Last week we made an intense road trip throughout Switzerland in order to look for the best x-alps training ground.
We that’s me and Albert (yes, there are two of us 😉), a good friend of mine and experienced mountaineering buddy who wants to support me during the x-alps 2019.
The weather wasn’t too good, but that could not stop us from
searching new paths to hike up (Even some strategic ones especially around Matterhorn which was a turnpoint in past Redbull x-alps editions,
searching routes down in the valley to hike along (especially over mountain passes and the Mattertal),
and paragliding (from rainy to stable conditions).
But besides from those obviously necessary preparations for a Hike’n’Fly-competition, we studied a lot how to realize and optimize the things and gained experience.
Weight is king. Go light to go far AND longer.
Eating was a major success. I could keep my weight. 😊😊😊 And we were looking for a rich variety, not only pasta and high carb.
Sleeping was horrible. My air mattress lost air. And I had had no backup. Thunderstorms, humidity and loud neighbors at the camping made me sleep very little.
But that couldn’t bring us down. The atmosphere was always good, we could discuss things seriously and make good decisions. I’m really lucky to have such a cool mate on my side and I’m proud to be in a team with him.
The day before yesterday I had a entertaining and informative evening in Seon/CH. Mammut Alpine School invited to their “Workshop Skitourenguru” to Mammut’s Outlet-Store. Günter Schmudlach, creator and developer, was the speaker and talked about:
What is the value for Hike’n’Fly? Skitourenguru.ch is a tool for every Hike and Fly Pilot who’s not hibernating, but also exercises during the winter season.
It combines the information of Lawinenbulletin and topographicalmaps, which is also useful for winter hiking and snowshoeing.
With the project xalps in 555 days I want to develop my skills to stay in the 2019 edition of redbull x-alps.
What does that mean?
The Redbull x-alps are about going from Salzburg to Monaco (or at least as far as you can go until the race is over), only by foot or paragliding. (For more information about the exact route and its turnpoints and rules for 2017 you can read here)
Not every athlete is able to stay in the race until the end. Either eliminated or hurt, about one third doesn’t make it until the end. My aim is not to belong to that third. (2017 only 19 athletes out of 32 did it until the end.)
Therefore I need a lot of preparation. Physical and mental strength, material, strategies and the competence for XC-flying must be good enough to survive these 8-12 days.