Sunday, 23 March 2014

Cima Presanella, 3558m

20th of march - time to start alpine climbs, even if it`s still early in the season for that kind of touring. Snow level in the Adamello-Presanella alps is above average this year and we are exited to be here. When Björn, Raphi and I finally reached the winter shelter it got already dark, probably we spent too much time eating panini on the way here (and Raphi for sure was anonnoyed because the skinns didn`t adhere on his skis). 


Anyway, we started early the next morning  - still not sure about the conditions in the face. Getting closer to the "Bergschrund" we noticed that it`s probably quite firm and some parts icy. Wind hammered the whole mountain range - Bummer! We definitely prefer soft snow, but as long as it is possible we agree to ride or ski down. For sure this face needs some more snowfalls with warmer temperatures in order that the snow sticks better to the steep. Somehow weird as people already start biking etc. but we are happy that winter isn`t over yet. After a challenging descent in the upper part, we had to change again back to crampons to climb down about 15m of glacier ice. Not even 50° but enough that steep becomes steeper... We are sure considering the conditions the only possibility we have and a good practice anyway. 






Cima Presanella

"face shot" for Björn




overcome the Bergschrund


Some great turns lead us back to the hut, followed by spring snow all the way down to the car - more than 2300m vertical descent from the top. With weather coming in we decided to go back home instead of doing another hike the next day. 

Again panini time...

Saturday, 15 March 2014

spring conditions? NOT.

Time passes by fast... so what happend?

After big dumps we went to the eastern part of tyrol for a few times (and of course "For A Few Lines More"). Deep and great terrain all around. Good times with Zlu, Alex, Neil and Pete!



Alex and me ready to drop for an easy line together


after we had good days filming lines higher up...


and finally conditions turned good for steeps with some more exposure.

Crampons VS. FlipFlops 1:0 haha


Sunday, 16 February 2014

From the West to the North...


Unfortunately mother nature didn`t bless us with tons of snow so far here in nothern Tyrol. Nevertheless we know where to find the snow and went to Engadin, Switzerland for the EngadinSnow Invitational, an unique contest format: 2 riders - same time in the face - competing in a k.O. system against another team... was lot of fun!



Beside the event all riders enjoyed the perfect snow conditions around Corvatsch and had sick runs..

waiting for the bus to return to the gondola
Joi and me doing some interview
Pillow time

Back home everything looks very different, springlike. In higher altitudes you can still find good conditions even in the north.

A ridge a day keeps the doctor away ;)










Sunday, 26 January 2014

SALEWA Climb to Ski Camp 2014

Salewa Climb to Ski Camp 2014: 10- 13th March

Take the chance to experience some nice days of hiking and riding around Fieberbrunn/ Austria - one of the spots of the Freeride World Tour

Application online until Feb. 7th

Saturday, 4 January 2014

winter 2014 - it`s ON

Who says it`s a bad winter so far? Make the best out of it!!

Thanks to my partners, have a great winter 2014



Saturday, 14 December 2013

BIANCOGRAT

´BIANCOGRAT` - Salewa Chronicles. Last spring after heavy snowfalls in June Alex Hoffmann I climbed up and rode this outstanding spine.. just beautiful up there

You like it, share it with your friends. Have a great winter start!

LINK: ´BIANCOGRAT´- SALEWA Chronicles

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Splitboard "tool time"

We got the first snow in the alps, meaning motivation for winter comes to it`s peak!

As more and more people ask me about how a Splitboard works, here is an interesting link:

www.wildschnee.de

"Do it your self" link click here !!

Since I got in contact with Markus Reichard who made my first Splitboard years ago, I did quite a lot touring not wasting energy anymore. Different terrain - from steep and sometimes icy to mellow powder runs. Before I was used to hike in deep fresh powder with snowshoes and also tried similar stuff. I always felt good with my Splitboard and could 100% trust it. For sure, especially in exposed lines you should double-check Board, Bindings and Crampons.

Thanks Markus!


My Splitboard Set-up:

FLOW Solitude "Custom" 169cm
Universal Splitboard Kit
POM Slider
Voile Climbing Skins
Split hooks


whiteroom camping session ( Fotos c Haller Zlu)