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Via Natura Ultra Trail Video

Back from the Bergmarathon around the Traunsee lake (once again), off to the OutDoor Friedrichshafen shortly, I finally put together a little video chronicling May’s Via Natura Ultra Trail (race report here, ‘high’ notes here, training – or rather, non-training – thoughts there). Instead of cutting together a Bergmarathon video, which will come later ;)

Still on through the Seetaler Alpen

Via Natura 100 Mile Mountain Ultra Trail Marathon

Writing the title as fully descriptive as the above seems an attempt to hit all the sweet key word spots of modern trail running – but how not? After all, this is – finally – the first 100 mile ultra marathon in Austria. And, it follows the uber-modern way of the MUT (mountain ultra trail) that Alpine trail runs have pretty much always followed…

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"Wir laufen andersrum"

The Linz Marathon for ‘the Other Team’

A straight white guy.

Not the usual person to stand up for feminism or gay rights. Not even the kind of person wanted in such movements, it often seems.

What am I doing even thinking about such “special interest” issues?

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Clouds Driven Up the Mountain

Backtracking from the Grossglockner

The Suunto Ambit2 (my tool of choice for an exploratory lifestyle to get at home) gets trackback – and sometimes, the power you need most is that to turn right back around…

My plans for this year’s running had included quitting with races and just going for runs on some hiking tracks that would circle around interesting places.

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3 in 30, the 1st: Ötscher-Ultra-Marathon

If “make yourself at home” means getting comfortable and lazy, someone failed to inform me. Or rather, I deliberately choose to ignore that all-too-common interpretation in favor of one that is more exploratory, exhausting – and rich in experiences.

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Alpannonia: Semmering, Still from Above

Ascension, Alone Along the Alpannonia…

Seeking adventure, you need to stop seeking and start moving.

It’s something I’m still learning myself, in many a context…

As I was ‘thinking up’ plans for this year’s running, a friend mentioned the Alpannonia hiking trail connecting the Alps and the Pannonian plains.

I live, more or less, on said plains, in the flatlands of “alpine” Austria’s East; now I also had the incentive of wanting to put the new Suunto Ambit2 through its paces, and with this year’s main official race I will participate in, the Lavaredo Ultra Trail, exactly 50 days away, Ascension Day seemed the perfect time to just get out and moving, doing some ascending of my own.

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Caked in Mud

A 60km Vacation at the 100 Miles of Istria…

So, I went to participate in this first race I’d planned for this year – the 100 Miles of Istria.

Finally (again, perhaps, after one vacation as a child) I visited Croatia, which is close, in a way, because the village where I live has enough of a Croatian background that I had learnt some of the language in elementary school.
And, I came away with very different lessons from the expected.

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Running Alpine Paths

Run the Planet, Ruin the World?

Trail running. Mountain ultramarathons. As you may have noticed (considering what I’ve been writing on all year), I find these activities to be among the greatest examples of an exploratory way of life.

It’s getting outdoors, getting into and doing something positive for the bodies we are, coming home in movement that lets all thought ebb away even as it carries to a deeper understanding of selves and locations. It’s so much.

It’s also a reason for and result of a love of wild nature – just what so many argue we’d need more of, in order to love and protect the world.

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Full (Vienna) Circle Into the New Year

How do you make yourself at home where you are, as you are, but with growth and learning?

For me, in 2012, this was very much about physical activity around the places where I live.

Often enough, truly around, seeing how I usually run in circles – and tried to circle around Vienna.

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