Monday, 26 December 2011

Trails from the Vienna Woods

The weather today was fine for the time of year, the day following Christmas Day (Boxing Day it's called in the UK) so I packed my rucksack and took a tram to the Danube.

I started my run from the so-called Gateway to Vienna which is marked by a pair of upstream facing lions mounted on a bridge. One lion is hidden by a tree.

I ran out of Vienna along the riverside path to the village of Kahlenbergdorf and then turned left into the Vienna Woods. My run, at a gentle pace, took 2 hours 30 mins.

Quite a few runners, mountain bikers and walkers were on the trails. Normally at this time of year you'd expect to encounter snow. It hasn't arrived yet.

River Danube and the Gateway to Vienna

The first hill is steeper than it looks

Vogelsangberg or Birdsong Mountain

Descending a path to Grinzing

Ascending a path from Grinzing

On the last hill a telescope

Trails are clearly waymarked and signed
Path number 4 goes from Spain to Hungary

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Bob Graham Round - Running in the Clouds by Maurizio Malagnini

Earlier this year the Italian composer Maurizio Malagnini and BBC's Radio 4 visited the English Lake District. The composer was there to capture the atmosphere of the Lake District at first hand and also to meet Lakeland's best known fell runner the legendary Joss Naylor.

The programme also followed the fate of two runners who were attempting the demanding 24 hour challenge known as the Bob Graham Round.

Malagnini subsequently composed an inspiring piece titled: "Running in the Clouds". It will premier in Kendal, the gateway to the Lakes, in early 2012. A link to the 30 minute radio programme titled "The Bob Graham Round" is here.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Slow run in the snow

This was my last opportunity of 2011 to bag an Austrian summit.

The mountain in question was the High Schrott. And although I decided to turn back about 300 meters below the summit the outing was still worth the effort as I thoroughly enjoyed the fresh air, the exercise and the scenery.

There was quite a bit more walking than running because of the deteriorating underfoot conditions on the higher slopes. The snow was nearly up to my knees when I called it a day.

I descended to the river valley and found the lane leading to the train station.

an early view from the lower path

my goal

the higher waymarked path

the weather closing in

my footprints . . . trail shoes now full of snow

time to return to the valley

and back to the station