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Tremendous Trails Extra: Beware!

Eintrag vom: 22.03.2017 | von: Basti | in: Artikel, Privates


This last tour in our week of tremendous trails leads us to another lonesome cottage once used by King Ludwig II. The path towards it is already spectacular. The cottage itself is also awesome (0:50), being really simple, with outhouse toilets and everything of nothing. 😉

The sometimes exhausting way of accomodation pays of with a wonderful lake right at your service during breakfast (1:58). It cools you down perfectly for the trip up towards Schöttelkarspitze mountain top (3:55). The central showpiece is what to follow now: A high route (4:50) towards the next mountain top called “Soiernspitze” (6:40).

We decided to extend our trip in the beautiful valley between “Soiernspitze” and “Wörner” (8:00), where a comfortable lodge can be used for staying overnight (9:20) in a beautiful area. The next day, we walked back to the civilization over a shepherd trail (which we immediately realized at 10:40). We were even able to get a small drink at one shepherd’s place (11:20).

Why does the video stop there? Well, our hike was not over. However, it all turned dark right after the shepherd’s place as we had our first serious crash then – with helicopters and stuff. Luckily, everything went well and while we really thought, we’d lost something, some guardian angle watched us this time. Why did I put this at the end of the series?

Because it showed us what it really means to be out in nature and while you can hike at the most dangerous places, sometimes it can happen at spots you’d never expect. As beautiful as everything looks, you should never be deceived. So, if you’re out there this year: Be prepared, respect nature and take care!

(More hiking videos are in my playlist).

Tremendous Trails 7: Sleep like a King

Eintrag vom: 21.03.2017 | von: Basti | in: Artikel, Privates


Ever wanted to sleep at King Ludwig II of Bavaria’s place? Well, somehow, you can. In the mountains, not easily reachable and thus with little tourism, is one of his rather unknown “castles”. Well, it’s not Neuschwanstein, rather a lodge. Still, this mountain area is probably one of the best places he could have chosen – again.

First, you walk through a very narrow gorge (0:10), which in itself is an experience. Right at the end of it, there’s a trail formerly used to transport cows up to the Alpine meadows. Unbelievable nowadays, how any animal could have walked that path (1:45). King Ludwig hasn’t, of course. He was carried by his servants. We don’t. Pweh!

After endless stairs, you’ll reach the meadows area (4:00). The green is amazing towards the grey walls of stone. The castle/lodge is amazing, too (5:00) and luckily there’s also a place to eat. And sleep. Before the night falls, we stay at one of the best viewpoints of the “Wetterstein” mountain area, a pavilion once built for the King (5:30).

The next day, it drives us a little higher (7:00) towards another alpine lodge that is constructed boldly in a wind gap and right at the Austrian-German border (8:30). At the side is a mountain top called “Törlspitze”, which, I believe, was the first top over 2000m we did as a “BastiTour” (9:00). The way back leads through a alpine garden (I think the highest in Germany) and down a very steep and spectacular trail (10:40), called “Devil’s buttocks”.

This will not yet conclude the week of tremendous trails as I have one more extra video to include for some last words.

Tremendous Trails 6: Valley of Hell

Eintrag vom: 20.03.2017 | von: Basti | in: Artikel, Privates


In celebration of the relaunch of GipfelReisen.de I will post seven of my most favorite hiking videos for the coming week.

While my mountain videos normally don’t reach more than some hundred views, the one to “Riffelscharte” is already over 5000. Seems a lot of people are interested in this tour which I highly recommend to anyone without vertigo. (Unfortunately it does not include shots of the more spectacular portions of the trail, because, ironically, I did get vertigo on the way up, which you easily can recognize by my shaky filming).

This one gives spectacular views – be it at the steep face at the beginning, the impressive “Valley of Hell” once you crossed the mountain ridge or the even more impressive “hell gorge”. Everything is great at this tour and if you do it like we did (by taking the rack railroad to the station “Riffelriss”) it’s even not that exhausting… Pretty much one of the best one-day-trip we ever did!

Tremendous Trails 5: Hazing at Hazer

Eintrag vom: 19.03.2017 | von: Basti | in: Artikel, Privates


In celebration of the relaunch of GipfelReisen.de I will post seven of my most favorite hiking videos for the coming week.

Actually, walking up the “Schinder” is nothing to special. A lot of people do. The trail is more advanced and needs already some experience and a good equipment. The trip is exhausting at times, which probably gave the mountain the name. “Schinden” means “Grinding” or “Hazing”.

What I particularly like about this trail is the immediate loneliness you achieve after you crossed the last huts (0:25). You don’t see or hear streets, buildings or anything else about civilization. The only thing in your line of sight is massive stone. It’s rather uncommon to be away from anything so close to a large city like Munich so quickly, thanks to the lovely Valley of the “Valepp”, which is closed for most traffic. 2:45 gives a good impression how lonely views are getting after half-way up the mountain.

Furthermore, there are some nice yet unproblematic climbing passages in rough stone (3:10) which is rather uncommon in this area. All the sweat is paid of with amazing views over the lonely Valepp area at the top (7:50). The way back drags on quite some time (10:30) and makes you realize, how many metres you’ve crossed in steep terrain beforehand. The lodge at 11:15 sometimes sells water or milk which I think is the only way of getting something in a large part of this area if you ran out water. But never bet on it.

Anyway, surreal to have been away and back (12:55) from anything in such a short amount of time.

Tremendous Trails 4: All-in-One at Wendelstein

Eintrag vom: 18.03.2017 | von: Basti | in: Artikel, Privates


In celebration of the relaunch of GipfelReisen.de I will post seven of my most favorite hiking videos for the coming week.

You feel for a mountain experience but hiking alone is not what you seek? Or you want to have the wind of the high alpines without having to walk up 1000 metres in height? Here is a nice combination trip do-able from Munich by train by everyone:

First you take the train to “Brannenburg” which is roughly 1 hours from Munich. From the train station you can already see the mountains (0:00) and instead of walking up, it’s a walk *to* the mountains at first. You just follow signs to “Wendelsteinbahn”, the oldest working rack railway in Bavaria. After 30 minutes, you’ll reach the loading area and be ready to board! Considering that construction began in 1910, the route it takes is completely ridiculous and fascinating at the same time (0:15). The rack railway will bring you up approx. 1000 more metres close to the “Wendelstein” (1:10).

Yes, it’s pure tourism, yet it still has to offer something for everyone. Besides a restaurant (1:20), it also has a spectacular trail around the mountain summit which is not that exhausting as well (1:40). Just don’t expect to be there alone anytime of there year. Don’t miss to do the whole trip around the mountain for a little more private time (3:30) as most people take the same way back they came when they reached the top. If you’re newbee, watch your step at the more steeper parts of the trail. It’ll also leads you towards a large cave. Visting is recommended (3:50)!

After all that impressions, it’s time to continue. And as you already experiences a rack railway, a high mountain top, trails and a cave, it’s time for a cableway! Luckily, there is also a cableway still in operation (3:55). This one will lead you to the other side of the mountain with a Kneipp basin where you can bring your feet into perfect conditions again. How to get back from there? No problem: Another train station with trains to munich is just around the corner.

Tremendous Trails 3: Warm Fire and Icy Caves at Untersberg

Eintrag vom: 17.03.2017 | von: Basti | in: Artikel, Privates


In celebration of the relaunch of GipfelReisen.de I will post seven of my most favorite hiking videos for the coming week.

This is another tour of many faces. Like all the other trips before, I found a mountain name on map I had to laugh at. This time, it was “Bierfasslkopf” (a trivilized form of “head of a beer barrel”). Turns out, the decision to go there (which took me about 2 years to fullfil) was an awesome idea with the longest staircase I’ve ever taken, trails on steep mountain faces you can not believe they’re still usable, an otherwise forbidden fire celebration and mysterious ice cave.

The trail upwards is very steep, really exhausting and a little bit dangerous. It’s amazing that the whole way up is really more like one endless staircase. The trip gets more exiting, when the staircase decides to lean itself towards a steep face (3:15). Sliping can be deadly. Finally we reach a nice lodge on the windy side of the “Untersberg” mountain top (5:50).

We were at the lodge at the day of solstice, the only day where some people are allowed to make fire inside the Alps. As it dawned beautifully (6:45), we had one of the most impressive alpine evenings I can remember. It was freezingly cold at the night, so the fire was the only way for us to get at least some warmth.

The next day was beautiful, yet cloudy and so we walked in and above clouds towards am impressive wind gap (10:30) between to peaks with amazing views. Then, the trail did a turn you couldn’t believe it was able to do it… it lead towards a scarp that was so steep, it had to use tunnels in order to progress (11:30). One of our mates slipped at during some more dangerous parts at Minute 12:25 and nearly gave me a flatline. Eagles where watching us, too (12:40).

Then, out of nowhere, there is an entrance to a cave (13:20). The best case of global warming I got so far. Actually, the cave is full of ice even in summer. But this winter, the cave was not able to gain enough ice so most of it was gone already. Unfortunately, I ran out of battery at the end, so I only have several seconds left of the last ice part in the inner partof this impressive cave (14:00), rest being shots done with my mobile. The trail quickly lead us down to the other side of Untersberg where we took the bus back home.

Ah, yes: Bierfasslkopf is actually over the abyss at minute 4:43. Strange, what simple laughs at names can turn into at the end. 😉

Tremendous Trails 2: Vomiting at Reither Spitze

Eintrag vom: 16.03.2017 | von: Basti | in: Artikel, Privates


In celebration of the relaunch of GipfelReisen.de I will post seven of my most favorite hiking videos for the coming week.

The Munich Oktoberfest is also know as “Vomit Fest”. What could be better then to leave Munich in order to visit a mountain the is called “Am Kotzen” (“Vomiting“). As always, I found it on a map, surounded by lot’s of other “Vomit” thing, like the “Vomit Gorge” or “Vomit Cirque”. I had to go there. However, the tour turned out not at all as something to vomit.

I wanted to combine it with a larger experience of a higher mountain top, so we combined the trip with a walk over a mountain ridge (Minute 0:30) towards the Reither Spitze, reachable via a high alpine trail (3:10). It’s part of the “Karwendel” mountains, offering the most fascinating views of mountains primarily constructed out of lime! It’s so much rockwork everywhere (4:30)! As there is also a cableway leading up, this part is still heavily crowded.

It all changes when we walked down some steep trails to the other side of the Reither Spitze (5:30) towards a lodge (6:45) and into the area of the so-called “origin towers”. Nobody was taking that route and there was no civilization to be seen or heard anymore anywhere. Spooky! (8:00)

We were at “Vomiting” at minute 9:50. A trail into a surreal world of chalk massifs. Finally down again, we found an abandoned head of a valley (10:20) close to a small river that leads us back to the civilization. “Spitze” means “peak”, but it also can mean “marvelous” – and that is was it was!

Tremendous Trails 1: Obersalzberg

Eintrag vom: 15.03.2017 | von: Basti | in: Artikel, Privates


In celebration of the relaunch of GipfelReisen.de I will post seven of my most favorite hiking videos for the coming week.

I’ll start with a trip in the very South-East of Germany which I consider to probably be the best trip combination I ever did. Combining secret tunnels, a James Bond loft, a golden elevator, Indiana Jones, tobogganing and even Nazis.

We start in the town of Berchtesgaden where mining has been a big business. You can still visit the shafts with a train, but much more interstingly are some secret (yet still accesible) tunnels I found on my map. We made our way through some of these very narrow tunnels (minute 2:00) leading up to a rather forgotten German valley where we stayed at a mafia-like villa on the hillside. I still don’t know how I was able to book that thing for pretty much nothing (4:30). It was so spooky staying in it for the night (5:30).

As it was raining the next day, we combine the upcoming trip by both walking and taking the bus for one trip to the highest bus stop of Germany (7:00). It is a spectacular road, built during the Hitler era. The bus stop is right on another tunnel entrance that leads into a mountain, once used by Nazis (7:45). Right in the middle of the entrance there is a golden elevator, that takes you straight up through the mountain massif to the top of the so-called Eagle’s Nest (8:00).

The building on top was the secondary seat of Hitler’s government. The fog on that day does not do it’s position on the top of everything justice, but it underlines the dark past of this place. A lot of more strange things can be found at “Obersalzberg” but for now, we decided to talk a walk towards Buchenhöhe, which was like a spooky ghost town and the road used for the motorbike scene in Indiana Jones 3, none of which I unfortunately caught on camera.

Even more overgrown passages lead us more and more towards “Zinkenkopf”, a mountain top right at the Austrian border (10:00) where we finally find a place to eat. We need to catch a train on the Austrian side to get back and it is still a long hike, so we are able to shorten it by using a steep Toboggan right to the city of Hallein (11:00). I LOVE this system by the company Brandauer as it’s monorail-kind basis is really frightening and fast. Sadly, they’re not built anymore. Already afternoon, it was then just a straight walk through a wild and muddy gorge until the trail lead us back to civilized roads into the scenic alleys of Hallein with its train station (13:30).

I don’t think you could combine anything more in a 2 days hiking trip. Fantastic! If only Berchtesgaden would not always welcome us with rain. 😉

Neu: GipfelReisen.de repariert

Eintrag vom: 14.03.2017 | von: Basti | in: Privates


Als ich meine Video-Wander-Plattform GipfelReisen.de vor über 6 Jahren launchte, wurde die Einbindung der Bergvideos noch mittels Flash gemacht. Ja, ich war damals so drauf. Oder es war einfach die einfachere Variante. Völlig egal, warum: Seit 2017 unterstützt Youtube kein Flash mehr. Und so waren seit Januar auch alle meine Videos auf GipfelReisen.de nicht mehr aufrufbar, weil die Seite alle Videos über einen FlashPlayer abbildete.

Nun hatte ich endlich Zeit, auf HTML5 umzustellen. Ja, Maintenance ist nicht meine Stärke. 😉

Das ist natürlich wie immer komplexer, als man denkt – vor allen Dingen da GipfelReisen relativ automatisiert abläuft und jetzt rückwirkend kaum mehr Änderungen erlaubt. Es reicht also nicht, einfach nur den Player auszuwechseln. Long story short: Ihr müsstet dort ab sofort wieder alle Videos abrufen können, allerdings fehlen bei allen Videos vor 2017 derzeit die Thumbnails. Das sieht nicht schön aus, aber immerhin kann man nun vorerst wieder in bewegten Bergbildern stöbern. Was gibt es schöneres als sowas zur Einstimmung der kommenden Wandersaison? 😉 Der Player hat jetzt außerdem ein “slickeres” Design.

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Jetzt wird’s nur so langsam wieder Zeit, dass ich mir ein neues Objektiv besorge, damit ich 2017 wieder mit mehr durchstarten kann als hakelige GoPro Aufnahmen. Das Objektiv ist mir nämlich im Sommer 2016 blöderweise zerbrochen…



Persönliche QA

Eintrag vom: 22.02.2017 | von: Basti | in: Privates


Bin gerade in der Qualitätskontrolle, aber gleich fertig! :)