MOUNTAINS WITH MARVELOUS VIEWS
I remember very well my first Mt Triglav climb from my early years of mountaineering, some 15 years ago. It was a pleasant summer day when my friend and I climbed the Northern Triglav Wall to the top of the mountain. We began climbing at dawn, when it was still dark and climbed up 1000m on a rocky pillar and reached the very top in the afternoon. It was one of the most beautiful and demanding mountain tours I have done so far up this greatest mountain of the Julian Alps.
Triglav is considered as one of the mighty mountains with marvelous views. On a clear and sunny day, one can see far across the Julian Alps, all the way to Grossglockner on the northwest and to the Adriatic Sea on the south. Triglav has numerous excellent paths from various surrounding valleys, which lead up to the very top in a meandering way. It is a mountain, which has to be taken seriously due to its height and steepness at the very top.
My experiences with The Mountain of the Julian Alps, which is also the highest in Slovenia, are very pleasant, I can also say romantic. As a mountain guide, I have spent many nice moments there with people from all over the world. Every tour to the top of the mountain – there have been over 80 so far – has been a unique story. People from all over the world carry in them numerous life experiences and a 2-day climb brings the group together. The tour is not the easiest one but also not the most demanding and that is why there is enough time and energy for a relaxed atmosphere.
MT TRIGLAV TOUR
We usually begin our tour early in the morning with pick-up point at the in Bovec, where we quickly check personal equipment. If something is missing, we take with us an extra backpack, gloves and extra socks or jacket. Climbing equipment and all protection gear (helmet, harness, via ferrata set, light jacket, walking sticks) is prepared and provided by us. Pick-up is followed by transfer from Bovec to Krma with an “ice-breaker” debate in the car in order for all in the group to get to know each other. The first part of the hike takes us through the valley and later on across grassy and rocky slopes all the way up to Kredarica Mt Hut at 2515m. It usually takes approximately 5 to 7 hours of hiking to get up to the hut. Once we reach it, we have a chance to relax and enjoy a warm mountain meal. Later on we discuss the via ferrata climb to the very top of the mountain and take into consideration the weather forecast, conditions on the mountain and general state of the group. Sometimes we climb to the very top of Mt Triglav on the fist day – especially if the weather is looking better on the first day and if the group is feeling up for it, otherwise we go up next morning.
TOUGHEST PART OF THE CLIMB
The via ferrata climb from Kredarica to the very top is the toughest part of the climb. It is considered a semi-climbing trail. The route is secured at the most demanding and exposed parts by steel wires. We provide the best possible security for our guests at this part of the trail so they can have an excellent and most comfortable experience. My “best friend” is a short rope on which I tie our clients and take extra care. We also use via ferrata sets with which we attach ourselves to the steel cords. The climbing part of the tour lasts approximately two to three hours, depending on the conditions and the fitness of the group. The feelings we get, when we reach the Aljaž tower, are indescribable. First there are no words and one can hear mostly screams of joy. Later on, when we manage to relax a bit and take in a few breaths of fresh air, the feelings and words become deeper and unforgettable. One mustn’t forget the traditional christening: spanking ones behind with a rope. This is especially for those who have reached Mt Triglav and such height for the first time.
WE DID IT! WE MADE IT! WE CLIMBED MT TRIGLAV!
Mt Triglav Climb ends upon return to the valley. There is still some euphoria present when descending back to Kredarica Hut, so an extra focus and caution is required. Concentration is important and I am aware of this until we cross the steep rocky heights and reach the plateau at the hut. There, we reach into each others hands, do happy high fives and sometimes give each other a good hug. Since the toughest part of Mt Triglav Climb is behind us, we deserve a cold beer or something good to eat as well as a bench for tired legs. It is true that the tour ends down in the Krma Valley, but Kredarica is already the point when one can relax, look each other in the eyes and say: We did it! We made it! We climbed Mt Triglav!
Triglav truly is a mountain that connects and inspires, time and time again.
Written by Žiga Šter (Mountain Guide), Photography by Matej Mejovšek.
Open dates for Mount Triglav climb – Summer 2018:
- April 7-8th, 2018 / Winter conditions
- May 12-13th, 2018 / Winter conditions
- June 02-03rd, 2018
- June 09-10th, 2018
- June 23rd, 2018, one day climb
- June 30-01st July, 2018
- July 1st, 2018 / one day climb
- July 7-8th, 2018
- July 14-15th, 2018
- July 21-22th, 2018
- July 28-29th, 2018
- August 4-5th, 2018
- August 11-12th, 2018
- August 15th, 2018 / one day climb
- August 18-19th, 2018
- August 25-26th, 2018
- August 27-28th, 2018
- September 6-7th, 2018
- September, 15-16th, 2018
- September, 22-23th, 2018
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