Have this ever happened to you?
You’d typed in keywords from mountain range you’d like to visit and started another infinite scrolling [the same way as when you switch trough entire Skylink TV programme offer with remote], until “BAM”, prominent big mountain, slapped you on your face, stopped your scroll and left you with mouth wide open.
It looked sharp, steep and massively beautiful. You knew right away, you have to ride it. Even hike it. Or hike-a-bike it.
No matter what, you wanted to stand on the summit. A.S.A.P.
I had this feeling when I’ve seen Aggenstein, for the first time. My standard questions when I plan tour like: “what’s the elevation?”, or “how’s the approach?”, “is it even rideable?” were instantly unimportant.
Fast forward 2 weeks, here I am, dragging my Capra to the top of the Aggenstein.
I’ve passed a couple of guys asking me about why am I doing this. For many hikers, this type of mountain biking looks weird.
It’s not about finding the most epic trail. It’s about the challenge.
In the book No Words For The Way Down, Jeremy Jones said : “The journey is the reward.”
He was absolutely right. I’ve enjoyed every single moment of this journey. From the challenging hike-a-bike up, trough stunning summit, technical descent on loose rocks and steep switchbacks, all the way down to the bottom.
Standing on the top of Aggenstein was the highlight of the day.
The way down.
This is a highly technical trail. Like most of the trails in the Alps, it was not designed with mountain biking in mind. It’s loose and steep.
If you want to ride it, not to push it, a good grasp of endo technique is required.
In the end, it doesn’t really matter how did you get down. This day will stay bright in your memory forever.
After such an epic day, there’s usually one important question [no, I don’t mean “How can I quit my job and move here?”]. Can you guess it?