Hi guys,So after the long journey through the mountains (again) we got to 'Sport Camp Woferlgut.' This campsite was well good, it was 32euros a night but you got access to the sauna, steam room, tennis courts, guided walks, etc all included in the price. There was also a pretty big swimming lake right by the side of our camping pitch. One day we decided to go on a walk up in the mountains behind the campsite, we got about half way up the mountain and there were some horses grazing, we thought they'd be fine and started to walk past them but we noticed a bit further down the path there was a foal and one of the horses started coming down onto the path towards us grunting at us (obviously didn't want us near its baby), so for some reason we s*** ourselves and moved off the path into the bushes and trees and had to make our way through them making a detour past the horses and back onto the path at the other end.We thought we'd be fine after that and carried on up the mountain, we were getting close to the top when we walked round the corner and saw a huge cow stood there, I said we'd be fine walking past the cow but then just a bit further round the corner was a massive fat bull staring at the cow then at us, we didn't fancy tackling him so we decided to turn round and make our way back down the mountain, towards the killer horses Haha.
On the way back down Pab was desperate for the toilet so he had to find somewhere to do a big wild s*** hahaha.
We found a leaflet in the reception for this place called the Taxenbach rafting centre. We booked to go Canyoning in the morning and White Water Rafting. We had to wear two wetsuits, a splash jacket, a life jacket and a helmet. For the canyoning we went to the top of this gorge. To start off we had to abseil down this small rock face down to the river. Once we were all down (there was about 13 of us) we had to jump into the ice cold water. We made our way scrambling down the river, climbing up and down rocks and through water falls. It was mad in parts, when there's this massive powerful waterfall plunging down and the instructors telling you that we're going to be walking sideways through the waterfall, facing the rock, with our backs to the water (cant see were your going) then at the other end turn to face the waterfall and jump through it. (It's so cold inside it takes your breath away). There was these German blokes who were extreme climbers and the instructor said "I'm going to take these guys down a different way to everyone else", I asked if I could go and he said ok. We had to jump into a waterfall and let the force of the water pull us under and push us back out again (this was called the cauldron), then we had to climb through a tiny hole in the rocks with loads of water coming over our heads and then jump through another waterfall into a pool. When Pab went to do these jumps, the other instructor said to me that they'd never done them with anyone else before apart from other instructors.At the end there were two massive jumps into the waterfall pools below. The first one was a choice of a 30ft, 25ft or a 20ft jump; the instructor gave you a choice of walking round on the path, abseiling or jumping. I did the 30ft jump and Hayl did the 25ft jump. It's a pity we weren't able to take any pictures because it's hard to describe how good it was. After spending nearly three hours in the water, then getting out and having to walk back to the top of the gorge was such hard work with all the layers on weighed down by the water. It was hard to pick your feet up, which I found out after doing all the extreme jumps and stuff then right at the end walking back I twisted my ankle on a little ledge which swelled up like a tennis ball ooops haha. As soon as we'd finished the canyoning we had to get back into wetsuits for the rafting. The instructors take you down to the starting point in minibuses then they offload the rafts from the trailer and each group grabs a side and starts taking it down to the edge of the water. This was really crazy and we found out that Austria probably don't have any strict health and safety procedures in place because at one point you have to lift the raft above your heads to get past a post, at one side of you there's a steep banking leading into the water and at the other side there's a railway track. As we were just getting past the post we heard shouting and horns beeping which was a train flying past us, Pab and some other blokes on that side had to launch the raft and jump into the hedge so they didn't get took out by the train. After all the rafts are at the edge of the water each group of 6-8 sits in their raft and you get a safety talk (not a very serious one) and some instructions which you have to repeat when your rafting. It wasn't as extreme as we'd thought, some bits were mad and you have to dive in the raft so you don't fly out, but it was a good laugh. You have splashing wars and races with the other rafts on the water.The next morning we had booked to do a tandem paraglide. We were supposed to be getting picked up at 8.45am but they didn't turn up until 10.00am because there was so much fog on the mountain top. When we finally got up to the top of the mountain it was so foggy you could hardly see your hand in front of your face. The 2 guys who were doing the jump with us had fully set up and we had all the equipment on ready to go. We were just sat around waiting for the fog to clear and they were saying maybe we couldn't do it today if it didn't clear soon. When we were on the trek in Slovakia, Yerma asked Geya (some spiritual god) to clear the fog. So I joked to Hayley saying we should ask Geya to clear the fog. Which we did. One of the guys got a call to say the other side of the mountain looked clearer. So we packed everything up and went back to the ski lift to wait to go back down. Just as the lift was arriving we looked out of the window and you could see the fog clearing. We had to leg it back up to the take off area and get set back up again. Good old Geya.Pab was the first to take off, he filmed his take off but our blog won't allow us to post vids. I was thinking to my self that I might make a fool of my self and get too scared to jump but you don't have time to be scared, your strapped to the front of the guy and he tells you that you have to run forwards, then take two steps back (as the parachute lifts) then he just shouts run, run, run. I started running and the guy shouted 'keep running' but I told him my feet weren't on the ground any more which he was laughing at just as we got into the sky. Both our guys asked us if we were car sick or air sick, we said no to both and they asked us if they could do a trick. The trick is called the rollercoaster, its crazy you spin round and round so fast it pulls your face, my (Hayley) helmet fell off because the speed makes the wind so strong it pushed it backwards onto my neck, I got it back on when we slowed down again though. It's too hard to explain how good it was so just check the pics out. There's some pics that the two guys took but we haven't got them developed yet but we'll add them when we get them done.Were just waiting in Salzburg now for the festival. Salzburg is a nice city, quite small though. We've both had a tattoo done (see the pics). Speak to you after the festival.
Pabs says bye.
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