Category Archives: May 2012

Girlz active days…

…visiting Iris with Dani… Salzburg 25th to 28th of May 2012…

One day of biking…

on the way up to Gaisberg…
Iris…
at the top of Gaisberg… Salzburg’s “house-mountain”…
Dani, Iris, Mel…
cruising over the bridge…
and being rewarded by a cool trail…
Dani… in the background Iris…
later on…
day 2… (sunday)

Via Ferrata…

Grünstein Klettersteig in Berchtesgaden/Germany

Link to the Grünstein Klettersteig auf Bergsteigen.at

what a wonderful day…
the crowds are cruising over the Königssee… or not?…
here we are… standing in line… having tons of fun… the crowds at the other route… or not?…
somehow unbelievable… climbing and waiting… is it just this woman’s fault in the middle of the Via Ferrata that NOTHING is going on ;-)??? Happy to be at the other route… But… The easy and the difficult route lead together… So it’s waiting time… 😉
such a beautiful surrounding… Dani in action…
Iris…
hello, hello…
like that pic 🙂
worth all waiting…
no, it’s not the top yet, still some meters to go… on the way up… Dani enjoying the view…
wonderful view from the top…
here’s the crowd…
lazy dog…
 

day 3 / monday…

climbing day at Plombergstein/Wolfgangsee

http://www.bergsteigen.at/de/touren.aspx?ID=589 (copy the link for more information about the climbing wall and the area…)

 

view from the climbing wall…
wow…
Dani…
Iris…
Dani…
 

THANKS girls for such GREAT TIMES!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outdoor time…

…out for climbing and biking with friends… 🙂

 

biking with Dani…
view to the Inntal valley…
getting ready for biking in snow ;-)…
aaaahhhhhhh….
…dirty Andi… 🙂 …after a wet & dirty trailride in the woods…
Martin, Andi, Hannah, Matthi… riding the trails high above Innsbruck…
climbing day with Lulu…
on the way to Brünnsteinhütte… with Pia and Mankei…
our beautiful nature…
still a lot of snow on the mountains and on the hiking paths…
…and up again…
Kaisergebirge…
a tricky trail down through the forrest…
if you love your bike, you sometimes have to carry it…
it was a hard winter for our nature… still a lot of logs on the trails…
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biking in Finale Ligure…

Finale Ligure… A biking paradise… Situated at the ocean, Italian flair, Pizza, Pasta, Gelati – we all loved it there!!!!

Eight motivated bike-“freaks”, spread out in three different cars… Maik and his friend Marc already left early in the morning… Pia and me tried to leave at around 3 p.m. but due to the fact that I took both of my bikes with me, we had kind of a space problem 😉 3 bikes in my car, the camping matresses, the climbing gear, tent, etc… All fitted in my car, so it took a while 😉 Sabrina & Co left Innsbruck later, so we wanted to meet them in Finale…

7 hours later with a few stopps and a shock about the Italian gasoline prices, we finally arrived Finale… It was already dark and we had no clue where to find the Camping site ;-)… Maik tried to give us directions but no chance… Drove up there, back again, asked, but couldn’t find it, so we decided to stop in the woods to camp there…

It was a windy, spooky place with hardly any sleep… 😉

…our home for the first night…
The next day, beautiful weather outside… Started early to find our Shuttle Service http://www.ezefreeride.com for the next two days… Finale is known as a biking and climbing paradise. In terms of biking, more than six different shuttle services offer guiding and transport… Usually you start at around 9 a.m. until around 6 p.m. with a lunch break inbetween. Costs for the shuttle service including guide: 40 Euros/per day. Trails are from super flowy to very technical… You find everything…

Finally we met all of our friends and started out with Enrico and Marco from Ezefreeride… The two guys have their own business (Ezefreeride) and also offer B&B Appartements for bikers… But we stayed at a different place… Actually at a climber’s campsite 😉

We had two AWESOME days of “shuttling”, had some great riding and a super motivated group with all great riders!!

Here’s  a video to give you an impression how it was…

Trailsurfing in Finale..

…getting ready…
…beautiful view to the ocean… on this day you could even see the snowcaptured mountains of Korsika!!!!
Lulu, Mel & Pia…
…the Alps in the background…
our group…
Sabrina is wearing the NEW Go-Pro Bra :-)…
taking some breath from the long downhill trails…
from left to right: Johannes, Mel, Pia, Mike, Sabrina, Lulu
girls riding.. Mel…
Mel in action…
one of my favorite pix: Mike and Johannes posing inside the former Nato building…
Mel and Pia…
Mel, Mike, Johannes, Pia, Sabrina…
 

After two days of intense downhill biking it was time to pedal uphill by ourselves… We chose the area around Selva/Marie… Biking close to the ocean… What we didn’t know was that the 24hour Mountainbike Championships from Finale, http://www.24hfinale.com/24h/Percorso.it.html, was going on. So the trails we wanted to ride were not open for us 😦 It was a long day of waiting, cheering the bikers, finding other trails but at the end we found another cool trail to ride down and chill at the ocean…

waiting time…
view down to Varigotti…
rider of th 24h MTB race…
Mike following a rider of the race…
finally found another trail down…
chilling at the ocean…
The last day of our journey was like the weather forecast promised – wet… Nevertheless we went biking… Shuttled up to the Nato base, got dirty & had way to much fun 🙂

Finale – we’ll be back 🙂 Great times, great memories – thanks to Johannes, Mike, Sabrina, Damian, Lulu & Pia for such a cool trip!!!!!

Some more impressions…

Pia at the beach…
Lemontree…
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fischer Skimountaineering Shooting

Wake-up call at 4 ó clock in the morning… Together with teammates Steph and Basti and photographer Klaus Polzer, we leave for Kaunertaler glacier… A long drive with never-ending curves… Sitting in the back, not having had much for breakfast and the fast driving style of Klaus, well made it without that I got car sick… 🙂

It’s 7 a.m. and the glacier is already full of ski racers… The swiss national team, the polish national team… Loads of skiers up here… We are quite exotic with our rope, harness, pickaxe, etc… The sun is shining, the weather is blue… Weißseespitze in front of us…

It would have been a nice hike up there but it’s shooting time ;-)… Standing, waiting, enjoying the sun, the view…

Had a great day with the guys and also survived the hundred serpentines back out of the valley…

Herr Skrobar… Thanks a lot to http://www.stubai-bergsport.com for supporting us!!!!
photographer Klaus Polzer in action…
beautiful scenery…
Basti and Steph…
Mel… getting ready for skiing down again…

 

Stubai again…

It is a privilege of living in Innsbruck where you have the city, the surrounding mountains and loads of motivated sports people who share the same passion… In terms of freeriding, some of the best riders live here, one of them is Alex Hoffmann… No matter what time of the year, he is always super motivated for the mountains and on those “last days of winter”, I know who to call – thanks Alex 🙂 It’s always a pleasure and great fun riding with you!

Tuesday morning… In my car… Three young, talented, successful riders… Alex, his brother Joi  Hoffmann and Michi Trojer… Joi and Michi had their own projects for the day… Alex and me were checking other lines… But before that… A few km’s before the glacier, my car broke down… The tail-pipe didn’t want to stay where it belonged to…

hmmmm… not looking good 😦
We tried to fixed it with a rope… One km later it broke down again 😉 No chance… So we had to hitch-hike…

But it turned out to be a good day 🙂

First we hiked up Schaufelspitze…

…on the way up…
Schaufelspitze, 3333 m

…and rode down the North Face…

Steep entry where it’s just advisable to ride when there are absolutely safe snow conditions…And of course it’s ONLY for experts :-)…

…ready for drop-in…
Mel’s Helmcam-perspective…

Alex sendin’ it…
The conditions were changeable but it’s always a cool face to ride…

Done…

Next mission…

…looking good…

Hiking up…

Alex in front…
Mel behind…
…earn your turns…

Just in time when we got up to the top, I got a call from the ÖAMTC… The mechanic is here… Fixing the car, waiting for me… So a bit in a hurry now ;-)…

…on the way down…

Mel…

Alex had chosen a different, steeper, more narrow colouir… I was waiting for him at the bottom… Watching him riding down… Really coooool 🙂

Alex at the upper part of the colouir…
Looks impressive, was impressive…

What a day! Thxxxx Alex for the cool riding day and thxxxx Joi & Michi for the cool company 🙂

Enjoy the rest of the week!!!!

All the best, Mel:-)

Stubai…

Winter is still not over yet 🙂 Still good conditions up on the mountains… Together with Fischer Teambuddy Steph Skrobar and Patrick Ribis from the Freeridecenter Stubai I had another wonderful day on the mountain! We hiked up Schussgrubenkogel – what a funny name for a mountain… Skied down in unexpected good conditions and skinned up again to reach the Stubaier glacier ski resort again… Thanks for the day guys!!!!

Pic by Patrick Ribis
Pic by Patrick Ribis
Pic by Patrick Ribis
Mel – Pic by Patrick Ribis
Mel – Pic by Patrick Ribis

 

Weißseespitzen revival…

Two years ago I’ve already climbed up and skied the Weißseespitze Northface with Otti Hauer… We had great conditions, perfect weather… Today it was a bit different 😉 Although the weather forecast didn’t predict snowshowers and that bad weather, my Fischer teammate Steph Skrobar and me weren’t lucky… But that didn’t matter, we tried – sometimes you fail but without trying you’ll never know how it’s gonna be…

Wake up call at 4.45 a.m. No, I’m not a morning person, it’s always a mission ;-)… We drove to Kaunertal valley, the clouds were already greeting but we were still confident that the clouds would clear…

The Weißseespitze is a quite “easy” accessible mountain as you can drive up the street to the bottom station of the glacier ski resort… From there you hike/climb around 1,5 hours, 600 hm’s up a ice wall with up to 50 degrees… The last days were abnormal warm, so the decision for hiking this mountain made sense, as there is no long way traversing into a valley, short access, etc…

7.30 a.m. We are not the only ones up there… A lot of skiteams training and hitting the gates… Still no good visibility…

Took the T-bar up, waited up there, clouds were moving, a bit blue sky came out but clouds moved it away again…. The waiting game began… Took one round at the T-bar… Another one… Another one…

9.30 a.m. No chance, mother nature doesn’t want us to go up there today… No visibility, no chance, not a good idea to start hiking in the fog… Especially when you are on a glacier… But still, we had a good day, saw that the conditions up on the mountain are quite good… Tomorrow, next chance for another mission…

Here’s a short video:

Waiting game…

Have a good day, Mel:-)