Monday, July 11, 2011

X-Alps HQ

Only days now until the X-Alps starts and we are now at the race headquarters in Fuschl am See.  We parked up in the team campsite with only the Romanian team already in residence but it wasn’t long before the Dutch team pulled up alongside us in their huge campervan, followed soon afterwards by Richard Pethigal from Brazil.  We’d bumped into Richard earlier in the day checking out part of the route at a place called Filzmoos close to the Dachstein.  We also saw Max Ferndl in town this evening, so a few others are beginning to arrive.

Tomorrow is the first official arrival day so we’ll be able to do the equipment checks tomorrow.  Hopefully I’ll get that out of the way early so I can still head up to the Gaisberg to fly later.  From Wednesday briefings start, so tomorrow will be the last chance to see what the XC route from the Gaisberg is like.

Dad and I spent today on the Dachstein glacier (for those of you who have been following this blog you’ll know we spent quite some time there in June).  Why were we there again, you might ask!  The reason is that we were sure there was a better walking route than the one we had already found.  Indeed there is and we finally found it, after going wrong on numerous occasions, even walking right to the bottom of the glacier at one point, only to have to hike back up!

I’ll try to keep you posted with what is happening here at race HQ for the next few days.

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