Saturday, 24 September 2005
Sunday, 18 September 2005
Saturday, 17 September 2005
Thursday, 15 September 2005
Alice Garnier and I climbed this strange mountain with a hole through it, before driving for hours and hours down to the Italian coast, by which time it was late and dark and we had almost run out of petrol and no petrol stations were open. We ended up getting pizza at Grado. Then camping at some mosquito swamps between Grado and Monfalcone. Horrendous mosquitos, but fantastic sunrise in the morning.
Highest mountain in Slovenia and national symbol.
Alice Garnier and I started from the Rudno Polje trailhead at 7.45am. The round trip took nearly 9 hours.
The route climbs steadily through forest to cross the col at Studorski preval, before contouring round the hill to the hut at Vodnikov Dom. After the hut we climbed to a broad col at Konjsko sedlo, before taking a rough steep path to the higher Planika Dom hut at 2400m. By this time it was getting pretty cold and windy with mist blowing in. Above Planika Dom things got more interesting. We did an anticlockwise loop taking in the exciting ridge of Mali Triglav before visiting the main summit. The climb is steep, exposed and airy, but with plenty of wire cable handrails. Luckily when we reached the summit there wasn't a breath of wind. Ideal for a leisurely picnic. The descent needed good concentration. Steep down-climbing with plenty of loose rock showering down. Once back at the Planika Dom hut, the walk-out is long but easy.