Ascent of Sněžka on 2012-08-09

Climber: Martin Richardson

Date:Thursday, August 9, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Location:Czech Republic/Poland
    Elevation:1602 m / 5259 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Walked up a very well engineered blue marked path along the Obri Dul valley and up to the main ridge of the Karkonsze (means giant hills) and then in a hailstorm walked along the ski trail that forms the Polish/Czech R border up to the top of Sniezka (1603m/P1202) the highest point in the Czech R.
The mountain is very popular and there were hundreds of people there or on their way up or down. Many of them would have used the chairlift half-way up – but not the second chair lift to the summit as it is out of action and being replaced.
The summit has a chapel, two cafes (one Polish, one Czech) and, incongruously, a Czech post office.
I walked down the yellow marked path – the first section consisting of steps that were set at a distance apart that made it impossible to get into any kind of a rhythm. Resisted the temptation to use the chairlift down from Ruzova Hora and then had the green marked path to myself through the pine trees to Pec. Typically, as is usually the case with Sod’s law, the weather cleared soon after I left the summit.

For pictures and context, see my blog 'Went up a hill and came down' at:
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