|Early morning on Gerlach|
|Tatranska Polianka station|
It was very early in the morning that we set off from there to the refuge at Sliezky Dom and into the Velicky Dolina (valley). The route picks its way across some roche moutonnee and then the climbing begins up the steep eastern side of Gerlach, to reach a small notch on the ridge.
|Roped up on Gerlach|
|Looking east down into Velicka Dolina|
The top is graced with a cross and there is just enough room to stand on the very summit. Unfortunately the mist restricted the view down - as ever, the mist cleared afterwards.
|Gerlachovsky Stit summit|
The descent route was alongside a couloir that leads into the Batizovsky Zlab - it is very steep, with a bit more permanent artificial aids than the ascent routes. Route finding is again quite difficult and however tempting we had to keep out of the couloir itself because of the looseness of the rock.
|Gerlach from Batizovsky Zlab|
|Phew made it, now there is just a long walk back|
|Down by Batizovske Pleso|
|The bride's carriage|
Then there was the weary walk back down to T. Polianka and a large ice-cream.
And, thankfully we did not come across any park rangers so I did not have to try and fool them into thinking my Mountain Bothies Association (MBA) membership card meant I was a member of a climbing club.