Due to technical difficulties the voting begins a week later than originally planned, but it will also end a week later. Below are the selected photos in each category. Each photo in each category is marked with letter (A, B, C etc). Below the set of photos in each category is a poll. You can cast your vote for one photo in each category. Simply select one photo on the list and click “Vote”.
Our Schwarzwolf team, Veronika and Martin, took part in 11th Night Orienteering Mountain Bike Race: The Suicidal Night Trophy 2009. The race took place in tough and challenging conditions of Vysočina in Czech Republic.
Total race-course measured 65 km in the area where normal people usually go hiking and do so in the daylight. Total superelevation of a road was 1830 metres. Maps were allowed and the local tourist signs remained in place – these were only means of orientation (or disorientation). Use of GPS equipment was banned.
The biggest impediments were dark night, mud, rocks and loss of orientation. Our team rode 77 km altogether. The time of 11hours and 57 minutes was good enough for ice twelfth place in our category.
The Sequoia National Park (see the map and more here) is one of the most amazing places where Schwarzwolf Outdoor gear made it so far (in this case the softshell jacket ). If you have never heard of sequoia trees this is what they are:
Sequoia sempervirens is the sole living species of the genus Sequoia in the cypress family Cupressaceae (formerly treated in Taxodiaceae). Common names include Coast Redwood and California Redwood (it is one of three species of trees known as redwoods, but “redwood” per se normally refers to this species). It is an evergreen, long-lived, monoecious tree living for up to 2,200 years, and this species includes the tallest trees on Earth, reaching up to 115.5 m (379.1 ft) in height and 8 m (26 ft) diameter at breast height. It is native to coastal California and the southwestern corner of Oregon within the United States. (Source: Wikipedia)
And here are few pictures from the Sequoia National Park that make you appreciate the how big trees really are:
Schwarzwolf Outdoor softshell jacket in Sequoia National Park
The sequoia tree
Man vs Sequoia tree (see the highligted area of the photo)