Friday, March 13, 2015

Austrian winter

Our first winter in Austria is slowly turning into spring. Even Laxenburg's ice cream shop just opened its doors again. I'm not sure if this winter has been an exception, but it's been quite warm. On the other hand, you can still find a real winter on the mountains.

We have been free climbing throughout the winter, and it's not as badass as it may sound. When the sun is shining, it's like Finnish summer (without the rain).

 Draschgrat (5+, 200m), a very nice arete at Hohe Wand

 The first pillar on Draschgrat

 Simulclimbing on De wüde Posteline 6+, 240 m

 We climbed the whole route as one long pitch. This is the last overhanging section. I run out of draws but I was lucky enough to have some trad gear with me.

 A raven enjoying the view

The mandatory sunset photo

A rainy day at Hohe Wand equals powder day at Stuhleck

 Stuhleck after the rain

 Kneedeep, helt okej

 Snowy forest

Snowy barns 

Winter & summer in the same photo