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!