Königsleiten Early Sessions

Impatient for the season to get started, we drove to Gerlos where they had some pockets of artificial snow. We had discovered the snow patch yesterday and set to work on the 2 kickers (jumps) We only had one shovel so I got to watch him work, the kicker grew and grew… he hiked up once he…

Skiing Indoors in Belgium?!

That’s right, a ski-hall… wait, what is that?! Think: a giant construction container up on stilts. I was part of an Austrian group of Pinzgau ski schools and tourist agencies travelling to Belgium’s ski hall in Peer to promote tourism. The pictures of the hotel are courtesy of the hotel’s website (thanks again guys)! We arrived in…

Oh Madonna! Hiking in the Brenta Range

Thanks to a few vacation days bridging the gap to a long weekend, it was time to travel a little further away. We wanted to travel to Italy to Lake Garda for climbing and enjoyable Italian weather. Meeting up in Innsbruck, we started the task of reloading cars. We didn’t have exact plans but prepared for…

Swiss Climbing: Walen Lake and Säntis

When plans for Kaunertal fell through, I decided to go climbing with my Swiss friends. I talked to Dani who would be working at an expo. He mentioned that both Lippi and Roman were looking around for someone though. Roman agreed to an alpine climb, perfect for the nice weather forecast this weekend. I left for Switzerland straight from work and met up with…

2006 Park Opening! Hintertuxer Glacier

This weekend turned out mega cool! I was in Zillertal (aka Chillertal) for boarding. Everything going wrong at the last minute often makes for the most spontaneous and exciting weekends! Originally planning to spend the weekend with Steffie and Maier… I had to rethink it when they wrote Friday that they would only do a day trip on Sunday. I decided to just…

Climbers Paradise: Lake Garda is Mecca

Sitting in Caffetrentino, slurping the tasty cappuccino, trying to figure out what I should do the next day without climbing partners. The original plan was to climb with two people; one got stuck on business in the US and the was home with a concussion after headbutting a pole wakeboarding. 4 guys in a great mood sat down at the table next…

Slacking Around Moeserer Lake

The last weekend of July was a hit! I was in Scharnitz visiting Klaus, Mathias and Silke. Friday, we took a walk along the boarder of Austria and Germany, looking for rock climbing walls, went to dinner at the Old Mill then stopped by the village bar and had a drink there before going home. Saturday it was rainy,…

FreQuency Sessions

This weekend was unreal! Thursday night I got a call from Sven (hereafter named “my hero”) saying that he got me a free ticket for the FreQuency Festival in Salzburg on Friday. Steffie was already there with some friends of hers. I left for Salzburg on Friday right after work at 1:30pm. I met up with Steffie…

Rainy Steps on the Jenner

This Saturday was pretty rainy so we decided to just take a leisurely hike up to the Jenner Mountain. Steffie, Georg and I set off to tackle the 1000 Meters of altitude. The tour was pretty regardless of the weather, providing dramatic views of the Königssee (Kings Lake) which is likely the most beautiful lake in Germany. The…