billi bierling female mountaineer and journalist from Germany

Wildspitze and other outdoor joys

I have been in Europe for two weeks and I am enjoying the good food, the clean air, the organised life and all the outdoor possibilities Europe has on offer. I have been swimming in lakes and rivers and have been hiking in the Alps.

 

Edi and I on top of the Wildspitze

Last week I went up the 3,768m-high Wildspitze, Austria’s second highest mountain, with my brother-in-law Edi. We had quite an interesting trip as we only started hiking to the Breslauer Hut, where we spent the night, at 10pm. The reason for this delay was a huge rock that had fallen onto the main road to Vent, the village where we started the climb from. The Austrian police had closed the road for about 30 hours and it only opened at 8pm. We rang the hut and asked the owners whether it would be ok to arrive as late as midnight. They were very friendly saying that they would wait for us and when we got there after a very steep and sweaty 1hrs45min walking in the moonshine, they even gave us some soup and an apple strudel!

After having had a miserable summer in Europe, Edi and I just had the best day on the Wildspitze, which made me realise that crampons and ice axes are also useful in the Alps and not only in the Himalaya.

The Wildspitze, a popular mountain in Austria

Since our trip to the Alps, I have utterly enjoyed Europe and I am really starting to appreciate the life here. However, I am looking forward to going back to Nepal at the end of August and first help Miss Hawley and then go back to Manaslu with Himalayan Experience, to compile Russell’s newsletter and, if time allows, climb the eighth highest peak in the world again.

But until then, I will gain some strength here in Europe and enjoy the time with my friends and family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Responses

  1. markus said on August 22, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    welcome back in good old germany :):)

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  2. Yves said on August 22, 2011 at 12:54 am

    Forget the snow … go rock climbing 🙂

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  3. Rosemary said on August 20, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Oh how I miss my daily apple strudel hum hum.You should see what they call apple strudel here in Ireland. Enjoy Gramisch-P. Love to all.

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  4. Marion said on August 20, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Grüß’ mir die Alpspitze und die Parkstraße! Bussi von Marion

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  5. Lizzy Hawker said on August 20, 2011 at 12:00 am

    hey Billi, kinda really nice to know you are close by – well just over a few mountain ranges!! hope so much that you are well and happy (inside and out) – when will you leave KTM for Manaslu? hope our paths will cross in KTM beginning Oct? big hug & much love, Lizzy

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