the adventure continues:- 5:00 am, Disneyland, Schwänzeltanz and very wet Austrians!

5:00am – Waking up in the alps is truly something else! You really have to do it to believe how fresh the air is and the sounds are divine. No better or worse than the Australian bush, just different and truly unique. The river running, the bird sounds are beautiful and very different…..oh and the sun lighting the ridge line of an alpine summit is just glorious indeed.

Sunrise in the Alps. Zillertal,  Austria.
Sunrise in the Alps. Zillertal, Austria.

We had a slow start today, with an easy breakfast, packing up camp and just heading into town for supplies. We arrived at the crag and it was empty………so stoked! Paul-Mattheiu wanted to start the day with a traditional route that he had eyed off yesterday. So he pulled out the rack and began gearing up. The route was called “8/15” a cruisy 5b crack line that meandered left from the base of the cliff, topping out on the far left of the wall leaving you staring down at the river rushing past below.

Paul-Mattheiu placing gear on
Paul-Mattheiu placing gear on “8/15” 5b.
The author clipping bolts on
The author clipping bolts on “8/15” 5b.
Erin top-roping on
Erin top-roping on “8/15” 5b.

Erin and I did a lap on “8/15”. Between the three of us we managed to climb the same route in three different styles. As the crowd started to flow in we moved around into the warmth of the morning sun.

It was a glorious day and we spent it well on two fabulous routes “Disneyland” 5c, a slab line followed by Schwänzeltanz 6c (Waggle Dance) 6c. The technical crux on Schwänzeltanz was definitely through the first two bolts. Despite it being very safe, the falls were very awkward and straight on to a slab. This route was hard straight off the ground!

The author eyeing off the crux move on the slab - Schwänzeltanz 6c
The author eyeing off the crux move on the slab – Schwänzeltanz 6c
Layin' back in the Austrian Alps.....livin' the dream - Schwänzeltanz 6c
Layin’ back in the Austrian Alps…..livin’ the dream – Schwänzeltanz 6c
Paul-Mattheiu on the balance move just below the crux - Schwänzeltanz 6c
Paul-Mattheiu on the balance move just below the crux – Schwänzeltanz 6c
Paul-Mattheiu on the crux move - Schwänzeltanz 6c
Paul-Mattheiu on the crux move – Schwänzeltanz 6c
Paul-Mattheiu on the rope just like the author at about the same section of rock - Schwänzeltanz 6c
Paul-Mattheiu on the rope just like the author at about the same section of rock – Schwänzeltanz 6c

We only had one shot each and headed back to the car as Erin had this great idea that we should go and swim in the lake named Speicher Durlassboden in Gerlos on the border of Tirol and Salzburgerland. We took off and headed for our swim. When we arrived at the lake there on the jetty were a throng of young sexy Austrians girls in their bikini’s and an assortment of young adoring lads in board shorts all looking keen about the situation……..indeed.

Erin said “Are you going to do a bomb?” I replied “most definitely!” We put down our prized possessions and stepped to the edge of the jetty……..I jumped and as I went under, the impact tremor indicated I had displaced a very large amount of water. Erin and Paul followed suit and we laughed heartily at our intended result………….very very wet Austrians! The boys laughing loudly and the girls staring at them totally unimpressed. We swam for about twenty minutes and wandered back up to the cafe and had apple strudle and a Radler (a Zillertal Bier shandy with added lemon juice)……….a great finish to a great weekend……..indeed!

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