Monday, 7 October 2013

Ascent of mount Krn

Since I have been posting quite a bit about my climbing adventures lately, I decided to also post a few nice photos from our ascent of mount Krn in Slovenia (2244 metres). The ascent this time included quite a steep hike up the mountain side, but there was no actual climbing involved.



We started our day quite early at Planina Kuhinja, where morning cow milking was already in full swing. This is the place where the best of local Tolminc cheese is made. I will post more about that in one of the following posts.


The climb takes around 3 hours and during that time one has to overcome roughly 1250 metres of elevation in order to get to the top.
We left our car with the first morning light. As the sun rose over the top of surrounding mountains, weather looked quite promising. I succeeded in snapping a few nice photos in the morning light.



At first we followed a narrow road that took us through pastures with grazing cattle. Soon enough we switched to a path and almost at the same time the mountain side became a bit steeper. Terrain obviously got too steep for cows since they were replaced by sheep.



There were countless mountain flowers blooming by the path. Some of them would definitely fit perfectly into a herbal infusion mix.



As we were nearing the top of Krn, clouds started gathering and the view from the top was almost non existent. When we stopped for a refreshment at the mountain hut just below the top it got even worse. Considering the weather, we did not linger around for too long and started to descend back towards our starting point.



Half way down the weather cleared again and we could admire a group of parachute gliders enjoying in obviously good wind conditions. They were gaining altitude with ease.



Despite the not so perfect weather at the top, we were all glad we did the climb. When we got to the bottom again, we made a (not so short) stop at the cheese-makers for a taste of their cheese products and a shot of home-made schnapps. They were also happy to give us a tour of the place and an extensive explanation of the cheese-making procedures. More about that in our next post...


Clicking on any one of above photos will reveal them all in a much more flattering resolution.

4 comments:

Gnome de Plume 7 October 2013 at 16:22  

What an idilic scene (though I'm sure it was hard work getting all the way up there). Lovely photos.

Marko 7 October 2013 at 16:34  

@Gnome de Plume:
These parts of Slovenia really are idyllic - no wonder a part of a 'Cronicles of Narnia' movie was filmed not far away.

Mandy 15 October 2013 at 08:51  

I did not know the Chronicles of Narnia was filmed around there! I love those films!

I love this type of blog post where we can join in on the blogger's adventures. I'm not much of a climber but I would have definitely enjoyed this steep hike. Such beautiful scenery and that photo of the paragliders is gorgeous.

Marko 15 October 2013 at 11:11  

@Mandy:
Thanks Mandy!
The scenery in (and around) Soča river valley really is breathtaking. If you are a fan of Chronicles of Narnia movies you can probably remember a scene on the Baruna Bridge in Prince Caspian. That scene (among others) was filmed on the emerald river Soča.

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