The Danube is the second longest river in Europe with a total length of 2857 kilometres. It rises in the south of Germany and then flows east across Vienna, Budapest and Belgrade to the Black Sea. In total, the Danube flows through ten countries (Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and the Ukraine) – more than any other river on earth! For me a true traveller dream!
Evenly our paddles dive into the water. Right, Left, Right, Left. Small swirls form in the glassy water. The waves swaying us gently back and forth. I lay the paddle in front of me and pass my hand over the side wall of the kayak.
One week ago, we started from the Croatian Zadar to explore the archipelagos off the coast – a time when a green two-man-kayak became a companion.
The idea of crossing the Alps has for sure gone through every head with love for the mountains. In fact, more and more people choose to cross the Alps by foot. However, before the adventure begins, the route has to be chosen, because there are countless routes across the Alps.
It is 2:45am. I turn off the alarm clock, crawl out of my sleeping bag and get dressed. Just a quick coffee muesli mix and then I can go. I’m leaving Camp 2.
Two men, four inline skates, six months and 7000 kilometres
This is the plan of Marian and Santiago from Halle (Saale). They want to travel through South America … on skates … in this way an unprecedented project.
The snow is crunching under the snowshoes. Nothing else: no noise penetrates the silent winter landscape. The snow sparkles in the sun and we are hiking in the middle of it. There is no one around but us from horizon to horizon.
Finally, it is time – we are on a hiking trip again. Let’s take our backpacks and make sure the GPS has the right information. ;)
“That’s all your fault!” I growling angrily.
“You are almost there!” sounds from above. Apparently my (climbing) partner Christian did not hear me.
My pulse is racing as I snap for air. Every inch of my body hurts. We are at 4,308 meters above the sea level. I´ve never been in such an altitude before! We stop hiking and taking a break. My pulse calms down and I´m able to take a deep breath.
I’m covered in snow up to my hips. Every step again I break into the meter-high snow cover. Why didn’t I bring the damn snowshoes?