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Traunstein Trails: Naturfreundesteig

I’m not actually heading out into the mountains right now, but it’s time to finally show you one of my favorite “trails” there.

The idea of showing more of my usual trails in videos actually grew on me last year already… and then I promptly never put up the trail view video of what is easily the best-known and perhaps most interesting trail I’ve taken regularly:

The Naturfreundesteig up the Traunstein.

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Trails of Spring 1: Winter’s Last Hold at the Traunsee

The passion for exploratory living does, admittedly, profit handsomely from some studies in contrast.

My personal practice for that (as you, my dear readers, may have noticed ;) ) are trips to the Traunsee in the Salzkammergut, Upper Austria.

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A Short Winter Day’s Run

Short days, snowy ground, no time to explore?

Naturally, different conditions make for different situations. The long days of summer, especially when temperatures are also comfortable, make it easy to go out and explore, a winter’s cold and little sunlight takes more planning.

And yet. The day we went back into the Alps for the weekend, it was foggy. We arrived late. I went for a short run up the mountain behind the houses, anyways.

The light from the headlamp got absorbed and reflected so much, it was difficult to make out the ground, let alone see ahead. And it had been warmer than even just a week ago, meaning that the ground was muddy and slippery.

Then, but then. Coming up towards the top, the fog made way to clear skies. Over an ocean of white fog, the surrounding mountaintops were visible all around, illuminated by a crescent moon. Orion stood right above the Traunstein. It was pure magic.

And then, I dove right back down into the fog.

That was then. This day, I didn’t go out late, nor as early as last time, but only after the sun had come up. And up it came, to a beautifully clear blue sky. This time, the third time I went there, I finally managed to make my way all around the Traunstein, passing over the Hohe Scharte…

As so:

Traunstein Circle

Screenshot of the map from this “move

I’m still finding myself discovering new things. Not just from the impressions gained, though they are nice:

I’m also still discovering things…

  • from the distance – realizing that the ~31 km distance that was would be 3/4 of the way from where I normally live to Vienna, but running there would still feel odd;
  • from the bodily reactions – I haven’t exactly been doing much training recently, but going about a move like this in a nice mix of relaxed running as well as fast-paced walking, I feel that I could go on and don’t feel sore after an outing like this;
  • from the life tracking – which shows that I haven’t exactly been doing much training recently, indeed, but have been physically active quite a bit…

As always, if you want to know just exactly how little training it was, follow me on Movescount – or connect and comment using any of the other social links.

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... 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.

If you want to see more data, have a closer look at the map, or the like, the “move” is on Movescount. You are of course welcome to interact here, or there’s also the Facebook page for at home in….

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