Pronunciation: Oh Sheeeeeeet
noun [mass noun] the possibility of suffering harm or injury: his life was in danger
[count noun] a cause or likely cause of harm or injury: the dangers of mountain biking
the possibility of something unwelcome or unpleasant happening: he was in danger of exploding his underwear from the Revised Kingdom Oxford Dictionary
Danger is a funny thing; Danger is all around us, staring us in the face, sometimes in the form of a set of stairs, a hot coffee or an enticing looking dance floor (EXTREME DANGER).
Danger can be avoided – take your time on the stairs, wait for the coffee to cool down, save yourself the crippling embarrassment of the ‘robot’. The Alps are dangerous mountains; danger is in abundance in the valleys, near the rock slopes and on the cliff like faces. The Alps can be avoided. But that would be no fun, would it. We love danger, danger is our middle name (they call us Kingdom ‘Danger’ Bikes, Laayydies..).
This past October, to celebrate making it through another dangerous season of bike riding, partying and coffee drinking, we made the journey to the Zillertal Valley in Austria to sample one of the Alps’ most dangerous of trails.
It took us a serious man sized effort to push our way to the top of the trail somewhere around 3,000 metres, only to be greeted by a trail that can only be called “50:50″ as falling either side was 50% chance of instant death. We passed a few French hikers on the way down, who could be heard screaming ‘Le Lunatics’ as we dropped by..
Zig-zagging, clinging and sliding our way down and across this vicious mountain somewhere around 3,000 metres, (read more in upcoming issues of DIRT) we made it out alive once again, underwear quite thoroughly soiled.
Going up ‘Le Pain’
Coming down ‘Le Lunatics’
Alex, ‘One Dab’ Astonator and ‘The Shorts’
Alex from Seasonality showed us the hike to the trail, how to ride down the trail, and how to find a nerve calming beer at the end. Thanks Alex, we love danger, but you are absolutely mental! A ride to remember, RIP my undies.