Hohe Tauern

A huge climb awaits for this marathon in nature to the mountaintops.

Where:Hohe Tauern national park, Austria
Run:42km, D+2500m, fast moving sky, very sketchy trails

It is 5:00 when Hohe Tauern awakes. A huge climb awaits for this marathon in nature to the mountaintops. The valley floor is below 500m. So, it takes more than 1000m vertical climb before entering the park. The slap. The thighs are burning, this ultra-technical climb, between streams and slippery rocks. It goes all hard and straight for 15 km to reach the altitude of 2500m. Finally I reach the stop and shocked to discover a sublime lake ice of an unreal blue.

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I continue my progress along the sides on a large snowfield along the cliff to have a nice view of the valley. On return, the descent towards the lake is breathtaking and really dangerous. I choose to bypass a plate snow on a slope through a scree off path. I do not take risk, I take one more hour to do these three km.

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A beautiful and very fast descent. The melting ice is a powerful and deafening torrent. A beautiful exit, near a marathon I finish on an old track way to valley flank.
Austria is nice.

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