Šumava

After spending a week in Oberhof and a week in the Krkonoše mountains I headed south to spend a week in the Šumava mountains. The Šumava mountains lie in the SW of the Czech Republic and form the border with Germany. I spent many summers there in my childhood visiting my grandparents. It was great to finally get to visit in the fall and spend a week doing lighter training, sleeping lots, and eating delicious food courtesy of my grandmother. If I wasn’t sleeping or training I was out with my camera trying to capture the beauty of the mountains.

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Welcome to Šumava.

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I borrowed this bike and powered it through 70km with 1700m of climbing.

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A map, food, and a few tools for the journey.

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I was able to supplement my diet every day with delicious wild blackberries.

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Logging and bark boring beetles are two things that threaten the forests here.

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A quick break after a big climb.

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A quick stop at a small mountain lake.

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The view from the highest point of my trip.

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This old military tower used to be used for visual and electronic surveillance during the cold war.

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More evidence of bark beetles.

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A bog at lower elevation.

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Forests at even lower elevation.

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A microcosm on a stump.

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Dewdrops on a spider web.

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Morning mist.

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If you leave one tree standing is it not a clear cut?

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A local skier was a member of the bronze medal 4x10km relay team in Vancouver – his photo now adorns the local school.

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Looking towards Germany.

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Fall colours.

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Who’s this hiking along?

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It’s me!

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Late afternoon in the mountain meadows.

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I didn’t want to head home at this point.

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One last look before heading back down into the valley for dinner.

3 responses to “Šumava

    • Thanks Cathy!
      We got in to Canmore on Tuesday night, and have had two great days at Frozen Thunder. I have a rest tomorrow morning so I should have new blog post then!

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