5 Ozone Pilots in the Red Bull X-Alps 2007
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Peter Rummel’s Diary
Vorbereitung zu den red bull x-alps, wie alles begann
2007-01-01 18:39:00

Im Januar war ich noch in Indien zur Erholung und mit entspanntem Fliegen nach einer anstrengenden Saison in der Flugschule. Im Februar ging es langsam los den Körper wieder an die Trainingseinheiten zu gewöhnen. Nach einem Leistungstest konnte ich dann mit Trainingsplan durchstarten. Zu Beginn war es wichtig ruhig und gezielt die Leistung zu steigern, denn wenn man am Anfang übertreibt, rächt sich das später im Trainingsablauf. Erschwerend kommt bei mir hinzu dass ich durch meine Flugschule keine regelmäßige Arbeitszeit und deshalb oft auch kein regelmäßiges Training absolvieren kann. Das bedeutet zum Beispiel, wenn ich mit Reiseteilnehmern unterwegs bin, kann ich nicht so wie ich gerne möchte, denn an erster Stelle stehen die Teilnehmer und dann vielleicht mein Training.
Der März verlief noch recht geregelt, ab April ging es dann schon nicht mehr so einfach, denn nach den Osterferien war ich fünf Wochen mit entsprechenden Reisen unterwegs.
Jetzt ist es Anfang Juni und der Level meines Ausdauertrainings stimmt. Sicher kann man mehr tun, aber im Moment bin ich mit dem Ergebnis zufrieden. Im Juni wird nochmals richtig Gas gegeben, bevor es im Juli dann endlich losgeht.
Einziger Wermutstropfen ist momentan das Fliegen. Um lange Strecken und Flüge zu machen, fehlt mir einfach die Zeit. Momentan habe ich noch bis zum 6. Juni Zeit, hoffentlich stellt sich noch gutes Flugwetter ein und ich muss nicht all zu viele Tandemflüge machen. Dann geht’s wieder auf Reise mit Gruppen.
Auch Termine mit Sponsoren (Salomon, Gore Windstopper) und Journalisten müssen wahrgenommen werden.
Die Vorbereitung zur möglichen Routenwahl trifft Martin, mein Supporter, auch die Technik bleibt ihm überlassen, damit dann unterwegs alles klappt. Mal sehen was bei der ersten Teilnahme alles an Lehrgeld bezahlt werden muss.
Unter www.paragliding tegernsee.de/xalps sind die einzelnen Trainings aufgelistet für denjenigen, den’s interessiert. Auch habe ich auf meiner Homepage die Regeln, die Route und wichtige Informationen zum Livetracking auf Deutsch erklärt. Noch einmal vielen Dank an alle die mir dazu geholfen haben. Vor allem an meine Frau, die sich um all die Dinge kümmern muss, die sonst ich übernehme.
Ab jetzt werde ich versuchen regelmäßig alle acht bis zehn Tage in kurzen Worten die Woche und deren Erlebnisse zu beschreiben, so dass Sie sich, lieber Leser, ein Bild zu den Vorbereitungen der Red Bull X-Alps machen können.

Trainingsvorbereitung und was sonst noch alles anfiel
2007-06-04 10:35:00

04.Juni bis 10 Juni 2007

Eine aufregende Woche liegt hinter mir, viele Termine, dazu kommt noch das Training, alles in allem war mir nicht langweilig.
Am Dienstag war ich mit Martin bei SALOMON, dort wurden wir für die Red Bull X-Alps mit Kleidung, Schuhen und Rucksäcken ausgestattet. SALOMON legt Wert auf eine hohe Funktionalität bei extrem wenig Gewicht, was mir für die Red Bull X-Alps sehr entgegen kommt. Mit den neuen Schuhen bin ich gleich um den Ossiacher See gelaufen und das ohne Probleme!
Die Regenklamotten haben wir beim Biken getestet, so ein Gewitter zeigt schon was das Zeug kann. Absolut begeistert bin ich von den Rucksäcken, die sind superleicht und tragen sich fast wie von selbst. (na ja fast eben).
Den Schirm habe ich auch genügend über Wasser „gewürgt“, vor allen Dingen beschleunigte Klapper zum drangewöhnen. An und für sich kein Problem, der Ozone Mantra hat mich von Anfang an begeistert, ein Schirm der mir keine Angst macht.
Jetzt warte ich nur mehr auf mein Gurtzeug und bin schon sehr neugierig was Pierre (SUPAIR) sich einfallen lässt.
Mit einem Journalisten der Süddeutschen Zeitung war ich zwei Tage unterwegs, dieser bringt eine Story über mich und das Race.
Zur Zeit bin ich mit einer Gruppe zum Fliegen am Ossiacher See.

Das war es schon für diese Woche, Fotos folgen nächste Woche, da bin ich dann wieder zuhause.

Training and more
2007-06-04 10:45:00

An exciting week passed by, many meetings and in addition to that my training, all in all I definitely didn’t get bored.

On Tuesday I visited together with Martin SALOMON, where we got equipped with clothes, shoes and rucksacks for the X-Alps. SALOMON puts a lot of emphasis on a wide functionality with at the same extreme low weight, which will help me a lot during the X-Alps. Right after that I did run around the Ossiacher lake with the new shoes and had no problems! We tested the rain gear during a bike ride, where a thunderstorm really showed us what this stuff can do. Looking at the rucksacks I am absolutely enthusiastic, they are super lightweight and actually almost carry themselves.
Also I did extensive testing of the glider over water, especially to get used to accelerated collapses. All in all no problem, the Ozone Mantra excited me right from the start, a glider that does not scare me.
Now I’m only waiting on my harness and I am very keen what ideas Pierre (SUPAIR) has.
I was on the road with a journalist of the Süddeutsche Zeitung for two days, he will write a story about me and the race. Right now I’m with a group flying at the Ossiacher lake.

That’s it already for this week, I will post pictures when I’m back home next week.

Have Fun
2007-06-20 19:46:00

There’s not a lot to report on, on Sunday I did make a longlasting dream come true: I flew from the Wallberg back to my home. This is rarely possible throughout the year and this time it worked out. After landing we did fire up our barbecue, it just had to be. Because fun also belongs to a good training program as does good feed anyway.

Training Day
2007-06-26 13:00:00

For a change I did a little hike in the Rofan Mountains, enjoying the nature and playing with the daws. Finally we were also able to take off and fly.

mehr unter www.paragliding-tegernsee.de/xalps

Only one week to go
2007-07-15 21:54:00

Tuesday, 15th of July 2007

Only one week to go to the start, the training is to the most part finished, the excitement is growing. Today finally my harness from SupAir arrived, I still want to fly with it as I want to get used to it. All in all I’ve got my equipment now complete, as a next step I will optimize the equipment as light as possible, let’s see what I can still do.

The last few days before we leave to the Dachstein will get a bit busy with all the last preparations of the stuff that makes live on the road easy.

Best regards to all Red Bull X-Alps participants from Tegernsee. Always stay up and most of all healthy.

Preparation in Obertraun
2007-07-19 09:46:00

Since Friday, 20.7., we are at the Dachstein, or to be precise in Obertraun. Immediately we continue with our preparations. Starting with patching the canopy and also a quick excursion to the “Loser” to make pictures. At least we find some peace during dinner.
On Saturday we got an introduction into the sequence of the event, especially concerning the technical side. We use the small breaks to get used with our equipment. We still got one day to go before the start.
You can find pictures and more at http://www.paragliding-tegernsee.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=79&Itemid=73

Finally it begins…
2007-07-22 22:13:00

Tomorrow we’ll finally start!
Today we had another briefing, grabbed our stuff together and we had a Pro film team (Galileo) with us, who are going to make over the next few days/weeks a report about us and the X-Alps.
Tomorrow morning at 6:15am we will take the cable car up to the Krippenstein. There we’ll have at 10:00am the start of the race. After roundabout 2,5 to 3 hours hiking over the glacier we’ll arrive at the Dachstein, where we will take off with our gliders. They expect a pretty strong southern wind ….

Am Start
2007-07-23 08:19:00

Wir warten! Um 10.00 geht’s los.

Takeoff Krippenstein
2007-07-23 22:15:00

It wasn’t even possible to think of a take-off from top of Dachstein due to the strong southern wind. Further down – half the altitude – in a steep sand slide it was possible. Unfortunately the flying distance wasn’t really far (roundabout 20km), therefore we’re going to hike now (short before 4pm) after packing everything together. Well, that’s what we trained for…

Checkout even more pictures of my first day here http://www.paragliding-tegernsee.de

The first night
2007-07-24 08:06:00

The first night is over. The reconstruction of my flight school bus into a campervan really pays off. Today is going to be mostly a hiking day. Martin thinks we’re gonna have very fast changing and wet weather, especially with stormy wind at the top. Maybe I can do a few short glides. I’m not going to tell you today’s plan, let’s see this evening if everything works out how we want it.

Update Wed 25/7
2007-07-25 12:29:00

11:30am, yesterday evening I arrived around 11pm in Sportgastein and at 6:00am started my ascent to the main ridge of the Alps. Up on top here is still a very tough wind. Hence why I will (with a few others) continue the hike and destroy a few meters of altitude by walking.

04:00pm, trying to find a reasonable take-off site near Mallnitz was not easy. With the strong west-northwind it was going in direction of Lienz within extreme turbulent conditions (flying in the leeside). I had to land unfortunately a few kilometres ahead of today’s goal. Compliments to Martin and Alex for what they have got out today’s flying exercise. After that we’re again hiking to Lienz and tomorrow morning up to the next take off site, most likely to the Hochsteinhaus. As it looks right now, it should be a good day for flying.

Cortina
2007-07-26 20:48:00

Today did run pretty well. After it was yesterday from Mallnitz to Lienz not so optimal, I am quite satisfied with today. Apart from the fact that it was not really nice to fly, I could make a good couple of kilometres (until now 99) and also gain a few places (currently 14.).
Starting in the morning from Lienz to directions of the Hochsteinhaus I did have a good take-off. With a few landings in between I fought hard through the Puster valley and did land around 6:00pm pretty close to Cortina d’Ampezzo. Now of course, I’ll use my feet again:-).

Check out pictures on http://www.paragliding-tegernsee.de

Marmolada
2007-07-27 20:45:00

Today was after an „early morning walk“ take off above Cortina D’Ampezzo. Luckily I was able to get a pizza in Cortina yesterday though I was not able to make the first turning point (I had a bet running with Martin).
It really took me up well, along the day up to 3500-3600m and safely to the Marmolada. There for a second I lost the overview. That made me fly past the Marmolada on the east side and to trust my GPS which showed I made the turning point. The end result was that I got called back by Martin after 10km (I don’t want to repeat our original words exchanged over the radio). He got in touch with the competition committee and they told us: You’ve not made the turning point! That meant to fly back, to fly correctly around the point and then continue (to be on the safe side I flew three times aroung the point and made a picture of it).

Check out http://www.paragliding-tegernsee.de for more details and pictures.

Meran - Ofenpass
2007-07-28 20:46:00

This morning I went to the Muth cabin, a take off site above Meran. Despite of waiting no thermals developed, which meant it was only a glide down to the valley. Hike day again! Along the track there is always sthg interesting to see and if it’s only picturesque houses.
As I was hiking all day with Andi, we also had lunch together. At 9pm we will continue and add a few kilometres. There are still 25km to go until the Ofenpass.

Check out http://www.paragliding-tegernsee.de for more details and pictures.

Ofenpass Day
2007-07-29 20:47:00

12:00am Take off site above Silandro
1:50pm In direction to the Ofenpass it is in the meantime completely covered by clouds, this could get into “let’s hike the pass”. Martin
2:08pm Toplanding and waiting

Davos - here I come
2007-07-30 20:36:00

From a paragliding point of view, yesterday was not a real good day for us. 10 kilometres before the Ofen pass I had to land definitely after a pretty short flight distance and a one time top landing. The flight conditions were absolutely VERY sporty with a strong North/West wind. We’ve heard this has happened also to a couple other pilots.
Then we were bound to hike again. We had the hope that a flight down the Ofen pass would be still possible. But firstly due to the strong wind and secondly because of the sunset, it wasn’t. But at least there was a restaurant at the pass, where we could afford a beer and a hot shower.
According to all weather forecasts today is not going to be a flying more a hiking day. Northfoehn is on the agenda. It is only “a few” kilometres and 1,5 passes until Davos

7:15pm After I walked down the Ofen pass and the Fluela again up in direction of Davos, I will try it once again with flying. I really would like to spare the 10km down the pass.

7:45pm Peter took off, he even could soar up the Fluela pass in calm air, above the valeey he could even gain a few meters and now he will make it up to Davos without any problems. Saved more than 10k of a hike and 2 hours, perfect!!! Martin

Check out http://www.paragliding-tegernsee.de for more details and pictures.

Leaving Davos
2007-07-31 21:37:00

7:00 am in the morning, now I’m firstly going on the search for a good take-off site above Davos. It’s just only 1000m altitude difference, hence ideal to warm up for the day. The weather forecast talks about strong westwind and bise.

Disentis
2007-08-01 21:06:00

07:15am, breakfast and off weg o.

09:00am Peter is since one hour on his way to a take-off site above Disentis

Shortly after 2:00pm, Peter did land before the Oberalp up on the mountain and is ascending. The weather constellation is extremely stable and above 2500m we have a VERY strong 40km/h west wind.

Furka-Grimsel-Wet
2007-08-02 20:33:00

8:15am Peter did hike yesterday night until 11:00pm and this morning from Andermatt up to the Furka pass. Here on the pass it is freezing cold, stormy and really sh….. Therefore he’s continuing right away by foot down the pass, so that he can go up the Grimsel.

9:15am sometimes you need a little luck. We used a short weather window, took off from the Furka and landed at three quarters of the Grimsel. Now again you don’t see further than 20 meters and the wind is blowing downhill. Anyway it did save us once the pass down and once up, so it’s a great performance. Now only the last meters up the Grimsel.
As you can see it is VERY wet!!!!

Check out http://www.paragliding-tegernsee.de for more details and pictures.

3. August
2007-08-03 19:26:00

9:10am yesterday we made it up to Meiringen. Right now we are a few kilometres before Interlaken. Luckily the weather isn’t as poor anymore as it was on Thursday. However with the left over humidity and the low basis it won’t be possible to fly in the next few hours. Perhaps we can do something in the afternoon. Right now Peter is rank 13, 14 and 10 are all within 15 kilometres (I guess you can see that better).

We would like to thank you all for your continuous support. We enjoy that so many people are participating and keep the thumbs up for us. Especially on days or in situations where it’s not running perfectly, this helps us always a piece forward!! Peter and Martin

Check out http://www.paragliding-tegernsee.de for more details and pictures.

Pains
2007-08-04 12:45:00

07:00am from yesterday’s hiking day there is not a lot to report. We stayed over night near Frutigen. We’re gonna leave in a minute. The weather looks good.

It would be really good to fly, because my body now slowly starts showing symptoms of abrasion. The left leg is hurting, I guess there is an infection (the tendon) in it. I had the problem already yesterday, it did work out for another 40km, so no reason for concern. Let’s see how it is when hiking up.

The ascent did work out pretty well with the calf, but where were the thermals? Despite landing twice in between and hiking up again, all my efforts to gain altitude were not successful. There was just nothing. Either there were no thermals or I couldn’t find them. Slowly the extreme level of exhaustion has an effect on the flying. All in all extremely frustrating. Martin says damn it…, tomorrow’s another day. And what’s helping, when nothing else works? Exactly, see left!

Check out http://www.paragliding-tegernsee.de for more details and pictures.

5th of August - Pain continues
2007-08-05 12:47:00

So that the stable air cannot call their victims, we did hike today up to 2800. You seem uphill Peter’s foot is doing ok, downhill is completely impossible and walking in the flats only under pain.

Now he is in the air.

Chamonix
2007-08-06 22:08:00

Of course we continue until the 48h deadline is over which rests for the teams after the arrival of the first in goal.

It was possible to fly out into the main valley from our overnight stay after a short foot march. Then we continued by foot crossing Martigny and now we are at the pass which leads down to Chamonix. Unfortunately extremely flat and of course closely forested. So no flying. If my calf do not explode on two legs, if it won’t work out else, then we’ll get there crawling on my breast nipples. Chamonix has to be.

When the 48h deadline is over, we will definitely drive down to Monaco. On Wednesday afternoon there will be a victory ceremony and a barbecue party. We’ll continue with pictures and reports on http:// www.paragliding-tegernsee.de. First pain, then better.

Final turning point
2007-08-07 20:34:00

Today I made the last kilometres to Chamonix, during the night a front went through and it was sh… weather. The 3 kilometres until the turning sector of Mont Blanc I made together with Chris Reinegger (AUT 1) and Andy Frötscher (ITA 1), we did make the turning point together and at the same time. After a long chase, sometimes running together, sometimes one, then the other in the lead, we are now of the same opinion that all belong to the same rank. For today it’s best to let the pictures speak, check out http:// www.paragliding-tegernsee.de

Finish
2007-08-08 14:50:00

Today we’re going to Monaco.

At this time Martin and I want to thank all of you for your support. We always had the feeling through your interest and your support that we’re not fighting alone. Especially on the days where it was not running so well, this was quite often that little bit of motivation that we needed. My minimum goal was to reach the turning point Mont Blanc and that’s what we made. We are looking forward to come home soon and to drink with you the one or the other beer.
The other stuff that happened during the last two weeks and what I experienced, I will post it on http:// www.paragliding-tegernsee.de. For now I just want to get back to normality and to regenerate my mind and body.

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