• Seasons Change In Augsmatthorn

    Tiina Kivelä

    Yesterday was the first time I met these fellas, Alpensteinbocke (Alpine ibex) in their natural environment near Augsmatthorn. Or well, for me first time wherever. And what a day it generally was, though they were definitely the highlight, exceeding expectations, posing there like trying to own the Graubünden ones famous for their YouTube..

    But first; look at the frost! Winter is coming, at least in the Alps. I smelled the cold, I could feel the winter and that, if something, makes me feel home. Yes, I am strange; my comfort zone is ice and snow and cold, and I can’t wait for the ski season. And I shouldn’t need to say that northface is my kind of face, always, it’s just natural that when winter is calling, I must go. So there I was yesterday, waking up early to catch up with the first signs of winter and almost the first bus to Habkern, this cute little village nearby Interlaken. The 9h hike itself became something else than cute in the end, but that’s another story which I’ll tell you later. Let’s concentrate on the frost and steinbocks first.

    After hiking up from Habkern and the frosty northface of Augsmatthorn, balancing further on the narrow and slippery mountain ridge, I stumbled into the^ jolly Alpine ibex* fellas (alpensteinbocke). I guess they understood their Instagram potential very well, posing with Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau in the background, some snoring, some seeming to think they had stumbled into wrong crowd themselves. This area around Lombach (part of Emmental, yes the cheese, alps) acts as kind of a reserve for them, species once almost disappeared from the planet* and therefore it’s extra nice to see them in their natural environment. Which also made me think (during soloing 9h one really had time to think) that when you are wild, your changes seeing other wild things are higher. And that if we all would be this wild, we wouldn’t need zoos… Or gyms either.


    Hike: Habkern Post – Augsmatthorn – Hardergrat – Harder Kulm – Unterseen – Interlaken, about 9h 

    Postbuss 106 Interlaken West – Habkern 2,60 CHF with Half -Fare Travel Card by SwissPass (Halbtax). 


    *After being extirpated from most areas by the 19th century, the Alpine ibex was successfully reintroduced to parts of its historical range and all individuals living today descend from the stock in Gran Paradiso National Park in Aosta Valley and from the neighbouring French valley of Maurienne(Wikipedia)

    Tiina Kivelä


  • BLOG
  • Refugitive

    Thunersee Tiina Kivelä

    Last weeks haven’t been the easiest, I have to say. From the sunny warm days like in the picture^ the life has quickly turned into much darker and colder, metaphorically and realistically speaking. I’ve been sick, I’ve had too much to do, and I’ve made few silly mistakes and experienced too many drawbacks. Also my optimistic tendency to trust people and think the best of them has led me to quite too many disappointments. Not to mention what’s generally happening around the world these days.

    But then I went to Munich and reconnected with these amazing people. Professional, honest, humble, brave and daring women & men, who kick ass and still are the most loving and lovable as they can be. They use their full potential and push others to do the same. And they do these amazing films and care about other people.

    Thank you for returning my trust to humankind.

    On the day of departure I walked in to the shop and bought these^ Patagonia Refugitive pants for future alpine skitours & adventures (found from the department “expeditions”, krhm). Bought then thinking that no matter what some people say and no matter how I fail in so many things, no matter how messed up the world generally is, skiing is something I’m good at, and in the mountains it’s always good to be. Challenging, but rewarding. And skiing is something I love doing. Especially in pants made by people who also do what they love & also care about so many things. Who always push for something better. That’s the kind of people I like and want to work for.

    And now I just can’t wait for the season to start and to put these pants to action. I still have so much to learn and I’m expecting many challenging days in the mountains. It’s already snowing in the mountain villages like Mürren nearby, and I have good friends to ski with. Winter is coming and I’m ready.

    Tiina Kivelä

    So… I’m not really sure what I’m trying to say here, except that things are probably (hopefully) gonna change soon here.

    Oh and the Munich comments. Well. Shades of Winter women kicked ass and the film & event was great, but from BMW Welt, which acted as the venue for the Worl Premiere,  it wasn’t the most impressive performance, unfortunately.  Somehow they had thogh (or well maybe the other way, haven’t really thought at all) that it would be good idea to situate the women toilets outside in containers, while men could enjoy the indoor toilets. After all, “Between” was all woman skifilm & I’ve thought BMW wants to support and speak to us women especially these days, through these sponsorships & promotions. Therefore it was kind odd of them to not pay attention to these details; opportunity lost, so to speak.

    And again no accommodation tips, unfortunately. I know, I really should do something to get back to the “I can afford living in nice hotels in nice safe areas” category. I really don’t like the fact that we had to take taxi back to the hostel because we didn’t feel safe walking around that area… And for me to feel that way, the area needs to be extra shady.

    Last, to put shortly this short October but not Octoberfest trip; great shopping (and even a little climbing & via ferrata) at Schuster & highsteerts, bretzels and coffee from main railway station & U-Bahn stations, film, cars and events (for men, krhm.) in BMW Welt, partying at Die Registratur* and not so great accommodation near Hauptbahnhof. And also one “stuck alone in non-moving metro & no idea what’s happening” moments. Luckily didn’t have time to think then about the events this year, in these European cities…

    Ps. Mom, I promise to keep on taking care of myself the best way I can.

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    Die Registratur Müllerstraße 42, 80469 München, Saksa*

    Schuster & other good shops in & around Rosenstraße

    *Pro tip: on the way there & back, between Sendlinger Tor U-Bahn & the bar, stop at the tiny pizza slice place. Best & fastest on the go pizza I’ve ever had.


  • What’s In Between By Shades Of Winter


    Have to say, the Fourth Phase was too much traditional RedBull for me. But no worries, there’s something for us “quality over quantity” skifilm fans too, and funnily enough from the same media house. It’s Between, by Shades of Winter.

    The newest Shades of Winter film Between will premier in Münich tomorrow and I’m going to be there too. Because this is something which means lot to me and without which I wouldn’t be who I am now and especially I wouldn’t be as far as I have landed, with the help of braveness acquired by the support and example of these girls.

    Last winter I got to meet & get to know the producer herself and other girls of the group. The inspiring, talented & professional women, one of which unfortunately isn’t with us anymore, but sees and pushes us forward from the powder paradises of sky. RIP Matilda. I wouldn’t be here, happier than ever, without you.

    Maybe some day I have the time to write down why this whole Shades of Winter is so important to me. But until that, just see the films, get inspired and dare to try yourself. And wait for my Münich getaway report too. It will follow. But first, what’s in Between.  Blue carpet here I come!