Stephanie Jagl-Posch

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Autumn weekend fun.

Recently, I’ve spent as much time outdoors as I could, to soak up the last warm sunrays. It’s already noticeable that autumn and winter are around the corner and as much as I love winter (all seasons, really), the lightness of living in the warmer months of the year has a certain feeling to it that I really enjoy.

On a sunny september saturday, Roman and I went to a climbing spot near Scheibbs, where I layed out my bouldering mat and  tried to solve some rocky problems. I havn’t been climbing a lot lately, so it took some time to get used to it again, but after about an hour I nearly solved the problem I had chosen. Do you know that point during a climbing session, when you suddenly find the solution to mastering the chosen route, but your body just isn’t capable of climbing it anymore? Yeah. Still I felt a bit of success, even if it only was of the “hurrah, I haven’t unlearned it all”-type.

Photograph of Stephanie Jagl-Posch bouldering on a rock wall

Sunday was an early shift for me, because I had a hiking rendezvous with 3 friends. We met up at 7am and then headed towards the infamous Oistal near Gaming. Our plan for the day was a roundtrip hike leading to the peaks of Scheibe, Scheiblingstein and the Bärenleitenkogel. Together with a lot of other people we started our ascent, luckily only a few of them also wanted to do the whole tour, most only walked until the Scheibe.
View of the Mountain called Scheibe
…Hence the name “Scheibe” (which means “Disk”)

The view from the Scheibe down to the Lunzer See
This is the view from the Scheibe down to the Lunzer See.

It was a steep, sweaty ascent, followed by multiple descents and ascents in rocky terrain. After summit number three all of us were ready for a refreshing stop at the Herrenalm, which was closed, but where the hosts were kind enough to leave drinks cooled in the fountain for the hikers. Putting some money in the glass jar, we all picked a lemonade to restore our sugar balance.

Photograph of the Ötscher in Lower Austria
Looking over to the Ötscher in Lower Austria

A person hiking
Stef walking in green surroundings.

 

About 8 hours and 1100 meters in altitude difference after the start, we arrived at the parking lot again.

We were tired, but all the gorgeous views, delicate smells (I LOVE conifers!) and wonderful memories were totally worth it!

I’m in love with the seasons! ❤

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relaxing with a view!


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go with the flow!

relaxing with a view!

relaxing with a view!

let me get this straight – i love winter sports. i love splitboard touring, i love snowboarding, i love cross country skiing, i love going for a walk in a wintery wonderland. last winter, i was very frustrated by the weather. we had had only a few powder days here in eastern austria, and it didn’t look much better in western austria. i was in a bad mood, constantly waiting for this one big dump that i had hoped for since the season before. but it never came.
we enjoyed some really great days in the mountains, but it just didn’t feel like a proper winter.

about 10 years ago, we would get lots of snow, even in the flat lands of eastern austria. when you were unlucky, you had to shovel yourself a passage through a snow windlip on the street to my parents’ village to get through by car. in the morning, you’d find your car hidden underneath some 30 centimeters of freshies and dug in even more by the snowplough. you could often go cross country skiing on the fields nearby, you could bobsleigh down hills, you could go skiing or snowboarding on the mountains close-by.

these times seem to be long gone. and so far, it doesn’t seem like they will come back this winter season.
i have gotten in one splitboard tour in lower austria in november and since then, nearly all the snow has melted and temperatures have risen again.

having a break in the sun.

having a break in the sun.

the big difference to last winter is my personal stance on the weather. i have decided not to get upset about the lack of snow and warm temperatures anymore.
i will do whatever i can to minimize my own negative impact on the climate, like reducing the waste i produce, reusing or repairing stuff before buying new things, eating a plant based diet and using my bike or my feet as means of transportation as often as possible.
i often pick up trash that i find washed upon a beach or lying around in nature. 3 days ago i found an empty bottle of vodka in a forest. i collected it and carried it with me until i reached the next trash can.
i will continue to do things like that because i truly believe that everyone of us can make a positive impact on the environment.
but still – i can’t change the weather, i can’t make it snow and i can’t reduce the temperature.
it is of no use to be upset because of the weather.
i have decided to adapt to the current situation, go with the flow and make the best of it!

for me, this means not driving hundreds of kilometers to the next glacier to be able to snowboard. i’d rather stick to the options i have in my nearer surroundings and embrace the beauty and fun that can be found here.
while i won’t be able to work on my snowboarding technique this way, i still can continue to build up stamina, balance and muscle power to help my body perform even better (and by the way, this year i have finally acknowledged that my body is already capable of so much awesome stuff, i’m really grateful for that!).

a fiery sunrise.

a fiery sunrise.

 

two weeks ago on sunday, i decided to flee from the ongoing fog that has been plaguing the valleys and flat land for the last week. i hopped into the car, drove for 30 minutes and then started a short hike. although i was tired and it was cold and foggy at the parking lot, i soon saw the first rays of sunshine and enjoyed a wonderful hike! it was warm and the birds sang a lovely song.

last weekend, roman and i finally had the chance to go on hikes together again!
on saturday, we conquered the paulmauer and on sunday, we summited the göller, both mountains in lower austria. the first one being more of a little hill, the second can be called a decent mountain already 😉

here are some pictures…


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an ode to the great outdoors.

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today i went on a little solo hiking mission on my beloved muckenkogel. the muckenkogel is a mellow mountain in lower austria, just a 30 minute drive from my home, which offers 4 different routes to the summit from one starting point and a few more from other points in the valley. the muckenkogel is only a bit over 1200 meters high, still you will have to master 900 meters altitude difference when you start your hike in the valley. all these facts make the muckenkogel a perfect mountain for me to work on my endurance. other than that, it’s also really beautiful there, thus i want to sing an ode to the great outdoors (not odors… post-hike odors are not ode-worthy in my book).

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the summit of the muckenkogel in the upper middle of the picture.
hiking is not a badass activity. it’s not glamorous, neither is it very exciting. still, i get excited on a regular basis when i’m hiking and this emotional high is due to the wonderful feeling that being in nature gives me.
i love to take in the vibrant colors of the sky, the plants, the rocks, the animals. when i’m inside a coniferous forest and i inhale the wonderful smell of a warm forest floor covered by needles from the trees it feels like a short holiday for my brain. watching butterflies twirl around in the air delightens me. and discovering a lizard or a beautiful bird is natures version of a surprise egg to me.

these sensations, combined with the physical demand of walking uphill and downhill, make hiking one of my favourite past-time activities.

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waterfall number 1 of 5.

and just so you know: science has just proven that being inside a forest is beneficial for our health (which we had already assumed before, hadn’t we? ;)). it reduces stress and the terpenes that plants emission to communicate with each other increase the power of our immune system.

we should all go for as much hikes as possible!

 

 

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found a broken glass bottle in the forest and picked up the shattered pieces.
please don’t leave glass in the woods, it can cause a fire!

 

 

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(the great odors)


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wonderful wednesday: riesneralm – kleines bärneck – gstemmerscharte – hintere mörsbachalm – donnersbachwald.

today, we went to the riesneralm, took the chairlifts up to the top and then descended towards the hintere mörsbachalm. then we started our ascent up to the kleines bärneck. from there, we rode down to the mössnakar. after arriving in this valley, we put our skins onto our splitboards again and hiked up to the gstemmerscharte, which allowed us to pass to the hintere mörsbachalm again. we followed the path to donnersbachwald and walked back to our car by foot.

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view from the top of the kleines bärneck.

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before the second descent.

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the second descent.


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exploring plannish columbia.

yesterday, we arrived in our new temporary home at the tauplitz. we unpacked our cars and then directly went to the tauplitz to snowboard. we enjoyed 2 hours of riding on the slopes (not enough snow off piste there, sadly), with perfect sunshine and only a few other people.

today, it was time for the first freeriding / touring day. we drove up to the planneralm (we jokingly call it “plannish columbia” in our little powder in the east circle of friends), took the rotbühelbahn chairlift and then checked the conditions. we decided that it would not be a good idea to hike up to the plannereck and descend towards the east. instead, we rode down to the valley and took the t-bar to the gläserboden. the conditions from there on seemed a lot better and we also talked to a group of guys who had just finished their hike back up again and confirmed, that taking this route will be pretty nice.

we hiked up a bit towards the großer rotbühel and then strapped in. the snow was okay – about 15cm of soft snow (from 2 days ago) on a layer of harder snow.

we dropped in and descended for about 300 vertical meters. after that, we switched our boards to walk mode and went up to the ridge. i struggled with my switchbacks a bit, so we determined that it would be a good idea to repeat this hike a second time.
we hiked up towards the großer rotbühel again, picked a line and enjoyed a few turns. then it was time to walk up again.
when we arrived at the ridge, we did a little switchback & riding in split-mode training, had a cup of tea and then rode back down to the slopes and to our car again.

-> see the map on bergfex.

planneralm

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summiting.

this was a very nice week! on thursday, we had a bank holiday in austria, so roman and i went hiking with 2 friends, nici and berni. our goal was to reach the veitsch summit via the rodel (a popular skiroute in winter). it’s a beautiful path!

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vytschoming via rodel.

 

yesterday, i did my first solo hike – i summited the schneeberg, which is lower austria’s highest mountain (2076 m). the route is approximately 15 kilometers long, with about 1200 metres of difference in altitude. it took me about 3,5 hours to get up there. it was rather hot and i had to rest a lot 😉
i completed the hike down in 2,5 hours.

schneeberg.
pieps plecotus enjoying the view.

 

schneeberg.
on top of the mountain. the metal thing behind me is the summit cross.


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holidays and other fun things

we’ve been on holidays in august, 2 weeks were spent camping, wakeboarding, hiking and enjoying life in general. here’s my report!

our first stop was in upper austria in linz. we went wakeboarding at the ausee, at the jetlake and visited fetzy at his private wakeboard lake. i survived my first backroll attempts there 😉

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ausee

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camping linz.

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camping linz.

after that, we paid a visit to salzburg. first, we checked out salzburg city, where we were able to stay at my sisters flat. we did some sight seeing, cycled around town and gave downhill mountainbiking a shot. the chosen track was definitely too hard & scary for me, but i enjoyed trying something new. if i had the time & money, i could absolutely see myself riding mtb aswell.
on our last day, we went to see the almwelle. this is a riversurfing spot in salzburg. since we don’t own a riversurf board, we thought why not try it with a wakeskate? funnily, it worked out and we were both able to ride a little bit. what a great, fun sport! i wish we had a riversurf spot in vienna aswell!

salzburg
salzburg.

mtb test
mountainbiking. i was scared and didn’t dare to ride down the course. later on, my sister informed me that 5 years ago she didn’t dare to ride the track aswell and that it’s not suitable for beginners… 😉
good that i didn’t fall in love with it, i can’t afford picking up a new hobby… and mountainbikes are fucking expensive aswell.

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riversurfing in salzburg! (that’s someone else on the picture) it was fun! i never thought we’d be able to ride this with a wakeskate (which is too short and doesn’t have enough volume at all to surf), but we did it. yeah, haha! (check out the funny dog on the right!)

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repairing my wakeboard at my sisters flat… surprisingly, it held up and it’s still okay 🙂

after a few days it was time to leave the city again. off to zell am see we went. we’ve been there a lot of times already and everytime again we are overwhelmed with how beautiful this place is.
we found a GREAT camping site (it was so luxurious they even had music blasting in the bathrooms ;)) with a small lake and were able to enjoy our stay there a lot. we went hiking twice, altough it was super hot. the highlight was the wasserfall weg (waterfall hike) at the grossglockner hochalpenstrasse. dreiwallnerhoehe (= maiskogel) was very nice aswell, the view was great, but all in all not as superb as the waterfall.

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we went hiking on the wasserfallweg near the grossglockner. summer heat & waterfall = good idea!

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the waterfall

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underneath the waterfall

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waterfallllll

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waterfallllll.

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pointing random shit out.

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waterfallllll.

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fed goats in the valley after the hike ❤

kitzsteinhorn
that’s the kitzsteinhorn.

dreiwallnerhoehe
on the next day, we hiked up to the dreiwallnerhoehe. it was too fucking hot, so we decided to ditch walking to the valley and took the gondola instead.

our final destination was germany. while the scenery was not able to hold up against sweet salzburg, the wakeboard park was A-MA-ZING!
they have 2 cables there, one runs clockwise, the other one counter-clockwise. it was a funny feeling to ride a clockwise turning cable.
both cables offer various obstacles, so we could widen our obstacle experience a bit.

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turncable. thannhausen, germany. a one of a kind wakeboard park.

camping
the second camping we stayed at in germany. the first one was pure shit. this one here was great! really beautiful.

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sunset at the lake at the camping 🙂 i mean… awww!

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roman cooking our last camping dinner.

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turncable once again on our last day.

 

 

after those great days, we went back home.
luckily, we are still able to enjoy some sweet late summer days, for example 3 weeks ago, when we went longboarding in lower austria:

longboarding lower austria, 2012

 
i hope autumn will offer good weather for various outdoor activities. i plan to go longboarding as much as possible, go hiking a lot, maybe also climbing outdoors, because i want to be in the best shape ever for the upcoming winter. we have lots of plans already and can’t wait for winter.