The Steinberge Challenge: Climbing, Biking and Enjoyment
Around 70 kilometers by e-bike, four via ferratas, alpine hikes, rafting and an overnight stay in a hut in the middle of the Steinberge mountains. All this within eight days. These are the rough key data of the Steinberge Challenge.
The three tourism organizations Salzburger Saalachtal, Pillerseetal Kitzbüheler Alpen and Saalfelden Leogang came up with the whole thing. Together, they form the Steinberge mountain sports region: summarized the climbing offer of the Loferer and Leoganger Steinberge. Around these mountain massifs already leads the Steinbergrunde popular with bikers. This time, the idea was to combine the theme of biking with climbing and the different but characteristic offers of the respective regions. The result is a mix that is challenging, but at least as much fun.
The key data alone shows: You cannot send inexperienced participants on this tour. They should be surefooted, enjoy new things and have mountain experience. In addition, they should be fit enough to do everything within eight days. Of course, with enough rest breaks and accompanied by some culinary delicacies. These were our Challengers:
The preparations were completed and everything was ready for the arrival of our four Challengers in June 2021. For a good start of the challenge, climbing skills were refreshed at the beginning. In the climbing hall Felsenfest in Saalfelden our crew tried out the different belay devices with mountain guide Markus. Furthermore, the basic rules of climbing were refreshed (partner check!) and the self-securing system was extensively tested. In addition, they received some helpful tips for the next few days. That way one gets through every via ferrata. Another important point before the start of the challenge was the familiarization with the means of transportation for the next 7 days: the e-bike. We clarified the question: Where and how do I use the power of an e-bike? In addition, technical exercises and the first ride were also included. And the next day Annika, Thomas, Janik and Björn took off!
What our participants say about the Challenge
Exciting and challenging days are behind us in which we have done everything that makes the outdoor heart beat faster. We were climbing, hiking, mountain biking and rafting and have explored the region around the Steinberge. My favorite moment was the morning at the Passauer Hütte when the clouds below us wafted through the valley, which conjured up a beautiful atmosphere. During the via ferratas, I definitely pushed my limits every now and then, which does credit to the name "Steinberg Challenge". The varied adventures will remain in my memory for a long time.
Thomas & Janik
A wonderful week full of fantastic impressions that made our outdoor enthusiastic heart beat faster: Biking, climbing, hiking - everything was there that we personally enjoy. The Challenge was a super experience and not only challenged us physically, but also gave us a fantastic sunset at the Passauer Hütte.
These were indescribably beautiful days. If you are looking for via ferrata and rock contact, you will find everything you need in the Steinberge. For a change on the bike or in the inflatable boat or just enjoy the sunsets. For me definitely another mountain paradise that I was allowed to discover and experience! Thanks a lot!
Pictures: Annika by Sheep Cuddling, Thomas and Janik by Trekkinglife and Björn by Bergparadiese