the top station of the gletscherbus 1.
we spent a bit of time at the sunny terrace there and then called it a day… at least we thought so. since roman and me had rented an apartment in ginzling, a small village in a narrow valley, we had to wait until 6.30pm until we were able to return to our place, due to the street being endangered by avalanches.
a few impressions from our tour…
friday was our last day. we decided to try the tour from wednesday once again. this time, we made it to the rastkogel with no problems (except for me being scared of heights / falling). we met a group of guys from GO RIDE at the summit. GO RIDE is an organization that collects money for kids that got diagnosed with cancer and their families. they asked us to take a picture with them to help raise awareness and get more supporters for their project. of course we posed with them! afterwards, we started our descend into the valley. it was an amazing ride, although the snow was rather hard. when we got to the bottom, we put on the skins again and started the trip to the rosskopf. sadly, i was a bit too slow and didn’t make it to the second summit, nevertheless i enjoyed the ride down a lot.
we ended our tour by taking the gondola and chairlift from hochfuegen to kaltenbach, there we took a taxi back to mayrhofen. man, i was SO tired!
on top of the rastkogel with the GO RIDE crew!
it was time to say goodbye again! we had a great time in mayrhofen and have learned a lot during our stay.
i was really happy with myself that i was able to do 1 day of freeriding and 4 days of touring in a row without being completely messed up after two or three days already. still, i fell asleep in the car and didn’t wake up until 3 hours later
now it seems that spring is on its way, we will see if we will be able to do some more trips in this season or if it’s already over for us… so far, it was a blast!
from march 18th to march 23rd i went to mayrhofen in tyrol with my boyfriend roman and on the 20th we did something special: we booked a guide (peter from rocknsnow) and went freeriding.
my name is stephanie posch and here’s my story!
on that rather warm and sunny day, we met up with peter from rocknsnow at 8:45 am in vorderlanersbach. we got hooked up with backpacks with an avalanche beacon, a shovel and a probe and then drove up to the hintertuxer glacier.
we took the gletscherbus 1 and before taking the chairlift, peter explained the usage of the avalanche beacon to us. on the chairlift, we learned about peter’s basic rules of freeriding… have fun and don’t hit a rock
from the top station of the chairlift, we hiked a little bit upwards until we got to a short steep part and then we saw a huge, wide field open up in front of us.
we were a bit exhausted already, from trying to follow peter who was basically running up the mountain, but the view was even more breathtaking than that.
the first meters were rather daunting, i have to admit. we had to go down the steep part to get into that field of awesomeness and i was really concentrated on not falling over.
it was my first attempt at freeriding, after all! after clearing the steep part, i was relieved. i managed to get used to these new conditions and enjoyed myself.
we rode all the way down into the valley and took the gletscherbus gondola up again.
we did a few more runs without hiking and then peter made us climb a bit. we went up over rocks and stones to reach another wide field full of powder. at the top of the cliff, he took a wonderful photo of our small group, consisting of my boyfriend roman, michael from munich and myself, in front of a gorgeous, panoramic view.
the sun continued to shine all day long and we enjoyed ourselves very well offpiste. peter made us wait for lunch quite some time, which was a good thing concerning the weather, because the snow got slushier the warmer it got. when lunchtime finally came around, i had the BESTESTEST baked potato ever, i swear
after the break, we did another very long run and then took the gondola to the valley.
it was time to say goodbye to freeriding and to peter.
we were totally exhausted but very happy and we will for sure go on another freeriding adventure with peter from rocknsnow as soon as possible!
thanks to peter for being our guide!
you can click through the pics here: