Stephanie Jagl-Posch

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├Âtscher tour, 27.02.2011

finally we were able to hike up and RIDE (not hike, like the last time) down! ­čÖé we were pretty happy about that!
we arrived in lackenhof at about 12:30 am (rather late), packed our gear and then took the chairlift up the gro├čer ├Âtscher.
from the top station of the chairlift, we started to hike upwards to the peak. this took us about 1,5 hours (480 meters difference in altitude). we came to the conclusion, that it would be a good idea to invest in splitboards, because carrying about 10 kilograms of gear on your back when hiking upwards for 1,5 hours is not exactly the nicest thing to do ­čśë

the weather was fine. in the beginning, it was sunny, later on it got cloudy and a bit foggy – thankfully not too much, it didn’t affect the sight.
when we arrived at the peak, we took a short break to drink something, change our clothes, repack the backpacks and take a snapshot as proof that we made it to the peak.
funnily, roman met a couple that he knew up there… the world’s very small obviously!

├Âtscher
prooooof!

 

after about 15 minutes, we were ready to start the descent. we traversed to the left (west) for a while, the snow up there was rather hard and icy, since the peak is pretty exposed to the wind. a bit further down, we got into the f├╝rstenplan couloir and found soft, but wet snow there. the conditions were pretty good, we were expecting them to be much worse. we really enjoyed ourselves in the slushy snow.

towards the end of the run, we had to pass through the woods. we couldn’t avoid carrying the boards and walking, since there were so many stones visible.
after about 30 minutes, we reached the black slope and rode down to the parking lot. that was it – our first proper snowshoeing / freeriding tour! we were very stoked on that… also, we were happy that we were not really exhausted after this trip. obviously, leading a more active life really changes things, builds up stamina and strength!

for more pictures, click here! there’s a slideshow with all pics!

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hike2ride… or rather hike2hike.

today, roman and me went on our first proper snowshoe trip all on our own.

for preparation, we bought avalanche rescue sets and snowshoes, aswell as lots of books on avalanche awareness and skitouring. also, we took part in an SAAC avalanche awareness camp in westendorf, tyrol, and tried to learn as much about avalanche dangers and route planning as possible.
we checked the avalanche report in the morning and studied the route that we wanted to follow. we were lucky, the avalanche danger was only rated a 1 out of 5, so touring was possible.
after a proper breakfast, we packed all of our gear in my car and made our way to mariensee, about an hour from vienna.

when we got there, the weather was fine and we were looking forward to our little trip. sadly, there was not much snow…
we went up with the chairlift and then put our snowshoes on.

snowshoeing is fun!
(un)packing the snowshoe gear

we snowshoed to the west over the “steinerne stiege” for about an hour, then we reached a plateau and decided to rest a bit there. ah, that sandwich was delicious ­čśë

snowshoeing is fun!
snowshoeing is fun!
snowshoeing is fun!

we had to notice that it was not possible at all to ride down to the valley, due to the lack of snow, so we had to turn around and go back to our starting point. that was a bit of a bummer, but nevertheless, the trip was great fun. i’m sure we’ll go on a lot of snowshoe trips in the future, but hopefully we will be able to hike2ride instead of only hike2hike ­čśë

snowshoeing is fun!
roman being a gentleman and carrying my snowshoes for me ­čśë