One of the mountains I wanted to ascend was Gerlachovský štit. I browsed the internet for information about the routes and any other useful information. I learned that there are no trails to the summit, it's scrambling and climbing. Also I learned that hiking off the marked trails as well as climbing is heavily regulated in the Tatras. So, I needed to get good route information and make sure that I was allowed to climb Gerlachovský štit.
On the internet I found one (old) route description that looked good enough to give it a try. And in Stary Smokovec, in the office of the Mountain Rescue service, I got the green light to climb it, because I could show my alpine club membership card. The weather forecast for the next day was excellent - warm and sunny, and, most importantly, no chance of rain or thunderstorms - so I decided that I would wait no more. It turned into a much longer day than I had expected, but, fortunately, I had started early, and that meant I had just enough daylight to get back to civilization.
After a rest day, I felt invigorated again, and over the next few days I visited Slavkovský štit, Baníkov, Hrubá kopa, Tri kopy and Baranec. Shortly after I had safely descended the latter, the heavens opened, marking the end of an extended period of good weather as well as my farewell to the Tatras.
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