57 Photos - Jan 13, 2015
Photo: High Tatras in moonlight. One day after full moon, 30 seconds exposure.Photo: Brrrr!Photo: Theoretical knowledge is equally important as practical skills (and Piknik)Photo: In the middle is the highest peak of Slovakia, Gerlachovský štít (2655 metres), it's the one with a big bowl. Notice that there is very little snow up there, but it was still high avalanche danger.Photo: Poprad in -21 degrees CelsiusPhoto: View from Hrebienok. No halo around the Sun.Photo: Entering avalanche area. It was the 3rd grade of the avalanche danger scale (out of 5). We stayed in the safe areas and didn't ski on this day.Photo: Strange round snow formations on stones in the streamPhoto: First steeper ascentPhoto: Finally at the hut. You have to take a selfie on such occassion.Photo: We trained avalanche rescue in the eveningPhoto: The first column fell even before we started a testPhoto: Extended column testPhoto: Snow!Photo: Separated on rain crustPhoto: Completely flat bottom formed by rain crustPhoto: Without electricity in the dining room of the hutPhoto: Morning weather looks promisingPhoto: Great skiing ahead of usPhoto: Finally the Sun reached us. Or did we reach the Sun?Photo: Untouched snow waiting for usPhoto: Martin is smaller than the SunPhoto: Measuring slope steepness, 36 degreesPhoto: Doing our favorite snow pit test—the extended column testPhoto: It released only after we pushed really hard with a shovel from the back. The slope is safe!Photo: Martin skinning up towards the saddlePhoto: Leaving skis, starting to climbPhoto: Obligatory selfie while climbing the steep partPhoto: Svišťový štít (2382 m)Photo: Last meters of the climbPhoto: Rovienková dolinaPhoto: Resting in a saddle without a name on the map, so we named it "Pusté sedlo". The two lakes below it were called "Pusté pleso" and "Pusté oko". Later we found out it is called "Svišťové sedlo".Photo: Planking in 2190-meter altitudePhoto: Our skinning track is ready to be destroyedPhoto: Wearing only safety equipment for the downhill ride. –5 degrees Celsius is too hot on the snow!

Fun fact: snow is white but behaves as a black object in the infrared spectrum—it's a nearly perfect black body radiator in the heat spectrum. See  
http://www.geol-amu.org/notes/m1r-1-8j.jpg (visible spectrum is from 0.38 μm to 0.75 μm, higher than that is infrared)Photo: Reflection selfiePhoto: Lukáš is enjoying the perfect untouched snow on a 36 degree slopePhoto: Reapplying skinsPhoto: In the bottom part you can see the skinning track as well as the downhill track. Then we went on foot with ice axes through the rocks.

We also dug a snow pit in the mid-right part of the picture right after the switchback.Photo: My ski tracks in perfect snowPhoto: Martin went up for a ridePhoto: Lunch breakPhoto: Slavkovský štít burning in the backgroundPhoto: Someone else skied on top of avalanche debrisPhoto: Lukáš left, Martin rightVideo: Lukáš enjoying wind-blown snowVideo: Practicing self-arrestVideo: Reporting from High Tatras. Renaming self-arrest to "Alvarez".Photo: Zbojnícka chata after sunsetPhoto: Red and blue sky after sunsetPhoto: We deserved a big dinnerVideo: The same model but different frequencyPhoto: The high wind and snow entered the porch and covered our skis.Photo: Windy morning. Weather forecast said there will be winds of speed 100 km/h. The valley was slightly calmer though.Photo: Skiing downhill against the windPhoto: Resisting the wind coming from the backVideo: Welcome to High Tatras!