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Hiking through an enchanted forest

HörrschbachRecently we did a great hike starting in Murrhardt a small city half an hour drive away from Stuttgart. The hike is 10km long and leads to two waterfalls and along a river wounding its way through the valley. The forest was glowing in all shades of green and the water was glittering and floating calmly past us. Hiking, especially along a water stream, is the best way for me to calm down and relax.

first waterfalls - Murrhardt

The hike starts in the center of Murrhardt leading you straight out of the town into the forest (Download the route and a description here). After twenty minutes we arrived at the first waterfall at the beginning of the valley. Up to this point, the way is pretty easy to walk on, but from there the ground gets more muddy following the stream to the end of the valley.

Since I have been a little kid I most enjoyed hikes like this where we walked over roots of trees, stones and were you had to cross the river ocassionally – either on a bridge or just by using the bigger stones sticking out of the water.

Crossing the river After an hour of marvelling at all the different shades of green and having fun on and around the water, we finally arrived at the second waterfall.

second waterfall Murrhardt

The water was dripping down the moss-covered stones which wasn’t what I expected but was still very lovely to watch. However, when we reached the top of the waterfall, we realised that this wasn’t the waterfall in its full power. Because the fiver is dammed up and hikers can control the waterfall with a small flap. After opening this flap the waterfall gets more powerful.

second waterfall - Hörrschbachtal – Doesn’t this look beautiful? –

At the top of the waterfall you can have a nice break and eat your paked lunch or you keep going until you hit the waterfall restaurant at the top-end of the valley. We had our paked lunch with us and continued the walk through the forest back to Murrhardt.

It took us roughly three hours to finish the hike. Not because of the distance but more due to the uneven ground and the fun we had balancing on stones and trees along the way. Stopping from time to time to take photos ;).

Murrhardt

Make sure, you walk around in Murrhardt as well because the town is also really lovely and what better than having some ice-cream as a reward for finishing the hike?

What to think about when you start skiing

skiing as a beginnerFirst of all, I am generally not very adventurous. So putting myself on two small boards to slide down a steep hill in high pace isn’t my first choice of spending a nice saturday. However, my boyfriend is a skiing teacher and all my friends ski since they are little. So I figured after I pushed myself to start climbing and to try surfing, I could as well also give skiing a go.

If you are also thinking to start skiing as a complete beginner, here are some of my personal tips further extended by the more professional advice of my boyfriend.

  • Skiing is a sport
    It is truly exhausting, trust me. You don’t have to be an athlete but you should have a normal level of fitness I would say. It doesn’t do any harm to do some sport before, especially to strenghten your legs. While skiing your knees are constantly bend which my muscles weren’t used to and I strongly regretted not having done any workout before.

skiing tips for beginnersfirst time skiing

  • Start Skiing with a professional teacher
    To get starting with skiing you should book a professional skiing teacher (or get a friend who did a certified training). They know best how to teach beginners and will be able to teach you the rigth technique from the beginning. When choosing a skiing school look out for certificates like the Deutscher Skiverband, Deutscher Skilehrerverband in Germany or the Östereichische Skiverband in Austria. Just generally try to make sure the teachers were trained on a high level. For children, group courses are better because they most of the time feel more comfortable in a group. In a group there is also the possibility to playfully do some small competitions so that the children learn faster and with fun.
    For adults smaller groups are better suited because adults don’t learn just by watching someone and repeating the movement but by mentally understanding what to do and trying to put that into practice. With a smaller group the teacher can react to the individuals better and might be able to explain things individually.

skiing equipment

  • Equipment
    You need a winter jacket and winter trousers. On top of that you should wear some warm layers under your jacket, although don’t put on too much because you will get warm pretty fast. Gloves and goggles are also quite handy.
    If you don’t have own skies and shoes don’t worry you can borrow the complete equipment in every skiing area. The ski should reach up to your nose when standing, although smaller skies are easier at the beginning. When trying on shoes you should be very comfortable in them and be able to move your toes. Don’t try them on walking but standing with bend knees. In this position you shouldn’t feel any pressure of the shoe on your foot. If they feel uncomfortable when trying, they will hurt when you start skiing. The ski poles should be at a lenght were your arms form a right angle. The helmet should fit your head tightly so it really protects you if you fall.
    Normally the people in the shop will know all of that, so if you don’t have the feeling they are checking all these things and especially don’t ask you some question about what you want to do, you better go to another shop.

lift 2

  • Start slow and don’t excpet to much of yourself
    Last and most important. Skiing needs practice. This means that you won’t be a perfect skier after one day of practice. I spent basically my first day on the children’s hill learning to use the lift and just practicing the basics. But it felt great to slide down that little hill on my own in a controlled way after half of the day.
    However when we went up the hill for our first run down the slope, I was terrified and lost confidence. With the help of my boyfriend I managed to get down in one peace and  was even able to do the last quarter by myself which felt amazing. But I had realised that I need a lot of practice before I will feel perfectly fine.

I hope these tips help you when thinking of starting to ski and also took away some of your concerns. After all the day was a great experience and adventure which I would like to repeat soon.

Can you add any tips for beginning to ski? Are you a skiing pro or thinking about to start?