My Adventures

Land Rover Explorer - Testing the new Outdoor Phone

Mid of August I got the chance from Land Rover to test their new Outdoor phone: the Land Rover Explore. I have to admit that I am not an expert in this area, because I connected Outdoor Phones always to very thick, heavy and old-fashioned GPS-stations. Until mid of August. When I first saw the phone from Land Rover I thought it was a usual smartphone.  And in fact: the size and the weight are more or less the same as from other smartphones on the market. So you can really use it as an everyday-phone.

What? But on your pictures the phone seems bigger, Heidi?!?
You are right! That's because I added the adventure pack to the phone to have enough battery for two days in the mountains (fun fact: I used it intensely and gave it back after two days with 88%) and to have more outdoor-features such as detailed GPS-functions. There are also other packs you can add to the phone for example for biking. As we only went on a hike on the mountain Wank near Garmisch Partenkirchen in Germany we didn't need that. The weather was truly perfect to test the phone in all conditions: we had rain, we had sun, we had fog and we had wind. We didn't have big differences in temperatures, but apparently the phone works from -25 to +55 degrees Celsius. We went on a solid hike the first day, slept on top of that mountain in tends and walked all the way back down to Garmisch the next day. Troughout those two days I had plenty of possibilities to test the phone intensely.

I was looking really forward to drop the phone into water and on rocks even if it felt very strange and just wrong. But after a while I got used to not treat it like a treasure. In fact I almost dropped my iPhone as well a few times, because I simply got used to throw my phone around. Luckily I didn't.
What I really loved about the phone was the ViewRangerApp. You might have seen it on my Instagram-Stories these days. It's the App where you can see the skyline through augmented reality with topographical cards while using the camera. 
To keep it short: I tested the phone and can confirm that it is water-proof, drop-proof, the battery lasts incredibly long and the phone has some really cool and useful outdoor-features on it. The design of the phone reminds a little of the Land Rover cars and once you have noticed that, it's really fancy to find more and more things in common. My summary: it's a really cool phone and I think price/performance of the device is very good. (it costs 650€)
As always: If you would like to have more detailed information about anything regarding the Land Rover Explore, my trip to Garmisch or my opinion about both, don't hesitate and let me know via mail or on Instagram. I'll give my best to help you out. ;)

Getaway to Hotel Ritzenhof in Saalfelden

Why to get away? I think we all have to get away once in a while (physically and/or mentally) to get a little distance between the hurry of our daily lives and us. As I had a few days off in the beginning of June and I felt this desire to get away, to reorder the priorities and to simply have some time for myself I decided to go to Hotel Ritzenhof in Saalfelden. I heard a lot about this place, but as I have never been there I was really excited to explore this tiny city and the beautiful mountains around.
Immediately after my arrival I took part of a very personalised yoga-class. As we only were three participants, the teacher Claudia was able to help each of us on a very individual level. I incredibly enjoyed this class, because it was a completely different approach to yoga than I was used to. Moreover Claudia helped me to improve some of my breathing-techniques. Inspired and motivated by this experience I did much more yoga than I planned in the next few days. In general those days at Ritzenhof were quite sporty: Apart from the yogasessions I did one long Stand-up-paddle session on the lake next to the Hotel, a trailrun in the amazing mountains close to the Asitzbahn, some core- & stretching-activities and many walks in the area. The Hotel is perfectly located next to the Ritzensee and the huge garden by the lake offers many spots for yoga or relaxing in general. I really liked the well equipped Spa-area, which is pretty big, but still very cozy. The food at Ritzenhof was a blast: regional, fresh and very tasty. I especially loved the breakfast with many different Müsli-options. 
As I didn't know the area before, I was very happy about all the recommendations I got at the hotel. On my last day in the zone I went to Leogang to watch the finals of the Out of Bounds Festival, which included the UCI Mountain Bike Weltcup Downhill-competition. I was and am still deeply impressed how incredibly fast those guys ride down!
After all this getaway to Saalfelden gave me many new inputs and it was definitely worth every second. I came back to 'normality' with new habits and many new perspectives. 

As always all of you can send me a mail or a message on Instagram if you would like to have more detailed information about anything regarding my trip, Hotel Ritzenhof or Saalfelden in general. I'll give my best to help you out. ;)

Weekend-trip to Chalet Grumer Suites&Spa in South Tyrol

As I will probably spend the next few weeks in Austria, I decided to go for some quality-days at home in Italy far away from stress and hurry. And I think I found just the perfect place for this kind of getaway: the Chalet Grurmer Suites&Spa, a beautiful Chalet in South Tyrol. I have to admit that I never knew about this place although it is so close to Bolzano. Therefor I was really curious to get to know it and super happy to spend a few days in this calm and exclusive chalet in the mountains to relax and to recharge the batteries. This means for me to have plenty of time for myself, to eat attentively, to get enough sleep, to read a lot and to go for some easy runs or bike-rides. When I arrived at the Chalet Grumer the best host ever welcomed me: Mike, the labrador. Together with his owners, Philip and Alexandra, he made this place feeling immediately like home to me. Alexandra and Philip opened the chalet six years ago and I could feel their passion for this place throughout my whole stay. The fact that the chalet has not more than five suites allows them to lead it with only a few other employees. This keeps the atmosphere very private and authentic. The location of the chalet is perfect: completely secluded and away from any source of noise, but still not too far from Bolzano and close to Soprabolzano. Moreover it is a perfect spot to start many mountainbike- or trailrunningroutes to Rittner Horn and further. (as I did)
Something else I really appreciated was the delicious food: all regional, all from a very high quality and very tasty. My suite had an absolutely stunning view on the dolomites and every morning I saw some deers on the fields around the chalet. The spa of the chalet is very well equipped and it was very relaxing to go to one of the saunas or to chill in the whirlpool to recover after some outdoor-activities.

After all I'm leaving my beloved South Tyrol and this beautiful chalet with many positive vibes and with lots of energy.

Many thanks to Alexandra and Philip for these awesome days and for making them a real homecoming.

As always all of you can send me a mail or a message on Instagram if you would like to have more detailed information about anything regarding my trip, Chalet Grumer Suites&Spa or South Tyrol in general. I'll give my best to help you out. ;)

Climbing-Days in Innsbruck with Black Diamond

Climbing? Me? No way! I am a runner and I always preferred to have my feet on safe ground. I tried climbing a few times in the past, but it really wasn't a pleasure. Shoes were always too small ("That's just how they need to be for climbing", they always said to me), my hands became very rough and my arms were anyway too weak. But: I have many friends who incredibly love this sport and somehow I was always a bit jealous of their passion.  As I got an invitation from Innsbruck tourism and Black Diamond to go to Innsbruck for some climbs I decided to give it another try. I mean, I had nothing to lose. ;) To prevent some of those bad feelings I prepared myself with some proper (arm-) workouts. (Nothing special: just push-ups, ugh!)
I arrived in Innsbruck around noon and after a few minutes in the amazing Hotel Adler, Johanna from Innsbruck Tourism and Sabine from Black Diamond came to pick us up. We went then to the KI, THE climbing hall of Innsbruck. The European Headquarter of Black Diamond is located right next to the hall, so first we had a short theoretical part, where Sabine presented the brand and its history. After this short insight Reinhard Scherer showed us the huge climbing hall (aka his 'baby'). And then it was finally our turn to climb. I was really surprised how much fun it was and with the time I developed an ambition that didn't allow me anymore to give up without reaching the highest point. Ok, I have to say that I only did quite easy routes, but I think I started to feel this climbing-passion. It was pretty cool to see and feel that I first did everything with force and with the time I started to use more and more tactical moves. The next day we went to Ehnbachklamm (a famous climbing-spot superclose to Innsbruck) and combining mountains and climbing felt much more like home to me. It was funny and somehow I felt comfortable from the very first moment on. Beside the climbing it was amazing to get teached how to safe others and to get to know all the necessary climber's know-how. Actually it was also good to have an excuse for some pauses from climbing. Those two days were pretty intense for my body: My arms shaked while I brushed my theet in the evening and I didn't know that I have so many (or little) muscles that can be sore. Luckily I brought my Mini-Blackroll to relax them a bit. On my last day in Innsbruck I got to see the biggest treasure of this city: the Nordkette! Those mountains and the city embody the amazing urban alpine lifestyle. As we were short in time we took the cablecar up to the top and Stephan Wiesner took some running pics from me in this stunning surrounding (I'll share them on Instagram). After three days in Innsbruck I leave this city with crazily positive feelings and I'm pretty sure I'll come back soon. Moreover I am so happy about the opportunity Black Diamond gave me and I am pretty sure I will continue climbing. Two days after I left Innsbruck I already went for some bouldering and I can highly imagine including bouldering and climbing into my weekly sports-routine. After all I would like to give a special THANK YOU to Sabine and Johanna for making these days so great, you really rocked!
As always all of you can send me a mail or a message on Instagram if you would like to have more detailed information about anything regarding my trip, Innsbruck or climbing in general. I'll give my best to help you out.;)

Social Media break

This January I decided to reorder my priorities: Too much in my life turned around Social Media and about getting that one 'perfect' picture. The first thing in the morning and the last one in the evening was scrolling throw Social Media Chanels. I realized that the time to be offline for a while had arrived. Therefore I deleted Instagram, Facebook. Snapchat and all the other Social Medias from my phone. The first days were strange, because whenever I had a free minute I used to check my phone and suddenly I had a lot of little pauses in my daily life. I have to say that this shocked me a bit, because it happened quite often. After a few days I got used to the fact that I have my phone with me just for the case I need to call someone. More and more I almost started to forget to take it with me at all. Instead of the phone I often  brought a book and I am highly convinced that I was better entertained than with my iPhone. I didn't have to charge it for over ten days! I realized that I paid much more attention to the people around me and for myself I felt much better, also because I listened more to my body when to do sports, what to eat or how much to sleep. On the other hand I missed being in contact with so many people and I was really bad informed about birthdays, friends on holidays or funny memes. It was good then to be back on Instagram etc., but for the future I hope to keep some of my new 'good' habits. In general I think it was a period of slowing down my life and I think this could be a great possibility for everyone to decelerate, no matter if it is for one day, one week or one month.

Biathlon-Weekend in Le Grand Bornand with Odlo

Last weekend I was invited by Odlo to the biathlon-worldcup in Le Grand Bornand/Annecy.  As I really need to improve my french I was superhappy about this possibility to go to France. Ok, to be right, I don't speak french at all and except a few very important words like 'baguette','croissant' and 'champagne' I don't know anything. So I started very early on Saturday and was right there for the mens pursuit in the afternoon. The atmosphere was amazing although Boe won instead of Fourcade. After the race I got to explore our very cozy Chalet (Le ferme de Juliette) and I had the possibility to speak with a designer from Odlo. I have to admit that I didn't know the brand very well before, but I was deeply impressed about the kindness and professionality in the whole team of Odlo. In the evening they organized a party at our chalet to launch the new racesuits of the Swiss, French and Slovenian biathletes. The racesuits look amazing and I think the athletes will perform and look good in them in 2018. For me it was very cool to get in contact with the athletes, coaches and the whole crew behind a good biathlon-performance. On Sunday we got a behind-the-scenes tour through the stadion before watching the women's massstart. I think I don't have to say anything about the atmosphere as two french athletes won. All in all it was supernice weekend and I enjoyed it at its fullest. It was great to make a lot of new friends and now I can't wait to test all the great products I got from Odlo. Big thanks to the whole team for making this experience possible especially to Margherita, Silvia and Bruno!

Wellness Holiday at Gassenhof

The first days of November are each year like a lottery: You could get warm and sunny autumn-days or cold and snowy winter-days. As the weather in South Tyrol this year tended very strongly to the second option, my cousin and I went for a short getaway to this beautiful Wellness-Resort in Ridnaun called Gassenhof. We had an amazing suite and the new wellnessarea was simply stunning. We felt immediately home. It was almost always snowing during our stay and we enjoyed staying inside, reading, doing yoga, having lots of tea or going to one of the saunas. Nonetheless it was a must to get out into the fresh snow and to throw some snowballs like the kids do. I can highly recommend this place for anybody looking for some days of rest, because of the great architecture, the delicious food and the very warmhearted staff. We had a very relaxed time and it was good for both of us to slow down a bit before getting back to routine, for my cousin in Zurich and for me in Salzburg. Oh, and all those pics are made by my very talented cousin!

Getaway to Ibiza and Formentera

Well, this was an end of September to remember. Crazily blue ocean, amazing weather and a pretty cool place to stay sum this holiday up. It was a very spontaneous getaway for five days and I highly recommend it to everyone. Although summer was already over, Ibiza is also in September definitely worth to visit. If you have a car or a scooter you get easily and in short times to amazing places all over the island and away from mass tourism. This counts also for the island of Formentera, a little diamond next to Ibiza. But pay attention: On Formentera you may go crazy because of its beauty but also because of the prices. Best lowbudget-version is to make only a daytrip to this tiny island, to bring yourself some food and to rent a scooter there. The most beautiful thing about those islands were definitely the sunsets. Oh, and I forgot: the parties of course.

Sleepover on Milchseescharte

Last year my friend Anna Lena and I did something very stupid. We started very spontaneously to the mountains and decided to sleep close to the peak, but we had no tend, no sleepingbag, not enough clothes and we were generally not enough equipped. Nonetheless we had some 'grappa' and a very funny night up there. This year we made it much better. We planned this sleepover, had sleepingbags and our thermojackets with us. We had also plenty of chocolate and although the temperatures were not really very high (-10 degrees Celsius), we felt much better than the year before. We slept on the Milchseescharte in the Texelgroup. Sunrise and sunset were breathtaking! Highly recommendable (with the right equipment)!

Familytrip to Lisboa

Once in a while we manage to make a family trip all together and those trips are always very funny. Last time we travelled to Paris and this time we chose the capital of Portugal. We arrived in Lisboa around noon and I was immediatly amazed by the stunning colours. The very blue sky gives a crazy contrast to the red roofs and all the beautiful mosaics on the walls. As usual on those trips we had a flat in the city center. We had an amazing time there strolling around the city, having lots of icecream (always lemon) and 'Pastel de Nata' (nothingtoadd!) and just enjoying being all together. As you all know I am not a very big fan of mass tourism, but I highly recommend the touristic tour 'We hate tourism' and I guess the name speaks for itself. My favorite restaurant in Lisboa was 'Chapito a Mesa', the food we had was very delicious and the view over the city simply stunning. All in all I was positively surprised about the city and the very friendly people we met.

Obrigado Lisboa!