... to realize why you should step securely and not be afraid of heights...

An Outing Over the Traunstein

When All Hallows’/All Saints’ gives a longer weekend, go for a quick change of scenery – like to the Alps. With a lull in between rather worse weather, head up a mountain.

Or, of course, get outdoors wherever you are. Remember, you can even use the city to your sports adventure advantage ;)

So, this November 1, over I went to the Traunstein, over the mountain itself, and back again…

In the morning, from afar
In the morning, from afar
Schloss Ort and the Traunstein
Schloss Ort and the Traunstein
Closer still...
Closer still…
Below the mountain...
Below the mountain… where stones dropping off it can kill you…
Looking back to the other lakeside
Looking back to the other lakeside
At the foot of the Naturfreundesteig trail
At the foot of the Naturfreundesteig trail…
... which starts like this
… which starts like this
Looking back down on the road after the first minute of climbing
Looking back down on the road after the first minute of climbing
And then, moving on up...
And then, moving on up…
... and up...
… and up…
...up....
…up….
... up some more...
… up some more…
... to realize why you should step securely and not be afraid of heights...
… to realize why you should step securely and not be afraid of heights…
... and realize you have gained in altitude...
… and realize you have gained in altitude…
... and still need to move further up...
… and still need to move further up…
... and up...
… and up…
... and into snow...
… and into snow…
... climbing further...
… climbing further…
... to suddenly reach the hut that was the climb's aim.
… to suddenly reach the hut that was the climb’s aim.

And of course – like life, the economy, and everything – mountain trails can’t just climb up forever. The descent, though, can be just as exhilarating as the views gained from the climb, and maybe even more fun, giving new impetus and motivation…

Starting on down, with even more snow than here at the beginning...
Starting on down, with even more snow than here at the beginning…
... over this (Mairalm) trail's switchbacks...
… over this (Mairalm) trail’s switchbacks…
... with its rocky, gnarly, muddy track...
… with its rocky, gnarly, muddy track…
... until an end's in sight...
… until an end’s in sight…
... and back on the road home.
… and back on the road home.
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It was a long-enough way, both for the approach and on the way back.

Strange thing is, this was “only” 33 km (compared to the 75 km not quite a week before), but the power necessary for the climb and the pounding of the descent made for quite a bit more exhaustion. Today, the day after, I feel it rather more – and then again, not nearly as much as I used to.

You get used to what you do, and get deeper into inertia or impetus, towards worse or better – but more on that in a forthcoming post.

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