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All over year I visit several mountains. Here you can find photo reports from the trips, I hope you will like amazing variability of mountain. All season, varied weather, people, flowers, solid stone. Enjoy.

2018

 
  25 Aug 2018 - 26 Aug 2018
We planned a trip to Slovakia mountains, but as there was looming bad weather, the final decision was to climb up Lysa hora (Bald mountain) in Beskydy range. First stop was in climbing centre near parking lot. It was slippery, but nicely empty area spanning between trees and offering many exercises. The mountain itself is not very big, so we made it up in around two hours and slept in one of the chalets at the top. Second day it was pretty rainy, but it just made us to get back faster.
 
 
  3 Jul 2018 - 5 Jul 2018
There is famous organized hike over Jeseniky mountains called The sixty. The name refers to distance you have to hike, with good deal of elevation along the journey. In a bout of optimism Alice wanted to sign up and attend, but in the end we did not have anybody to take care of our kids. So we decided to try it out ourselves, a little more relaxed way over two days. It was pretty good, but we are still not sure we can make it in one day.
 

2017

 
  15 Dec 2017 - 18 Dec 2017
To avoid awful time before Christmas, advertisment, shopping, full city and other related things we don't like, we fled to spend four days in snowy mountains of Jeseniky. Skiing, running, making snowman, walking winter landscape.
 
 
  20 Oct 2017 - 21 Oct 2017
We started a trip to Slovakia mountains, but due to various delays and bad weather conditions we eventually stayed on Czech-Slovak border mountains called Javorniky. In the small hamlet of Pulcin we found nice rocky formations and colorful fall forests.
 
 
  15 Sep 2017 - 17 Sep 2017
Nice fall-weather trip to Jeseniky mountains. It did not disappointed and we enjoyed a lot of fog, drizzle, random views, and water puddles.
 
 
  24 Aug 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
Final part of walk on Hardangervidda plain, slow descent within wonderful landscape to Eidfjord valley. We found a camp on the shore where we stayed one night. Finally we got a hot shower and nice fishy dinner. The next day we moved with a bus to Geilo, town known for its skiing area. Also it is one of train stops on the route from Bergen to Oslo.
From series Norway
 
 
  19 Aug 2017 - 27 Aug 2017
Walking further westward through moon-like countryside, wrapped only with stones, grass, valleys with water, and sheep.
From series Norway
 
 
  19 Aug 2017 - 27 Aug 2017
In central part of southern Norway, bordering to the north with railway between Oslo and Bergen is largest mountain plateau in Europe. Elevation is slightly above 1000 meters featuring rocky terrain on the north in area close to Hardangerjøkulen glacier. More to the south it slowly changes to grassy valleys with many lakes and rivers.
From series Norway
 

2016

 
  9 Dec 2016 - 11 Dec 2016
Quick weekend before Christmas on empty ski slopes in Austria. Stuhleck is about three hours drive from Brno, so we decided to escape pre-Christmas craziness. Wonderful skiing was good reward.
 
 
  21 Oct 2016 - 24 Oct 2016
It is always perfect to return to our younger days when we travelled the Slovakia mountains. Area around Mala (Small) Fatra is one of my most favorite one. First day we paid the debt to really visit Sulovske skaly (Sulov Rocks). Our last attempt years ago ended because of heavy rain. This time weather still was not perfect, but drizzle stopped when we reached highest point of the rocks and offered great views to valley with stripes of vapor. Remaining two days we had wonderful weather in Mala Fatra, with colorful trees and snowy ridge at the top.
 
 
  15 Jul 2016 - 16 Jul 2016
A quick trip to highest Slovakia mountains, Vysoke Tatry. With my colleague Tomas we hiked to Bystre Sedlo (Sharp Saddle, 2300m) and the other day attempted Vychodna Vysoka (Eastern High, 2429m), but the did not get to the top due to bad weather. Nice and enjoyable trip.
 
 
  2 May 2016 - 5 May 2016
Last part of the trail ended in the town of Hongu Taisha, with large central shrine. All the journeys started here. Our steps continued along the Nakahechi trail, to the western coast of Kii peninsula. We met many nice people, enjoyed onsen in mountains, seen many shrines, and tasted great Japan cuisine.
From series Japan
 
 
  30 Apr 2016 - 1 May 2016
Kumano Kodo Kohechi is an ancient pilgrim trail from Koyasan to the shrine or Hongu Taisha. It is about 70 kilometers long and usually takes about four days. Each leg ends in a saddle or valley - it is possible to arrange an accomodation or transportation, but it requires to speak Japan. We did two days of travel there and then had to move out to let Jana (Alice's sister) to return to Osaka. We continued further to Wataze Onsen for a camp with nice spa area.
From series Japan
 

2015

 
  19 Dec 2015 - 22 Dec 2015
As usual we spent couple days out just before Christmas, to avoid all the chaos. During that time it is great to skiing on empty slopes and enjoy deserted resorts. This time we picked Dolni Morava area, in the valley under Kralicky Sneznik mountain. There was quite a little snow, but it was really enjoyable time.
 
 
  14 Jul 2015 - 15 Jul 2015
The most difficult portion of our mountain trip - the crest between Pico Ruivo and Pico Areeiro followed by descent along Levada do Blandy and Levada do Furado.
From series Madeira
 
 
  12 Jul 2015 - 13 Jul 2015
During the Funchal stay we managed to buy gas cartridge and figured out how to get bus to our mountain's starting point, Encumeada saddle. This article has pictures from first two days in the mountains, first travering hike to the town of Curral das Freiras, the other ascent back to the main ridge and further to the highest point of Madeira island, the Pico Ruivo peak.
From series Madeira
 
 
  27 Jun 2015 - 30 Jun 2015
Few days spent in our favourite mountains, the Jeseniky in north of Czech. Last year we did good walk of about 9 kilometers, so we wanted to stretch this a bit more. In difficult weather (rain, fog) we managed to hike over 16 kilometers from Serak summit to our accomodation at Branna town. Remaining part was much easier, we did few strolls around Branna, swimming at pension pool, and visiting cake shop.
 

2014

 
  20 Dec 2014 - 22 Dec 2014
In order to avoid christmas shopping hell and widespread tendency to spend the nice time of the year with cleaning the house, we left for mountains, despite apparent lack of snow there. First day was without snow - we went to a trip to nearby woods. In the evening, it started snowing, so the following day we could build a snowman, have many snowball fights and bobsleigh fun with kids. Last day all snow melted and it was nice sunny when we were leaving.
 
 
  17 Oct 2014 - 20 Oct 2014
Together with Alice we spent four days in highest mountains of Slovakia, High Tatras. Just one week before the area is closed for nature protection (which lasts till next year June), we found decent autumn weather with some snow on the tops and not so many people.
 
 
  26 Jul 2014 - 28 Jul 2014
It has been six years since we were in Slovakia mountains. Having three days available, we picked beautiful Western Tatras to test how fit we are. Even though we did not complete what we planned because of coming thunderstorm, it was wonderful trip.
 
 
  7 Jun 2014 - 9 Jun 2014
Since our boys are finally getting age when they are able to walk, we decided to try some mountains. Advertised for few weeks, Dan (age 5) was looking forward and Honza (age 3) tolerated the intent. There is nice area in Jeseniky mountains, so we went some 9 kilometers along the ridge. Turned out well, so next time we can try something more difficult with them.
 
 
  18 Apr 2014 - 21 Apr 2014
This article contains photos from beginning of our trip - travel to the north, night at Flagstaff, stop at Monument Valley, and couple days spent in Moab, center of outdoor laid amid three wonderful areas - Arches NP, Canyonlands NP, and La Sal Mountains.
From series Arizona and Utah
 

2013

 
  20 Dec 2013 - 22 Dec 2013
We typically use similar recipe for preparation of Christmas - to leave to some distant place in the mountains and do skiing and other winter joy. It is pretty easy to avoid preparation stress, also there is very little people in the mountains during that time. This year the weather did not promise anything good, but we still went and did not regret at all.
 

2012

 
  18 Aug 2012 - 19 Aug 2012
Third trip - Alice found bunch of old quarries filled with water, so we can dip ourselves time from time. First day was supposed to be relaxing, other more demanding, but it turned out to be exactly the opposite. First day was very long and good elevation, while second day was pretty quick and easy.
From series Jeseniky no kids
 
 
  30 Jun 2012 - 1 Jul 2012
Second trip was finally two-day endeavour. We picked a cottage called Paprsek ("Light ray" in czech) in western part of the mountain range and then found some way we never went before. It was quite adventurous, because the path was off beaten track and it led through a cattle area. Fortunately we just heard the sounds, but even those were pretty scary.
From series Jeseniky no kids
 
 
  4 Mar 2012 - 7 Mar 2012
One week that we spent in czech mountains. It came as surprise offer from our friends who had booked accomodation, but the other couple cancelled shortly before the trip. We accepted and never regret. It was rather easy to take care about three small kids and at the same time get some nice downhill skiing. We were also lucky for the weather. Alltogether wonderful time.
From series Orlicke Hory
 

2011

 
  28 Jan 2011 - 31 Jan 2011
Four days spent on Highlands with Dan, our year-and-half old son. I made good solo trip on cross-country ski, we've seen ski jump area located south of Nove Mesto and made tons of sculptures out of the snow.
 

2010

 
  11 Sep 2010 - 19 Aug 2012
Hard to belive, but during last three year we found ourselves only at three trips alone without Dan and Honza. Because we wanted at some mountains again, but still return soon enough to look after them, we picked Jeseniky mountains, which are just about 120km from Brno.
 
 
  11 Sep 2010
Trip over observation point Zlaty (Golden) Chlum. Relatively short trip to high point above Jeseniky town, but we managed to find gold mine information path, lost the trail for good part of the ascent, eat great food at cottage near Devil's rock area and return just in time to catch our train.
From series Jeseniky no kids
 
 
  21 Aug 2010
My brother initiated a trip to Jeseniky, the mountains we have quite close, about four hours via train. Original plan was changed to make our walk more ambitious, and it turned out to be very nice trip.
 
 
  2 Aug 2010 - 7 Aug 2010
Our vacation have changed since Dan was born. Basic constraints were two. The place should not be very far, because we cannot handle the cry for more than two hours. And good accomodation. Thus we have chosen Highlands, small mountains about 70 kilometers from Brno. Biking and walking around, however mostly from one sandbox to another, to keep Dan happy.
From series Highlands
 
 
  24 Jul 2010 - 31 Jul 2010
Nice week between rock towns of Broumov, Adrspach and Ostas. Hired a house in Machov for walking and biking around. Seven adults for two children was very good ratio, so everyone was able to rest.
 

2009

 
  21 Dec 2009 - 23 Dec 2009
First winter vacation with our little son. We invented new transport by using top from stroller combined with sleigh. It worked quite well and enabled us to make few round-trips in Highlands.
 
 
  10 Sep 2009
Quick trip into Austria to climb prepared iron route through south face of Dachstein mountains. After two hours of coming it was nice four hours of climbing up to chalet standing just on top of the route.
 
 
  24 Jul 2009 - 26 Jul 2009
 
 
  24 Jan 2009
One day skiing in close Austria mountains. We chose probably best resort called Hochkar, placed near village Goestling an der Ybbs. It is a valley hemmed in high mountains, from which ski slopes go down. Features many types and difficulties, for those who wants something special there are also not maintained areas of deep snow.
 

2008

 
  7 Nov 2008 - 9 Nov 2008
Beginning of ski season I spent on Austria mountains. Interesting event, many vendors come to this resort and offer borrowing their latest goods. You can try even models that you could otherwise not afford.
 
 
  23 Aug 2008 - 24 Aug 2008
Third time in Western Tatras in Slovakia. The most demanding route over most exposed area in the center of mountains. The weather went against the forecast and it was quite nice during our day. However at the end of the Saturday we felt very tired and Vit has troubles with his knees.
From series Western Tatras
 
 
  8 Aug 2008 - 9 Aug 2008
Our second attempt to traverse ridge of Western Tatras in Slovakia. This time we succeeded a little more, making significant part of main ridge, but adverse weather once again stopped our pace.
From series Western Tatras
 
 
  26 Jul 2008 - 27 Jul 2008
Slovakia offer us many great mountains. This time we picked Western Tatras, usually called Rohace (Horny mountains) by locals. The plan was to hike whole ridge, but adverse weather with strong rain and fog forced us to go down to other side soon after we make it to the top.
From series Western Tatras
 
 
  18 Jun 2008
Traditional University organized trip into close mountain range in Austria. This time it was Hochschwab and June was found quite early, because there were a lot of snow over the higher parts. Also fog, clouds, sometimes rain and many other improvement over boring sunny weather.
 
 
  26 May 2008 - 27 May 2008
During return from San Diego we splitted 500 mile long way and stopped for night and day in Joshua Tree National Park. Night just below stairy sky and moving trees was cold, but unforgettable, then we made few trips in the park.
From series Southwest USA
 
 
  8 May 2008 - 10 May 2008
Arizona is the state of multitude of contrasts. On the one side there is a hot desert with dry rocks, on the other there are mountains covered with snow. Both luring people like us to climb or hike there.
From series Southwest USA
 
 
  5 May 2008 - 6 May 2008
Bryce Canyon is interesting area of delicately carved spires in red color. The national park offers three amphiteathers to watch, hike and enjoy.
From series Southwest USA
 
 
  3 May 2008 - 5 May 2008
Pictures from famous Zion National Park. We spent three days in vicinity and hiked Angel's Landing, Observation Point, Echo Canyon, Hidden Canyon and Emerald Pools. Really amazing piece of rock carved over years by Virgin River.
From series Southwest USA
 
 
  31 Apr 2008 - 2 May 2008
Some photos from our trip to the Grand Canyon National Park. The descent down and the way back up showed us what the "Grand" means, also we experienced really interesting trip that my wife calls reversed-mountain.
From series Southwest USA
 
 
  20 Apr 2008
Some photos from our trip to Superstition Mountains, the range located eastern from Phoenix, about five miles north-east from Apache junction.
From series Southwest USA
 
 
  22 Mar 2008 - 23 Mar 2008
A weekend in the mountains, trying to catch last snow. While all winter was not very greedy this year, surprisinly some fell down during March. Very nice and funny.
 
 
  23 Feb 2008
At the time it seems to be last chance to catch with some snow. Austrian mountains in northern part are a bit higher, so our odds weren't that bad. It turned out to be very nice, although except for slopes there was no snow cover.
 
 
  12 Jan 2008
Cross country ski trip to the Jeseniky mountains. One attraction on the way there was waterfalls above the Nyznerov village. They are kinda small, but nice stop on our way. We haven't seen much snow for the ski until we reached the ridge, where for exchange the weather went a bit wild.
 

2007

 
  15 Dec 2007 - 19 Dec 2007
Fortunate idea was, instead of "traditional" pre-christmas tidy up, to go into some mountain place and do skiing and other happy life things. There happen to be enough snow and three areas especially suitable for ski.
 
 
  1 Dec 2007
A weekend by my wife cousin in Vysoke Myto. There is close skiarea, what inspired us to spend some time skiing. This winter is not very rich for snow, although it was found that mountains stand much better in the aspect.
 
 
  10 Nov 2007 - 11 Nov 2007
It was planned as nice fall trip to Slovakian mountains. However just few hours before depart we found from chalet staff member that there are heaps of snow and overall winter conditions.
 
 
  14 Oct 2007 - 15 Oct 2007
Fall colors photographed in Highlands, interesting hilly landscape located about 70km from Brno. There are a lot of small villages hidden in valleys. In winter it becomes cross-country ski region, but by this time there is almost nobody.
 
 
  9 Jul 2007 - 13 Jul 2007
This is the highest and the most difficult part of our trekking over Corsica mountains. Monte Rotondo, is second highest summit. Monte D'Oro, the beautiful pyramid. Monte Cinto, the highest one. It took a loot of sweat, but as a reward we got amazing landscape of mountains with sea in distance.
From series Corsica
 
 
  6 Jul 2007 - 8 Jul 2007
First few days in Corsica mountains. The testing of our condition by ascent to Corsician Matterhorn - Paglia Orga. Following day started four-day trip over well famous trail GR20. The beautiful lake Lac de Nino with horses all around and more lakes next day.
From series Corsica
 
 
  6 Jun 2007
One of our college teachers regularly chooses interesting routes over Alps in Lower Austria. This time it is Schneealpe (Snow Alp). We need to train ourselves to upcoming summer trips, and so we attend as well. Few pictures ...
 
 
  5 May 2007 - 7 May 2007
Three days spent in northern mountains of Czech Republic, the Jizera mountains. They are named after the most important river that goes through the region. As there are a lot of fine granite rocks, we took also ropes and tried some climbing. Quite tired we ended the trip in very famous aquapark Babylon in Liberec. Relaxation was great.
 
 
  2 Mar 2007 - 4 Mar 2007
Traversing the ridge on snowshoes. Beautiful weather changed off with really bad one - strong wind, white darkness and snow all around. One of the most interesting experiences of the recent time.
 
 
  17 Feb 2007
This year there is really weak winter in Brno. A little bit more snow is on the mountains, especially on our favourite Jeseniky. One-day training for more arduous trips.
 

2006

 
  15 Oct 2006 - 22 Oct 2006
Our honeymoon continues. After dramatic time near Green lake the remaining part is devoted to slovak cuisine, photography (the early morning panorama) and a bit of hiking.
From series High Tatras
 
 
  15 Oct 2006 - 22 Oct 2006
Start of our honeymoon. We decided to go to the highest mountains of Slovakia - The High Tatras. We were a little afraid of ice and snow danger, but it turned out to be really fine.
From series High Tatras
 
 
  12 Aug 2006
Traverse over central Liptov mountains - Chocske vrchy. One day adventure traversed over highest summit of area, Velky Choc.
 
 
  4 Jul 2006 - 8 Jul 2006
Our trip continues ... we could clean ourselves in blue waters of Liptovska Mara. Then followed Rohace, part of Western Tatras. Sharp ridges and deep valleys, beautiful sceneries.
From series Slovak mountains
 
 
  1 Jul 2006 - 4 Jul 2006
The beginning of one week long hike over some Slovakia mountains. We had started in Blatnica and traverse over Velka Fatra. A few days later we reached Ruzomberok, dirty and sweat through. Before next part we must find some water
From series Slovak mountains
 
 
  15 Apr 2006 - 16 Apr 2006
Upon this winter there is the last chance to go skiing. The nearest location of remaining snow is in Jeseniky, probably just on the ridge. We traversed whole lenght of Hruby Jesenik, in whole about thirty kilometers. Show covered it all, so it went well. In contrast there are some photos from the descent, they are much more springy.
 
 
  25 Feb 2006 - 4 Mar 2006
Sitting in the train, looking forward to next week that we are going to spend in Jeseniky mountains. We took all our ski equipment and tried to wreck ourselves there. We were mostly successful I had to say.
From series Jeseniky
 
 
  11 Feb 2006
Skiing in Austria
 
 
  1 Feb 2006 - 5 Feb 2006
Last month I did some cross-country on ski, every time in deep snow, making my own track. This time we wanted something else. Few days spent in Highlands region, where heavy machinery is making ski highways every morning.
 
 
  21 Jan 2006
My friend, Martin, had invited me to visit his hometown called Vir. It lays in hilly landscape in the doorstep of Highlands. Target of our way was interesting observation tower made of steel, placed on the top of Horni les.
 
 
  19 Jan 2006
Because it is snowing all the time, we are going to round small ski-circle around Nove Mesto.
 

2005

 
  30 Dec 2005
New Year we are going to spend by dolce far niente. For a clear conscience we went out to country, in this time naturally with cross-country ski. Pretty bad weather, freezing, windy, no-one with brain in head would go out. As expected, we met nobody, probably everyone spend this time by fire ...
 
 
  17 Dec 2005 - 20 Dec 2005
Great four days of skiing and snowboarding in Jeseniky. A lot of snow and snowing all the time.
 
 
  15 Oct 2005 - 16 Oct 2005
Stoh is the one of most eastern hills in Mala Fatra. There is a long route from the Kralovany town, it directs straight to the mountains and ascent about kilometer high. That was a path I went with my brother. Some pictures from autumn mountains.
 
 
  17 Sep 2005 - 18 Sep 2005
Weekend on Slovak mountains, this time it is Lower Tatras (Nizke Tatry). As planned we started on Friday, going to spend there as much time as possible. Saturday found us in camp near the mountains, weather was rainy and unpleasant. Me and Alice tried to reach Raztocka Hola, others rather spend some time in caves. The other day, Sunday, however showed nicer face and allowed us to ascend two highest hills here, Dumbier (2043m) and Chopok (2023m).
 
 
  10 Sep 2005 - 11 Sep 2005
This mountains are beautiful swelled landscape on the czech - slovak border. Villages all around, hidden between hills, deep woods sometimes splitted by meadows.
 
 
  2 Jul 2005 - 10 Jul 2005
Best of our climbing and hiking here happens in second part of week. The most beautiful Via Ferata with fine views and snowy ascent on the highest mountain of Sella Group, the Piz Boe, 3152m.
From series Dolomits|Italy
 
 
  2 Jul 2005 - 10 Jul 2005
In Italy you can find a lot of great things, for example the mountains and ice-cream, which is there called gellato. We tried both during our one week trip around Northern Dolomits.
From series Dolomits|Italy
 
 
  22 Jun 2005
Another 'Alpenwander' trip, this time fairly better weather. After two weeks, the temperature difference was about 30 degs.
 
 
  8 Jun 2005
One class of Brno's Technical university is called 'Alpenwander', the german word that stands for 'Hike on Alps'. My girl-friend is just studying there, so we can take part. In fact, everybody is invited, who like hiking. This time was not typical June weather ...
 
 
  28 May 2005 - 29 May 2005
My friend Vojta has planned big one-weekend hike in mountains of Austria. Unhappily one of our team had an accident, so we can watch rescue helicopter in action. Fortunately it was not serious injury, other day we returned at full stregth.
 
 
  26 Mar 2005 - 28 Mar 2005
Three days skiing and snowboarding in Ramzova, village located in Jeseniky mountains. Great weather gives us deal of snow. Because I learn snowboard time from time, around one day each year, I am pretty dangerous one on ski slope. Dangerous mostly to myself.
 
 
  19 Feb 2005
After successful skiing on Hochkar last month we spend another day there, along with more pals. Brave Roman surprised all with his ability to drive all slopes, although it was his first attempt to control ski. Good job.
 
 
  29 Jan 2005 - 30 Jan 2005
In the distance of sixty kilometers western of Brno there is some hills, altogether called Highlands (Vysocina). Because of direct lines of train and regular considerable amount of snow it stands for ideal place for cross-country skiing. Centre of area is New Town (Nove mesto), where we found accomodation. As many people from Brno has similar opinion about suitability of place, typical routes around New Town was crowded. We have no other choice than create our own hill-to-hill path. It is beautiful to go as first in deep snow ...
 
 
  15 Jan 2005
Skiing in Austria is much more pleasant than in our country. It is a bit more expensive, though you don' need to wait for skilift and there is much more space all around.
 

2004

 
  9 Oct 2004 - 10 Oct 2004
Last year we were hiking on the mountains called Small Fatra and found it very right for that. So we tried to repeat the success, however this time it was very different. Instead of sparkling snow and bright sunshine we went in rain under dark clouds. Another face of mountains, also good to see it.
 
 
  3 Sep 2004
What I do not like very much is walrusing around the beach. So I persuaded Alice to make short trip to mountains towered above Makarska town. I was nearly one and half kilometer in vertical distance, hot sun above head. Mind you, the beer after return we loved.
From series Croatia
 
 
  7 Aug 2004 - 8 Aug 2004
Rychleb mountains is small area on the north of Czech Republic. It is not very high, though very beautiful. We found there a lot of blueberries.
 
 
  2 Jul 2004 - 11 Jul 2004
One week spent on the mountains, namely on Julian Alps in Slovenia. It was wonderful, by the way we climb up the highest mountain there, Triglav. It is so far our record.
From series Julian Alps
 
 
  25 Jun 2004 - 27 Jun 2004
Extended weekend (three days) spent in Western Tatras. With big effort reached summit of Baranec, few meters higher than 2000. It was raining all day, so we dried ourselves on Ziarska cottage.
 

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