Early morning runner from Malmö.
Actually, everything was predetermined already. NHL or a career as officer in the Swedish army. Born and bred in Malmö (SWE), he quickly played his way up into the second national ice hockey league and other national teams. An army officer as uncle, that could also have been an option. But everything worked out differently. It started with a ski instructor training in Zell am See in the early 90s because the winters in northern Scandinavia are very dark and the Pinzgau powder snow was very tempting. For four years now, he has been working as qualified canyoning, rafting and trail running guide in and for the region. But let’s start from the beginning.
Jonas is not your “typical Swede” in an Austrian winter sports destination. He doesn’t fit the cliché. Never. This guy has fallen absolutely in love with Zell am See – Kaprun. Does the Pinzgau Eisbären ice hockey team actually know what rough diamond has been imported here in the 90s? Probably not. But instead of following the tracks of Daniel Alfredsson & co., fate placed him permanently in the Pinzgau District – in the most straightforward way, as he says. First in winter, then also in summer when he worked at a rafting & canyoning school. Successful integration; Sweden swapped for Austria. He also tried his luck as photographer. He completed a training as black and white photographer and even had his own darkroom in his Nordic home. Beautiful analogue nostalgia. All in the past now. Today, the father of two is firmly attached to his trail running shoes and enjoys the diversity of the glacier-mountain-lake region running uphill and downhill with immense body tension.
Trail running: cool panorama-at-the-top running.
Admittedly, to me as leisure runner on even ground, trail running sounds not only exhausting but also a bit dangerous. Single trails with steep drops to the left and to the right. Even worse: managing climbing passages. But it is not quite that bad. Trail running actually starts at the front door of the house or hotel, just as you like it, so the pro tells me. What he likes most is the diversity this trend sport offers. Like high-altitude running, which is some sort of run-cruising in nature on mountain trails or on a ridge. But there is also running in the valley, around the lake or through the forest on narrow, root-covered paths. Real competition performance is required when sky-running, meaning to manage the mountain via the most direct route, across steep slopes and other obstacles created by the altitude and the ground. A kind of “Uphill Direttissima“ – sounds nice and is nice, so the Swedish running expert says. Jonas‘ company (www.frostrafting.at) offers tours of all levels of difficulty in this segment – from beginner to expert level.
My goal: the Ultratrail around Mont Blanc.
Apart from a bit of running fitness, suitable material is also needed. This applies especially to the shoes. The sole has a rougher profile as road running shoes and the drop (the incline between heel and forefoot) is also different. If you are looking for advice, then it’s best to go to the next sports shop or speak directly to Jonas and book one of his tours while you are there. His tours with guests start between 6:30 and 7 am. Checking the equipment first, and the tour can begin. But not too fast. It’s more walking than running. Or the tour starts already a bit further uphill by taking one of the mountain railways that operate in summer. Once the body has warmed up, the trail running expert takes off a layer of clothes, thus not sweating too much. Apart from that, run with foresight and enjoy the flow which will surely set in when running on gentle mountain ridges with panoramic view (Tip: Apart from the rugged 3.000 metres high mountains, there are also the gentler Pinzgau Grass Hills).
Mr Frost does of course not need a balance to trail running. But if he is out and about alone, then with his dog, and that can be at 4:30 am when most of us are still peacefully asleep. Fulfilling his personal dream, Jonas has not just pleasant moments, in fact he has to train very hard. His big goal is to take part in the Ultratrail around Mont Blanc soon. This is a 170 kilometres long running competition in Chamonix. To participate, you first need sufficient qualification points but also a bit of luck as the final starting places are picked in a draw. And we wish him good luck with this. Gå för det, Jonas!Mr Frost does of course not need a balance to trail running. But if he is out and about alone, then with his dog, and that can be at 4:30 am when most of us are still peacefully asleep. Fulfilling his personal dream, Jonas has not just pleasant moments, in fact he has to train very hard. His big goal is to take part in the Ultratrail around Mont Blanc soon. This is a 170 kilometres long running competition in Chamonix. To participate, you first need sufficient qualification points but also a bit of luck as the final starting places are picked in a draw. And we wish him good luck with this. Gå för det, Jonas!