A holiday at home
Our colleague Christopher Schaden gives some advice and tips for holidays at home.
What distinguishes our region, in your opinion?
Which leisure activities in particular do you enjoy here?
I love to snowboard down the slopes and through the deep snow in winter. In summer, I explore every possible trail and path by mountain bike or on foot, sometimes by hiking and sometimes by running.
How do you reconcile your exciting leisure activities with the demands of work?
Very well – I usually go out in the evenings or make full use of the weekend.
What’s yourabsolute favourite way to spendyour free time?
My favourite thing to do is definitely a trailrun up to the Schwalbenwand and then cooling off in Lake Zell.
What do you think you absolutely have to have done once or tried out in our region?
What is your favourite season and why?
Can you tell our customers about one of your favourite trips, for beginners and expert hikers?
Of course ... For beginners, I’d recommend the hike to the three reservoirs on the Schmittenhöhe.The paths are very well marked, and you have a great view of all three reservoirs, including Lake Zell, from the highest point. Top tip: The route is also ideal for a trail running session, since the path has quite a bit to offer in the way of technique and elevation gain!
For advanced mountain climbers: from Mitterberghof in Thumersbach up the Schwalbenwand to the Maishofen summit cross, then on to the Saalfelden summit cross, then up to the Schönwieskopf and Ochsenkopf and, to finish with, the Hundstein awaits you at an elevation of 2,117metres; from here, it’s downhill toThumersbacher Graben. After this trip,you’ve managed an impressive five summit crosses in a row.
Do you prefer to do sport outdoors by yourself or with friends and family?
But if you wanted to spend your holiday somewhere else, where would it be and what would you want to do there?
What motivates you, what drives you?
If I don’t try it today, tomorrow I won’t know if I would have managed it. I heard that saying somewhere and have often said it and lived by it in my sporting and private life.
What would be your absolute nightmare in a competition?
If I started to run out of water and the next feed station was still kilometres away. For this reason, I generally always have more water with me than I need.
What has your coolest sports experience been?
I registered for the Pyhrn Priel Trophy (trail running) with my father-in-lawon the spur of the moment. I had no experience of mountain running and had only done a few training sessions before hand. Nevertheless, we defied the wind and weather, and reached the finish line together after 22km. Since then, we have participated regularly in competitions like the HochkönigmanTrail Running Festival and the GaisbergTrail.
Advice and tips
Once you’ve put on your sports clothes, you’ve already managed the hardest part. Leave your phone in your bag and enjoy your very own magic moment.