Helipad Open Day

This weekend saw the official opening of the new Helicopter Rescue centre for Mayrhofen.

There are a couple of these dotted around the valley from different firms, all providing much a needed service to evacuate seriously injured patients to the hospital within a short time from fairly inaccessible places (normally ski pistes). They work in close unison with the Red Cross, Mountain Rescue and the Water Rescue, with members from these organizations normally going on to work in the 'Flugrettung'.

Sunday was an open day for the public to come and see the toys that we get to play with, so I took the family down to have look. Weather was fantastic apart from the very strong wind that prevented a couple of events from taking place. The Red Bull Stunt Helicopters did make a show even if in those conditions and I did manage to capture it on video which can be seen here.

#roteskreuz #bergrettung #flugrettung #wasserrettung #helitirol #itsahardlifeinthemountains

Waiting for the call

Much of our time at the Red Cross is spent waiting (thankfully!) Our vehicles stand ready for the callno matter how trivial it may be.

This shot is actually a compilation of 6 shots taken at 5am in the morning as I carefully moved around the garage without triggering the lights (which are horrible florescent tubes) I just liked the natural light better (as always!)

Shot with a Fujifilm X-E1 with Olympus 35mm ISO 200 Exp 4,0 secs at f8

#rtw #roteskreuz #freiwillige #rettungswagen

Hangar 7

Last Month on a trip to other parts of Austria, we stopped off to visit some friends in Salzburg. As most of you know it is the home of Red Bull and at the airport they have a great display of Red Bull aircraft and race cars in their own custom built hangars. It is called Hangar 7 and if you are over that way you should definitely check it out. The Bar in the roof looks amazing but is very very exclusive!

#hangar7 #redbull #flyingbulls #salzburg #torrorosso #formeleins #itgivesyouwings

Shot with Fujifilm X-E1 with Olympus 50mm f/1.4

Location: Hangar 7, Salzburg

Innsbruck Airport Open Day

I finnaly got round to editing some Photos that I took last month of the Open day at Innsbruck Airport. Its a great family day out and is on the Austrian National Day, 26 October. The weather was stunning as per usual!


#flughafen #staatsfeiertag #RoteskreuzInnsbruck #Bundesheer #RedbullDc10 #bundespolizei #Cobra #Innsbruck

Off Season

It gets quiet here in our little town once all the hustle and bustle of the winter season is over, but not at the Penkenbahn where they are ripping things apart! Only 7 months to go lads!

Location: Hauptstrasse Mayrhofen, Zillertal, Tirol

The circus rolls back into town.

The end of the season is not complete without a good hard blowout, and that comes in the shape of the Snowbombing music festival! 6000+ party-goers arrive in town for 5 days of amazing music and fun 'on the piste!'. On the Sunday is the traditional Roadtrip, a themed convoy ,of over 150 cars, coming from the all over the UK and ending in a carnival procession on the Hauptstrasse in Mayrhofen. A great start to an awesome week!

#snowbombing2015 #roadtrip

Location: Mayrhofen, Zillertal, Tirol

by the side of the road

I was just driving along and saw this sitting by the side of the road in the Zillertal, Tirol, apparently they had been bringing trees down off the side of the mountain. Another day in the valley!