S.H. 2016–Day 8 – Bovški Gamsovec

The weather was very good again and so we decided to stay another day in the park. After all we had an extra day of food after our unplanned stay in the Planika Hut. We headed off from Bivak pod Luknjo to the North to the saddle Dovška vrata. There was a little bit of snow on the way but it was pretty straight forward. We had some food at the saddle and watched the fog begin to climb up from the valley below.

View with Triglav in the background (Summer Holidays 2016)Avoiding the cloud (Summer Holidays June 2016)Not far to the summit (Summer Holidays June 2016)

Above left: We went for a day walk from Bivak pod Luknjo up into the hills to the North. We had a great view over to Triglav as we ascended. Above middle: We had a bite to eat at the saddle Dovška vrata at which point cloud started to fill the valley below us. The approach from the North has a few roped sections. Above right: It wasn’t far to the summit.

We then headed South to a peak named Bovški Gamsovec. I had walked in the other direction with Chris and Em in 2009 but the visibility was so low that I couldn’t remember much of the surroundings. The route was quite exposed if you strayed from the path but it was wide enough not to be a problem. There were steel ropes and steel pegs in places. Leonie found the exposure not so fun and decided to skip the summit. I walked the last few metres to the summit before joining her back on the track heading down to the Luknja pass.

Cris on Bovski Gamsovec (Summer Holidays 2016)View towards Triglav (Summer Holidays 2016)Leonie descending from Bovski Gamsovec (Summer Holidays 2016)

Above left: The summit was a wide flat spot. Behind me is the mountain Razor. Above middle: The view to the South is towards Triglav and is very impressive. Above right: We had a nice day walk to Bovški Gamsovec and had great views into the valley and across to Triglav.

I romped down the scree back to Bivak pod Luknjo in the afternoon and we prepared soup and drank tea like civilized types.

 

Mountain goats (Summer Holidays 2016)Back at the biv (Summer Holidays June 2016)

Above left: There were plenty of mountain goats along the way including these two who didn’t seem to bothered that I was there. Above right: We relaxed back at the biv in the afternoon. There was a big electrical storm in the night with one lightning strike happening very near by. Did it hit the biv?

Bovski Gamsovec June 2016

 

Above: A map of our day walk (Kompass Wanderkarten). The GPS track seems to be a little bit off but you get the idea.


Above: A short video of our adventure.

S.H. 2016 – Day 6 – Triglav

We set off from Luknjo Biv in the valley at 8:30 am, fairly late considering that we were planning to go up Triglav. I couldn’t decide which way to go but at the last minute decided we should walk further down the valley and ascend through the cliffs to the North-East of Triglav towards Triglavski Dom. This is a hut about 300 m below Triglav to the East.

The ascent was quite nice. It was a beautiful day with loads of blue sky and since the sun hadn’t reached the cliffs it was relatively cool climbing in the shade. The route up to the hut is easy with just a few sections of metal rope. Although, easy is a subjective term as Leonie would agree.

Crossing some snow (Summer Holidays 2016)Climbing up a section (Summer Holidays 2016)Ascending (Summer Holidays 2016)

Above: We headed off from the Biv in the morning with the intention of following the route up through the cliffs to Triglav. There were a few scrambly bits along the way to the Triglav Hut but it was all pretty happy.

After reaching the tops of the cliffs we had a flatter section but this was quite snowy. The snow was soft though so we plodded up without a problem. We bought some very expensive drinks from the hut and pondered what to do. The cloud had come in and there was very little to be seen. We decided give it a go anyway.

We headed up the route that is secured with metal ropes. Leonie was finding the height hard to deal with so we moved very slowly.

Crossing more snow (Summer Holidays 2016)Ascent to Triglav (Summer Holidays 2016)

Above left:  There were a few scrambly bits along the way to the Triglav Hut but it was all pretty happy. Above right: The weather came in at Triglavski Dom and Triglav disapeared completely. We set off anyway hoping that the cloud would clear.

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Above: The ascent to Triglav from Triglavski Dom is secured with steel ropes. We used our via feratta gear to clip into the rope but some people just headed up without any protection. The ascent isn’t particurarly difficult. Of course that’s a bit subjective.

Looking at the map, if we were to continue on the route we had planned we’d need to get to the summit as the descent was from the summit to the South and we were approaching from the East. We continued on and as we did the clouds began to disperse and we sat on the summit in sunshine.

View along the ridge to Triglav (Summer Holidays 2016)The summit of Triglav (Summer Holidays 2016)Us at the summit (Summer Holidays 2016)

Above left: As we walked along the ridge the clouds began to depart a little and we could see the summit in the distance. Above middle: We reached the summit a bit behind schedule but we made it. There was a little bit of snow at the top which was a contrast to my last ascent in 2009. Above right: Time to sit down at the summit.

Cris at the summit of Triglav (Summer Holidays 2016)

Above: The clouds had cleared by the time we made it to the summit of Triglav. There was a bit of snow left on the top.

We had to rethink our plans at the top as it was already 4 pm and we had a long way to go if we were to make it back to the bivuoac before dark. A Slovenian guy recommended that we didn’t try the direct route down to Koča na Doliču (the next hut on our way) due to snow. Instead we opted to head back down the ridge and stay the night in a different hut (Dom Planika).

Awesome view (Summer Holidays 2016)

Above: The view was fantastic from Planika Hut in the evening. We spent the night there after running out of time to get back to our biv below the Luknja pass.

S.H. 2016–Day 5 – Into the park

After fluffing around for the morning trying to get organised we were packed and set off on foot about 2 pm into the Triglav National Park. Our packs were heavy as we were laden down with all the essentials. No, no, we weren’t going to be running out of cucumber on this trip. Still our packs had been heavier on other trips and as we had our racing crocs on, the slog was made easier.

We arrived at Bivak pod Luknjo at around 8 pm and cooked dinner. It’s a small bivouac below a saddle that’s a good place for day trips. Our plan is to leave the cooker and food here while we attempt to head up Triglav.

Heading into the hills (Summer Holidays 2016)More walking (Summer Holidays 2016)Ascending to Luknja (Summer Holidays 2016)Crossing snow (Summer Holidays 2016)

Above: Walking into the park.

Nice view of the moutains (Summer Holidays 2016)Descending from Luknja (Summer Holidays 2016)Bivak pod luknjo (Summer Holidays 2016)

Above left: The Triglav National Park really is beautiful and we had perfect weather as we entered the park and climbed up to the Luknja pass.

Above middle:  It’s always best to come prepared. Note the cucumber. Safety first.

Above right: The biv is closed but has a winter room up these stairs that has always been open when we’ve been there. The biv also has a family of little animals living in the roof at the moment. They are very cute but like to scuttle around in the night.