When the weather stabilized last week after a rainy and cloudy spell, the decision was made: time for some more mountaineering! My friend Sandi and I had a look at the map and made a plan to traverse the whole range of the Kamnik Alps in three days, conquering most of the peaks along the way.
Day 1 began with a traffic jam in Menges, but we soon managed to reach our starting point: Planina Ravne in the eastern part of the Kamnik Alps. The first two hours were a pleasant and not too demanding ascent to the plateau of Korošica during which we could already admire our first goal, Mt. Ojstrica.
We passed the old Kocbek hut and an adjacent chapel.
When the Korošica plateau opened up in front of us, we turned right and started climbing the slopes of Ojstrica.
By 11 a.m. the weather started to act up a little and the peaks got enveloped in clouds. No problem, clouds are good for drama. :) Standing on the Ojstrica summit, we could see the trail leading up Mt. Planjava, which was our second (or third, if you count Mt. Mala Ojstrica) peak of the day.
The Kamnik Saddle and fog.
There was a lot of photographing and posing going on the whole day. Two photographers on a hike surrounded by beautiful nature - what else would you expect? ;)
The trail between Ojstrica and Planjava went down and up and down and up and down and up ... forever.
Finally, the main Planjava peak. We had been fooled by other, smaller peaks a few times.
The views from the top were ... interesting. They changed all the time as the clouds rolled in and out of the valleys below.
For a few second we could see Korošica and Ojstrica and all the peaks that we'd climbed on the way to Planjava.
We had the place to ourselves. Gorgeous. On the whole it was surprising that there weren't more people around. We only saw four hikers the whole day.
The last stretch of the hike was the descent to the Kamnik Saddle. We caught the last sun rays before plunging into the fog.
For a minute the fog cleared when we were below the mighty Planjava rock face.
At the Kamnik Saddle our legs, and especially feet, were grateful for a strenuous day of climbing to be over.
More photos here. Or see Sandi's post.
To be continued ...
Day 2 here.
Day 3 here.