THE KING’S AUDIENCE
It was a restless sleep, always changing positions and never being able to calm down. Around 3 AM, Annie and I went to the dry toilet pit and when we returned to our room I said: “I cannot sleep with this glorious rock standing right beside us“. The morning came quick. Back to the pit, brushing teeth, trying to eat something, preparing the climbing backpacks, putting on the safety/ferrata sets… We were ready for the final push.
Early morning view of Mali and Veliki Triglav
Feeling of waking up with such a view is absolutely amazing, you need to experience it
Layer of clouds over everything, we are in heaven then
I understand why people are a little bit scared and nervous when they go to Triglav for the first time. It is a long hike, that is for sure. Probably the longest you have experienced until this point in your hiking career – if you are afraid, of course. Because of the last hour and a half maximum is only via ferrata and the safety sets are recommended, people don’t relax until the end.
The Fellowship before the climb
The perspective - the rock is big, a man is small. Even more so, he is afraid of heights but he conquers his fears and continues
You will see a lot of memorial plaques, many people have died here because they fell down or even more who were thunderstruck. It is sad to see that young people, only children really, of age 15 and 16 died here because of the weather. The problem with Triglav is mostly a logistical one – if you want to make things easier for yourself and your companions, you should really book a room in Kredarica or Planika. The problem is that you need to book it almost half a year or even more in advance because they are full all the time. So, people plan in advance, totally unknowing of the weather conditions. „Oh, but we must go. We have planned it for so long!“ – this is probably the start of a tragic story. Maybe I was the most cautious in our group but I think it was more than justified. Yes, hiking should be enjoyment (when you ignore all the pain and suffering involved, of course) but the weather conditions should be perfect if you want to be sure and ready for Triglav.
At the beginning of the climb
It is all right with the Sajla Man!
Towards Mali Triglav still...
Being careful is always a smart thing to do but I dare to say it again: we had perfect weather conditions. Climbing through the desert under the watchful eye of a cloud and then climbing Mali and Veliki Triglav early on a clear morning, around 6 AM. We advanced pretty quickly, everyone just wanted to be done with it – to stand under the embrace of Triglav, saying: we did it! One rock after the other, turn after turn, wondering sometimes where is the end, narrow mountain backbone towards Veliki Triglav, sometimes dangerous passing by others who descend, a strong urge to take a piss… ah, yes, I found an ideal rock near Veliki Triglav, put my weener between the stones and let it rip. No one was present and it was the number one with the best view in my whole life!
It is always a good time to release your inner child and fool around
Just a little bit to the top...
Through the narrow path - that little thingy far back in the picture, on the peak, that is Aljažev stolp - our goal is near
Mali Triglav in the back, views are... undescribable, I tell you
The moment has come. Fellowship was standing united, we were on Triglav. We shook hands, some smiles and hugs were exchanged. I must say, I am very proud to be a part of such a crew, my crew. There were many obstacles in the way, there were many fears and as a person who has some experience with the mountaineering and feelings that mountains can arouse in people, especially those new to the experiences, I can say that we did a pretty good job. Maybe it is obsolete to say it, but it is important to finish what you have started. I am glad we climbed Triglav, it gives us a new perspective and new possibilities are presenting themselves. Fear is gone. Now my fellowship knows they can do it. It was empowering to say the least.
First the obligatory picture at Aljažev stolp, of course
King Triglav - top of Slovenia
Everyone is taking pictures, everyone is happy and smiling. It is truly a happy place, this Triglav
The crew at the top. Hint - don't move your head too fast when somebody is taking a panorama photo :D
The perspective - way from Kredarica to Veliki Triglav
The sea of clouds and the grandpa who had three beer too much but it is his 14th time on top of Triglav so we understand the hype
Anywhere you turn, it is amazing