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Austrian hang-gliding plans

Thursday, May 9th, 2013 at 2:50 pm Written by:

I don’t usually talk about plans like this too far in advance, due to the fear of jinxing it by some bad event, but I am too much looking forward to this, and I don’t have anyone to go with yet.

My plan is to drive from home in Liverpool, UK via Cambridge to Bad Aussee (marked) in Austria for 20 July 2013, then drive on to Brno in the Czech Republic to spend a week at the international caver’s conference before returning to the CUCC Caving Expedition where I expect to remain until it ends on 25 August.

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If my hang-glider is still in one piece I will take it with me with the intention of doing as much flying as possible combined with as little caving as possible, depending on circumstances and expedition/social dynamics. It’s all a big party, stuff happens, you never know what. We go back every year.

The hang-gliding options are as follows:

Flying off the Loser Plateau. This very convenient as it is the same mountain where all the caves are, so we are frequently driving up and down it. The flying instructions (in english) by the local club are here.

It’s a very beautiful place. The downside is that sometimes the weather can be very bad for long periods (although it has been less so in recent years). You can check out my write-up of one of those bad years in the The Great Austrian Cow Wash of 1993.

Flying at Greifenburg. If the weather is better there, I will up-sticks with my tent and drive 2 hours south to the Fliegercamp which the guidebook assures me is “popular due to the ease of cross country flying along the valley on the southern slopes of the Reisseck mountains and the excellent microclimate which provides thermals and fine weather while most of the northern Alps have rain or unflyable conditions.” You can verify the plausibility of this by checking their live webcams for glider activity.

This is a shout out to any hang-gliders in Britain who are interested in joining me for any part of this. I don’t know a word of German. It’s a very long drive from home, about 24 hours door to door. With a bit of luck it may be possible to pool the transport with one of the cavers listed here. Or I could take your spare glider on my car so you can come some other way. For more colour, here are some pictures from last year’s expedition. Please get in touch.


  • 1. Anthony replies at 14th May 2013, 7:58 pm :

    How long in Bad Aussee? 20th – I’m thinking about heading to Loser the same time.

  • 2. Julian replies at 20th May 2013, 7:50 pm :

    The conference schedule suggests we should get there for the evening of the 21st. I think it’s a 4 hour drive. Do you need a lift to Brno?

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