Monthly Archives: July 2010

Karwendel bike trip – Mittenwald

Right after the previously reported bike skill training we made a trip to Mittenwald (Karwendel mountains) – of course for mountain biking! There we tested the before learned techniques and enjoied the beautiful landscape.

For our tours through the mountains we were well prepared since we had downloaded the most promising (and classic) routes on a Garmin GPS device (thanks to Doreen for lending it to us). Regrettably, the part of real single trails was very low and most of the ways were forest or alp roads. So for understandable reasons we searched for every little path (dashed line in the map) close to our route. Sometimes we were successful and in other cases we were crawling down some creeks w/o any trace of a track (except a warning sign for risk of life at the end of the creek).

By using the new technique for stepp descents (propably not in a right way) I had a littly accident with a rollover which caused some scratches and a dent in the bike frame! Thx Tobi 😉 … usually I use to be far behind the seat so that rollovers are impossible!

To go on with bike damages – Denise broke her bike frame by jumping over a tiny bump. Luckily not so far away from our flat … So for the next tour we had to rent a new bike, which was really heavy and therefore a bad example for a full-suspension mtb.

Nice track on the Kranzberg. In the background the Wetterstein mountains

View from Kranzberg to Mittenwald and Karwendel massif

That are my shoes, and lake Wildensee and again the Karwendel mountains

Early morning fog

Typical one-hand portrait when there are no other passersby

Picturesque ensemble of old maple trees at Kleiner Ahornboden

Mountain idyll near Eppzirler Alm

Bizzare rock formations

Technical section on one of the few trails

Deep gorge with a nice track along ... the sign at the start indicated that this path would only be for expert pedestrians, but from above it looks like a nice bike trail!

A little tumble on rocky ground led to those scratches and this dent ...

The above mentioned broken bike frame

Always well equiped - my box of bike tools. We decided to dump the frame directly in Mittenwald, so we removed some of the usefull parts

The result of 10 minutes work

Denise on her rented bike - having fun by crossing a river directly

The map said, there IS a trail ...

... This sign says, there WAS a trail. One of these at the start of the creek would have been useful!

To close this post - here one of the few nice trails



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Bike skill training – Kempten/Allgäu

A few weeks ago Denise made me a great birthday present – a bike skill seminar – a thing I allways wanted to do!

At the first day we had some basic lectures at a parking ground, which means relatively flat area but tricky gravel ground! We got some instructions in basic position on the bike, right braking w/o leaving skid marks, and curve techniques. Advanced skills were lifting the front wheel and back wheel, and combining it to a “bunny hop” as well as handling switchbacks.

At the second day we tested the before learned tricks at real trails in the woods close to Kempten. The day ended with a superb trail along a so called “Tobel” (some kind of gorge).

Tobi, our teacher, was a really good one – allways relaxed and funny and very professional with a good didactical style at the same time! Thx for the great seminar …

Advertisement: (c) Britta

That's Tobi, our "teacher" (c) Britta

Denise, lifting the front wheel - if the back wheel follows, that will be a "bunny hop" (c) Tobi

Me, trying the same ... (c) Tobi

Here we go - the back wheel follows (w/o click pedals)! (c) Britta

The master shows us how it works (c) Britta

Our group at the field trip (c) Tobi

Denise, following the instructions for riding a switchback in steep area (c) Tobi

Here I try to implement the technique for fast curves (c) Tobi

Handle root steps (c) Britta

Tobi showed us directly what we made wrong or well (c) Britta

Denise (c) Britta

A bike in the sunset (c) Britta

A thunder storm is comming close

Of course we took the frisbee with us! Here in lake "Eschacher Weier" (c) Britta

View from our balcony to the Alps


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Two not really vertical Church Towers

„Oberkirche“ of Bad Frankenhausen (Kyffhaeuser): 2nd most oblique church of Germany

Oblique church in Bendeleben (Kyffhaeuser), a small village next to Bad Frankenhausen

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Escaping the Summer Heat – 3 Days in Arosa

For the next three day we excaped again from the damning heat. While the temperatures in Olten raises easily above 30°C, in the mountains it has only 20°C. So we travelled to Arosa. During the summer time a heaven for bikers.

Overnight we steaed in the cheepest hotel as a 1 hour internet search reveals. 50.00 CHF a double room including breakfast. The name of the hotel: „Basic Hotel“. 🙂 plus 10.00 CHF visitor’s tax per person. But for that you get an electronic keycard using 2 cable cars and train between Arosa and Langwies for free.

All Bike routes were intensively investigated and downloaded from www, quickly reworked , via GoogleEarth visualised and finally converted to dgb-Mapsource format ready to send to the GPS. Thanks to OpenStreetMap for providing free digital maps. (Regularly map updates of different regions can be downloaded from here.)

1st day: Arosa-Maran-Ochsenapl-Sattelapl-Aelplisee-Innerarosa-Arosa

2nd day: Arosa-Litzirueti-Enthalbwald-Molinis-St.Peter-Peist-Peister Alp-Blckter Fuerggli-Skihaus Casanna-Langwies-Train back to Arosa

3rd day: Cable car „Hoernlibahn“ uphill to „Hoernli“-Downhill to Arosa-Hinterwald-Alteiner Water Falls-Arosa → back to Olten, and Nordhausen respectivly.

Single trail above Lake „Schwellisee“

Country Sighting: View to Furcletta Pass and Aroser Rothhorn

on the way to Oschenalp, view to Peister Alp and the Fanin Pass

The 1st known word of human beeings = strawberry (no, obviously it's not „beer“ or „ruelps“). Found on a wooden hut at Peister Alp.

Top of Blackter Fuerggli, view to The Fondei, behind the mountains lays The Praettigau and Klosters

Railway station „Litzirueti“: up- and downhill train; unbeleavable: the gradient of the track. The train starts in Chur at 580 m above sea level and has to climb up to 1750 m sea leavel at Arosa.

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Ramble to Kleine Scheidegg

Doreen’s parents spent their holidays at The Black Forrest near the D-CH borderline and visited us during the 1st July weekend. Together we used the chance to go to the ragion of „Eiger“, „Moench“, and „Jungfrau“, where – maybe the world most famous – rack railway runs. Actually we wanted to drive till Wengen, but we quickly noticed that Wengen is a car free village. Hence we took the train to Wengen, that makes us about 6,00 CHF per person. After arriving Wengen we start the uphill walk to Kleine Scheidegg.

Wengen: Ancient rack railway train leaves

View back to Wengen, cumulus cloud ahead

Railway station Wengernalp, view to the opposite side of Lauterbrunnen Valley with river „Weisse Luetschine“

Tiny little construction train near Wengernalp


Eiger, Moench, and Darling

Btw, most of the train passengers were trigger happy Asian people :). The stereotype was completely perpentuated.

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Rhine Falls und Lake Hallwil

Using one of the scorching weekend making an easy bike tour to the Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen. The journey starts at Kaiserstuhl – Yes! – Swizerland has alot of Kaiserstuhlserissere.. – and we followed the main bicycle path at the right river side to Neuhausen crossing three times the D-CH borderline. Tributing the heat we decided to turn back taking the left Rhine side vie Rheinau, Tösseg, and Rheinsfelden. Btw, Tösseg is sayed to be a very famous restaurant as the many noble cars parking there indicated. We didn’t tryed it out – too expencive..

A little bit exhausted from the day before we made a smaller trip – by bicycle as well – to an other nice countryside: Lake Hallwil. After founding a free parking place in Seengen we took the way around Lake Hallwil clockwise. After a short, but heavy uphill passage because of hot and too sunny conditions we took a long time out.

On the way back to Seengen we passed a stoneaged graveyard: The „Hallstatt Grave“. The Geocache located there wasn’t found – pourly equipped… (please no comments about that 🙂 ).

Passing Birrwil and picking up a refreshing big soft ice we cycled further to the local famous Castle „Hallwyl“.

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