Mr. Mösenbichler feeling for the woods

Gerhard Mösenbichler had an idea. Why always wander upwards when the good is so close to the forest floor? The idea of grounding the climbing experience, as it is known from high rope parks, virtually towards the ground, was the motivation for the trained painter from Faistenau to find his own forest. He succeeded in doing so six years ago. For two years now, his forest climbing park has been presenting itself as he always wanted it. As a shady nature-active-break for young and old. A walk in the woods.


Gerhard Mösenbichler sits at a station of his forest climbing park, which is well frequented in the summer months. His attentive gaze covers the entire area, a non-frightening natural playground that also captivates parents and children. "Sometimes I ask myself – did I really build it all myself," he rightly looks proudly at what he has created. Years ago, when Gerhard was employed in a high ropes course (in the Teufelsgraben near Seeham), he noticed that the visitors were already having fun, but the height was detrimental to the inexperienced. At that time, the idea was born to offer this interplay of coordination and motor skills even at lower altitudes. In the forest. Not too high above the ground. Nothing can happen, you can get out at any time.


„Experience abroad shapes life“
Gerhard Mösenbichler

Gerhard hat nicht nur eine Kletter- und Canyoningausbildung, sondern ist auch staatlich geprüfter Skilehrer und war jahrelang antizyklisch in den USA und Australien tätig. Eine kontrastreiche Erfahrung, von Powdern bei -30°C in Nordamerika bis zum zweifelhaften Pistenskivergnügen bei Regen und +3°C in Down Under. Mit dem Buckelpistenfahren erlebte er in den 80er-Jahren die Perfektion des Skifahrens, wie er es rückblickend nennt. Allesamt eine Zeit, die er nicht missen möchte und die ihn stark prägte. Auch konnte er die Schätze der Region erst nach seiner Rückkehr so richtig wertschätzen. Die Schönheit und Vielfalt der Orte rund um den Fuschlsee – ein Landstrich der so vieles bietet und möglich macht. Vor den Toren Salzburgs. Der Alpen-Kultur-Stadt mit Weltkulturerbe-Status.


Future project climbing tower

 Doubts about the future do not plague the Faistenauer. Even though he could focus on the maintenance of his plant, he wants more. Not because he doesn't get full, but because he still has ambitious goals and is highly motivated. Probably also due to the positive reactions of its forest park visitors. Especially among young people, who have to be forced to holiday happiness by their usually more highly motivated parents, the impression changes as soon as they are allowed to become active at Gerhard's stations. They all leave the climbing park enthusiastic. Gerhard gives youth groups a lot of time anyway.

So he reserves the climbing park in the morning from 9 to 11 o'clock in order to be able to complete team games with the teens undisturbed. This works well and grounds the boys and girls in the age soaked in digital culture. But back to the future. Gerhard Mösenbichler has been dreaming for some time of a four-sided climbing tower, which should be 13-14 meters high and which will probably come soon to expand the already good offer sensibly. Of course, he himself does not yet know whether it will stay that way. But Gerhard was already "crazy" as a teenager, as he notes retrospectively.

The forest climbing trail consists of a total of 68 stations, which are divided into different levels of difficulty: Easy trail (blue): 35 stations. Intermediate path (red): 25 stations. Hard way (black): 8 stations.

In winter, Gerhard Mösenbichler can be found at the Kesselmannlift in Faistenau, where he runs a children's ski and cross-country skiing school.

Waldkletterpark Faistenau Herr Gerhard Mösenbichler


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