In the end of May, when temperatures grew up to a summer standard, when all the winter equipment got stored and when I was ready to undergo a knee surgery that´s when I got the message that operation must be postponed. Bless! That was a perfect time to pull out stored splitboard, attach it to a backpack and my Voyage for a last ride could begin.
7 AM - walking towards the snow-fields.
Passing by some forest creatures.
Shortly after I got a first view on Mt. Studnicni (1554m) with Giant ridge (Obří sedlo) on the right side of the photo, behind Mt. Pink (Růžová hora).
Giant ridge (Obří sedlo) is just above the destination I have chosen for that day. This photo was captured from the same spot but this time with 300mm lens mounted on my Zenit SLR camera.
Colony in Blue valley. (Osada v Modrém dole).
From the meadows, by the mountain huts, through the forest up to the white slopes.
Suddenly it all became to be more and more adventurous because I entered the restricted area of a national park. To the places where I never been before. Under the "Velká Studniční jáma".
Same spot but once again I mounted different lens to get more detailed picture of a slab which had fallen down the lobby.
Still the same mountain. Mt. Snezka (1602), she´s the one we rode in winter.
Skinning up towards the peak of Mt. Studnicni.
Krkonošský národní park advertisement.
Got on Top of Mt. Studnicni. Panoramic man! View on Mt. Snezka with Giant gully (Obří důl) on the left and Devil´s ridge (Čertův hřebínek) on the right.
Little creeks were heavily breaking through the snow pack. That´s why I had to choose carefully which way down to take. If you make it up here with the board on your back you really want to pick a fun line. Nevertheless in the end of a season with this weather it´s more about the adventure rather then about epic runs. I soon found myself crossing the river with my board attached to the backpack, anyways.
Forbiden places. Krakonos´s garden (Krakonošova zahrádka).
I took an avalanche shoot (Lavinový žlab) which at the end indulged me to make some fun spring splash turns!
Upa ridge (Upská hrana).
May I say this is the most unique view on Mt. Snežka ever.
Strictly forbiden playground of Giant valley.
Now, after all I found myself, alone with my thoughts, beneath the Giant Ridge.
While I was crossing the river over the trunks which have fallen over the riverbed I realized it wasn´t the end of this adventure yet.
Once over then under.
While crossing Mineral stream (Rudný potok) I discovered the demonstration of ore mining which happened in this area long ago.
K2 panoramic splitboard - the ultimate mining tool!
This rocky tree - the ultimate mining fool!
A brief look back. This time all other way round. Walking from the snowy slopes, through the forest to the meadows.
Challenge remains! Devils crest (Čertův hřebínek).
Devils garden (Čertova zahrádka).
Snow, beneath my steps turned into a muddy grass and my voyage for a last ride was over...