Climbin' & chillin'. It's all about the atmosphere.
Droeschka Kersten, Resort Manager of Tauernsuites Mitterwirt and Tauernlodges Uttendorf
"What am I looking forward to most? The answer's clear: the days getting longer and me being able to enjoy the mountains in the evening." An extra hint of adventure is the icing on the cake for this sporty mid-40-year-old. That's why you will frequently find Droeschka clambering across the rocks, hooked on safely, constantly hunting for the next hand- or foothold. The climbing areas in Weissbach bei Lofer, on the border with Bavaria, in Hochfilzen, in the Weisssee glacier area and on the Kitzsteinhorn have a real appeal for her.
"You know, it's not only the sporting side of it. The atmosphere is a big deal, too." For this native of the Netherlands, above all that means being together with friends and spending the day out in nature, totally mellow. "The ideal conclusion to a good climbing expedition is a grill-out. And in fact, in Weissbach and Hochfilzen, there are public picnic areas close to the climbing rocks." You'll also find picnic sites next to the Klammsee in Kaprun, ideal after a tour of the Kitz. Incidentally, it was in the Klammsee, last winter, that Droeschka first went ice swimming. But that's a different story…
Located just a few meters from Tauernlodges Uttendorf are the Uttendorf swimming lake and a publicly accessible bouldering park with 10 granite blocks. In the Weisssee Glacier Area in Uttendorf (18 km), there are fixed-cable climbs rated A, B to E as well as 11 rock-climbing routes (4b - 7+) along with a multi-pitch route on the Fürlegg Pfeiler.
Shorts & Dumplings
Daniel Mayr, Social Media Manager
Finally being able to head back into the mountains sporting shorts and a T-shirt, that's something Daniel is already looking forward to. On his days off, he heads out bright and early, making a beeline for the Tyrolean summits. As for the obligatory victory schnapps at the top, well, the only choice for him is a "Williams". As for what else he has stuffed in his rucksack besides a hipflask? A small towel to dry off his feet, in case he dips his toes in a mountain tarn, sunblock and a spare T-shirt, a first-aid kit and a headlamp, for expeditions that take a little longer. I was most interested to hear what this passionate hobby cook had in his snack box. He seems he makes do with dates, carrots, a cereal bar and elderberry juice. Because: "For me, the perfect mountain tour always includes a refreshment break at a hut. Including cheesy dumplings in my soup or with cabbage. Along with an ice-cold, slightly sour glass of shandy - that's all I need to make me happy as a clam!“
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