Trip Start May 24, 2006
36Trip End Aug 02, 2006
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The mountains are amazing. They're fairly high, I learn that they're 2000 m above sea level but the town below at the bottom is already about 1000 m above sea level. The trees are so tall, the air is so fresh, the view is amazing. Now I understand why Slovakians love to be in the mountains.
I knew that we'd be going up about 1km in elevation and that we'd be walking pretty much 10 hours straight. Katka kept on asking if I'd be alright. I kept on saying yeah. I've done the Grand Canyon before, I walked up a tall hill in Santorini, and also went down to the old port there, and I've carried my backpack at 45 lbs for 3 hours straight before. I felt ready. I don't think I was as mentally prepared as I should've been.
The first part of the journey was great, there were trails and we got to the peaks and the view was amazing. The second part was alright. There was a heavy fog, and it was getting colder, so it was not worth the current walk, but I knew it'd be a big accomplishment. The cold wind made it feel like in the 30s F and without it, it still felt like the low 60s F. Then when we got to the second peak Rohace, things changed. It was very rocky. And Katka's sister started climbing the rocks. I was game and I tried it. I've done rock walls before on beginner level, but I hadn't been properly trained. Katka told me to always have three points (limbs) stable before moving the next one. That was all I needed and I was able to get beyond that. Earlier she also told me there would be chains. I was thinking like ropes courses or something. On some sharp terrain, instead of climbing the rocks, you held onto the chain and climbed up
The views were amazing and I've climbed my first mountain. That's something I can never say again. It was an unique experience and I'll never forget it.