Germany / BC Touring
date of birth
February 22, 1991
The German national team of ski mountaineers were invited by their Chinese colleagues for a week to explore Inner Mongolia and to share their knowledge on a ski camp. The focus of the exchange of techniques was on the ascent and descent and the processes of material handling during change as the ski mountaineering in this region is not very well known. The German team - among them Atomic athlete Toni Lautenbacher - of course would not want to miss on the chance and the experience.
Before the team went on the 16 hours long-haul flight, preparations had to be made on very short notice - apply for visas and passports, select the right equipment, and of course they could not go without their skis.
When they arrived at last, even the exhaustion and the 6 hours time difference could not put a halt to their curiosity. On the way to the hotel the team let the first impressions of the foreign culture sink in. Huge billboards, crowds, bad air and a gigantic transport system.
Reaching the hotel they went straight to the planning of the next days. The team was rewarded with a national-typically dinner, even if the first attempts to use chopsticks failed miserably. The hospitality and appreciation which was brought to the ski mountaineers from everyone at all times was noticeable.
The next day the adventure really took off. Together with 60 ski camp participants they went 6 hours further into the country by bus. Arriving at the first base station at 3,200 height meters a big celebration, the opportunity to interact with the locals and to get to know their lives better awaited them.