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Milesovka Peak was long thought to be the highest mountain in Bohemia. Nicknamed the queen of the Ceske stredohori range, possessing the roughest climate in these parts (actually holding the title of the windiest CZ mountain), Alexander von Humboldt claimed the view to be the third nicest view in the world.
Weather should be very welcoming (74 °F/23 °C and sunny)
We assemble at Prague main train station (Praha hl.n.) in front of Burger King. Since a train is involved, be on time OR YOU WILL BE LEFT BEHIND; trains don't wait.
Elevation gain: ~1800 ft/550 m
Hiking distance: >7 mi/11 km in-and-out/longer loop alternative if group is fit
Total time to complete hikes: >3 hours includes breathers, picnics, selfie brigade operations
Danger level: 1 of 5 (well defined trail)
Time and again, I've received (mostly unsolicited) advice about gear. I've always taken it just like weather talk. When it comes from the old guard, usually meant well, I guess, just like Gilgamesh, trying not to become irrelevant, I try to take it in with respect.
Lately, however, there seems to be this new thing shaming people for the lack of particular brand name gear, often from people who have achieved nothing much and don't really have any experience, except talk. And I really detest that. Beginners need support.
At the same time, however, please use common sense: the desert can get both really hot and really cold. You need enough water. It can get windy. Your feet need protection. You need to see.
Hiking is in my political opinion supposed to be a free and inclusive activity and I don't want to burden your already strained budget: you can get decent gloves free (with coupon and a purchase: just buy something from the 99 cent section) at Harbor Freight, same goes for a free LED lamp. A good USB rechargeable headlamp starts from $9 on Amazon. The Columbia outlet sells the omni-heat hats for $15 and a coupon + student/military/veteran/teacher or just about any other ID card should push it to around $9. Walmart has hiking shoes for $29 that I put hundreds of miles on without incident, and so can you.
- Use common sense
- Leave no trace behind
- RSVP with integrity; this is especially important during this time when group rules cap the number of participants
- If you can't stay with the group either because you want to hike at ftL speeds or can't use your head, then you should hike by yourself or stay home.
At the same time, however, hiking is not the construction of a nuclear power plant, but rather a natural activity for humans. If you really want to take it scientifically, the local library system has quite a few resources. You can start with McManners, H. (1998). Hiking (101 essential tips). ISBN[masked] and take it from there.
Don't microwave the cat: Please be aware that your Meetup organizers are not tour guides and are not park rangers. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being. By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death. The organizers of this group and current and former members cannot be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant - including you - at any event. All attendees participate at an event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury to themselves or their guests. By signing up for this event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer, and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group.