Sometimes there are those days where the air smells like snow: It’s a message. The world outside is still colourful. In the sun you can still go climbing in a t-shirt. In the shade you need a down jacket. The mountains look like they’re covered in powdered sugar and winter will soon be upon us. It’s just a matter of time before the bouldering rock disappears under snow, and with it goes the project you were hoping to check off that list.
When it was announced that the Audi Nines is taking place this year despite the current situation, everyone was incredibly stoked. The coolest event of the year is the only one allowed to happen.
Journeys to distant lands will almost always broaden your horizons if you let them. That was the mindset we took with us on our summer catalogue photo shoot for the collection "Laya – Where the Mountains Are". Our road trip through Bhutan was shaped by a series of passing moments that managed to heighten our awareness of some rather important things. Often it was brief encounters with the people there that made us really sit back and think.
We live in a strange time right now. Even the things and events that we considered stable are not happening now. One of them is a Red Bull Rampage. It was an annual celebration for freeriders since my teenage years, and a must for participants and spectators. When I heard about the cancelation due to the Covid situation, I started to think how to keep the desert mood on.
Friday evening. The last e-mail sent and after work jumped directly into the car - at 7:00 pm was finally meeting place in Munich - we went (as so often) to Berlin. At the same time at the University of Hamburg. The final preparations for the math course on Monday completed, Marion jumped motivated in the ICE. Finally FEM weekend, finally full speed in the circle again!
After lunch, we pack our bags and head out on a ski tour around the backside of the volcano. We’ve gotten used to the fact that it is snowing most of the day, every day, so the sight of big puffs of snow from our skis stamping uphill is not a surprise to us. Obviously the sun and some blue sky would make for a great photo, but Hokkaido’s real draw is the vast amount of the world’s finest powder and that snow obviously has to come from somewhere.
Our next stop was to the “Nordic Arena” of Otoineppu for cross-country skiing and the lesson learned is: Preparation is an elastic term. Although the groomer prepares the 5-kilometer route once in the morning and at noon, it is snowing all day long, the word dynamic takes on a whole new meaning.
In mid-October when the days in the Alps become shorter, the sun sits a bit lower and cobwebs float through the air, “Koharu“ (Little Spring), begins in Japan. Also referred to as “Indian Summer“ in Japan, this time is a prelude to a beautiful display of colour. Nature seems to rethink before the approaching winter and shows its beauty in all its splendour on the leaves of trees.
How can one be so passionate about something that is physically exhausting? Passion is often impossible for an outsider to understand, but ingrained in the personality of the cyclist. If you have ever talked to someone who has cycled an alpine pass, you will have noticed how his or her eyes light up. Just talking about their experiences builds excitement, as they mentally relive the moments climbing towards the summit.
Lyngenfjord? Have you ever heard of it? If you have it is probably from ski tourers and some probably claim that the ski touring areas are almost always good mountain bike areas.
Once again there was no turning back. I had just made it out of a trail running slump, found pleasure in biking again and then… The Gore-Tex Transalpine Run 2017 happened. 2 runners making 1 team, 7 days, 4 countries, 267.4 km and 15,556 vertical meters.
Daniel Schäfer has been a part of the Maloja family for over 10 years and to share his story with you has been well overdue. After finishing the catalog photo shoot with fellow Malojan’s Bella Chen and Guido Tschugg we had the time to sit down and interview „Danger Dan“.
Initially, our plans were different. We were into telling a story of climbing in our backyard, of reading lines, dreaming of new possibilities and achieving new skills. The story was to take place at the “Irrenhaus” translated as the so-called “madhouse”, which is a climbing area close to Lofer, Austria that had been explored by Markus Bendler and some friends
Some legs just want to go fast, hard and uphill. Ski mountaineers have such legs and they fuel the passion for competition and intensify their love for the mountains.
When the days are getting shorter and the roads slick, the team captain and founder of the maloja Pushbikers Christian „Grasi“ Grasmann has one time or another demonized his job as a cycling professional.
To create great photos you need surreal locations and ideal conditions, therefore it’s a good thing to have a wild card. Our wild card is Mr. Müller and if anyone knows where to find powder in November then it’s him.
In the 1970s a group of young men from the USA who were in Gary Fisher’s inner circle collected old bicycles at the dump, fixed them up and raced across the dirt tracks and trails of their home state California. They were a little crazy, always looking for something new and loved nothing more than riding their bikes, which surmounted to the them unknowingly becoming bicycle pioneers.
We could hear the rumors building throughout the bike community. Many were asking what will the Pushbikers come up with next? From the past the community anticipated bizarre and abstract design concepts, yet no one expected the Maloja Pushbikers to present a minimalist design concept.
A look at the fascination for mountain passes - Monte Grappa | Gotthard Pass | Sella Ronda.
The rocks of Verdon are simply the best limestone and for many it’s the perfect rock. A must visit for climbers, you need to have been there to understand, to have touched the wall, climbed the legendary gorge and felt the power emanating from the mountains.
Leave your workday behind and take a trip with us to a place where time comes to a stand still. A place away from the crowds and where nature remains untouched. We set off on a short bike-packing trip together with friends and for this reason alone it was already perfect.
Back when Viktor Sedlacek founded the Grande Hotel de l’Europe more than a hundred years ago, he would not have been able to imagine the following: Tom Oehler, trialbike legend, elegantly jumping over the reception front desk while having his photo taken by photographer Armin Walcher working with a Leica medium format camera. Obviously, times are changing.