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Krkonose Ice Climbing Route is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Špindlerův Mlýn, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 6.2 mi Elevation gain 997 ft Route type Loop
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Short cross country skiing trip with ice climbing on the biggest climbing icefall in the Czech Republic. Ice climbing was officially allowed in one place in the Krkonoše mountains, the lower part of Labský Důl. It has been permitted since 2011 and is expected to be prolonged on yearly basis. Only 16 climbers are allowed and you have to book free of charge on a website. In the morning you need to pick up a written permission on the way. Don’t forget to take also cross country ski. There is about 10 km trip in front of you ideal for cross country skiing.

Ice Climbing Guide for Labský Důl (czech) http://www.horydoly.cz/horolezci/labsky-dul-pro-ledoborce.html KRNAP office pages about icefall http://ledopad.krnap.cz/

You need freezing and simultaneously wet weather before ice climbing. Sometimes there is enough of ice in December, but usually not. In 2012 we had to wait until end of February. Do not underestimate the Krkonoše icefalls, you need two ice axes, ice crampons, climbing binding, rope, ice screws and carabineers. If you are not experienced, you may climb with the rope from the top. Then you need 60 meter long rope. A common practice is to take two 40 meter ropes. After being in touch with the ice for a couple of hours, you will appreciate two sets of worm cloves and a bottle of hot tea. Take a mobile phone, there is a perfect signal. Optional: cross country skies, ski wax.

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Dhruv Garg
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