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Archive for September, 2015

Dachstein Mountain Tour

17.Sep.2015 by Alex Howe
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When there is no skiing in Austria the only thing that makes sense to me is to go hiking! We planned out what we thought would be a good 5-6 hour hike and started into the mountains.

 

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The group was Emily, Ethan, Caitlin, and myself for the first section. Then Caitlin was going to join Nick for some Kletterstieg once we put some miles in.

 

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We decided to take an out and back over a pass to get a view from them top. The pass had some unexpected Kletterstieg in it, but we scrambled up anyways.

 

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Caitlin was stoked to be in the mountains. She bought some new climbing equipment so she and Nick could venture up some tougher ascents.

 

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This is the group coming down the second pass. After this we ran along some scree fields and were supposed to meet Pepa at the Sudwandhutte, which sits below the tram to the glacier.

 

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Here you can see the scree fields to the left. The trail took us across those before heading up some steep switchbacks.

 

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Bathroom break at the Sudwandhutte. Pepa was nowhere in sight.

 

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Above the Sudwandhutte. The bottom tram station is in the distance to the left of the roof.

 

We didn’t find Pepa, but we found Nick waiting for us in a patch of grass on the side of the trail. This trail took us up and over our third pass of the day.

 

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Looking back out of the valley.

 

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Further up the valley. In the distance you can see the trail that we were taking. Caitlin and Nick took a trail that left the valley to the left and scrambled up the scree field before starting the rock ascent.

 

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Emily doing some climbing.

 

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Further up the valley.

 

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This trail took us along the rim of the valley we had just come up. The valley is to the right in this picture.

 

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Our trail from above.

 

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The coolest part of the hike was the knife edge that we took along the top of the valley.

 

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There were a couple short technical parts but mostly nice running!

 

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Looking back towards the mountain. Just on the other side was where we were doing our skiing earlier in the week.

 

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Heading toward the Guttenberg Haus. From here we were heading toward that little pass in the mountains just above Emily’s head.

 

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Cresting the last pass of the day. Down below you can see Ramsau and Schladming behind it.

 

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The last section before we hit the Guttenberg was awesome running. There were also sheep grazing in the mountains just below us.

 

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First sighting of the Guttenberg Haus. We were all pretty bonked by this point so it was a very welcome sight. 6 hours and 37 minutes to get there.

 

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Enjoying some Austrian bratwurst and kaiserschmarrn. After our late afternoon lunch we still had another hour run back down to the GRP headquarters. All downhill. Very worth it though!

First week in Ramsau!

11.Sep.2015 by Caitlin Patterson

The skiers and biathletes of the GRP are closing out our first week in Ramsau, Austria for this year’s September training camp.

Last Thursday, we drove from Craftsbury to Montreal (thank you Peter Graves for driving the van back to Craftsbury!), flew overnight from Montreal directly to Munich, and then drove the 3 hours from Munich to Ramsau. With only minor difficulties, ranging from finger surgery (not really, but kind of!) in the back of the van on the way to Canada, scrutiny of a propane torch attachment by baggage services, weighing and rearranging of carry-ons, processing of paperwork for biathlon rifles to cross two international borders, and the usual chaos of packing and unpacking vehicles with 37 pieces of 50lb luggage and 13 people, our travel was actually pretty smooth and we arrived on schedule on Friday afternoon.

Since then, our training camp has involved running with poles, rollerskiing, run/hiking, strength training, and most especially skiing on the Dachstein glacier, which is a short tram ride above the town of Ramsau. The weather was somewhat rainy and overcast for the first few days, but more recently we’ve been treated to sunshine both in the valley and on the glacier. It definitely helps our spirits when the weather is nice, but this is an exceptional place for all types of training no matter what, and it’s been a productive week of training!

Enjoy the photos below – taken by Pepa, Nick, and myself (Caitlin) – and follow us on Instagram (@greenracingproject) and Facebook (Craftsbury Green Racing Project) for more frequent photographic updates!

Rollerskiing through the green fields of Austria on our first full day in Europe

Rollerskiing through the green fields of Austria on our first full day in Europe

Why not skiing? It was actually cold, sometimes rainy, and up high the weather was bad... as much as it looks great down here in this spot of sun!

Why not skiing? On this day it was actually cold, sometimes rainy, and up high the weather was bad… as much as it looks great down in the valley in this spot of sun!

Ethan and Alex near the top of the 40 minute climb... for the 2nd time of the day.

Ethan and Alex near the top of the 40 minute climb… for the 2nd time of the day.

Even to our eyes, conditioned in the green mountain state of VT, these fields are vibrant!

Even to our eyes, conditioned in the green mountain state of VT, these fields are vibrant!

The mountains tower above the valley floor where we stay - this is taken just a few minutes walk from our house

The mountains tower above the valley floor – this is just a few minutes from our house

Austrian cows, complete with bells

Austrian cows, complete with bells

Hallie and Kait are excited for a sunny morning ski

Hallie and Kait are excited for a sunny morning ski

Thanks Pepa and Nick for coaching - from videoing, waxing, driving vans, consulting on training plans, organizing workouts, their days are never empty!

Thanks Pepa and Nick for coaching – from videoing, waxing, driving vans, consulting on training plans, organizing workouts, their days are never empty!

Most of these days from which you see the spectacularly sunny pictures, there was also swirling fog and clouds rolling in and out... it make it more dramatic, and we appreciate the sun more when it pops out!

Most of the days when we post photos of skiing in the sun, there was also swirling fog and clouds rolling through… this just makes it more dramatic, and we appreciate the sun more when it’s out!

Gliding through the fog

Gliding through the fog

Riding on top of the tram, looking back into the clouds below

Riding on top of the tram, looking back into the clouds below

Early morning, the plateau of the glacier above the cloudy valley floor

Early morning, the plateau of the glacier above the cloudy valley floor

Immense scale

Immense scale

A new day, a new skyline

A new day, a new skyline

Our playground above the mists

Our playground above the lower mountains and hills

Kait leads a train of GRP skiers

Kait leads a train of GRP skiers

Hallie and Nick

Hallie and Nick

Ethan and Casey

Ethan and Casey

Liz skis alongside one of many Russians training on the glacier too.

Liz skis alongside one of many Russians training on the glacier too.

The team! Left to right, Alex Howe, Hallie Grossman, Liz Guiney, Ida Sargent, Emily Dreissigacker, Casey Smith, Ethan Dreissigacker, Mike Gibson, Caitlin Patterson, Kait Miller, Heather Mooney

The team! From left: Alex Howe, Hallie Grossman, Liz Guiney, Ida Sargent, Emily Dreissigacker, Casey Smith, Ethan Dreissigacker, Mike Gibson, Caitlin Patterson, Kait Miller, Heather Mooney.  Thanks Craft Sportswear, Bliz Eyewear, and Skida for helping us look this great!