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Thursday, February 28, 2019


Slovenia: Backcountry Skiing - Begunjščica

Gašper, Rok, Tadej and me decided to have a perfect day, so we started in the morning with our hike to Begunjščica. Tadej quit quite soon, as he slipped on icy surface, so only three musketeers remained. On our way to the top the remaining group changed the ascend plans a couple of times and in the end we chose the Y ravine to the summit. Guys were without skis, so I was a little slow on my way up, but it was much easier and especially I had more fun on the way down. Good morning!

Start in the dark, a little past 5 a.m.

We had to use ice axes and crampons

We woke up the sun too

On the slopes above Dom na Zelenici mountain hut

Y ravine

Sunrise on Begunjščica

View to Košutica and Veliki vrh

Alpine choughs aren't shy

Plenty of snow for skiing

My gear and me

First group photo

Tuši, Gašper and Rok

Another beautiful morning

Tuesday, February 26, 2019


Slovenia: Year 1979

40 years ago, the year 1979 started. The best people were born in that year. Happy birthday Aleš!

Happy Birthday

Sunday, February 24, 2019


Slovenia: Mountain biking in Vipava Valley

Chill morning with wind and sun just called for another mountain bike trip. Since Nada went climbing with Katja, I was able to choose my own tracks, hard, stupid or somewhere in between. Vipava valley offered plenty of tracks and I chose mostly the the left bank of Vipava river with a finishing ascent to Razdrto.

The "LivingFountains" Project, being implemented within the 2007-2013 Slovenia-Italy Cross-Border Cooperation Programme, envisages the restoration and arrangement of 34 water wells and ponds as monuments of cultural heritage. On the photo one of the wells in Preserje.

Another well was located nearby

Crossing Vipava river below Brje settlement

Mission: Stay dry

Towards Dobravlje with the local church, dedicated to Saint Peter and South part of Trnovo Forest Plateau

The name of the settlement was changed from Sveti Križ (literally, "holy cross") to Vipavski Križ (literally, 'Vipava cross') in 1955.

The houses in Vipavski Križ are clustered inside a defence wall around a castle from the late 15th century. It was built to protect the residents against Ottoman raids.

Honice, cave and spring of the creek

Matija Vertovec, priest, author and educator of Vipava Valley winegrowers, walked along this valley and hills. Read more about him - click

Towards Zemono manor, a 17th-century manor house.

Zemono Manor House is perched on a wine-growing hill in the village Zemono near Vipava

The history of the manor remains shrouded in mystery. Presumably it was built to function as a wine cellar and entertainment venue by the Counts of Lanthieri circa 1683. In terms of its shape and functionality, the building takes a special place in the context of Slovenian architectural heritage, representing a unique case of a Late Renaissance manor house.

The Lanthieri Mansion in the center of Vipava and one of the sources of the river with the same name

The only delta-shaped riverhead in EuropeVipava River pops up in several karst sources right under the steep slope of the Nanos Plateau where people had settled back in prehistoric times due to the abundance of clean water. The delta-shaped riverhead, which is unique in this part of Europe, is a striking feature of the town.

Water is one of the biggest assets of the Vipava Valley. The Vipava River which gave the valley its name, is fed by a number of creeks that spring forth at the foot of high karst plateaus and hills. 

Sprawled with bridges, the small town of Vipava is criss-crossed with karst springs and riverbeds. This is the reason why Vipava got the byname the Venice of Slovenia.

In the last section I also wasn't alone

Dinner in Postojna

GeoCaches found (all received a visit by trackable item "Sanban s1", TB42DJW):
- LivingFountains 6, Multi, GC4TJQH, where I placed trackable item"Kurt the soccercop", TB7GZ1A
- Vipavski Kriz, GC2WRVQ
- Skrivnosti čarovnije: Zemlja, GC76PG5
- Zemono, GC2VQGA
- Vipava, GC7PRDT
- Izviri Vipave / Vipava Springs, EarthCache, GC39MVB

Saturday, February 23, 2019


Slovenia: STKP: Part 5

STKP stands for Slovenian Mountain Bike Route and with Nada we decided to cycle the part around Vipava Valley. The whole route consists of 111 checkpoints and is around 1800 kilometres long with 50000 ascend meters.

In the morning we drove to Vipava valley and parked our car in Vitovlje. Bora wind was quite strong these days, so it was also much colder than we expected, but as always, we didn't give up and we started cycling. Side roads were very nice and soon we were on the STKP trail, somewhere at the beginning of stage 13. Soon we reached Ajdovščina and checkpoint 36. We crossed the Vipava river and started riding on Karst Plateau, where checkpoint 37 waited for us in Štanjel. We had a short hydration stop here and then we continued along the ridge to the main road to Branik, where we left the STKP. On our way back we visited Rihemberk Castle and artificial lake Vogršček. From there we had just a few 100 meters back to Vitovlje, where we settled in a room in a tourist farm Malovščevo. We finished the day in the basement of the farm, where they organized an event called Osmica, a special tourist offer and the ancient tradition that dates back to Charlemagne times. Today, the "osmica" includes the sale of non-bottled wines with geographical origin and home-grown crops, mainly dried meat products. Osmica is set up by a winegrower at his own home, in the wine cellar or so called "borjač" (yard). Osmica places are recognized by wooden signposts and ivy sprigs on the doors, that stay fresh for eight days.

Previous stages of STKP: Stage 1Stage 2Stage 3, Stage 4.

Črniče - First World War Military Cemetery

Črniče is the burial place of 466 Austro-Hungarian soldiers of various nationalities, the majority of whom were soldiers of the 96th Karlovac infantry regiments. They died of wounds received on the Soča front, or of diseases in the nearby military hospital.

Ninja gear against bora wind

Waterfall on Malenšček creek

The parish church in Kamnje is dedicated to Saint Michael

When road ends

Towards Stomaž
Local residents were happy to see us

At the edge of the Trnovo Forest Plateau

Stomaž was attested in written sources in 1523 as Sannd Thomas. The Slovene name Stomaž is derived from *šent Tomaž "Saint Thomas", referring to the patron saint of the local church.

Happy Tuši

and Nada.

Lokavec was first attested in written sources in 1086 as Locunz and Locarizz. Local church is dedicated to Saint Lawrence.

Hubelj is a river (according to some sources it is a stream), during rainy times mountain torrent. It originates from three karstic springs (waterfalls) at the foot of the hill Navrše, where the water comes out from a numerous more or less accessible caves of Karst underground. The spring is especially picturesque at high water, which in mighty waterfalls falls from higher elevation springs. From higher holes it vomits the water in the huge amount of up to 65 cubic meters per second.

At this point we joined the SKTP trail, direction Ajdovščina.

Minor technical difficulties - thorn made a puncture.

In 1646, the Lichtenthurn family built the church on a smaller hill on the foundations of an older building, approximately halfway between Dolenje and Planina. The church is dedicated to Saint Margaret.

Inter-village connection

Ascended from Vipava valley to Karst plateau, to village Planina.

Below Štanjel
Smelling the wine

The castle of Štanjel was built in the Middle Ages, its final reconstruction which remains up to this day was made at the end of the 17th century by the Counts of Cobenzl.

Štanjel is one of the oldest settlements in the Karst Region, known for its old village centre. It was named after the patron saint of the church, Saint Daniel.

Riding on the North edge of Karst Plateau

The region gave its name to the karst topography. For this reason, it is also referred to as the Classical Karst.

Nada in action

At this point we left the STKP

Branik Castle, also known as Rihemberk Castle, is a 13th-century castle above the village of Branik.

Rihemberk Castle is an extensive medieval fortification with an exterior defensive wall and towers, residential sections, cisterns and a prominent central Romanesque keep.

Returning back

Artificial lake Vogršček
Geopuncture circle

Selfie time

Water fountain in Šempas

Dinner time at tourist farm Malovščevo

Local specialties to regain strength


STKP: From Vitovlje to checkpoints 36 and 37 and back to starting point - Garmin Connect

STKP logo - visit http://pzs.si/ktk/wpstkp/en/ for details

GeoCaches found:
- Skrivnosti čarovnije: Ogenj, GC76PF3, that received a visit by trackable items "gran san bernardo", TB84C9J and "Key chain #2 Happy Face", TB6R4PD, where I dropped of trackable items "2008 Groundspeak Volunteer Geocoin - sponsored by GC-KNECHT", TB20DYH, "FarmtagZ klompendans", TB6BAG2 and "Bryan 2014 Tag", TB6PQA1 and retrieved trackable items "Sanban s1", TB42DJW and "Kurt the soccercop", TB7GZ1A
- Skrivnosti čarovnije: Voda, GC76PFJ, that received a visit by trackable items "Kurt the soccercop", TB7GZ1A, "Sanban s1", TB42DJW and "Key chain #2 Happy Face", TB6R4PD and I dropped off trackable item "gran san bernardo", TB84C9J
- The castle of Rihemberk, GCQ3J9, that received a visit by trackable items  "Kurt the soccercop", TB7GZ1A and "Sanban s1", TB42DJW and I dropped off trackable item "Key chain #2 Happy Face", TB6R4PD