Monday, May 9, 2016

A sad day at Hohe Wand

 Anu on Mond und Sterne 7-

The first pitch was pretty nice, but the rest of the route was loose and shitty

 On the way back we saw a helicopter flying close to the wall

 Soon the parking lot started to fill up with police cars

 A rescue copter landed on the nearby field

 Rescuers on the way

 Unfortunately there was nothing to be rescued anymore so the rescue copter flew away

A 21-year old climber had fallen 130-140 meters to the ground. Apparently he was climbing on easy ground without protection when a hold broke.

 The place was right under a via ferrata called Blutspur, which is known to have a dangerous approach.

 A police copter with a rescuer hanging on the rope

The accident happened right below the Skywalk

 The copter picked up the casualty

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Spring photos

Back to rope access business!

Time goes fast, I had to revalidate my IRATA ticket. I did it at Access Techniques in Sheffield, highly recommended!

 Peak District, bouldering with sheep

Adam was showing me some classics in the area. 

 When the British weather is what it is, bouldering is not a bad idea

 Especially when "longer routes" are as high as Rollarit

 Manchester, Olli getting excited

Eetu & the fingerboard. This is how to stay in shape when you don't have an access to real rock.

 The biggest lie ever

When you only have a one day free in between jobs, Hohe wand is not a bad place to be. We simul climbed Draschgrat in 42 minutes before heading back to the airport.

Anu has focused on training while I've been travelling, she ran Vienna City Marathon in 4:12:56. (With a bottle of dish soap and a sponge??)

Anu in Albenga

 Apparently it's a nice place

 Highline action at Peilstein

 They used a drone to fix the line

In the meantime I was stuck somewhere in the UK. Here is a light & fast solution for writing a book while travelling.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Winter in Austria vol 2

This winter has been a bit colder than the last one. This time we have experienced some minus degrees for several days in a row. At the coldest, the temps dropped to -7 degrees, which apparently is pretty hardcore around here. 

Seriously speaking, winter around Vienna can be quite foggy and rainy. The rookie mistake is to look outside the window and make plans based on local weather. Instead of the window, it’s better to check out webcams from crags or mountains that are on a bit higher altitude, like Schneeberg or Hohe Wand.

 Yes, it was raining in Mödling

 Hochfall at Hohe Wand 

Andreas moved back to Austria! Can't say I am surprised...

 The sea of fog

 More fog, this time at Frisbeeplatte

 It's a nice wall on solid limestone. The routes are 2-3 pitches long.

 Sara and Merry Christmas, one of the best grade 4 routes around: 60 meters of juggy limestone

 Days are shorter in the winter, but nothing compared to Northern Scandinavia

Back to Hohe Wand 

 Totenköpfl is one of the best sectors at Hohe Wand. The rock quality is superb.

 Anu on Osterhasi UIAA 7- 180 m / 6 pitches

 I rope soloed the route last year, but it was definitely worth climbing again

No need for long johns

 It's pretty steep climbing for the grade

 It's February 6th, helt okej!

 Next day at Nasenwand

It is a nice little crag in Dürnstein. It looks shitty but is actually pretty good. Some of the hardest routes are very similar to routes at Falkberget in Finland. 

 Nasenwand is known as a winter crag. If the sun is shining, you can climb here in a t-shirt even when it's -5 degrees. Donau on the background offers nice views, and there are some really good wineries around.

 Neue Sachlichkeit 9-

Nasenwand seems to be the only crag in Austria with soft grades.

A belayer on the top of Draschgrat. When climbing alone, it often feels pointless to carry a camera. But sometimes it is worth it.