Mountaineering is a dangerous pastime, make no mistake about it.
Last weekend I suffered a fall in the Dolomites in South Tyrol and badly injured my left arm, yet training and a fair share of luck saved me from far worse injuries.
So now is as good a time as any to give some information and guidance as to hazard prevention and preparations when making a mountain tour … read more
Cycling is one of my favorite outdoor activities during weekends or short vacations, and bike tours alongside the Main-Danube Canal between Nuremberg (German: Nürnberg, Middle Franconia) and Bamberg (Upper Franconia) belong to my personal subset of uncomplicated and convenient tours which do not demand much of a preparation.
There are virtually no climbs, and the track is more or less on my doorstep. For the seventy kilometers from Nürnberg … read more
Table of contents
- The Pyrenees
- Col du Tourmalet
- Hunt for the Col
I am on around 1300 meters altitude and the snow is glittering in the early afternoon sun.
It is the beginning of December, but I am wearing a simple cotton T-shirt while standing at the roadside ditch, my hands on the handlebar of my MTB.
As I was climbing up this mountain half an … read more