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Photo #1 from Unterhaching, Germany by Freistaat made on 2019-01-22 21:57 for Sola

I can’t remember when we ever had so much snow in the Alps. And in combination with the great weather I couldn’t help but doing a snowshoes tour.

Photo #2 from Unterhaching, Germany by Freistaat made on 2019-01-22 21:57 for Sola

I decided to climb Mount Stuhljöchl (2157 m) above Lake Achensee in Austria.

But when I woke up in the morning I hesitated. I had a bad feeling about that tour. 1200 hightmeters are massive, especially with deep snow. But I gave myself a jolt and started.

Photo #3 from Unterhaching, Germany by Freistaat made on 2019-01-22 21:57 for Sola

At the parking lot I saw this very useful device: It can check if your buried persons detector works accurately. Mine was alright.

Photo #4 from Unterhaching, Germany by Freistaat made on 2019-01-22 21:57 for Sola

The track was great. First I had to traverse a quiet forrest with magnificent views to the other side of the valley.

Photo #5 from Unterhaching, Germany by Freistaat made on 2019-01-22 21:57 for Sola

Then I reached this cabin. In summer farmers live here and their cattle graze on the alpine meadows.

Photo #6 from Unterhaching, Germany by Freistaat made on 2019-01-22 21:57 for Sola

But now the buildings almost vanish in the sheer masses of snow.

Photo #7 from Unterhaching, Germany by Freistaat made on 2019-01-22 21:57 for Sola

This was one of the pre-summits.

Photo #8 from Unterhaching, Germany by Freistaat made on 2019-01-22 21:57 for Sola

But until the real summit there was still some way to go. And how exhausting it was! I had to find my own path. The snow was about 4 meters high with half a meter of finest powder up above.

Photo #9 from Unterhaching, Germany by Freistaat made on 2019-01-22 21:57 for Sola

I struggled. Several times I thought about turning back. But during the breaks, necessary to catch some breath, I looked around me and the panorama motivated me to continue.

Photo #10 from Unterhaching, Germany by Freistaat made on 2019-01-22 21:57 for Sola

The view from the summit. I sat there in the arctic-like environment and enjoyed the sun.

A short video as a bonus. (Who can recognize the helicopter type just from its sound?)

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purpletrain
Awesome👍🏼 I like this safety check point too (ok, now call me typically Swiss ;)
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Freistaat
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They aren’t very common. But I really appreciate if there is one.
Escape
Möge sich ein Kätzchen auf Ihr Gesicht legen und Sie ersticken.
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Xixixi 🍀❓
Escape, 😂😂😂
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Freistaat
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Escape, 😆😂🙏
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heisenberg
Escape, chapeau!
Escape
Guys, 😉
Slowdowngandhi
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Escape, 😂😂😂😂😂
ml3269
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What a great card!!!!!!!!
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Freistaat
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Thank you so much!
Escape
* crunch squeak crunch squeak crunch squeak crunch squeak*
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ml3269
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😂😂😂😂yes...
Freistaat
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I felt like you guys might be interested in the sound that I heard for about 6 hours. But I decided to give you a short version 😉
Escape
I used to take my dog out walking in the snow, I had trekking boots and it sounded the same. Of course we didn't walk anywhere near as long as you, just an hour or two depending on the weather.
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Abdulwahab
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Freistaat
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Thank you ☺️
Red Studio
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Viqueen
Aaahh, so lovely! I never knew about the safety check points though. Such a good idea. Does it work with one particular kind of device?
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Freistaat
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As far as I know there are just two different systems. Recco is a passive reflector built in in a lot of high end ski clothing. It can only be detected with a strong, bulgy special radar. Mountain rescue people like to call it “great for finding dead bodies” in an avalanche. But it generally takes too long until the equipment is at the scene. But the most common system is LVS. And this really makes sense. It’s a small device that gives signals all the time and can be switched to searching. You can hope that if you get buried by an avalanche all the other people around start searching for you at once. All LVS devices are compatible with each other. And that’s the system that is checked by the machine displayed in the photo.
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Viqueen
Thanks for the explanation!
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Xixixi 🍀❓
Freistaat, wieder was gelernt, danke!!
Rêves d‘Or
Sehr beeindruckend🌻
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Freistaat
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Ich bin immer wieder überwältigt von der Schönheit der Berge.
Braulio 🥂=😊=🛫=🏖️
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Absolutely beautiful. I haven't seen the snow for two years now, and I won't see it for at least another year. The trips I have planned for this year does not include it. 🙁 I miss it.. Great card, thank you! 😊
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Freistaat
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I’m glad that I could bring back the memory for some seconds. My mindset is very influenced by the degree of latitude that I’ve been living in since my youth: Every autumn there’s a feeling coming up that I begin to long for snow and cold weather. And in spring it’s just the opposite. It’s like my mind is programmed to love the different seasons. I guess I couldn’t do without it.
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Khaliq
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Charlie🥓Waffles
We had -5C and colder for several days.. always dry with no snow.. then it started to snow.. and along with that it went to 2C 😑 so now we got slushy muddy snow again.. 🙄 i hate that 😅
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Freistaat
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Slushy snow is so annoying. We still have snow on the fields around. It’s more ice than slush.
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Slowdowngandhi
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Diesen Winter ist es schon krass.
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Freistaat
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Ja, einfach großartig. Muss ich ausnutzen. Am Dienstag soll es wieder sonnig sein, mal sehen, ob sich dann wieder eine Tour ergibt.
Slowdowngandhi
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Die Lawinengefahr ist nicht mehr so gross?
Freistaat
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Slowdowngandhi, ja, zwischen 1 und 2. Das ist kein Problem.
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Natalia
Под белоснежными покрывалом!
Freistaat
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Snow makes everything look so clean and smooth. I like it too.
Khaliq
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Steven
Beautiful country, and beautiful photo/video tours of it also. Thanks again for sharing. At the helicopter part. I immediately thought of the TV show MASH.
Freistaat
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Thank you so much! It reminded me of the Ride of the Valkyries scene in Apocalypse Now. I guess it was a civil version of the Bell UH-1.
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Abdulwahab
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Random Obsessions
I imagine with fresh powder that deep even snow shoes struggle to keep you up.
Freistaat
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That’s right. I sank in up to the half of my calves with almost every step.
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