11 Jan Darko Ihas // Adventurer of the Month (Jan. ’18)
Introducing Darko, our first adventurer of the month for 2018! A keen photographer, Darko loves exploring the woods of Fruska Gora, getting lost alone, and adventuring during unfavourable weather conditions – anything to get the heart going. He often carries little more than his Garmin navigator and says if he was to be any animal then a bird is what he would be. His top adventure story, however? Keep reading to find out.
Which part of Serbia are you from and what is your profession?
I’m from Rumenka in Northern Serbia and I’m a warehouse worker.
What inspires you to repeatedly go adventuring?
Simply being in the great outdoors is all the motivation I need. Over the past two years, photography has also served as a great source of inspiration for going on adventures; and of course, discovering new places. I love walking alone, particularly during poor weather conditions, including rain, fog and snow. That’s when I’m most inspired to take some great photos. I also love awaiting sunrises from atop mountains.
What is your favourite place when you’re trying to escape the daily grind?
As I live relatively close to Fruska Gora, I would have to say that it’s my favourite place to explore and get lost in. Fruska Gora has always been considered tame because of its height. Though, I always manage to find a track I haven’t yet trodden or discover a location I haven’t yet visited.
Is there are place you haven’t yet visited though you’re planning on doing so?
That’s a tough question to answer, as I haven’t travelled throughout Serbia much, so there’s a whole heap of places I want to visit. Some places atop my list for the year are Stara Planina (Old Mountain) and Midzor, Serbia’s highest peak outside of Kosovo. Also, Rtanj, Suva Planina (Dry Mountain), Lazar’s Canyon, Zlatar, Uvac, the Ovcar-Kablar Gorge…
Without which gear do you never leave home?
My Garmin navigator. I love keeping record of how far I’ve walked and where I’ve been. Next, photography has become a serious hobby of mine over the past two years, so I head off onto an adventure without it.
What camera and other gear do you use?
Nikon D5300 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 35mm and 11-16mm lenses.
You’ve found yourself lost in the wild. Which two people would you like to have alongside you? It can be anybody.
I actually love being alone when lost. I love the adrenaline you feel you’re lost and trying to find the track again. I was lost during most of my hikes throughout Fruska Gora during the first year as I wasn’t familiar with the terrain. Additionally, I almost always hiked alone and got lost frequently, though I think that’s the best way to get to know a place. When you get lost, your mind begins to work quicker and you become better at remembering your surroundings.
If you were an animal in the past life, what animal would that be?
Most likely a bird – they have the best view of the world. I would love to be able to have a bird’s-eye view. They’re also able to cover great distances – entire continents – within a few days.
How familiar are you with our concept and what do you like about it?
I love that someone has made the effort to promote adventuring and exploring the natural beauty of one’s own country. I must admit that I only heard about a number of places for the first time through Avanturista. I like the Adventure of the Month concept – promoting people who through their photography try and inspire others to go on their own adventure.
Share with us one of your more interesting adventures 🙂
Completing the great Fruska Gora marathon is an adventure I’ll never forget and is one that I’m extremely proud of – I crossed 82 km, climbed 3,500m and walked for over 20 hours. The greatest challenge was walking at night with only a headlamp illuminating my path. Everything looks completely different when you can only see a few steps in front of you. I recommend that everyone tries adventuring through the middle of the night at least once – the feeling is amazing. Witnessing the sunrise that follows is another amazing experience. It gives you the strength to keep on going even if every muscle if your body is telling you to give up.
When Blagota realised that he knows a guy with a great adventurer’s spirit, and one that often treads throughout the forest of the Fruska Gora National Park, Darko simply had to be our next adventurer of the month. You’ve seen a few of his photo’s throughout the course of his interview. Click the following links to see more: Facebook, 500px, Flickr