Craig visits

Craig came to visit for a few days.

On Saturday Leonie drove us out to Liechtenstein and we walked into the mountains, over the Three Sisters and back into Austria to Feldkirch where we took the train back to Lindau.

On Sunday morning it rained. We headed to Allageu around lunch time and by the time we arrived it was sunny. We went for a walk in the hills in the afternoon and then drove to Tannheim in Austria and camped the night there.

On Monday we did the Salewa Klettersteig again. We met Leonie at the top as we were a little pushed for time. The weather cleared on the summit and we had blue skies again.

On the way up we did some dog rescuing just before the crux of the climb. I swapped backpacks with a girl who was carrying her dog up to the summit with her so that she had less weight to carry.

 

Fürstensteig (Liechtenstein)So much view (The Three Sisters, Liechtenstein)

Above left: Craig and I got a lift out to Liechtenstein with Leonie and walked up into the mountains. We headed over a bunch of peaks to the Three Sisters and then down into Austria. We caught the train home from Feldkirch. Above right: The weather was pretty good.

Sun shining through the rock (The Three Sisters, Liechtenstein)Craig does some bouldering (The Three Sisters, Liechtenstein)

Above left: The rock formations were nice. Above right: Craig found some rock climbing to do.

At the top of somewhere (Allgäu)

Above: On Saturday we drove to Allgäu and went walking from Bad Hindelang into the hills above Oberjoch. The sun had come out after a rainy start to the day and it was quite nice.

Craig climbing (Salewa Klettersteig)Cris and dog (Salewa Klettersteig)At the top (Salewa Klettersteig)

Above left: Above middle: We did some rescuing on the way up. I swapped backpacks with a girl on the crux and carried her dog to the top.Above right: The weather cleared for us at the summit. Unfortunately I had forgot my camera so had to stick my phone.

Nagelfluhkette run

Tane turned up on Thursday evening for a few days before he heads down to Italy. Today we decided to stretch our legs and took the train to Immenstadt in the morning. After a quick fuel stop (hot chocolate, quark mandarin cake thing, and a chocolate croissant, yum) we headed up the valley from Immenstadt along the Nagelfluhkette/Panoramaweg following a very similar route to the Immenstadt Gebirgsmarathon.

We sweated along for a few hours, climbing and dropping again. The ridge is very narrow in places with good views down into the valley. Eventually we reached the gondola station on Hochgrat and stopped for germknödel, yum yum. The weather snapped from warm to cold-and-windy and we decided to take the gondola down. Unfortunately due to the wind they stopped the gondola and we had to wait an hour or so for a window of less wind before being sent down.

Tane setting off from Immenstadt  (Running Nagelfluhkette)_resizeTane ascending Stuiben 2 (Running Nagelfluhkette)_resizeTane running along the Nagelfluhkette (Running Nagelfluhkette)_resize

Above left: We set off from Immenstadt after stuffing our faces with delicious goodies from the bakery. Above middle: We headed up the valley and over a number of peaks including Stuiben here. Above right: When it was flat enough we ran.

Tane at Rindalphorn (Running Nagelfluhkette)_resizeCris on Hochgrat (Running Nagelfluhkette)_resizeTane at Hochgrat 2 (Running Nagelfluhkette)_resize

Above left: Tane did some reading along the way. Above middle: Cris did some posing. Above right: Sometimes we thought we were in Nepal.

The Germans should be more confident about their culinary abilities_resize

Above: The weather turned rubbish and we took the gondola down from Hochgrat. We decided against the German cuisine. There was something wrong with their advertising campaign.

Nagelfluhkette run: Moving time: 3:00:28  Dst: 16.6 km Ascent: 1838 m

Strava goodness:

RIG Schauinsland TT 2013

I dragged myself out of bed and headed to the start line for the RIG Schauinsland time trial. It was, being spring time in Freiburg, rather cold… At least that has been the pattern this spring and today was no different although it wasn’t raining! Aaaaamaaaazing.

There were 12 keen starters there at 9 am. My legs felt a little sluggish as I headed off as they didn’t seem to have recovered quite from the Tour de Kärnten and the Dolomites just yet. Despite this I puffed up the hill and was surprised when I looked at my speedo near the top and saw 36 minutes. Unfortunately I couldn’t push any harder along the flat section at the end but was still happy with my time of 38:15 (RIG time). This put me in 3rd place from the starters and in 3rd place overall for the RIG cup. The previous night’s alcohol seemed to have had a large negative impact on Marco as he would normally be a good bit faster than me on the climb. The time got me 6th place from 116 on Strava.

Schauinsland TT – Time 38:15 Dst: 11.4 km Avg: 18.1 km/h 33.8 Max: km/h Ascent: 773 m Place: 3rd


Above: Strava thought I was a second faster…

Skiing in Allgäu

Brendan, Andreas, and I met in Allgäu for the weekend. We stayed with the lovely Katha who kindly hosted three rowdy boys. We headed out with Katha and some of her friends on Friday night. On Saturday we headed off to Wertach, hired some touring skis and toured up Wertacherhörnle. The weather was delicious, the snow was fluffy, sunshine and lollipop were everywhere. There was, however, not a lot of the fluffy stuff and suspicious patches of grass could be seen in some places. From the summit we had a tasty descent into a little basin before skinning back up to the summit and descending back down the mountain, stopping briefly at a little hut for some suppage. We dined in with Katha in the evening. She had to work again on Sunday so we headed to Tannheimer Tal for a day of skiing on the piste and in the powder off it. We found a hundred different ways to descend through the forest. Andreas had told us how he hadn’t skied for 15 years but it seemed he hadn’t forgotten. We carved down nice powdery slopes through the trees. Back to Freiburg in the evening.

Andy touring (Ski tour Wertacherhörnle)Brendan walking towards the summit (Ski tour Wertacherhörnle)

Abpve left: Andy heads up through the forest towards Wertacherhörnle. Above right: The weather was fantastic. Blue skies and sun. Brendan does some trekking in short sleeves.

View towards the summit (Ski tour Wertacherhörnle)View towards the real summit (Ski tour Wertacherhörnle)

Above left: View looking up towards the summit. Above right: We cruised along the ridge to the real summit complete with gipfelkreuz.

Cross country skiing Schauinsland March 2013

Some cross country skiing fun at SchauinslandSnowy trees (Schauinsland Loipe)

Above left: Jochen, Waltraud, Sebastian, Rebecca, and I went for a quick smash around the Schauinsland loipe on our cross country skis. The loipe was hard and the weather was nice and sunny. Yay. Unfortunately Seb seemed to be dying from some sort of lurgi and went home early.  Above right: There were patches of mist along the way but predominantly blue skies.