The plan was to do a 3 day / 2 night winter hike with Tomas and my dog, in the mountains of Czech Republic.
According to the weather forecast there was supposedly no more then 5 cm snow, and during the hike it would be around -3 celsius and no new snow would be falling.
With this in mind, we did not bring any gators, snow shoe’s, or those spikey things for under your show to have grip while walking on ice.
We started on Friday evening after parking the car in the village, going up a steep mountain side, for about 2 hours, in about 30 cm snow.. Most of it was frozen, so it was not that terrible. All of it was in the dark, but the moon and stars provided enough light to walk around without any lights.
We did about 4.5 km till we setup camp for the night.
I got a few questions what I bring for the dog to sleep on, so here it is. The plastic tarp is under my hammock, for my backpack, and also for the dog. I always bring a half sleeping pad, for sitting on, and during the night he can sleep on it.
Also his blanket to give him something familiar from home, so he knows it is his spot.
On the other side of the valley, you can see a small building, which in fact is quite big. The goal was to go around the valley to the left and go to that building. It’s the border between Czech Republic and Poland.
Time to continue. We came form the cliff side on the other side of the valley, and now our path was going down into the valley and follow the river downstream.
While going down this way, we sank even more, sometimes even up to my waist.
The original plan was to setup camp somewhere here, to have a view on the waterfall in the morning with the sun shining on it. However, due to all the sinking in the snow etc, we had both soaking wet shoe’s, one shoe of Tomas actually broke, and my pants where all wet. It was 15.00 hours, one good hour day light left.
We could either stay as planned and be for the next 5 hours in in wet socks and shoe’s till we would get into the hammocks, or continue the path, which was only 1 more hour walk to the car.
After lots of doubting, we decided to go home.
On one side, I feel a bit bad about not staying the second night as well, but reality is that it would not be a comfortable evening at all, and next morning our shoe’s would be frozen, and then walk that 1 hour back.
We could have dried our shoe’s next to a fire, but this is one of the most protected area’s, where fire is forbidden.
On the other side, we completed the whole trip, even faster then expected.
On Friday eve a steep 4.5 km, and on Saturday 16.5 km in deep snow, a total of 21 km.
The climbing gear was unused, since it was not really possible with all that snow there.