"The Roof of Austria" - Adventure Trip Großglockner

Nov 6, 2013 at 4:31
by Hannes Klausner  

4 guys, 4 bikes, 4 days. The area around the biggest mountain in Austria is worth a trip for sure, so Hannes, Christoph, Steve and Michi geared up again for their annual adventure during Autumn 2013.

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Checking the equipment, having a look at the map and getting in some energy for the upcoming bike adventure we are looking forward to.

Photo Story Photo Christoph Breiner
Beautiful, loud and high. An amazing waterfall stopped us on our way up to Hohe Tauern. Fresh air and some nice rides to start the trip.

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Day 1 camping place. We can´t wait to get high up into the mountains the next day.

Photo Story Photo Ehrenbrandtner

Photo Story Photo Ehrenbrandtner

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Steve, Christoph and Hannes. Hiking and talking lines.

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After a long drive and some hard hiking sessions that took us a full day and night to get here it´s finally time for a ride. Rough terrain, steep lines in between big rocks and a breathtaking panoramic view around us. The perfect place to ride our bikes.

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Not a good place to crash. Michi went down hard. Part of the game.

Photo Story Photo Christoph Breiner

Photo Story Photo Christoph Breiner
Every day again. Checking the map for a new area to ride and a good place to camp.

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Photo Story Photo Breiner
Camp. Fire. Grill. Friends. Epic. What more can you expect as a rider? This was just an amazing time looking back on a great day's ride and forward to a lot more adventure still to come. Sometimes you just wish you could stop time for a moment like this.

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Our friends for this night. Cows coming very close and a frightened bat.

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What a morning to wake up to with the sun shining and nothing more to do than get a nice coffee in, find a natural toilet and have a full day of riding to come.

Photo Story Photo Christoph Breiner

Photo Story Photo Christoph Breiner

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Photo Story Photo Christoph Breiner
Epic sunset rides, never ending dusty single track and cow shit skulls to ride through. Something you usually don´t have on your daily ride.

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Last night´s lodging for our bikes. Just the best for the beauties.

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A last ride into the sunset with an amazing view over this valley that sits in between numerous peaks in the middle of the highest area in Austria.

"Our bikes bring us to places school never could!"

What a true saying based on our refections of this short trip we just did. We are so thankful to our sport and to each other for joining the moments in life like these.

Nothing more to say than "Go out and ride your bike! It´s worth it."


Riders: Hannes Klausner, Steve Oberbichler
Photographers: Christoph Breiner, Michael Ehrenbrandtner

Thanks to: Merida Bikes, Manitou/Hayes, ION, Five Ten, Bikebox Linz, Red Bull
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31 Comments

  • + 70
 It would be cool is pink bike did an article about packing for trips like this! Like how to pack compactly, what to pack, what the best tents/gear is to get. I've always wanted to go on like a 4 day trip with a couple buddies with just what's in our bags so PB please do this!!!
  • + 10
 How to fit your bike in a hockey bag! "It's just sporting equipment"
Also cheapest ways to ship your bike! I personally prefer by train. Drop off at the station and pick it up at another.
  • + 4
 someone on vital i think wrote an article on how to pack for a multi-day enduro race. a lot of the same stuff applies i would bet
  • + 5
 Cooking gear is where it can get heavy.
There are lots of light tents but pretty expensive, I use a hammock which less than 1kg and only about 45$
For cooking I have stuck with oatmeal and pasta, you just add enough for each serving and your flavor then boil it water.
Simple light and fills the gut. Oatmeal is awesome with some dry basil, garlic powder a dash of red pepper and a tea spoon of chicken stock. Then the same ingredients work good for 3 minute pasta as well. An alcohol stove is small compact and really easy to use!

However, I have found the most burden is water.
Packing enough or using the natural elements can be tough depending on how long of trip you are on.

I agree, I would love to see an article on camping while biking and trying to pack as light as possible.
Minimalist!

RideOn!
  • + 1
 The trick is getting enough calories and other good stuff. I pack ricearoni abd just boil it. Comes with flavor and even beans fir protein! Dried brocoli to add for health. Jerky is good but costly. A water filter in wet places is a must. I drank 3 gallons in 3 days on a summer hike. Never could have packed that much and hiked in.
  • + 1
 Here in the desert the trick is to have a support car... Simply: food, tents and extra water goes into the car and the Camelbak carry some water, chewybars and tools...
I remember the "Lone Wolf" video (Matt Hunter), he had water anywhere, food in the river and only a small tent on his Camelbak...
  • + 2
 Water filter, yes thats something I need for sure!
What kind of filter did you use?

Nuts and beans are a must, jerky is awesome but here in Japan its very expensive for just a little amount, ahhaha
Ricearoni, need to look into sounds good!

Having a car with supplies would be good if the situation was available.
However, for camping on a bike the idea is to stay in the mountains so having a car would be impossible for us here in Japan.
However, its a great idea for a long trip!
  • + 1
 my cousin brought his charcoal pump. I'd like to get one too. beans are a total must. I have a dehidrator for making jerky so it is a touch cheaper, but still only at cheap as steak.
  • + 2
 Very Cool a charcoal pump so, it filters water through charcoal like a Brita, awesome. I too want to get one. On our last trip we used cloth to filter out river water, to rid it of sand and other junk then boiled it up. However the water I didn't boil for coffee in the morning, after looking at the bottom of the bowl, it had mico sand all over the bottom. So, our coffee must have had a bit in there too, ahhahahah I would like to get a dehydrator too, that sounds awesome!
  • + 5
 I would like to have full tents and gear as packable as these guys have.. Whenever I do something like this I always carry a 10 kg backpack full of stuff. These guys seem to have empty evoc camelbacks...makes it look so easy... Nice riding and photos, though.
  • + 3
 They probably carry more in bigger backs, set up tents then get the cameras out riding around their camp with just their day packs? That's how I would do it.
  • + 5
 As always PERFECT Pictures from Christoph Breiner
More pics on his Facebook page ... www.facebook.com/ChristophBreinerPhotography?hc_location=stream
  • + 5
 'Camp. Fire. Grill. Friends. Epic. What more can you expect as a rider? '
Girls?
  • + 1
 hahhahaahahhahhahahhah I agree bro! ahhahh
  • + 3
 Gota say it, "The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire! You don't need no brakes let those spining wheels turn.

Looks like fun guys.
  • + 4
 Austria's a beautiful place. Would love to spend some time there in the summer riding. Awesome photos!
  • + 1
 Is this legal to camp and make fire anywhere in mountains in Austria? I remember that few years ago it could make huge problems with police and mountain rangers... Did you have special permissions?
  • + 1
 it's complicated. it's generally not allowed to camp in the forest. above the treeline it depends on the province you're in (and it's not always black and white there either).
afaik it's not allowed in Kärnten, Tirol and Niederösterreich, and it's more or less allowed in Oberösterreich, Steiermark, Salzburg, Vorarlberg and Burgenland.

an emergency bivouac is always allowed (as long as it is not planned^^)

more information: www.alpenverein.at/portal_wAssets/docs/natur-umwelt/Zelten-und-Biwakieren-in-Oesterreichs-Bergen_HP_2010.pdf (it's in german, I couldn't find anything in english)
  • + 3
 i was here in the summer.. without the bike Frown i guess i'll just go again next year! Smile
  • + 3
 Looks like a really fun trip!
  • + 1
 awesome photos! no need for captions even, they really captured the moments
  • + 2
 I made the cow crap my wallpaper.
  • + 2
 I think former tenant did the same thing months ago.
  • + 1
 *my former tenant
  • + 2
 great trip ! very nice pictures ! thanks for the share !
  • + 1
 i not sure if many people know how to pronounce the character "ß"
  • + 1
 It stands for a "double s". We germans say sharp s and is not really pronounced differently than a normal s. They appear after long pronounced vocals.
  • + 1
 ah right , thank you for that , learn something new everyday Smile
  • + 1
 All I see is lines.

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