Xmotion 2011 trekking Austria

For the 4th year in row members of the Dutch Alpine Team, Susanne, David and myself will be guiding the Xmotion Austria trekking again. I’ll be joining for the 2nd time.
What makes this trip special is not the height, strength or difficulty of the tour but the participants; all of them (10 in total) have one or multiple disorders like ADHD or autism or any form of those.
During this trip we won’t be only responsible for the climbing and safety but we will need to help the participants as well dealing with there own specific challenges. As you can imagine this makes such trips very demanding but even more interesting!

The area where we will be trekking is the Schobergroup near Lienz, Austria. It’s a region with a lot of possibilities and different routes to take in case we need to adjust the program.
The idea is to trek from shelter to shelter and climb 3 3000 meter peaks. Ofcourse it all depends on the group and the weather.

Last years movie:

This is the 2011 program:
Day  1: Friday           29-07 Departure to Austria from Rotterdam
Day  2: Saturday      30-07 1 hour walk to Lienzerhutte
Day  3: Sunday         31-07 3 hour walk to Wangenitszeehutte
1 hour via ferrata near the Wangenitszeehutte
Day  4: Monday        01-08 6 hour climbing Petzeck
Day  5: Tuesday       02-08 3 hour walk to Adolf Nossbergerhutte via Hohe Gradenscharte
Day  6: Wednesday 03-08 3 hour walk to Lienzerhutte via Niedere Gradenscharte
Day  7: Thursday     04-08 3 hour climbing Glodis and 2.5 hour walk to Hochschoberhutte
Day  8: Friday           05-08 5 hour climbing Hochschober
Day  9: Saturday      06-08 1.5 hour walk to Oberleidnich and night bus to NL
Day  10: Sunday       07-08 arrival in Rotterdam, NL

We are looking forward to it and wish all the participants and DAT members a great week!

Here you’ll find some pictures of the 2009 trekking. Link leads to the Facebook page; please like our page if you’re there anyway 🙂
For more information also visit the Xmotion website here.

What to do in a week around Zermatt

Next week the 2 ‘founding fathers’ of the Dutch Alpine Team, David and myself, will be in the Zermatt area in the Swiss for some climbing.

The plan is to climb at least one of the classic routes; the Taschhorn – Dom traverse.
Here’s some planning:

Friday 24/6
7:00 pm off to Randa (near Zermatt) (10 hours drive from Holland)

Saturday 25/6
Walk from Randa to the Täschhütte (2701 m)

Sunday 26/6
Climb Alphubel (4206 m) and then to Mischabeljochbivak (3847 m) to spend the night

Monday 27/6
Climb Täschhorn and then via Domjoch to Dom and then back to Randa.

The rest of the week we haven’t planned yet so if you have ideas?

Trailwalker, new shoes, 60km walk and blisters

As most of you know by now I’m training a team of 4 guys who want to participate in the Dutch version of the Oxfam Novib Trailwalker. In short this means they have to walk 100km in 30 hours, finish with the whole team (or at least 3 of them) and raise €3000 sponsorship. Also it’s not a relay race which means they all have to walk the full 100km.
If you would like to know more about the Trailwalker make sure you visit the link above as well as this website.
Information in Dutch can be found here.
Make sure to visit the Walker Texas Barcode teampage as well. Ps. please do sponsor 😉

In order to be prepared as good as possible the guys have asked me to help them with the training. Training means basically walking, each time 10km more. During the training I give the guys some tips and tricks about clothing, shoes, when to take breaks, how fast to walk, etc.
This easter weekend the goal was to walk 60km split over 2 days in the area (Veluwe, The Netherlands) where the actual 100km walk would take place.
The weather was great and so we walked 20km on Saturday and 40 on Sunday which the team did great! Some blisters and some myalgia but nothing special or worse!
Also on Saturday evening we sat down and discussed ways to obtain the €3000. Robbing a bank….ask daddy….etc. This one is still in progress and is something the team needs to fix before June 1st so please do sponsor (did I already said that?)

Normally I would walk on Mammut Mamook GTX Men or Meindl Army Pro shoes, but because of the very warm weather these days in The Netherlands I thought lighter shoes would be better.
Because of the light terrain we would be walking on I decided to buy type A shoes from Mammut. To be exact the Mammut Tatlow GTX Men which is a lightweight and and highly breathable shoe.

Optimistic as I am I thought it would be no problem to walk 60km on new shoes….this was kind of a mistake; the shoes themselves are perfect as they fit well, are indeed breathable and walk like you are on feathers. It’s just my feat who are really not used to be standing on these kind of (new) shoes so I ended up, with ‘some’ blisters, after 45km on the terrace drinking beer somewhat earlier as the other guys 😉
Overall I can say the shoes fit, walk and look very well so once the blisters have healed I’ll be walking on them again for sure!

Did I mention the sponsoring part yet? Please visit the team page and make a small donation for Oxfam Novib and support these 4 guys who are going to perform this extraordinary achievement!

Console Cable for iPad and iPhone

It’s finally here and may just be that last bit of justification you need to buy an iPad 2. Redpark has released a serial console cable that is Apple certified and will work on Apple IOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad. The console cable sells for $69.00 USD and is available via Redpark’s online shopping cart site.

Once you get the cable, what good is it to you without a terminal application? Well, if you don’t want to jailbreak your device and load a terminal program that way, there is an app called Get Console available in the app store. Their How It Works page is very informative, they even have the following YouTube video to demonstrate how it works:

Article copied from Tekcert. Thanks Jeremy!

Whats up now…

So I’m back from holiday and started as a freelance network engineer with KPN Mobile (the largest telco in NL).
I’m sorry that I haven’t put any pictures or movies online yet…I know that some of you are waiting for those (Tim, Karlijn, enz. sorry!). They will come soon but I need to reinstall my laptop or buy a new one to be able to edit the movies lol

I’m still trying to get as many supporters for the Mammut Peak Project competition. I’ve posted some more info about this competition here.

Please, if you have not supported do so! You can vote for ‘my moutain’ on this website. If the site is slow or is not working please do let me know so I can vote for you. Only thing you need to do then is click on 1 link 🙂
Thanks in advance and thanks to all of you who have already voted!!

Back from skiing and preparing for snowshoeing

I’ve just returned from a week of skiing in the Zillertal in Austria. The weather was very nice and it even gave us some fresh snow.
We’ve shot a lot of movies with the new Drift HD170 camera which I will upload after they have been edited.
Also the group of Autistic and/or ADHD people I’ve escorted liked the trip; most of them made really good progress with skiing or snowboarding.
Next trip with this organisation (Xmotion) will be a trekking in the Schobergruppe (Austria) in August. We will then be sleeping in mountain huts for one week and climbing some mountains.

The next few days I’ll be busy handling my email backlog and packing for snowshoeing in the Schobergruppe. We will then be sleeping in a winter camp which is nothing more than a simple wooden mountain hut without heating etc. We will need to bring all our own stuff; down sleeping bags, food, stoves and candles for lightning.
We will arrive there on Thursday and leave on Sunday again. In the meantime we will try to climb Hochschober which isn’t climbed much during winter season.

If you would like to join one of our trips feel free to contact me. We try to go for 2-3 times per year on these kind of long weekends and we are always seeking for new people to join; “the more the merrier” 🙂
Also we train a lot on climbing walls in the Netherlands.

Skiing in Uderns, Austria next week!

Next week I’ll be escorting a group of people with autism and/or ADHD skiing in Uderns, Autstria. The organisation who organizes this is called Xmotion which is a Dutch non profit organisation. I’m working with them as a volunteer.
Some more information (only in Dutch (sorry)) about this trip can be found on this website.

During this trip I’ll have a nice change to checkout my new Mammut Extreme outfit…

See you all in a week! 🙂

Things to do before you die

Because I always have more plans and ideas than I can remember I’m starting this post so I can keep track 🙂

– Climb the 7 summits
– Get a Private Pilot Licence (PPL)
– Climb Eiger North Face
– Get a race license
– Get a motor driving license
– Get CCIE/JNCIE certified
– Take part in the ScanCoveryTrial Rally
– Write a book about climbing the Grossglocker Stüdle Ridge with my dad.

PS The ranking is arbitrary 😉
PS2 I’ll update during the rest of my life probably…

Build your own La Sportiva boots

From the Website: “La Sportiva and GORE-TEX® footwear are looking for three talented mountain enthusiasts to put their best foot forward and design their own boots.
This is a fantastic opportunity! You will be invited to La Sportiva’s factory near Trentino in Northern Italy where you will be guided through the design process by the company’s experts.”

Of course I’m in! Now I need people to vote for me so if you have a Facebook account please be so kind to vote for me here.

Thanks in Advance. Please also don’t forget to vote for me in the Mammut competition.