1st Person I saw Today (235/365)

by Lee Santiva August. 23, 2019 130 views
My husband

My husband

Since today's topic is kind of personal " first person I saw today" , I'll post about a pretty typical day of mountainbiking on our vacation in Austria. So this is more of a travel report than a people profile.

We had wanted to bike a different route however that was closed due to a landslide and only hikers could get through, so we decided to go from Vent up to the Stablein Alm lodge at 2365 meters (7759 ft).

It is a short track only 4,5 kilometers, however we had to go up 450 altitude meters in that short distance with an average grade of 10%.

Path up the mountain to Stablein Alm with  average 10% grade, sometimes it was over 15%

Path up the mountain to Stablein Alm with average 10% grade, sometimes it was over 15%

I always face a dilemma when packing my backpack for such a tour. Will the weather be good enough to justify the extra weight of the "good" camera - the Fujifilm? How likely is it that I would crash and ruin the camera gear? (I don't worry so much about myself, interestingly...). For these reasons I often take only my smartphone because it's lightweight and will still fit in a full backpack.

Last week while on another mountain in Austria, I spent some time talking with a camera equipment tester from France. He was testing the Sony RX10IV which has an integrated lens which can zoom out to 600mm at F2,4-4. It weighs 1,1 kg, which about the same as my Fujifilm with the zoom lens, however, it is more versatile since the same lens is excellent for wide-angle landscapes as well. He said it was perfect for hikers/bikers and was going to give it a 4.8/5.0 in the test report he was submitting.

I think such a camera might be the solution for me since the interchangeable lens system for Fuji is not only too much weight it is also too bulky and won't fit in my backpack with all the other things I need tp take a long such as: a rainjacket, first aid kit, change of clothes (I get drenched with sweat when I do steep climbs)…

That's me riding uphill - it doesn‘t look so steep in the photo

That's me riding uphill - it doesn‘t look so steep in the photo

It's interesting to see the reactions of the hikers when we pass them riding up the mountain. They first look at the bike to see if there is a motor, checking out if it is an electric bike. Then they look up at our faces and see our grey hair and their reaction is always of surprise. Over 90% of the bikes we saw on this trip were electric.

Halfway point on the mountain - Upper Oetztaler Mountains with their glaciers in the background

Halfway point on the mountain - Upper Oetztaler Mountains with their glaciers in the background

We worked so hard to climb up the mountain to get to the lodge and by the time we got there, it had gotten quite overcast. As a photographer, I was disappointed, because the panorama was amazing but the light terrible. For me personally, it is still a thrilling sight and always an reward for the effort.

Panorama view of the Oetztal glaciers from the top.

Panorama view of the Oetztal glaciers from the top.

We didn't stay long at the top since it looked like rain. On the way back down the mountain, I stopped to capture some nice waterfalls.

Waterfall above  Vent, Austria at approx. 2000 meters altitude

Waterfall above Vent, Austria at approx. 2000 meters altitude

Waterfall above Vent - monochrome

Waterfall above Vent - monochrome

Vacation is coming to an end soon and we are already planning the next trip.

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Jay Boggess 3 weeks ago

Fun series! Serious exercise, but worth the lovely scenery!!+1

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Lee Santiva Replied to Jay Boggess 2 weeks, 5 days ago

Absolutely!

2 weeks, 5 days ago Edited
Russell Smith 3 weeks, 1 day ago

That incline would kill me but beautiful views.

3 weeks, 1 day ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Russell Smith 2 weeks, 5 days ago

The views are the reward for the effort and this track was great because we were above the tree line so we had the great view the whole way up. Going down I have to concentrate too much on the path and am going too fastto enjoy it so we have to stop snd get off the bikes to “see” anything

2 weeks, 5 days ago Edited
Camellia 3 weeks, 2 days ago

Thanks for the info on the Sony. I've been on the market for a new camera for the same reasons as you. I don't want to lose all that my full frame Nikon has to offer but it is a bulky camera especially when used with a zoom. I've been debating between several cameras so far and not quite settled on one. This Sony is another I need to look into. Looks like you've had a nice time so far.

3 weeks, 2 days ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Camellia 2 weeks, 5 days ago

The Procam shop in Aurora has a huge selection of many different makes and models. If you get a chance, you should check it out. Camera Central on Wabash in downtown also has a huge selection incl lots of high quality used equipment.  I tried out the Sony at Procam, I should have bought it then but decided on the Fuji zoom lens instead, it was about the same price then I learned Fuji was having a $300 cash rebate and, well, I fell for that…

2 weeks, 5 days ago Edited
Camellia Replied to Lee Santiva 2 weeks, 4 days ago

Thank you Lee.

2 weeks, 4 days ago Edited
Björn Roose 3 weeks, 2 days ago

About the final sentence: mine has come to an end and ... I've booked the next two vacations already. Still need to do the exact planning, but we'll be seeing a little more of Germany again smile

3 weeks, 2 days ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Björn Roose 2 weeks, 5 days ago

👍👍 if you come to the southwest corner of Germany between Speyer, Mannheim and Heidelberg, we could meet up if you like

2 weeks, 5 days ago Edited
Björn Roose Replied to Lee Santiva 2 weeks, 4 days ago

That corner was on the planning, but got replaced by the Rhine between the Loreley and that corner smile One of these years probably ...

2 weeks, 4 days ago Edited
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