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Hindelanger Klettersteig, amazing view over the Austrian Alps

Little did we know that we would hike on one of the longest and most popular Klettersteigs in this part of the Alps, when we contacted Sandra and Markus to ask if we could visit them on our way through Europe.  Hindelanger had been on Sandra and Markus wish-list for a long time, so we felt honored that they chose to take us with them on this adventure. They are very active people, and they have a blog where they document their many adventures with amazing photos, check out their blog herewhere they also wrote about our adventure together. Hindelanger was the first of a few adventures they had in mind for our visit, so we will divide our visit to Riezlern on three different blog posts starting with this Klettersteig on 2200 meter above sea level. 


Lite visste vi att vi skulle vandra på en av de längsta och mest populära Klettersteigs i den här delen av Alperna när vi bestämde oss för att kontakta Sandra och Markus och fråga om vi kunde komma förbi dem på vår väg genom Europa. Hindelanger hade varit på Sandra och Markus önskelista länge, så vi kände oss hedrade att de valde att ta med oss på detta äventyr. De är mycket aktiva människor, och de har en blog där de dokumenterar sina många äventyr med fantastiska bilder, kolla in deras blogg här, där de även skrivit om vårt äventyr tillsammans. Hindelanger var det första av flera äventyr som de hade i åtanke för vårt besök, så vi delar upp vårt besök i Riezlern på tre olika bloggposter som börjar med denna Klettersteig 2200 meter över havet.

Hindelanger Klettersteig is a very popular via ferrata and it was Sandra and Markus plans for our first adventure during our time  in Riezlern.

Sandra and Markus picked us up in Kempten Allgäu, Germany, after our train ride from Graz, Austria. It has been several years since we visited them last time, so it was time for a new visit. We picked up their old bikes from service on our way back to Austria, since they also had mountain bike plans for us during our stay with them.

Sandra and Markus place, where they call home. They are really active people so this is a perfect spot to have a home for them!

Markus showed us his automated hydroponics project and he is doing it thoroughly.

Water supply, humidity, nourishment and temperature is monitored and automated, and Markus has built and programmed everything by himself.

We started early the next day and it was time to tackle the famous Hindelanger Klettersteig.

The first mission is to get to the top of Nebelhorn, 2200 meters above sea level. You can hike up to the top, but it is preferable to take the cable cars, three of them, up to the top. You can purchase both one-way and two-way tickets, if you don’t want to hike down the mountain.

The Hindelanger Klettersteig starts from the top cabin at 2224 meter above sea level.

The ridge that we would spend the next five hours climbing up and down on.

The mission was to get to the Gosser Daumen, the green top to the right which is visible in the background.

You should be capable of handling heights if you decide to do the Hindelanger Klettersteig.

Klettersteig or via ferrata (Iron road) is a protected climbing route, where you can secure yourself to a steel cable which runs along the route.

Hindelanger Klettersteig is graded C on a via ferrata A-F difficulty scale, because there are parts of the route where the steel cables are absent. However, our feeling was that this was manageable if you’re not easily scared by heights and take your time.

The Klettersteig took around 5 hours for us to do, and then we had an additional 5 hours hiking down the mountain to get back to the car.

Ulrika in her favorite spot, sitting on a mountain looking down on the world!

The view over the Austrian Alps was amazing! Below are a slide show with more amazing pictures from the hike.

 

We hiked all the way down to Oberstdorf, doing a 1100 meter descent. These slopes are down hill slopes during the winter season.

A break on our way down eating some energy bars.

Next to a small waterfall.

15 km and 10 hours later later we finally reached the ski jumping towers in Oberstdorf. We have a video from our adventure below for people who are interested. This adventure was now a dear memory for us, but more adventures would come our way during the next few days. Thanks Sandra and Markus for taking us on this awesome adventure!

Klättring i Vang Vieng!

När vi kom till Vang Vieng och såg alla berg så började det klia i klätterfingrarna och vi bokade snabbt in oss hos en guide för att få en heldag att klättra med denna fantastiska utsikt som Vang Vieng har att erbjuda. Morgonen började oroväckande då vi vaknade upp kl 05.00 med åskmuller och blixtar. Tänk er filmen “War of the worlds” då blixtarna avlöste varandra och på vars sätt utomjordingarna tar sig ned på jorden för att invadera planeten! Ulrikas fantasi sprang iväg och hon förväntade sig nästan att tripods skulle dyka upp på morgonkvisten. Vi trodde att dagens klättring skulle bli inställd på grund av vädret, men vi var skyddade av ett fint överhäng (eller “the hangover”, som en led kallades!) från berget med härliga droppformationer att visa upp! Vi klätttrade härliga leder (5a-6a, alla med mer eller mindre överhäng) alltmedan blixtar lös upp himlen och åskmullret fortplantade sig mellan bergen. Sällskapet från Danmark (Heidi och Nina) och England (Matt, Christian and James)  gjorde inte dagen sämre! Nedan kommer några bilder och en video!

Our climbing fingers began to itch when we arrived in Vang Vieng and saw all the mountains, so we quickly booked a guide to get a full day of climbing with this amazing view that Vang Vieng has to offer. We got a bit worried when we woke up at 5:00 with thunder and lightning above our heads. Imagine the movie “War of the Worlds” when the flashes succeeded each other and the aliens got down on earth to invade the planet! Ulrika’s imagination ran away and she was nearly expecting tripods showing up at dawn! We thought that the days climbing would be canceled due to weather, but we were protected by a fine overhang (or hangover, which one route was called…) from the mountain that had lovely drip formations! We climbed lovely paths up the mountain (5a-6a, all with more or less overhang) while the lightening lit up the sky and the thunder propagated between the mountains. Our climbing buddies for the day from Denmark (Heidi and Nina) and England (Matthew, Christian and James) made the day even better! Below are some pictures and a video!

Morgonens vädder såg inte lovande ut! Morgning weather didnät look promising!

Morgonens vädder såg inte lovande ut! Morning weather didn’t look promising!

Men vi begav oss mot berget ändå! But we headed for the mountain anyway!

Men vi begav oss mot berget ändå! But we headed for the mountain anyway!

Ett av våra uppdrag vid dagens klättring! One of our missions for todays climbing!

Ett av våra uppdrag vid dagens klättring! One of our missions for todays climbing!

Ulrika klättrar! Ulrika climbing!

Ulrika klättrar! Ulrika climbing!

Droppformationer och kan du hitta klättraren i bilden? Drop formations and an you spot the climber?

Droppformationer och dagens uppdrag! Drop formations and todays mission!

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En av lederna vi provade! Kan ni hitta Pontus i bilden? One of the climbing routes we tried. Can you spot Pontus?

Så här dåligt var vädret utanför vår klättringsbubbla! This is how bad the weather was outside our climbing bubble!

Så här dåligt var vädret utanför vår klättringsbubbla! This is how bad the weather was outside our climbing bubble!

Kan ni hitta Ulrika i denna bild? Can you find Ulrika in this picture?

Kan ni hitta Ulrika i denna bild? Can you find Ulrika in this picture?

Pontus provar 6a leden och hamnade på 6b leden av misstag! Pontus going up the 6a rout (and accidently went in on the 6b route!

Pontus provar 6a leden och hamnade på 6b leden av misstag! Pontus going up the 6a route (and accidently went in on the 6b route!

Det dåliga vädret försvann lagom tills vi var klara med klättringen för dagen och skulle tillbaka till Vang Vieng! The bad weather disappeared just in time we were done with the climb of the day and was going back to Vang Vieng!

Det dåliga vädret försvann lagom tills vi var klara med klättringen för dagen och skulle tillbaka till Vang Vieng! The bad weather disappeared just in time when we were done with climbing for the day and was heading back to Vang Vieng!

Även solen tittade fram på hemvägen! Even the sun was coming out on our way home!

Även solen tittade fram på hemvägen! Even the sun was coming out on our way home! 

Klättring i Vang Vieng / Climbing in Vang Vieng:

 

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