After talking to Austrian runner Katharina Zipser and an Austrian outdoor blogger BeRoSa GoGreen about their personal experiences in and with the mountains, for our next Good Morning Mountain Talk we met the two courageous mountain rescuers Klaus Manzl and Johann Strasser, who make the mountains a good bit safer day in, day out. Both are part of the selfless mountain rescue team Austria that is ready to give aid 24/7 on 365 days of the year in case of accidents in the Alpine region.

 

Mountain Rescuer Klaus Manzl

Mountain rescuer Klaus Manzl

Mountain Rescuer Klaus Manzl

#1 What do mountains mean to you?

A bit of home and finding the way back to oneself in nature.

#2 Do you prefer mountains in summer or winter?

Rather summer, because it’s warm outside and less dangerous. However, winter is definitely appealing too.

#3 What’s your favourite power breakfast before heading for the mountains?

Muesli with fruit and yoghurt.

#4 What’s always in your backpack when you go on a mountain trip?

Nuts, dried fruit and something to drink.

#5 Is there a life lesson that only mountains can teach you?

A lot – perseverance, to comprehend nature and to feel. It is important to gently show children what the mountains mean and what good they can do for them, as otherwise this will be forgotten by the younger generation. And also to achieve a goal that you’ve set yourself.

#6 Which of your alpine experiences has shaped you the most?

The fatal crash of a colleague.

#7 Do you prefer to be alone or hike in company?

In company, because it’s safer. Preferably with friends, fellow climbers or family.

#8 Beach holiday or hiking trip?

Beach holiday in summer because of the heat, hiking trips in autumn.

#9 What’s more important to you, the journey or the mountain peak as your destination? 

The journey, because there are many hiking trails without a peak.

 

Mountain Rescuer Johann Strasser

Mountain Rescuer Johann Strasser

Mountain Rescuer Johann Strasser

#1 What do mountains mean to you?

Spending time outdoors.

#2 Do you prefer mountains in summer or winter?

Winter or summer – the mountains are always beautiful.

#3 What’s your favourite power breakfast before heading for the mountains?

Preferably, I have a slice of bread with butter and jam or honey.

#4 What’s do you always take with you when you go on a mountain trip?

Nice weather, friends and a picture from the mountain peak!

#5 Is there a life lesson that only mountains can teach you?

Happiness and calm.

#6 Which of your alpine experiences has shaped you the most?

A powerful thunderstorm.

#7 Do you prefer to be alone or hike in company?

Preferably accompanied by my wife.

#8 Beach holiday or hiking trip?

I prefer a hiking trip.

#9 What’s more important to you, the journey or the mountain peak as your destination? 

Both is important!

 

We’d like to thank Klaus Manzl and Johann Strasser for their time to answer our questions, but most of all for their tireless work in the mountains!