EXPERIENCE CANYONING FRATARICA
Guided canyoning tour in Slovenia is a must do outdoor adventure when on a holiday in Europe, my friend e-mails me. Canyoning Fratarica experience is recommended for adventurous beginners. I’m not quite sure if it’s not too much for me, because I haven’t been to any jet. Apparently some walking experience is a good start… to travel to Bovec. Therefor my next holiday destination is Slovenia.
TRANSFER TO BOVEC VIA VRŠIČ MOUNTAIN PASS
Holiday starts after landing in Ljubljana airport where airport shuttle picks us up for an exciting two day adventure ahead. Driving from Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana to Vršič mountain pass (1611m) is like someone is changing the scenery every few kilometers. Sharp Julian Alps in the south and round Karavanke mountains on the north are embracing the Kranjsko- Sorška basin, yet there is plenty of space for green meadows and forests everywhere. In Kranjska gora we hit the mountain road. Looks like we’re heading at the wall of Prisojnik mountain (2547m) or Mojstrovka mountain (2366m) across the road. Sometimes the sheep keep up with our pace, yet crash under our vehicle for rest in shade. On Vršič the hillside just drops from Gorenjska to Goriška region. Trenta valley below the saddle is a million dollar worth view, captured to my photos.
A fun three hour scenic drive and 52 corners long route later we are in a narrow Loška Koritnica valley. Uunder a 1000m tall Loška wall, Mangart, Jalovec and Jerebica mountains, we’re hiking in Triglav National park to get to the put in of Fratarica canyon. Every now and then we get to peek into the creek, but facing a 48m Parabola waterfall from the track exceeds expectation.
CANYONING FRATARICA ADVENTURE
Wondering if we’ll really abseil that insanely tall waterfall we find ourselves squeezing into a wetsuit. Like a fish in a tin feels nicely warm. Our guidess (feminine term for a lady guide) is cracking jokes about how to progress through the canyon. She’s very serious about safety instructions.
Completely equipped and informed we are ready to jump into chilly and clear pond. Standing on a rock Katja’s words are running through my mind: “Jump only if you really mean it”, while she’s pointing out a spot for landing. Checked my courage, checked my feet, I feel her encouraging look, it’s time to take off. A wobbly take off got me exactly on the spot! My friends give me a big high five and we’re ready for abseiling. A bit slippery slope takes next to a 6m waterfall, to descend I have to release the grip to let the rope slide slowly through my palms. While walking down the wall I envy a spider, I haven’t seen him slip once. I did it! This is easy.
A beautifully shaped, toboggan like slide follows. That’s easy, just sit, hug yourself and go have fun like when we were kids, apart from this catapult like rock that kicks you off. You can imagine one’s face expressions if it makes everyone below burst in laughter.
I ABSEILED THE TALLEST WATERFALL IN BOVEC!
Suddenly silence. We spotted a cliff, absence of ground and Log pod Mangartom village in the background. We all crave for more information. Katja pulls out the rope, ties some knots on my harness and explains how to undo them. Before I understand what’s happening I am already sliding down the gutter, then spinning on the rope while having a waterfall shower. I am so excited I’ll remember seeing the mountains, forest, green bushes and little water drops catching sun rays only after standing below Parabola waterfall signaling I am OK. But what’s the signal for the best canyoning Fratarica experience ever?!
We descend Katedrala waterfall a guided abseil way, it’s a zip line and abseil in one. Cavity looks like a big window from the top and a cathedral from distance.
BEAUTIFUL NATURE, SPORT & FUN
Later on Fratarica canyoning adventure we’re climbing through a little hole. We walk pass tourists chilling out on the beach, from where the canyon squeezes the creek into little ponds.
We are all first time canyoning, but became confident in jumping and sliding by now. Especially because we know it’s optional. Playing about the last five around 5m tall waterfalls brings great enjoyment to all. I’ll remember the hilarious bum massage slide forever.
I am soaking wet from dangling foot loose on a rope rappel and sliding joyous toboggans, because my personal experience is priceless just as lifelong memories of once in a lifetime Fratarica canyoning adventure. I was unsure at first but now I would do it on repeat. Words or pictures really can’t describe the feel of canyoning Fratarica adventure or the beauty of pristine nature in Log pod Mangartom. The best value for money adventure in Slovenia is canyoning Fratarica adventure close to Bovec.
Written by Anja (SE), Photography by: Matjaž Sušnik, Miha Mihelič, Grega Česnik, Borut Svojlšak & Kata Adventures.