Alfons Hörhager, the man with the ultimate ideas
You might recognise Alfons’ name as he was the man behind the via ferata on the Schlegeis dam, which opened three years ago. However, this was just the start of his grand vision for the Schlegeis. He wanted to make the Schlegeis a paradise for action-seeking daredevils and those looking for new adventures.
Last year, the abseiling station was completed, offering the chance to abseil 130m from the top of the dam into the valley. Then, this year, the Flying Fox opened. This zip wire with a difference enables adrenaline junkies to zoom above the entire dam at a dizzying height and at speeds of around 80 km/h – the ultimate adrenaline kick!
Our courageous team
There were eight of us in total: Sandra, Rosalie, Christina, Oxana, Luisa, Selina, Elisabeth and Alfred. As soon as we arrived at the Schlegeis, it was clear that we would all have to try the Flying Fox. Feeling nervous, Alfred tried his best to back out but, in the end, the combined girl power of the rest of team won out and he was made to join in!
We were given our harnesses (a bit like the harness of a paraglider) and helmets at the information point by the “Raschtl” snack bar on the Schlegeis dam before walking excitedly across the dam to the start point. Chattering, giggling and laughing, we were all in high spirits - all except Alfred, that is.
We waited patiently for our turn, watching with interest as three brave men dared to make the leap across the valley before us. Alfred was standing next to me, wild thoughts racing through his head. Patiently, we allayed his fears about whether the cable would be strong enough to support him, how it was attached, and whether his harness would hold.
Then, it was Alfred’s turn. Peter, the man responsible for securing the harnesses at the start point, prepared Alfred to jump, both physically and mentally. Ready for take off, Alfred continued to cling to the handrail with all his might, but his strength gave out and he was soon flying over the dam at lightning speed.
The feeling of flight
It is an amazing feeling, to fly as free as a bird above the Schlegeis dam. All of the girls loved it, felt secure and safe, and wanted to experience the intense adrenaline kick again straight away. All of the girls, but not Alfred.
Technical facts and the giant swing
After we had all ‘flown’ over the dam, Alfons told us again about the development of the leisure activities at the Schlegeis as well as giving us some technical details about the Flying Fox. Curious, we asked what else he had planned. Alfons explained that, in the next few days, a giant swing would be set up from the abseiling station. Secured by a 5-point harness to a cable, those who dare can jump into the abyss and experience a freefall of approximately 40 metres. T
he elasticity of the swing’s cable ensures a comfortable spring back and swinging motion. Afterwards, you abseil down to the valley. We were all intrigued and decided on the spot to return later in the summer to try out this giant swing. All except Alfred.
Celebrating at the "Raschtl"
Alfons invited us to join him for pizza and tarte flambee afterwards and we toast a successful evening at the Schlegeis. We played back our videos of the Flying Fox, looked through our photos and compared our experiences. We came to the conclusion that this would be the perfect stag night activity, where a group of men could put their bravery to the test!
Slowly, the colour returned to Alfred’s face and he began to join the conversation. Finally, Alfons treated us to a schnapps which we all agreed was delicious. All of us, including Alfred!
Thanks for a great evening!
The team of the Mayrhofen-Hippach tourist office