Naturschauspiel photo walk
Event locationRailway station Obertraun Dachsteinhöhlen
ContactHiking with Betty
Alte Gschüttstraße 15, 4824 Gosau
Photo walk with the nature photographer, author and expert of ancient forests Matthias Schickhofer in Obertraun.
Photo workshop in the alpine primeval landscape of the Dachstein Krippenstein
Photo walk with the nature photographer, author and expert of ancient forests Matthias Schickhofer in the World Heritage Site on Dachstein Krippenstein. It is an extraordinary alpine primeval landscape with its extensive limestone karst plateau which consists mainly of desert-like rock scenery, with some glaciers around the Hoher Dachstein and the almost endless plain area with stone and mountain pines, alpine meadows and karst formations. At any time of the day we will explore the huge Dachstein plateau and try to edit photographically the enormous spaciousness as well as the pictorial world of the karst and the tiny colour-intense wonders of plants at our feet with the macrolens.
Alpine primeval landscapes and wilderness experiences
Only a few areas are largely untapped and still harbour alpine primeval landscapes. The extensive limestone plateaus of the Dachstein and Dead Mountain range are among the largest alpine wilderness landscapes in Austria. Even hiking trails are sometimes rare here.
The Dachstein’s intoxicating scenery from Krippenstein offers true wilderness experiences away from the intensively developed ski facilities. The huge karst plateau consists mainly of desert-like rock terrain (with some glaciers around the "Hoher Dachstein" but disappearing) and a sheer endless plateau with stone and mountain pines, small forest groups, alpine meadows and karst formations. The central part is significantly called: "Am Stein".
The WWF notes (Book of the Wild, WWF, 2016):
“The Dachstein Plateau is characterized by its unusual extent and the still preserved nature and remoteness. On the plateaus two large areas of about 3,000 ha can be found, which are still uncut. Not even hiking trails are there.”
In the upper altitudes are huge fields of mountain bushes and alpine lawns and rock habitats landscaping. Common breeding birds in the area are above the tree line species such as mountain pipit or birch-toed, alpine brown or snow sparrow. Due to large undisturbed habitats, birch and grouse are particularly well represented.
The lonely area has its own charms: breath-taking views, clear views of sunrise and sunset, proximity to the sky and its cloud formations or its star splendour, bizarre rock formations, hidden water life in little tarns and the wondrous world of alpine flora.
Hiking and photographing
We will explore the mighty Dachstein Krippenstein plateau on hiking trails and try to edit photographically the enormous spaciousness (do not forget the wide angle!) as well as the pictorial world of the karst and the tiny colour-intense wonders at our feet with the macrolens.
Maybe marmots, snow hare, chamois, ptarmigan or golden eagle (telephoto lenses!) will show up From Dachstein Krippenstein (overnight stay) you can take photos (in fair weather) of magnificent sunrises and sunsets - as well as the night sky.
Base camp is in the Lodge at the Krippenstein on 2063 m above sea level (up and down by cable car).
The nature photographerMatthiasSchickhofer
Matthias Schickhofer is a nature photographer, book author, campaign and NGO consultant, journalist, nature tourism promoter. Grown up in the Waldviertel, he lives in Vienna, works in Europe. He is committed to the protection of primeval forests (mainly in Romania) and threatened wilderness refuges. Focus on wilderness and primeval forest photography.
Information about his books: "Our jungle, the last wild forests in the heart of Europe" as well as "Schwarzbuch Alpen - Why we have to save our mountains", both published by Brandstätter Verlag, Vienna.
Friday, 21 August 2020: Arrival and meeting point at 15:00 p.m.
Check-in, getting to know each other and the first hike to the two viewpoints World Heritage Spiral and the 5Fingers Viewing Plattform. Photographing in the evening light and capturing the magic of the sunset, finding out how the camera works and its main settings.
Saturday, 22 August 2020: Sunrise photography (6:00 a.m.), after breakfast, walk towards Meisenbergalm. Lunch picnic. Return to the lodge about 17:00 p.m. In the evening exchange of experiences and tips, picture evaluation...
Sunday, 23 August 2020: Water in the karst mountains, hike to Däumelsee and Däumelkogel. Return to the valley around 16:00 p.m.
All jaunts are based on the NATURSCHAUSPIEL script "Faszinating Dachstein".
Our photo workshop takes place in all weather! Depending on the circumstances, we will adapt the program.
Tecnical details of the photo walk
Characteristics: Hike on mountain trails but also in trackless area. Comfortable hiking speed Difficulty: easy to medium, sure-footedness necessary.
Beginning and meeting point: Friday, 15:00 p.m. at the valley station of the Dachstein Krippenstein cable car
End: Sunday, approx. 16:00 p.m.
Participants: Accomplishment guaranteed. 10 persons maximum.
Equipment Photography: Telephoto lens, wide angle, macro // polarization and gray gradient filter // tripod // resting pad // umbrella (in wet weather) // functional description of your camera
Equipment overnight and photo walk: A list of equipment you will receive upon registration.
Experience a 360° panorama tour on the Dachstein Krippenstein…
- 21.08.2020 / 15:00
- 22.08.2020 until 23.08.2020
Price photo walk Dachstein: € 150.00 (excluding overnight stay, cable car tickets and luggage transport)
Prices overnight stay at Krippenstein Lodge: 2 nights with half board in a double room incl. local tax: € 180.60 €; in a single room: € 273.80 ; in the dormitory: € 140.40
- Suitable for groups
- Suitable for teenagers
- Suitable for seniors
- Suitable for single travelers
- Suitable for friends
- Suitable for couples
Please get in touch for more information.