Monday, January 5, 2015

Sumava X-Country Ski Tour

The Bohemian Forest, known as Sumava in Czech, is a huge mountainous region with vast wood areas extending from the Czech Republic to Germany and Austria. In the Czech Republic, a large area is a national park and while on the German and Austrian side, backpacking and staying outside in a tent in the wood is not allowed, it IS allowed on the Czech side as long as you stay on one of the emergency camping places that basically enable a full crossing of the national park area from north to south. Since Bernhard and I think of doing a longer ski-backpack with heavy luggage, most of all wanted to know how many kilometers we can cover per day on the skis we have and to check our snow gear for such circumstances. We do not have what the Norwegians would call cross-country skis, we have only alpine style backcountry skis with skins and quite heavy full plastic mountaineering boots. We do have recreational cross-country skis, but for ski traveling they have to be stronger with metal edges, and they have to be wider to walk on deep snow rather than just slide on nicely graded cross-country ski runs.

Anyway, we packed our alpine skis, mountaineering boots, our smallest tent, a full bottle of gas and our heavy duty backpacks and went for a three day snow fun touring through the Bohemian Forest, starting in Modrava and climbing mount Poledink, and even camping out there in a heavy snow storm.

This is one of the emergency camp grounds, where it is officially allowed to stay for one night from 6 pm until morning.

Always the same hassle with the skins ;)

My snow lion :)

Still on the cross-country track.

It's actually quite nice here.


But breaking your own trail in this winter wonder land is much more fun.

River Crossing!

It gets a little bit frosty here.

You need good reading stuff for long winter nights in the tent.

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