Stephanie Jagl-Posch

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enormous edelgriess experience and a word on fear of heights and anxiety issues.

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where does the trail end?

 

this is the report of our last adventure in this winter season. looking back at the season, i’m really happy that we took the risks involved to spend 3 months in the snow, although austria hasn’t seen a winter with such little snow (well, except for carinthia and east tyrol) in the last decades. we had to accept the circumstances and made the most of it, resulting in a lot of great experiences in return.

would i do it again? yes, i absolutely would!
i have learned so much this season, both riding-wise and for life (although i didn’t reach enlightenment :P). i know that being surrounded by nature is very important to me, and what’s a better way to spend time outdoors than to shred down a mountain that you’ve just hiked up? this season has left me very calm and satisfied. and for that (and so much more), i’m grateful.

i want to thank my sponsor PIEPS and also powderguide.com for supporting me!

now enough with the nostalgic babbling and onto the report of our last adventure!

 

enourmous edelgriess experience.

on the 27th of march, it was time for us to give one of the legendary, classical freeride routes of austria, the edelgriess descent from the dachstein glacier, a shot.

after riding up with the gondola, the first difficulty is the 20 meter long climb up over ladders and stemples. then you reach the rosmarie-stollen, a tunnel which enables you to get to the other side of the mountain without climbing over the top (although there is a via ferrata over the ridge as well). there you can catch your breath (maybe even take a break on the small bench after the tunnel with a breathtaking view) before you begin traversing a steep slope to the edelgriess glacier. most of the traverse is easy to walk, there are some difficult sections nonetheless and you shouldn’t slip and fall in general, because underneath the path is a rock fall.

when you have mastered the traverse, you stand atop the edelgriess glacier and the 1600 meters in vertical height of descent.

we had soft, slushy snow in the top part of the slope, a little bit of powder in the middle section and then hard-crusted, difficult to ride snowpack in the last part. it wasn’t actually THAT breathtaking to ride, but it was a lot of fun! it’s always great to have such a long descent, feeling far away from civilisation (which you actually aren’t, also there are usually plenty of people riding the edelgriess to. when we rode it, there were only 3 other people. when we were at the parking lot again, we saw about 7 people walking across the traverse, so we were kinda lucky).

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climbing the ladder.

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rosmarie-stollen and the view at the end of it.

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the traverse.

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starting the ride down edelgriess (to the left).

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we happily succeeded.

 

a word on fear of heights and anxiety issues.

what made this adventure so special, is my fear of heights (or more precise: fear of falling). i want to talk about this issue a bit now, because i feel that it’s still a taboo and that’s a problem, because it makes people with anxiety issues feel like they’re out of the norm, or not as capable (read: good) as others. so, i will try to talk about my issues openly, to show others that you can improve and achieve things you once thought were impossible.

i get scared on a lot of occasions, be it steep traverses when hiking with the splitboard, climbing parts, exposed sections… i guess, many people who are scared of heights would just not bother to try stuff like that, which is understandable to me on one hand. on the other hand, there’s my hunger for challenge, for learning and getting better. i don’t want to be limited by my fear.
and of course there are many great descents that are only reachable with a bit of climbing involved. and i want to ride those!

the funny thing is, that i’m not scared when i’ve got my board strapped onto my feet. i’ve mastered steep slopes or very steep parts of faces without being bothered much. of course, i also feel slightly nervous, but in those situations, my nervousness only helps me to stay focussed, it doesn’t make my palms damp, it doesn’t make me shiver and i don’t panic. without my board, nervousness turns into panic quickly, which makes it hard to plan smart moves.

i enjoy bouldering, rock climbing and via ferratas, which are all activities where i have to go out of my comfort zone at least now and then to get better. during this winter season, i have slowly worked my way up. by the end of the season, my confidence was big enough to give the 20 meter ladder and the traverse a shot. yes, i did use my via ferrata set to belay myself. yes, it took me quite a long time to reach the target. yes, i was scared sometimes and had moments where i felt that i wouldn’t be able to reach the target. but i still made it! do i still seek improvement? yes. maybe sometime in the future i will be able to climb up a 20 meter ladder without getting scared. but at the same time, i’m proud of myself for overcoming my fear. and i wish to encourage others, that overcoming fears and obstacles in ones life is possible. no matter, if it’s a fear of heights or anxiety when you’re on the bus.

sometimes you might need professional help, sometimes a friends help will be enough, sometimes you will be able to help yourself. the most important factor is a positive attitude towards your own capabilities. and if you can’t yet honestly feel that way, fake it till you make it.
others might be doing better, but you can be successful in your own zone and that’s a huge step forward!

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3 days at the guttenberghaus winter shelter room.

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on tuesday, the 25th of february, we were already excited in the morning, because we were going to hike up to the guttenberghaus (at 2146 meters) and stay in the winter shelter room for 2 nights. we had planned our trip a few days earlier and with the good weather forecast, we knew it was time to realise our plan. we started packing on monday night, deciding how much food we should bring and what else could be crucial to have with us up on the mountain, besides our usual company, the avalanche beacon, shovel and probe. we made sure to take some sweets with us, to cheer us up and give us energy, our sleeping bags and something to read.

we picked up the key for the hut in ramsau, parked our car at the parking lot near the feistererhof and started our ascent. the sun was blazing down and as it was pretty windless, the easy hike up to the hut made us sweat. we were in a great mood and looked forward to our time at the hut. we walked at a slow pace to take in the beautiful scenery and arrived at the hut after about 3 hours.

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yo-ho, up to the guttenberghaus we go!

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roman navigating.

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pointing out a fountain.

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the skintrack upwards.

when we got there, we were curious to see the interior of the hut. we unlocked the door and were pleasantly surprised – we found a stove (that we already knew about), a comfortable bunk bed for 4 people, a table with a seating bench and even a ceiling light, powered by solar electricity. next to the hut was a small outhouse, so all basic needs were covered 😉

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roman starting the fire.

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the guttenberghaus (only opened in summer).

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our resort.

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daw footprints.

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letting my board thaw up in the sun.

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the view from the shelter.

roman started to make fire, while i went outside again to collect snow to melt. we found a pan to cook in and made ourselves some soup. after dinner, we talked about our opportunities for the next day and went to bed very early.

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hut life.

the night was a bit turbulent, i woke up often and later on the stove went out, so it was rather cold inside the hut. roman got up to start the fire up again and from then on, it was cozy and we managed to get in some more sleep before the alarm went off at 7am. we snoozed for a few more minutes and then left the bed. we had breakfast (bread with hazelnut spread & tea to refill our batteries ;)), gave ourselfs a quick catlick and then got ready for the tour of the day – a hike up to the summit of eselstein, at 2556 meters.

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time for a delicious breakfast.

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looking up to the eselstein.

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on our way to the summit.

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the view onto the dachstein plateau (am stein).

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looking back to our skintrack.

the conditions were a slightly difficult, the snow had a firm crust on it and it was slippery to walk. we were glad that we had brought our crampons and used them to make the ascent a bit easier. our route went from the guttenberghaus to the feisterscharte and then up to the summit of the eselstein. from the feisterscharte on, we had a great view onto the enormous dachstein plateau (am stein), and a few chamois had an awesome view onto us. on top of the eselstein, we enjoyed a great panoramic view of the eastern alps.

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the view from the eselstein.

the ride down went surprisingly well, as we had encountered lots of rocks on our hike up. unexpectedly, our boards didn’t get harmed.

we arrived at the hut at about 2pm and then had a relaxed afternoon, looking down on ramsau and schladming and watching daws cruising around up in the air.
in the evening, we once again checked out the possibilities for the upcoming day and decided to go up to the gruberscharte and maybe continue to the edelgrießhöhe and descent through the edelgrieß.

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roman trying to chop wood – the axe was blunt.

after another bunk bed night, we got up at 7am. it was time for us to clean up the hut and leave it in a tidy condition. we extinguished the fire, made the beds, opened the windows to vent and swept the floor. at 9am, we put our backpacks on, stuck the skins onto our splitboard skis and had a last look at the small hut. we said goodbye to the birds and off we went. we were a bit exhausted, so we decided to just traverse a bit in direction of the gruberscharte and then ride down into the gruberkar directly.

the ascent was a tad straining, since the snow crust had not yet melted and there was a lot of old avalanche debris lying around. it was challenging to navigate through all the rocks and a stream creek, but we made it down safely, without harming ourselves or our boards.

after returning the key, it was time for a nice pizza down in schladming. mission completed!

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good night!


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Rock & the Ice Camp, November 2013

after the PIEPS freeride team meeting, Roman and I followed Stephan Skrobar, head of the PIEPS freeride team and one of the masterminds behind Die Bergstation, to his house.

he offered to let us stay with him this winter and we took the chance to check out our winter base camp beforehand. it’s situated at the bottom of the Tauplitz, where we already enjoyed bottomless powder 2 years ago. the view from the living room is pretty awesome – the big, rocky Grimming stares back at you.

we went to bed early and had a nice day off on friday, including delicious food prepared by chef de la cuisine Roman. we got to know a part of Stephan’s family who came for a visit.

in the evening, we went to Ramsau am Dachstein and checked in at Haus Montanara, which belongs to Peter Perhab, the other Die Bergstation boss and mountain guide par excellence.

we immediately liked Peter, the house and our room.

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Roman studying hard before the first camp day.

saturday morning began with breakfast, followed by an equipment check. what we hadn’t brought with us, was borrowed to us by Peter and Stephan. i got to use a brand new pair of crampons belonging to Stephan.

then we went up to the Dachstein glacier where we were greeted by sunshine and snow.

first up was putting on our harnesses and checking all avalanche beacons. then we rode across the slope towards the off piste area. there, we formed two rope teams and experienced how hard it is to ride as a group united by a rope.

we stopped a few turns later. it was time to get the crampons out. we put them on and did various exercises to get comfortable with those spiky, dangerous things strapped to our boots. we jumped and twirled around until we felt relatively confident.

after that, Peter showed us different walking techniques for different types of terrain.

next up was learning how to use an ice axe. we found a ditch where we could train how to pull ourselves up with the ice axe.

we then proceeded to climb up a rock with the crampons on.

afterwards it was time to repack our bags, put our boards into touring mode and hike back up to the gondola.

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what a joyous first tour!

the day ended with a pasta feast in Peters appartment kitchen (thanks again for letting us use it!), a few zirbenschnaps were drunken as well and off to bed we went.

sunday started as the weather forecast had promised – pretty shitty. we went up to the glacier nonetheless. the conditions were perfect for practising, in my opinion. it’s easy to learn new things in sunny, warm weather, but when you’re out touring or hiking, you need to be able to do everything that’s needed – especially in a case of emergency – in the worst conditions as well. it’s worth so much to be prepared for that.

we learned how to pull off a crevasse rescue, stopping a fall with the ice axe and belaying another person with the help of an ice axe functioning as an anchor.

the weather had turned into a slight snowstorm, which made the situation even more realistic.

the rock & the ice camp was worth every penny.

it was hard to memorize every single step we were shown, especially during crevasse rescue. so now we know that we know nothing and need to learn and practise a lot before venturing out into more difficult terrain on our own.

aside from that, we also had a great time and enjoyed our first winter weekend a lot.

i can only recommend signing up for this camp if you wish to explore more.

 

click here for

pictures from the camp

guido’s post about the camp

roman’s post about everything since last winter


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upper austria adventure weekend

upper austria adventure

last week, my boyfriend roman and me decided spontaneously to do a weekend trip to… somewhere. our only goals were to have as much fun as possible, see nice things and spend as little money as possible.
on friday, we finally had an idea where to go – we chose to go to the traunsee in upper austria. on friday night we packed everything we needed and went to our family so we could start our trip from there on saturday morning.

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maybe we have too many hobbies?

on saturday at 7 am our alarm went off. when i opened the window, i witnessed some deer browsing in the back yard and two squirrels running around on a tree – it felt like i had woken up in a disney movie 😉

after breakfast, we left the house and drove to the jetlake. the jetlake is a lake in feldkirchen near linz which features a nice wakeboard cable.
since we hadn’t checked the tour plan of the austrian wakeboard cup, we were a bit surprised to notice that there was a tour stopp at the jetlake on that exact day, which was kinda bad and kinda good at the same time. bad, because we couldn’t ride there ourselves, good, because we got the chance to watch the best wakeboard ladies and men shred.
we also met fetzy there and watched him go crazy on the course.

luckily, there was also a big trampoline standing near the lake, so roman and me had a good time jumping around and trying inverts.

in the afternoon, we decided to jump in the car again and drive to the traunsee. when we got there, we noticed how crowded and tourist-y everything there was.
we asked for a place to stay at two camping sites but none of them had room for us.

so, what to do now? we were a bit bummed but at the same time, we thought that we might find a place that’s even better. we had a hard time searching for a new camping site without proper internet connection on our phones, but after some time we found a place called “camping am see” at the hallstätter see, about 45 mins by car from traunsee.

we were not sure what to expect, but when we got there, we were overwhelmed. the camping site was directly at the lake, in a park-like surrounding. we knew that we had found a good place to stay!
we quickly put up the tent and checked out the view at the sunset from the lake side.

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roman crawling out of our tent

after the sun went down, we decided to go for a walk. an hour and a half aswell as nearly getting lost somewhere later, we were back in our tent and fell asleep pretty fast.
there were only 2 things that made the night only a 9 out of 10 points: the snoring guy in the next tent and the damn rock underneath my sleeping bag 😉

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good morning! this was the view that awaited us at about 7:30 am.

the next morning, we woke up at about 7 am, left the camp site, ate some muesli bars for breakfast and then bought tickets for the gondola to the dachstein.
best decision ever! the weather was awesome and the view was beautiful. we visited the “five fingers”, which is a newly installed platform that offers an amazing view over the valley.

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the “five fingers”

after walking around on the mountain for nearly 3 hours, we went down with the gondola and visited the hallstätter see.
it was pretty cold, but we still wanted to go for a swim there. the water was beautiful, very clear and refreshing.

after an hour, that felt more like only 5 minutes, we had to board the car again and start our journey home. we stopped in gmunden for pizza and icecream and then hit the autobahn. we were lucky, because shortly after we had passed a building site, there was a huge traffic jam.

we arrived at home in the evening and were really sad that we couldn’t stay any longer. we hope we can have such a nice weekend again as soon as possible.
i can only recommend packing a tent and discovering a new place for a weekend!

to see all pictures, check out the set on flickr or view all pics as a slideshow