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Tracking in Rax mountains

Did you ever try the barefoot hiking in Alps?

sunny 23 °C

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The Rax is a mountain range at the border of the Austrian federal provinces Lower Austria and Styria, situated in the Northern Limestone Alps. Rax is relatively easy reachable from Vienna by train. Then a shuttle - free during the day time, will take you to the lift at foot of the mountain massive. About 20 mins in the ski-lift -- it's almost vertical and supplies great views.

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At the top - alike everywhere in Austria, extensive / advanced infrastructure of all kinds of mountain activities: for hiking, for climbing, for skiing, for sleds, for children, for adults, for hungry and for thirsty people. You may find their just everything you need for successful day in mountains.

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We came there for hiking.

Very soon we found that my mom lost her soles. They just had fallen off of her expensive Italian mountain boots. She hobbled on mountain path, keeping the soles in her hands. Happily it happen on the plateau, which is almost flat and not on a vertical "goat trail". Roger was exceedingly worried look, he held her by the elbow. Occasionally his foot were slipping (as he wore inappropriate shoes) and then he was hunging up on her.

Normally I scold Andre for the habit to pick up "the rubbish", but now those multi-proposal plastic bands that he found on the ground couple of days ago - they were very handy. Being a worthy companion to my husband, I kept a sharp kitchen knife in the bag - to cut tomatoes. Don't forget that we were far from home and from all our equipment, so we should to improvise. Andre attached the soles back to the shoes rather quickly and they begun "walkable" again ... for some time.Definately, for barefood person the most reasonable was to go down by lift, but my heroic mother, warmed by not less heroic Roger, rejected the idea. What ever. After short walk on the plateau we begun the descent. Descent certainly easier than climbing, but I assure you, it was nevertheless serious enough even to our trained legs. There is an Austrian "light/medium trail" and it's nothing to do there for other nations. Austrians are born for mountain hiking. All of them. They are doing it from the birth to death, during whole their lives, they enjoy it - I have seen their shining eyes, they are singing in the way. They know what to eat when they arrive a heurige in the mid-way and to hold a pint of cold beer in never-trembling hands.

Our not-drinking and not-walking companions overestimated their capabilities. Clearly. But at that moment no one of us knew it yet.

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I will not bore you with all the details of this surrealistic trip through mountain forest. The trail was steep, sometimes even slippy, it took about 5 hours. My mom didn't complain a word, but when we arrived the mountain foot (relatively flat place, but not yet the end of the road) - her shoes were the completely no soles and her knees bended. Roger did endless number of ass-falls during the way, but, thanks God, didn't brake anything. And we - we found mushrooms. Eatable. We have eat them and still alive - you see, I even able to write this blog post. When we came to the road - it was too late for shuttle but we caught the last bus running to the train station. We reached the city in night. The happy end.


I liked the place and I think it worth the second visit - just Andre and me, alone


Posted by vanessa 22:43 Archived in Austria Tagged mountains hiking mountain track alps boots barefoot rax Comments (1)

Magnificent Alps - Dachstein in Salzkammergut

Alps in rainy days.

rain 18 °C


Dachstein in Salzkammergut is a magnificent region of Austrian Alps. The Dachstein mountain massive is about 3km high and definately it is great for skiing and hiking. But exept of breathtaking mountain views there are also: impressive historical heritage - 7,000 years (!) of salt mining, numerous caves, the fairytale (not kidding) town of Hallstadt on the fjord-like lake and hearty food.

It happen to be rainy and cool, but we really didn't mind.

Enourmous hiking area, wide range of landscapes and dramatic views, plants and animals. It's not the first our visit there, hopefully not the last as well.

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As I already mentioned there are numerous caves. The most famous and only ones that may b visited by walk are "Mammut Cave" and "Ice Cave". "Mammut Cave" is called so for its size, It's enourmous dry cave, cold (sitting deep inside the mountain). Walking through it takes about a hour.



Large and beautiful natural cave, full with icebergs, frozen water-cascades, "chapels" etc. Unfortunately my photos, taken with very primitive camera, doesn't describe much. The most impressive views were not closeups, but panoramic views of vast rooms, "decorated" with ice columns and cascades.

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Ancient and magnificent mountains. And here is something new: just above the abyss protrude concrete "fingers" - they are called "five fingers".

It's hard to take them into frame, but believe me, when you stay on the glass floor on the height of 3 km - then you feel if not the plane then at least the bird.

It's summer, but ski is always here


Posted by vanessa 08:05 Archived in Austria Tagged view caves cave 5 alps dachstein 5_fingers fingers salzkammergut Comments (0)


rain 17 °C

Obertraun is a village in the Salzkammergut. It's nothing special about the village itself: very beautiful, pastoral and cleanly - as elsewhere in Austria. In short, nothing extraordinary, yet delightful.

The river Traun and the lake...


So much fun for kids! BTW, it was about +17C, cool and rainy day, but I don't think anyone mind it!


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Posted by vanessa 20:37 Archived in Austria Tagged mountains lake river cave alps obertraun traun Comments (0)

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