This blog is the private website of Emanuel Pirker. It contains pictures and trip reports from various outdoor adventures, mainly in California’s Sierra Nevada, the Cascades, and the European Alps. I live now in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, so my activities are more centered around the US-West region and have been living there for several years now. Before that, I used to live in the southern Carinthia/Kärnten region of Austria, where I still frequently travel to for both business and private reasons.
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The private activities you can learn about here are centered around two areas: Outdoor sports and flying. In terms of outdoor sports I consider myself mainly a mountain climber. I enjoy “alpinism” much more than pure climbing. What is the difference? Well, I love to climb mountains. I want to get to the summit, deal with a multitude of situations, rock, snow, ice, weather, distance, elevation – think crampons and ice axes. Backcountry skiing – using your skis with climbing skins to ascend and then, in downhill mode, to descend, somewhere in the backcountry far from any ski resorts – is my favorite. Finally, since I can not travel to the mountains all the time, I enjoy running and cycling (road bike) and general fitness (circuit training).
Completely different from the mountaineering is my flying passion. I am an instrument-rated private pilot (FAA PPL). The private pilot certificate means I can fly certain airplanes – such as the four seat Cessna 182. Since I also hold an instrument rating, I can fly according to instrument flight rules (IFR) like the big boys, i.e. get from A to B on “airways”, the highways in the sky, and fly through the clouds (which is, if you do it first time, a little bit unnerving).