05 October 2009

Kamnik Alps - Day 2

The summer hiking season is definitely almost over. Only about ten people slept at the Kamnik hut. And as always, getting up early and venturing out in the cold mountain air before sunrise was one of the highlights of the day. The light of dawn behind Planjava was mesmerizing, and Sandi and I spent those magical moments taking photos instead of hiking.

Turska gora and Rinke were glowing in the first sun rays.

Soon the peaks were bright red.

Ojstrica peeking from behind Planjava.

Views from the slopes of Brana back over the Logar valley.

The rock at the jagged col of Kotlici was a little damp but with a bit of caution we were soon across the slippery section.

The red patches and grass on Turska gora.

The so-called "bottomless barrel" is a hole through which you have to climb with a little help of steel cables.

At the summit of Turska gora the panoramic view of the western Kamnik Alps opened up. From left to right: Kalski greben, Grintovec and Skuta.

Our next goal was Mt. Skuta, looming over us as we approached.

Karst phenomenon.

After crossing the scree we started climbing again.

We saw a couple of climbers on the ridge connecting Skuta and Rinka.

After an hour of steep climbing we only had views to the east - two Rinkas in the photo - and the north; the rest was enveloped in fog.

Only when we started to descend down the other, much less demanding, side, did the clouds clear a bit.

The Dolgi hrbet ridge in front of us made our heart jump with joy. We were both looking forward to this part of the hike as it was one of the most precipitous and adventurous trails in the Kamnik Alps. The trail traverses the ridge right at the top so you often find yourself riding the narrow crest with precipices on both sides.

There are also two notches in the ridge with an overhang which requires a lot of strength in your arms and hands when you hold the steel cable and support your body weight.

The whole time we were traversing the Dolgi hrbet ridge, the clouds danced around us, revealing and hiding the valley below us. Right at the top we had a dramatic view of Grintovec.

The descent to the Mlinar Saddle involved some more climbing.

Climbing Grintovec wasn't really part of the original plan, but at the Mlinar Saddle we said, what the heck, let's climb that one too. And we did. I was happy at the top as you can see. ;)

An hour of basking in the sun at the summit and taking pictures in all directions was glorious and the light was becoming sweeter by the minute. But there was still a long way down to the Kokra Saddle.

Our knees and feet were quite beat by then and photo stops were a handy excuse to rest a bit. Not that the views in front of us didn't deserve our attention though. This is the bivouac below Kocna in backlight.

Skuta in dramatic light.

Kotlici looked so harmless from this direction.

We admired Kalska gora, which was planned for the following day.

Another peak to be conquered the next day - Kalski greben.

Oh, the trail to the hut dragged for so long ... but with the views like that, who would complain?

Kalska gora and Kalski greben.

We reached the hut just a few minutes after sundown. The housekeeper's dog was happy to see us and wanted us to play with her but first we had to take some more photos. :)

Again, there were only three other people spending the night at the hut, two of which were Italian.

More photos here and on Sandi's blog.
To be continued ...

Day 1 here.
Day 3 here.

8 comments:

Sandi said...

Madonca, nimam kaj dodati, saj fotke vse povedo'. Super objava :)

slovon11 said...

I just love the fourth and fifth photo.

Oh, what the heck, and all the others too :)

Ana said...

@Sandi: sem imela fajn pozerja. ;)

@Slovon: my goodness, are you mocking me, Mr. Slovon? :p This is a PG-rated site. :))))

zglavovnaravo said...

Mater vola!
Huda tura. Tako kot imaš ti ugledane kanjavčeve police, si jaz želim na greben Dolgega hrbta. Na sploh sem bolj grebenski tip, pa ni važno ali je lahek ali zračen, važno, da so pogledi objestranski.
Fotke? Tale peleng ubija, svetloba krasna, motivi izbrani. Ampak mene kot geologa me je najbolj navdušila tista "kraška". Čarobno ujet trenutek. Bravo!

Sašo said...

Daj povej, kako prenašate naokoli fotič? V ruzaku? Ker meni se počasi že živci kravžljajo, ko ne vem al naj slikam al nosim, ali ustavljam in fotkam, ali pa hodim. :)

Ana said...

@Aleš: Dolgi hrbet je krasno grebensko prečenje, razgibano in z odličnimi razgledi. Priporočam, v katerokoli smer. Za pohvale pa hvala. :) Kraških pojavov pa kolikor hočeš! Saj to itak veš. :)))

@Sašo: vsak opremo prenaša po svoje. Jaz imam fotoaparat z enim objektivom v mini toploaderju, v katerega stlačim še fisheye, tretji objektiv pa visi v torbici s pasu nahrbtnika. Taka razporeditev se mi je zaenkrat še najbolj obnesla, ker zame je oprema v rukzaku neuporabna. Za vsak posnetek jemati nahrbtnik z ramen zame ni opcija, pa tudi samo za menjavo objektiva ne. :) Ampak tako pač mislim jaz, drugi so mogoče našli zase boljši način.

Sašo said...

Aha, ker tudi jaz uporabljam toploader in sem vedno na očeh, ko opletam z njim po skalah :) Očitno nisem edini, kateremu se to zdi priročno. Hvala za info.
Sem misli, da obstaja še kaka bolj priročna oprema za prenašanje, pa da ne vem zanjo :)

Ana said...

Sašo, saj prav optimalne variante tudi jaz še nisem odkrila. Potrebujem eno majhno torbico, v katero bom stlačila fotoaparat in tri objektive, pa da bo čim manjša in čim manj štrleča. S steni res ni fajn, če opletaš s stvarmi naokoli, sploh če so (pre)velike. :)