Stephanie Jagl-Posch

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Splitboard Article in Volume Magazine

a short time ago, Roman and myself were asked to write an article for an austrian music magazine called Volume for their Freeride Special on the topic of Splitboarding. we sat down, thought about it, started to write, erased parts again but finally finished the piece and called it “Split it – Die Geschichte des Splitboards und wofür es gut ist”.

Volume Magazin

read it online here:
-> http://www.volume.at/magazin/kategorie-uebersicht/detailansicht/m05/4856/

 

thanks to Stephan from Die Bergstation for inviting us to be part of this Freeride Special!

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sunrise tour awesomeness.

on thursday, we started our day very early. the alarm went off at 4am, it kicked us out of our cozy bed & made us stumble into the kitchen for a bit of breakfast. we felt tired, cold and it was dark outside.

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we packed our backpacks with a small snack and something to drink, got dressed in all our gear and then went outside to find our car covered in a thick layer of ice. grrrr.
after 5 minutes of intense scratching around we managed to get off enough of the ice to ensure a safe drive.

we drove for about 30 minutes until we reached the parking lot of the planneralm. we were a bit late, so we saw a big part of our hiking group already starting the ascent. they all had their headlamps on and marched away into the darkness.

our shredbuddy G waited for us to get ready, while we put our shoes on, stuck the skins onto our splitboards and extended our poles.
then we started the hike up as well, for a short time with the help of our headlamps, immediately switching them off when we safely had reached our track.
it was still dark, but due to the snow all around us and the nearly full moon it was light enough to allow our eyes to recognize our surroundings.

we chatted a bit while walking, but also took in the bleak silence before the breaking dawn.

we topped out at 7am straight, after a short, refreshing hour on the path upwards.
everyone chose a good place in the front row to witness the upcoming spectacle. we drank tea, ate snacks and G even took the time to make some fresh coffee.

at about 7:15, it was time for the big play to start, the reason we all got up so damn early – the rising sun.
i’m not exaggerating if i say that it was extremely beautiful and the colors were amazing. you hardly ever see such great colors during daytime. sunset is also a completely different story.

in addition to this great spectacle of mother nature, i felt overwhelmed with joy to be able to share this moment with a bunch of friendly people and was also pretty proud of myself that i had the power to overcome my weaker self. of course it would have been cozier to just stay in bed, but sometimes you gotta do some work to experience extraordinary things.

i’ll leave you with some pictures of this adventure, enjoy!

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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