One week of X-Alps training

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.
  • I’m sure we will rock the x-alps. 🤘
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    Xalps in 530 days: Winter Hike’n’Fly with amazing photos

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    You are lucky if you land next to a photographer.
    The Swiss’ flatlands are usually covered by a think layer of fog during the winter. Then it’s time to check some skiing areas’ webcams. And if it’s sunny up there, then go for a hike above the clouds.

    Last Sunday was one of these days. Mt. Rotenflue (1571m) in middle of the Mythen region / Central Switzerland was my destination for a small hike’n’fly tour. The flight was quite short, because I wouldn’t want to dive inside the thick layer of clouds. So I landed next to a ski slope – and next to a hobby photographer, who took some amazing photos. Enjoy them!

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    Photo by Ivo Räber.

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    Photo by Ivo Räber.

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    Photo by Ivo Räber.

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    Photo by Ivo Räber.


    Photo by A. Holler.


    Photo by A. Holler.


    Photo by A. Holler.

    Xalps in 531 days: Thermik Messe 2018

    On Saturday, Jan. 13th 2018, I visited one of the biggest fairs for paragliding pilots “Thermik-Messe 2018“. A good possibility to test new equipment.

    Minus:

    • ⛔️ A big traffic jam of more than 1 hour.
    • ⛔️  Some manufacturers only show a limited range of products. I would have been interested in ultralight rucksacks from Advance or GIN for example.

    Pluses:

    • ✅ Test of leightweight-rucksack Supair Trek-Light 350g
    • ✅ Test of leightweight-rucksack Skywalk HIKE X-ALPS Backpack
    • ✅  Test of leightweight-harness Skywalk RANGE X-ALPS2
    • ✅  Test of leightweight-harness Supair STRIKE
    • ✅  Many good conversations
    • ✅ Public presentations, especially Chrigel Maurer‘s ones.


    Chrigel Maurer (l.) is a talented speaker who’s experiences is pure gold. I truly recommend his presentations. 


    I’m not the only listener – He had a big big audience.  


    Here I’m sitting in Supair’s STRIKE which is almost to short for my 1.93m. But it is still comfortable. A solid harness of the 2kg class.