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OT: Tatra Mountains in September'17 (massive photo report of recent hike)

October 9 2017 at 3:42 PM

PiterM  (Login PiterM)
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Second summer report for 2017... one still to go.

Anyway, as you're already noticed (probably) my perfect vacation location is rather high in the mountains than in crowded resort at seaside. BTW, nothing against seaside, I'm certified open sea sailor as well and sailing is my #2 preferred vacation fun. But anyway, this year I decided that my son (6.5 yo) is big enough to get to the next level of mountaineering, which is... caving. Nothing extreme, of course, but still caving is caving! And I mean non-illuminated caves, where you crawl on four, sometimes in mud and water, for an hour or so, with your own headlamp. Sounds like fun? And it was! So I gathered a good old mountaineering crew (my family, good friend with his, and my father as a helping hand as he's pro-climber) and we moved to the mountain hut for a week.

Chapter I - The Hut

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Chapter II - Going Up

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And special mention - my dad - our guide, help and inspiration:

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Chapter III - Easy Day, to relax in this beautiful place...

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My pack on that hike... Arc'teryx Bora AR50, sexy beast!

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And my knife - CRK Inkosi

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Plus some other stuff...

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Chapter IV - Jurassic Park

Well... kind of. Very Jurassic terrain, and the cave there is called Dragon's Lair so... enjoy:

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Chapter V - Lost Way Cave

That's actually the official name, no worry, we didn't get lost. Common sense is crucial: don't go alone, everyone got his own lamp AND for every 2 people the should be at least 1 backup lamp. That's the longest non-illuminated cave in Tatra officially open for public. To explore all halls you need about one hour, 3/4 of that time you go 'on four' and on that day iwt was really wet there. And better watch the signs on the walls! If you go a wrong way... well, you can get lost for good. Total length is about one mile.

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Also sorry to dissapoint you but this time I had to leave my Panerai home... caving would ruin it beyond my point of pain. I'm sure cristall would be all scratched, if not shattered. So G-Shock is (hopefully) understandable choice this year:

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It starts on 2, but soon you have to crawl

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Also notice pack change... small, slim an waterproof pack is crucial there. Choice: Arc'teryx Alpha FL30.

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Chapter VI - Frosty Cave

This one is easy and beautifully illuminated... what a relief!

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OK, I decided to have some fun too:

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Hydration is must! Also check how 'clean' the backpack is after couple of caves... my cloths looked the same actually happy.gif

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Chapter VII - last day and way back...

Last day was generally rainy so we had just a small walk to the lake nearby. And the next day - perfect sun! Anctually great for a long way back with heavy backpack!

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THE END

 
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CF
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Great vacation, Peter...and...

October 9 2017, 5:29 PM 

I love the G-Shock you wore (Mudmaster)? Looked like to me... I love that watch.

Best,
--CF

 
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PiterM
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indeed...

October 9 2017, 10:18 PM 

It's a Mudmaster GG-1000, works great, it's not as huge as GWG-1000 and its got all I need which is actually time, world time, alarm, compass. Plus analog display and it looks super cool too. It's my dedicated mountaineering watch now.

 
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CF
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I thought so...

October 9 2017, 11:52 PM 

I am going to get myself one of those bad boys! One of the very best watches conceived in the last few years from Casio, a masterpiece if you asked me. The watch literally one of the best for outdoor outings with virtually everything you need to get back home if you got lost wink.gif

Enjoy in great health.

Best,
--Claudio

 
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Peter Fruehling
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What an amazing trip!!! TFS, Piter! nt

October 9 2017, 5:55 PM 

- Peter


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JZ365
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Wonderful scenery Piter !

October 9 2017, 6:33 PM 

Thank you once again for taking us along happy.gif




Cheers
Jose


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Ferry
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Thanks for sharing this wonderful report! nt

October 9 2017, 7:08 PM 

Best regards,
Ferry

Dutchman, Panerista since 2014 and learning
PAM389 and PAM372 and a bunch of straps

www.paneristi.nl

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JohnFM7
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Thanks for sharing these photos

October 9 2017, 7:30 PM 

I live vicariously through your adventures Piotr. My wife and son wish I were as adventurous as you, but alas, I fondle my watches and Chris Reeve knives quietly at home wink.gif You may inspire me to get out there. Of course, had I been in that cave, I suspect I would get lost!

John

 
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Drew Watson
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Simply fantastic, Piter!

October 9 2017, 8:31 PM 

Such beautiful scenery, amazing photos, and it looks like you and your family had a wonderful time.

Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

Best Regards,

Drew
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Jack
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Always

October 9 2017, 8:50 PM 

Really enjoy looking at your posts! Thank you for sharing

 
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Mike Aeromat209
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Thanks for adding so much need life and story yo our sight!!!

October 10 2017, 4:30 AM 

So gracious to see some what what you see in your country my country of origin .

Just Marvelous !! Cheers !!

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DON
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Thanks for posting Piter - nice photos (nt)

October 10 2017, 4:26 PM 

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Laurent
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Thanks Piter for beautiful photos

October 10 2017, 7:07 PM 

Thanks to share with us these beautiful photos, it's allways a pleasure. This makes you want to go to Poland.
I also like your selection of material, knife, backpack, ax, nothing is done randomly, it always gives me ideas of purchase (especially the knives of chris Reeve).
Laurent

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PiterM
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thanks guys for all the kind words :)

October 10 2017, 8:21 PM 

really much appreciated, thanks! P

 
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steve
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Fantastic post!

October 10 2017, 8:29 PM 

Thanks for sharing!

 
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Hawaiian Timer
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Thanks for taking us along. Hardcore family vacation memories!

October 10 2017, 10:16 PM 

Mahalos,

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S H
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Thank you Piter

October 12 2017, 7:36 AM 

I am certain much efforts are being put in to put up these pictures. in the age of facebook, these posts are great for reader but not so as poster. thank you again
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Tom
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Re: OT: Tatra Mountains in September'17 (massive photo report of recent hike)

October 13 2017, 1:32 AM 

Haven't posted/visited in many moons, and thought I'd see how P.com is doing. So nice to see you still posting these great pictures. I remember years ago seeing your pictures and always enjoyed them. Family has grown, and pictures still amazing to see. Be well.

 
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