Archiv für den Monat: Januar 2008

Snow Rails

Snow will stick to almost anything – given the right combination of temperature, sunlight, wind direction, altitude and some degree of human interference. Now let’s guesstimate the figures: -7 degrees C, yes, west, 2500m, engineers. Still working on the formula…

More snow art

Snowshoeing and Snowboarding

Well, let’s just call it one of those days where the weather forecast wasn’t even remotely exaggerated and conditions are near perfect. Started our tour around 8.30 am – not an early start, but early enough to beat the crowds for most of the trip. Can you tell who took the photograph? Ah well, that was easy…

Shadows

It’s really just a pleasure to be out there and enjoy the views while slowly but surely climbing further to the top.

Ascent

One of the most famous mountains around – you can see the exceptional shape of the mountain from far away, but the closer you actually get to it, the more majestic it builds up in front of you. Some of the walls are overhanging and you are advised NOT to ski or snowboard down the main rock wall in the middle of the image – NOT even if you are one of the more extreme ones out there! Also, you are meant to be quiet when passing this area as the marmots are asleep an estimated 3 meters underneath the surface. You don’t want to wake them in the middle of winter – they get REALLY grumpy!

Moutain panorama

Nice play of scale, shape, texture and light I reckon. The slope you’ve been dreaming about the night before…

Snow art

And there we are – that’s us on the summit – ready for the downhill part of this trip.

On the top

Concentrate and then just trust your senses!

Downhill

Improv sledging

We were actually just going for an easy walk when we found this awesome sledge smashed behind some trees. Got it out, did some magic to it and wow – there it is – ready to be patented. That’s where a little wood engineering comes in handy… Requires some skills to get it going and keep sitting on it 🙂

sledge-1

The further you lean backwards, the faster the thing goes and the more fun … until you hit that tipping point, where it starts to scare you – then, well – then you kind of loose your faith, you loose your coordination and that’s it then – gone you are – falling off the damn thing, trying to protect yourself while tumbling through the snow.

sledge-2

… and that’s all that there is left after a decent crash – too bad we didn’t have any proper nails or screws or even just a piece of string to repair the little rocket – ah well – next time we’ll be back with more tools, more faith and more fractures!

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