Of course it can best be described with pictures, and we took a lot of them!
View of our destination, taken from the town of Terchova.
Terchova is a town about 30 kms (18 miles) from Zilina where we are staying. It's popular in both summer and winter because it's a big snowboarding and skiing area. And the scenery is gorgeous. In fact, after having done this hike, we think we're going to Terchova and staying for the next four or five days!
Michal had to go near Terchova to visit clients, so he dropped us off at the trailhead.
There are many obstacles on this trail. The first one was the root and mud section!
Ruth, entering "the gorge".
Hiking through the gorge.
There are some ladders and stairs that you have to use.
As well as some ramps that have steep drop offs. But this is nothing!
The ravine comes out into a beautiful meadow.
And then it gets really interesting! There are some very steep sections that you need chains and railings to help you out!
Kevin, heading higher.
Hang on, because there is a steep drop off the right hand side!
Looking down at where we just came from!
Too much fun. But it gets better!
Only about an hour from the top now!
A 20 second video near the top!
People following behind us. There is a sheer drop off the left hand side.
Tough going, but the scenery was fantastic!
View from the top! Notice Kevin standing near the bottom right.
Now, the problem becomes going down.
The trail goes straight down in this crevice.
And I mean straight down. It's not even so much as a trail, it's just a gully, and there's very little to grip your feet on. There were some chains to hang on to, but in other areas you had to try and grip branches or other rocks and it was not easy. No pictures of this area because I was too busy using both hands and helping Ruth. She has a tougher time with heights than I do, and even I was a little nervous. This is definitely the toughest we have ever done, and I don't think we'll ever do anything worse. I think the only thing worse might have been trying to come up this route in reverse, which some people were doing. We met one lady who gave up and was waiting for her group to come back down.
Where we had been.
What an exhilarating day! It was 5:00pm when we caught the bus back to Zilina, and then we had to take the local bus back to Michal and Ivona's flat. Slept like a rock last night!
Today, we've decided to head back to the town of Terchova, but we'll be staying for 4 nights. We've booked a room at a guest house and we're going to do some more hiking in this beautiful region.