What to do if the weather is terrible over the Alps and no way our girls skitour adventure will happen at all? Instead of a snow adventure we decided it is time to welcome spring and go climbing and biking at the Frankenjura More “Bike & Climb: a skitour substitute at the german cradle of sport climbing”
After a long summer of mountain biking I decided it is getting time to get back into some mountain adventures again taking a biking friend out on his first Via Ferrata. Getting up at 5am we drove down to the German Alps More “Via Ferrata Hindelang (Allgäu)”
For our summer girls weekend out we originally planned to do a nice climbing and mountaineering weekend to the Lämmeren hut starting from Kandersteg (CH). More “Girls Weekend Out:
“Sport” Climbing at Frankenjura”
As I needed to train a bit for our Chamonix adventure in January/Februar I had to do something about the lack of ski touring experience for the last couple of years. Visiting Max at his new place in Miesbach, Bavaria we decided to take the risk and despite the rain, which poured down on us instead of the lovely snow we had for days, we drove up to the beginning of the slopes. More “Ski Touring @Schliersee (Bavaria)”
How to define a perfect girls weekend outDoor?
- 1000m in hight uphill
- bivouac at 2500m sleeping under the starry sky during the nights of the perseids surrunded by several 4000m mountains (Eiger, Wetterhorn, Schreckhorn, Finsteraarhorn, etc.)
- whisteling marmots to accompany our dinner and chamoise flocks arround us
- being the first ones on the route up in the morning
- beautiful Via ferrata all along the ridge up the Schwarzhorn (2928m) climbing several steel ledders up two escarpments
- awsome blue sky with fantastic mountain views
- vanilla ice-cream with hot berries for dessert
- shopping at Grindlwald at the foot of the Eiger
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For years I was always hoping to do one of the black forrests finest single trail bike rides – the “Kandel ridgeway”: 1500 meter in hight, 50 kilometers (40% single trails) long and a pure 1.000 meters in height downhill on a very panoramic and challenging single trail in one piece. Finally this year after working hard to get fit again after Paula’s birth, I managed to talk Holger into adding this tour to our monthly club programme for July – YES! What I didn’t realize is: he added me as a co-guide to the programme to guide the first part of it – HELP! This means I had to go on a quest: trying to find the best and managable trails starting from my parents in law’s house in Freiburg up the first 20 kilometers. Luckily I knew most of the easier trails up from training again this spring, but to guide a group of 10-12 people is a bit different than just finding your own way according to your fitness level and motivation of the day.
Anyway – the tour was great, the weather perfect after a day of rain before, the trails awsome and the summit cake delicious! Why driving to the alps when you get some of the best biking close by. Unfortunately there are no pics from the best parts as we were to concentrated on the trails or tooo overwhelmed by the views 😉
5 weeks of parental leave together. But what to do with a 9 month old baby that we can all three enjoy? Daddy likes hiking and mountain biking, mummy also climbing and Paula would love to play at the beach enjoying the sand and water. So we are looking for a spot with great hiking, climbing, beach, nature, good food, interesting culture and definately stable and sunny weather but not tooo hot. Sounds like a lot to ask. Our solution: after 1 week climbing with friends south of Lyon we added another 2 weeks of family holiday on the island of beauty – Corse.
After a first couple of days being flat out because we thought we could just keep our old pre-baby shedule we found a good rythm for the three of us. One day full of outdoor adventure, one day rest day with beach, sand and playtime for Paula and relax time for us. Hikes have to be reduces to 4-5 hours walking max. – but in the hot summer sun that is more than enough anyway leaving us enought time to enjoy the great picturesque surroundings!
First week we stayed in Port Vecchio enjoying the beautiful beaches of Palombaggia, Santa Giulia and the little ones inbetween. A half-day trip to Bonaficio with its chalk cliffs and beautiful turquise waters was highly enjoyable. We also loved the great days hiking at Alta Rocca and the absolutely beautiful L’Ospedale forrest with one of the best waterfalls we saw so far (not big but very sweet in a perfect surrounding). The Bavella pass with its alpine feeling was unfortunately tooo windy – I almost got blown off by just leaving the car. Definately no hiking with Paula here that day. But the great drive down the east side passing great water pools al along the way made up for it. As a truck broke Mathias mountain bike trying to reverse into the parking but hitting our bike carrier all biking adventures had to be postponed to the next time. 🙁
The second week on Corse we moved upwards to Ghisonaccia as a base to explore the middle section of the island including the famous Restonica Valley where we did a fantastic but very hot hike up to the Lac de Melo. Paula enjoyed some play-time in the glacier lake while we tried to cool down coming to the conclusion skipping any midday walks from now on – the sun is burning and with a Paula backpack of 14 kilos including her, her drinks and food, absolutely killing up the steep rocky walk (trying to get arround the climbing bits). Unfortunately we could not continue to the next lake up as the via ferratta is not recommendable with a baby on the back. But the Lac de Melo is beautiful and Paula enjoyed her first glacier lake bath.
The next hike two days later was a 5 hours hike into the “hikers only” Tavignano Valley. A beautiful long path along the Tavignano river which gets wilder with every kilometer you walk. At the end some nice river pools are awaiting us for some refreshment. Somehow this was the first time Paula decided that she can’t sleep in her baby rucksack and did scream quite a bit which made us even walk faster hoping she would fall asleep. Unlucky us the last kilometer to the car we had to carry her as one of the screws of the rucksack came off and we couldn’t fix it leaving Paula hanging a bit tooo loose. With baby there are always these extra adventures you get. 😉
To sum up the two weeks we got to spend on Corse: Beatiful wild nature, perfect beaches and lagoons, great almost alpine hiking and next time we will have to check out some of the climbs and bike routes.
While spending 10 days at the Cape we got to stay 3 days at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve relaxing and enjoying the Game Drives! It is a beautiful place and a real retreat after some stressfull days with the film crews in Capetown 😉 . We saw white lions who just hunted an antilope, rhinos with babys (didn’t know they even come that small) elephants and all sorts of other great wildlife. The Cheetah unfortunately did hide just too well and even a more than 1 hour search didn’t really call her attention to leave her shady tree to pose in front of our cameras.