The other day I reached the summit of Mt Triglav. Highest mountain in the Julian Alps of Slovenia. It was a bit special for since it has been in my mind and on a tick list for 20 odd years. I was in the area on Inter-rail in 1993 but it was too late in the season to go for such a demanding summit lacking in experience. Mt Triglav 2850 mts above sea level.
I came here to Ljubljana via Easyjet from Stansted. Met Jane and Al sitting across the aisle from me on the plane. A notable coincidence. I booked my first night at the International YH Tabor near to the main train station. Before I arrived I didnt know where to go to get on the mountain trail and I asked at the info desk at the train station.
I cant for the heck of me remember the name of the village where I alighted from the train. There was a tourist office in the village and I got the Triglav Park map, 1:25,000. Good map.
I walked the first few km to a low lying mountain hut / chalet. Lodging in a dorm was 20 Euro.
Next day I walked 4 hours to the next hut, where I contemplated staying but after eating watery beef soup with noodles and have a can of beer for 4 Euros, I decided to push to the Planika refuge. I expected it would be good to save a day. It turned out not to be necessary. The hut was crowded and full and as expected I would be sleeping on the floor with a good number of others. I bourght pasta and pancakes and a beer. It is easier spending money on expensive food when you know the accomodation is free. Some exuberant person played a boorish accordion most of the evening with confederates whooping noisily. Sleep was at 9:45pm. Good lessons for future expeds to mountain huts. I expect, when the bed cost is 27 Euros, I will be sleeping on the floor in the future now.
Next morning, the 17th, I think, I carried my heavy pack on the summit trail. Summit ridge is tricky. Fixed wires and iron bars aide the way. It felt dangerous to me because I was a little unstable due to the load on my back. Reached summit at approx 8;30 am. Stayed for 5 mins and asked some one to take my photo again the summit feature which is a silo shape with a conicle top.
My idea was to try and cross the mountains and reach Kranska Gora on foot. I took a route which was designated on the map as having ´very difficult´ sections. These sections were very exposed. Lesson was that I would never take clients on such a route. Well, maybe no more than five. At time the fixed wires and steps lead to exposed drops of 50 ft and more.
I was low on water. The Julian alps are quite dry. Punishing walk down a stoney path to Trenta where the road leads to Kranska Gora. Hitched a lift to the crest of the pass. Had a breakfast at a lodge, 5.5 Euro. Then walked and hitched another lift to Gora from where I soon caught a bus back to Ljubljana and the Tabor Hostel.