Thursday, November 27, 2014

Osp

Osp is a small town in southwestern Slovenia. It is close to both Italian and Croatian borders and only a few kilometers from the Mediterranean Sea. The distance from Mödling is 465 km, which might be a lot or not depending how you take it.  For us who are used to driving to Niemisel (320 km) and Hell (600 km) from Umeå, it’s quite ok for a weekend trip, especially as the whole way goes on good freeway. 

It's still possible to free climb around Vienna, but when the weather is bad, it's nice to have an option like this.


Osp


 Osp is basically one church and ten houses, there is not even a food store. Luckily, there is a refugio and camping...


...and some seriously good limestone. The approach to the closest sector (Banje) is about 5 minutes.


 Cactuses make you feel like being abroad 


The weather was nice and sunny. Actually it was too hot for our Spanish friend who wanted to climb in the shade all the time.


 Ruben & Suznji vertikale 7a+


 Some lower angle routes at Babna


Misja pec is about 15 min walking distance from Osp. 


The view of the other side of the crag. You can always find both shade and sun. And it’s not just steep and juggy tufa climbing, there are plenty of 40+ meter routes at Misja pec. At Velika Stena (close by crag) you can find even longer sport routes, up to 110 meters.



 Wouter working on Hobit 7c


An unknown climber on Talk is cheap 8c


 Waldek on Tortuga A 7b


 This angle shows the steepness a bit better…



Me & Tortuga A 7b


An unknown climber on Mr. bighand 8b+


An unknown climber on Galaktika 8a+


 Tedijeva luknja, a cave at Misja pec


 Traffic on the wall


 A good rest on Stinger 7c


 An unknown climber on Hugolina 7b+


 Sunset at Misja pec


 Niki coming down from a 6c route called 9a


There are 23 crags/sectors around Osp in the guidebook, but the ones within walking distance are enough reason to drive here.  This is Luknja, the home of Grande Grotta-like tufa climbing. 


 Back to refugio


 The place is not officially open yet, but it's one of the nicest and cleanest refugios I've ever been to.


The kitchen had a nice and big gas stove


 The owner of the refugio and wine from the nearby village, local enough for me


 Mandatory sunset photo


 Art photo of the day


Until the next time!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Campervan for sale (Renault Master 2004 with a new engine)

Sad but true, but it’s time to sell our beloved campervan. For the last years it has been our home on our climbing trips. We bought and built it in 2012 and since then we have driven almost 50 000 km around Europe. Most of the trips have been just weekend trips, but the car is very nice also for longer trips. The shower and heating system make living very comfortable. The longest time we have lived in the car has been two months in a row. 

The car is old, but as we bought a new engine to the car in 2013, I dare say it still has a lot of kilometers ahead. We have now driven 27 000 km with the new engine.

We have already got some questions from our friends who are wondering why are we selling the car. There are basically two reasons. The first one is that we don’t need it anymore. We have been climbing 4 days a week since we moved to Austria, and the longest we have been climbing so far is about 85 km from Mödling. It’s a bit pointless to have a campervan when driving home usually takes less than half an hour. It’s like living in Helsinki and having a campervan for climbing at Rollarit. Or living in Umeå and using a campervan at Vallberget. Of course, this probably will change for us in the future, but for the next few years it’s hard to see the need for a big campervan.

The second reason is that now we have possibility to buy a new car through Anu’s work, and in many ways it would be stupid not to use this possibility. However, having two cars is not the best option at the moment, so unfortunately it’s time to sell the van.


Here are the facts about the coolest campervan ever made:

-Renault Master Fdcuh6, registered 11/2004, mileage 446 723 km. 
-3 seats
-Consumption 8.3-8.7 liters on normal use 
-Engine changed into a factory new one in 2013 
(2.5 dCi114HP 84kW Diesel, currently we have driven 27 000 km with the new engine, all receipts available for the engine change 
-New turbo changed in 2013 together with the motor 
-Battery changed into new in 2012 
-Steering assist system changed in 2014 
-Brand new winter tires (purchased 29/10/2014) 
-OK summer tires with rims + 2 almost new studded tires 
-100-liter tank 
-Clutch changed into new in 2012 
-Webasto (Diesel heater, works fine) 
-Central locking of doors with remote control 
-Cruise control 
-2 keys, both with remote control for the doors 
-Electric windows 
-Electric mirrors 
-Airbag for the driver 
-Stamped in January 2014, running time to 31 Jan 2015. 
-Registered in Sweden as a light truck (B-license ok). 
-The van is 5.5 m long, and the height is 2.6 m inc. skylights (inside is approx. 185 cm). It fits 42 50-liter moving boxes even when the kitchen and the bed are in place. 

Camper stuff: 

-Table and seats for four, converts easily into a 110-120cm x 200 cm bed. (foot end of the bed is 110 cm wide, the other end 120 cm, with a thick and good mattress.) 
-The benches/bed covered with black leather imitation, easy to keep clean 
-Shower with a 20-liter water tank, which is easily enough for two people 
-Toilet (At the moment a camping toilet, it is also possible to have a bigger toilet in the shower room) 
-Efficient LEDs in the ceiling, (2 pcs 6x1 W LED) 
-Lots of storage space! Under the benches there is room for 4 x 50-liter moving boxes + 1 x 35 liter. Top shelves have 11 x 20-liter boxes, in the kitchen there is room for five 20-liter boxes or, alternatively, saucers and other kitchen utensils. 
-100Ah extra battery attached to the main battery; disconnected while at camp, and both are loaded while driving. An extra 70 Ah battery is included. 
Inverter 300W 
-Fuses separately for lights, water, 12V plugs (3) and a cooler 
-A full PK 10 (composite) gas bottle is included. 
-Laminate floor, cool interior design 
-Bedding mattress, blankets and pillows fit eg. in the space above the cab when not in use

Kitchen: 

-Gas stove (2 burners, bought as new in 2012).  
-Kitchen sink (water is lead into a waste water tank) 
-Water tap, with an electric pump 
-New (bought in 2014) 70-liter water tank (equipped with a submersible pump, 7 lit / min) 
-25-liter waste water tank (with a tap for easy emptying) 
-12V / 230V hot / cold bag 
-The kitchen is easy to fully remove and lift out 

Heating: 

-Gas heater with two elements (i.e., two different power levels); temperature can also be adjusted by opening sunroofs and ventilation ducts. In -30 degrees below zero, the bed is easily still at + 20 ° C! 
-Gas alarm

Ventilation: 

-Two skylights /roof windows. One 500x500 cm (bought as new in 2014), another with a powerful fan 280x280 cm (bought as new in 2012). Both have a mosquito net and shade curtains. 
-Small ventilator operating by a solar cell and a battery on the roof (bought as new in 2014). 
-One 12 x 12 cm ventilation hole on the side door (can be closed when needed). 
-A large holder for anti-moisturizers (fits up to 3 bags) 

Other: 

- Sound system, e.g. a 10" subwoofer (bought as new in 2012) with 1x200W amplifier (or 2x 80W stereo). The amplifier is ancient, but kicks nicely. 
-We can also discuss selling the van without camping gear. The car is also suitable as e.g. a moving truck. 

Faults: 

-AC exists, but does not work 
-Chair heater for the driver does not work 
-Locks operate with a remote control, but there are some problems in opening the driver's door and the back door manually. We have not had any problems as the two keys with remote controls are fine

At the moment, the car is located in Mödling, next to Vienna. We understand that the logistics may become a problem, so we are willing to refund the buyer a trip here (a flight ARN-VIE, HEL-VIE or equivalent, if the deal is closed. We can also deliver the car to Finland or Sweden (or anywhere) for a fee. 



Photos:



















More pics at Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/30778574@N05/sets/72157649109430951/

A bed conversion video: https://vimeo.com/52220045


Price request: 4900 €. 


Contact: korosuo(at)gmail.com, Tel: + 43-66-06080707 (you can also leave a callback request by SMS)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Schneeberg

Schneeberg (2076 m) is the highest mountain in Lower Austria and together with Rax (2007 m) considered the Viennese Hausberge (local mountains). Schneeberg is the mountain that seems to always rule the view when driving south from Vienna. If the weather is clear, Schneeberg is visible even from Vienna. 

We are not really mountain climbers, but what I was interested in the most were the 450 meter long sport routes that are on the west side of the mountain. However, Schneeberg is quite big and it’s not really obvious where we should go. And we didn’t even know for sure where we would like to go. Maybe to the top? Or at least above the clouds.

Most of the pictures of Schneeberg were taken from Puchberg am Schneeberg so we decided to go there at first. There actually is a train(!) from Puchberg to (almost) top of Schneeberg and for us, it sounded like a nice way to cheat our way to the summit.

However, 70 € for two was a bit too salty price. So, instead of train-mountaineering we bought a good map, and drove as high as we could with the car.


 Anu spotted a pizzeria at Hintern Federn, so here we go again... It was already 1:30 PM so I was a bit skeptical about our mountain climbing plans. However, the pizzeria was very close to a ski resort and the lift was running. We didn’t know where it would take us, but at least we would get 500 meters higher.


 Hydrating with red wine makes mountain climbing a bit more fun.



 Holy moly, snow


 Hiking makes you thirsty. Nice crags on the background. Probably not worth the hike though.


 No idea what the scale is, but these look nice.


 Smoky crags


 Ok, this is more fun than boulder hunting.


 Taking photos of snow made me feel like a Japanese tourist. 


Afternoon pizza & beer = no summit. Our high point was probably somewhere at 1500 - 1700 meters. We also missed those 450-meter sport routes, which happen to be located on the other side of the mountain. Still, we weren't too disappointed. 



After all, we got this


 This is the top of the snowy crags we saw before




 Clouds


 65 km of driving from Mödling, helt okej!


 Sun goes down, it's time to move


 Back in the foggy forest


 ISO 12800 gives a nice Blair Witch effect



 It was pretty foggy, but not a problem as long as there was a bit of sunlight



30 minutes later it was a bit different... with a headlamp you could see only about 1 or 2 meters. We found a bar on the top of the ski resort (closed, too bad), but the lift 50 meters away was impossible to find. Not that it would have been running any more, but there was a road close by and that might be the easiest way down. 

After wandering around for a while we ended up at a cabin. There were some lift workers who were just about to drive down. They offered to take us down so unfortunately we skipped the adventurous part of the day. A few minutes later we were already at our car and driving back to Mödling.  A nice way to spend a rainy day, and a not too bad alternative for crag hunting!