Another week another peak

10 08 2011

This time I was headed for Krumbachstein, a 1.600m peak in the “Viennese Alps”. A nice trip altogether, but an expensive one. I ended up sacrificing my camera to make a short movie of the heaviest rain I have ever experienced being outside – let aside some crazy rains when sailing.

Before you ask: I was not hiking in a creek, the rain simply flooded the hiking trail. But see for yourself.

Fortunately this happened only during the last hour on the way down… it started out as quite a pretty day, see album below.

Krumbachstein – Album

For the records:
Kaiserbrunn – F. Haller Haus (burnt down!) – Wassersteig – Krumbachsattel – Krumbachstein – Lackaboden – “Eng” – Reichenau
7hrs, 1.100 m altitude

Hochturm hike

2 08 2011


I just re-read some of the things written last year and earlier. How things fade, importance and focus changes, life goes on. But too late for philosophy tonight. Will try to do some of that on another occasion.
Somehow Due Torri has lost a bit of its purpose, commenting on this exceptional year of my life and (almost) everything (important) that happened in it. Though it was fun to find out that the 2nd edition class of the world’s best Retail Banking MBA found out about it and read it, confirming a lot of my experiences on the MBA.

But I guess it still has the potential for an acceptable travel blog or something of that kind.

So to try and get back in tune with blogging here is a short report about a mountain trip in this summer-to-be. Last weekend I spent with friends close to Graz, celebrating common sailing experiences and two birthdays. And to burn some calories between those two parties my friends Hans and Robert and me went up Hochturm, a peak in the Alps near Eisenerz, the former center or iron mining in Austria (see HERE, quite interesting story btw).

On the way to Hochturm peak

As nice as it is having a whole mountain to yourself, the price to pay for that privilege was freezing our … off! The wind was blowing and the temperature was between 5 and 10°C.! On July 30th!! ‘Nuff said.

You can get a little impression here: