Freitag, 19. Oktober 2012

First post...


…the higher somebody climbs, the farther he sees. The one who sees farther, dreams longer…
(Walter Bonatti, alpinist)

This quotation from Walter Bonatti inspired me to dream of new things…

At the beginning of last winter Massimo Braconi from Belluno proposed that I come to
China with him. He wanted to climb with skis, the second highest peak of the Pamir Mountains
(7546m), Muztagh Ata. Initially I hesitated because I hadn’t had any experience at these high
altitudes, but then I saw it as a chance to learn new things and my decision was soon made.

A lot of people said that I should make a blog and share the adventures of the A - TEAM with other people...
I had two goals that were more important to me than a blog... walking a highline in thin air and walking a highline longer than 100 meter. Right in time, before the winter started I made it...
and my first post is online...



I had an awesome summer, highlining with my friends Alessandro d'Emilia and Aldo Valmassoi...
We started on the cristallo, then monte popena with Reini, we went to china, and had a lot of fun on the monte piana, just behind the cabin...


I also went to visit Reini Kleindl. Together with Peter Auer we rigged a highline at "Traunstein Massiv", the result was "conquest of paradise" ca.87m. Me and Reini walked it and enjoyed the beautiful view down to the "Traunsee".

I had it back in the dolomites and a week later Kemeter Mich and Peter Auer came by, and another new line was done...

photocr: harald wisthaler, wisthaler.com   

Together with Ale, I also went on the "Arzalpenkopf" in sesto, filming with "Geos Film".
And then in september we had a big highline meeting here on monte piana, with 12 different highlines from 6 to 92 meter lenght, and more than 50 highliners. It was nice to meet new people and old friends, walking highlines every day, relaxing in the hammock... 

photocr: geos film         photocr: davide dal mas

Longline training, double webbing, and a lot of sag... Kemeter Mich came by another time and had it up the grande cima with Ale and Niccoló Zarattini, to repeat the "SunRice" line 21,5m... I had to stay in valley, but I had time to rig 212 meter aeon and send it at 10kn, onsight... 
Mich send "SunRice" onsight just with an ankle leash, Niccoló made the half man... We were really stoked...

                        photocr: le lepri di misurina       photocr: le lepri di misurina

5 minutes from my parents house away, I found a great spot... 104m long, 45m high...
In the middle of october, together with Aldo I set up a heavy system with two webbings and had 5 days training on it... walked ca. 60m on it, but more was just mind breaking... So hard to stay focused, and it was just 45 meters high... Walking such a long highline hundrets meters off the ground, must be insane... My friends Aldo Valmassoi and Ale d'Emilia motivated me and had also some impressive walks!!  it was just awesome!
Then Reini Kleindl came by and we riged his setup...
The first day we had good crosses and it was really inspiring to see Reini walking this line... I could really see his experience for longlines... We had a lot of fun on this line... Enjoyed every step!!
Day 2 training on the beast I got the flow and walked it... Half man...
The illusion became reality and everything became one...

"Homeline ++" is the name of the line. Just a 5 minutes walk from my parents house away, an epic spot for good training. It was nice to have the possibility of relaxing at home, cooking "Speckknödel" for lunch and having a easy access.

The day after I had my first flight in a paraglider down the monte elmo... I was flying alone, followed by a flight instructor.


Epic days... unique experiences...

thanks to all my friends and family... and a really special one to reini, ale, aldo, nico, le lepri, mich, daniel, brac, ho, matz, harry, hubert, valle, cri, jojo, alain, sonja, paul, brd sexten, cumulus fly and all the other I forgot... + thanks to the sponsors

enjoy my blog

Armin with "le lepri di misurina"...

photocr: Valentin Pfeifhofer     photocr: Harald Wisthaler, wisthaler.com
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