Transalp 2014
Transalp 2014

FISCHER TRANSALP: I HAVE A DREAM

05.03.2014
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The stage is all set for the 15th of March.The Fischer Transalp is going to be held for the fourth time, taking its participants across the Alps on touring skis.From the south to the north in seven stages – a unique experience which represents a long-standing dream of the eight adventurers who were selected in a casting process.
The journey gets underway with a trip to Cortina d'Ampezzo in Italy. "In order to save time we will start out on the first stage the same day," says co-organiser Christian Lutz of Fischer Sports. Equipped with 35-litre rucksacks, Fischer Transalp skis and plenty of safety equipment, the 14-strong team will make their way to Val de Fanes and the Lavarella hut. The next day will take them to Kasern via the lake Pragser Wildsee. This will be followed by the march to Krimml over the Hoher Gabler to Gasthaus Finkau on the Gerlos Pass. From here the team will carry on across the Salzachgeier to Kelchsau and, if possible, through the ski region to Ellmau and then Regalm, Maukalm, Griesneralm and on to Kufstein.
 
"Unfortunately we have had to alter the route a little at the last moment due to the difficult snow situation this season. But this is what the Transalp is all about. You have to adapt to the circumstances outdoors and react the best way you can. There is a German saying which goes: 'the more exactly you plan, the harder you will be struck by fate'. You have to stay flexible right to the end with regard to route planning," says Peter Perhab, mountain and skiing guide, who will joining the tour. The individual stages were tried out on foot beforehand and so-called emergency exits were searched for as alternative options in the event of an emergency. The mountain guides also monitored the weather conditions with painstaking precision and with the help of local residents.
 
Besides the numerous experiences on the summits, the wonders of nature and unforgettable impressions, Axel Naglich is another highlight of the tour. The extreme sportsman who rose to fame in his adventure "Mount St. Elias" will also be joining the team. Not just for one day, but from the beginning to the end. "I'm already looking forward to it! A tour across the Alps might not be as dangerous as an expedition in Alaska, but with a party of 14 it is a huge challenge," says the expert on special adventures, aware of the risks involved. The Fischer Transalp may be about searching for new challenges, but safety always comes first!


Fischer Transalp at a glance
 
The tour

  - Date: 15 to 23 March (incl. two spare days for bad weather)

  - The seven stages planned:
      Day 1: Cortina d'Ampezzo - Val de Fanes - Lavarella hut
      Day 2: Lavarella hut - Pragser Wildsee – Kasern
      Day 3: Kasern - Schüttelkopf or Tauernkogel – across the Tauern - Krimmler Tauernhaus
      Day 4: Krimmler Tauernhaus - Hoher Gabler - Gasthaus Finkau/Gerlospass
      Day 5: Gerlospass over the Salzachgeier, then to Kelchsau and if possible through the ski region to Ellmau
      Day 6: Ellmau - Regalm - Maukalm - Griesneralm
      Day 7: Griesneralm - Striebsenjochhaus - Johann Berger Haus - Kaisertal to Kufstein
 
   - The participants selected in a casting process and by partners (Alpin Magazin & Sport Aktiv Magazin):
      Matthias Hirsch, Austria
      Josef Janker, Austria
      Astrid Hainz, Austria
      Doris Czech, Austria
      Hermann Hoelzlwimmer, Austria
      Steffi Hadraschek-Jochem, Germany
      Armin Pircher, Italy/South Tyrol
      Sebastian Lazar, Germany

  - Team:
      Christian Lutz – Fischer Sports
      Sebastian Nachbar – journalist – will be reporting live from the tour
      Axel Naglich – extreme sportsman, star of Mount St. Elias and architect
      Stephan Skrobar – certified skiing instructor and ski guide, member of the Fischer Freeski Team and Alpine Coach for the Styrian Skiing Instructor Association
      Peter Perhab – certified mountain and skiing guide, certified skiing instructor, member of the training team for mountain and skiing guides
      Sepp Schweiger – certified mountain and skiing guide 

  - Media partners:
       Alpin Magazin: http://www.alpin.de/skitransalp
       Sportaktiv Magazin: http://www.magazinshop.at/sportaktiv