On Wednesday night Johannes, Ari and I escaped to Munich in the Ari-mobil. We landed at Sam and Sebas’ and hung out there for the evening.
Then on Thursday the journey continued to Filzmoos in Austria. We drove from there up to a car park below the hofpürglhuette where we meet Brendan and his lady Domi. The weather was much nicer than expected and we sweated our way up the short distance to the hut (about 50 minutes).
The hut is pretty nice. Typical alpine hut. We found a spot in the mattress area and sat out on the terrace for some lunch. In typical Ari fashion, Brendan, Johannes, and I shared most of her lunch.
Then it was off for a via ferrata route that turned out to be mostly a walk with a few not strictly necessary cables near the end. It was nice though and we had patches of snow to cross which amused us and we got to kick steps with our soft shoes in the soft snow.
There was a nice view from the summit of the steigkogel and we could see back down to the hut.
Suddenly terrified that we might get back too late for our Halbpension evening meal we headed off back down. This time we made use of the patches of snow and we did some premium glissading down to the main track. The snow was suitably soft and the gradient not too steep so as to make it safe.
We were all quite successful except that Brendan decided that his shoes were then too wet and that his bare mountain feet would be more appropriate for the rest of the way back along the stony route.
We ascended a short distance back to the steiglpass before heading back down towards the hut aided by more snow.
After dinner we got a little bit of sport climbing in on a couple of the 150+ routes in the area. We headed back down to the hut at dusk shortly before 10 pm. A nice day. Life is good.
Brendan came to visit on Friday evening and I met him with some folks from work in Bregenz. We had a drink or two and then after missing the last train got home with a mix of me running and sitting on the back of the one bike between us.
On Saturday we cruised over to Bregenz again and went climbing on the crag above the town. It was very nice and surprisingly empty considering it was a very nice day. We found a patch in the shade to climb in to reduce the sweating. We went swimming in the lake on the way back and then BBQed with a little one-use BBQ at the lake in the evening with some work friends.
On Sunday we headed to Allgäu and did the Salewa Klettersteig which was good fun and a bit scrambly. Brendan headed home and we went to dinner with some more work friends. A good weekend.
Oh, I also did the klettersteig with Frauke a while back.
Above: We set off in the sunshine with smiles on our faces.
Above left: I packed some rope in case of spooky bits. Above middle: In fact it was very steep in parts. This was a little tricky but Leonie managed just fine, although found it a bit spooky. Above right: It was often comforting to have a rope to attach ourselves to.
Above left: Brendan cruised ahead at times and waited for us at convenient spots. Above middle: This was probably the crux. A tricky section that required some arm strength. Above right: We made it to the top.
Above: At the top it was time for a very speedy lunch before running back down to the car and delivering Brendan to the train station.
We woke to rain on our tent. We prepared breakfast in the winter room and Leonie worked her magic on the wood fired stove. Soon we had warmth. We collected water from the roof and boiled it on the stove and it was enough to cook breakfast.
We packed and got ready to leave but the rain got heavier so we decided we may as well wash and we warmed more water for it.
Eventually we did leave and we headed down into Trento where the sun began to shine and it was a good summer-feeling temperature. We geeked out for a bit with thick Italian hot chocolate after wandering around being tourists.
We then drove off in search of some climbing. Our map failed us again and the road to the Refugio turned out to be a track. This wasn’t a problem though as our legs aren’t painted on.
After about half an hour walking with a short picnic in the middle we came across a nice little crag. The climbs were maybe 15 metres high at most. Instead of just one face there was a small maze of rocks with routes on them. We also had a nice view down to Trento. We got two climbs in before a storm came in and forced us to hide under an overhanging rock.
We headed back to the car after it cleared and drove North East to the dolomites where we called it a night.
Above left: It rained the next day so we huddled in the winter room boiling cups of tea on the wood fired stove that Leonie cranked up. We boiled enough water to wash outside in the rain and then clean ourselves with a hot flannel. Above middle: We had a poke around Trento once the sun came out. Above right: We found a nice wee crag near Trento with some quite doable climbs. We did a couple of climbs and then spent quite some time hiding under an overhang avoiding torrential rain that turned up. Eventually it cleared and the sun came out again and it was warm as if nothing had happened.
Above left: Leonie does some belaying. Above right: Bad weather on the way.
Above: Hiding under a rock from the rain.
I ran up Worsley’s and met Simon, Anita, and her friend Sarah at the Flying Nun MTB track. We wandered over to Transmitter Crag and Simon and I did some climbing there. The ladies talked lady-talk, looked after Elayna, and fed us delicious lunch goodies.
Above left: Simon and I found some nice climbs to lead and got to it. Above right: Some abseiling from the anchor bolt was involved.
Above left: Belaying was also involved. Myesss. Above right: I convinced Simon to take the camera and take happy snaps at the top of one of the climbs. Didn’t he do well?
I’ve just got back from ten days of lazing in Golden Bay, still the most bestest part of New Zealand.
We climbed, kayaked, ran, swam, rode, and pictionaried. Brendan and Andy joined us for a few days half way through and Katie did a cycling mission up to Takaka and we caught up with her briefly too.
Above left: We didn’t have such a good start to the trip with a tyre on the trailer needing replacing in Lewis Pass. The weather was very nice in the pass though so it wasn’t too bad. Above right: It was a beautiful day so we headed out in kayaks to the Tata Islands off Tata Beach.
Above Left: We landed on the island and had a bit of ginger beer to celebrate. Above Right: The island was inhabited by many shags.
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