What a crazy gear panic I’ve been perpetrating here lately! Gear is fun. Gear is important. But gear isn’t everything. A trip report to break things up, this one from my recent European soujourn.
(Austria, January 14) So, due to lack of snow closer to Germany, the press event I’m attending changed location to a popular backcountry skiing area near Innsbruck, known as Praxmar. Thing is, even here they’d been getting rain at the lower elevations (which I’d had the privilege of touring in the day before), which in turn rotted out the snowpack. Up high, however, things glowed white and tempting. A common higher altitude goal out of Praxmar is a peak called Zischgeles. Really just another midrange alps summit in terms of elevation and terrain, Zischgeles is still a lot of fun, as well as being a good ‘view peak’ due to it being a bit of an outlier from the core peaks of the area.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.