After talking with Boris, who spent his childhood living in Zgornja Kostrivnica, right under Boč, I will say a few things about it from a natives perspective. Boč is very popular among professional and amateur hikers. People like to go up there with horses too. Local people celebrate their birthdays and different holidays at mountain huts and cottages on Boč. On our way up we saw some proof of partying, like old balloons and birthday decorations. Slovenians also love to come and watch sunsets and sunrises from Boč. The tower on the top offers a magnificent view of the sunset or sunrise, whichever you choose.
For some more and for some less sweaty ascend
Since Boč is one of the last peaks of Karavankas, one of the longest mountain ranges in Europe, it is in his nature to give us some challenging moments. On our way to the top, we were surprised by some beautiful views of the Karavankas. It was just a preview of what was waiting for us at the top. More than enough to keep us going.
Back there, we left the warmth for this coldness of the mountain. Where is the dragon's breath?!?
45 minutes later, we made it to the top. What a relief! Our noses were runny and wind was making it very hard to stay on the top. One big decision was left to make – to climb on the lookout tower or not? Our curiosity and adventurous spirit wanted to do it but our bodies and minds were a bit skeptical. Ana and I decided to leave that decision to Borna, who was quiet for a few seconds and then said “Fuck it, let’s go!”
Now we knew that it was worth it
I don't know how you made it Vida, but this is a perfect picture of a lookout tower
On the top, the view was even more stunning and it left us speechless for a moment. Or was it because we were so cold that we couldn’t move our lips properly? We decided to do a circular route, so we went back to the lodge passing the second peak with the recognizable TV transmitter tower and military base.
Most of our way down, we were quiet. Occasionally you would hear some cursing and complaining. We had to focus on not falling and getting down in one piece. I will use this time when we are carefully descending and not talking to tell you a story about a sleeping dragon called Lintvar. Once upon a time, Lintvar fell asleep under Boč and Donačka gora. His head is laying under Donačka gora and his tail is under Boč. The legend says that the time will come when the dragon will wag its tail and Boč will be cut in half. All the water that’s inside Boč will pour out and flood the surroundings. When people are disrespectful to nature, the fairy who lives on Donačka gora bites the dragons ear and he brings a thunderstorm to the people. You really don’t want to be on the mountain when the thunderstorm comes, so please, take care of nature wherever you go. On the bright side, when people are treating nature with love and respect the fairy turns dragon’s fire into mineral water that springs up in Rogaška Slatina.
Wait a minute... I am not a dragon, right?
Look, we made it to the lodge in one piece and without angering the dragon! I think we deserve a warm lunch and a cold beer for some and mulled wine for others.