August - September 2017
  • Day15

    Credits and it's a wrap!

    September 8, 2017 in Austria ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Total distance hiked: 187 km
    Total elevation gained/lost: 9330/8970 m
    Total days hiked: 9

    Hiking wise, it was meant to be a bit of a test.... and some things already worked really well. For example, I'm very happy with the new stove and sleeping bag. Other things could be better like the overall weight of the pack and the selection of food to carry. Of course with all the beautiful mountain huts around I did not have to rely on the food I carried. It would have been pretty boring... Physically, it's been strenuous but really ok. My "recovery" even included a 45min run yesterday.... hahaha.

    Last but not least a big Thank you! to Margit and Lacky, not only for hosting me but also for putting up with my endless ramblings about tents, bags and musli bars. (not to mention the live water cooking demonstration yesterday... how very exciting!!!)

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  • Day13

    A walk in the woods

    September 6, 2017 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    It ended the same way it began... with a walk in the woods. The last 8.5km of my trail today led from up in the clouds at Črna Prst all the way down to Petrovo Brdo and went along beautiful forest paths/roads.

    Navigation was easy and so I had time to take it all in once more... the sounds and smells of the forest, the fresh air .... and of course also the burning in my legs from walking for 9 hours. It was a fantastic journey.
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  • Day13

    Hiking on top of the clouds

    September 6, 2017 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    And just in case there was any doubt about how cool this place is... let's bring in some clouds. Wow... that was pretty spectacular! There were some moments that got the heart pumping and this again definitely wasn't the time to be afraid of heights. But the views... really, really cool.

    Actually walking IN the clouds rather than ON TOP of the clouds.. not so interesting... but that is another story.
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  • Day12

    Down, down, down

    September 5, 2017 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Another glorious day of hiking... mostly downhill as hinted on already. Two small oddities here....

    1.) A mushroom picture - no hike is truly complete without one

    2.) For those curious about my American hiking buddies... you can see them in the blue-sky picture. They are smack bang in the center of the frame, silhouetted against the sky. Might need to zoom in just a tiny wee bitRead more

  • Day12

    Krn again - and now you can even see it

    September 5, 2017 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    After a very foggy evening, the early risers got rewarded with a beautiful sunrise. Enough said.

    Enjoy the pictures.

  • Day11


    September 4, 2017 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    2244 meters. It's what's gonna be the highest point of this hike for me. Arriving here unfortunately wasn't that much of a highlight but rather more of a fog light (sorry, terrible joke that). I didn't even add a picture it was so grey at the summit.

    The way to the mountain on the other hand, much more interesting! It was like Ansel Adams with some history mixed in.

    And tonight I would spend the evening at 2182 meters with a colourful group of people ... some Americans (who incidentally have done the John Muir trail in Northern California before), some Slovenes (who are here to look for artifacts from the 1st World War battles that raged in this area) and a group of Latvian girls with gigantic bachpacks who just arrived just now. Last but and least two czech guys and of course jolly "old" me!

    What a mix... all stuck together in a hut on top of a mountain without electricity or running water but instead with two hosts full of conspiracy theories.
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  • Day10

    Valley of the Triglav lakes

    September 3, 2017 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    As seems to be so often the case, after lunch was once again different than before lunch. Firstly, I had only about 2h to go to reach my destination for the day and secondly it was mainly downhill. Yeah! (not steep downhill, mind ya, we hate that)

    Also, nature decided to put on a little show for me. It started with a brief snow shower which turned into dramatic clouds over glittering lakes and for the last act a couple of locals made a special appearance, namely ibex, marmots and even an alpine salamander all in black.

    That little guy was moving so so slowly, it must either have been very cold or maybe it was convinced it would blend in (like the little chameleon in Dr. Dolittle)... hhmm, not as much as you think my friend, not as much, hahaha!
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  • Day10

    Back on track/trail

    September 3, 2017 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    I'm hiking again! Yes! And what better way to start than with a 3.5h slog from 600 meters all the way up to 2067 meters.... up up up!

    There were some great views again though. In the last but one pic (rocky path on the right) you can actually see part of the valley where I started the day (in the distance illuminated by the sun).

    It was a lot chillier up there as well. First time wearing a jacket and full-length trousers.
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  • Day9


    September 2, 2017 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    "Re-supply? What shopping does he need eating at mountain huts every day???" - I can almost feel your raised eyebrows through the internet! Yes, I admit, my re-supply is basically bying more gummy bears. That and sleep. It's been great getting up each day to hike but omg did I enjoy lying in bed for a day! Now I'm ready for the second part of the trip tomorrow.

    So, no pictures? Well, what would go better with a rest day than food pics! Here are some examples of what my diet has been like the last week:

    Stews, stews, stews.... they seem to be the go to food at the cabins. Big portions of hearty, rustic, delicious one-pot wonders served with slices of bread. Ingredients vary and some huts seem to have local specialties. Of course there is goulash as well but to be honest, I'm not a big fan of the slovenian version. It's not spicy and seems to be more of a case of pieces of beef in a mix of gravy and mashed potatoes. However, some of the other stewy creations were fantastic, like Pasulj, Jota or Ričet.

    Add ramen or rice for when I cooked on my stove and of course loads of veggies and some treats today in the city. I almost get hungry again just writing about it... hhmm, maybe a gummy bear... just one...
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  • Day8

    Sitting, waiting, wishing

    September 1, 2017 in Slovenia ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    Not much happening today. I got up, packed everything and ventured to find a bus out of Solčava. It was 8.30am. Turns out the next bus is at 1pm.

    So, nothing to do but to wait at the café across the road, have breakfast, drink coffees (4), try the local liquor (1, blueberry), chat with the waitress (1), watch the locals (many) drop by and the rain roll in.

    Very relaxing... Cheers!
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