Climbing Triglav in spring can be tricky

It was one of those situations when you seek spring, only to find harsh winter conditions in the mountains which resemble more to those expected in January and not in the mid-May. The weather this week has been mostly rain, bringing snow in the high mountains. Lots of it. Although snow conditions were anything but stable due to a very thick layer of new snow, our team had been planning an ascent of Triglav for this particular weekend for a long time and thus decided to give it a go regardless of the situation. Anyway, one could always turn around if conditions turned too bad, right?

Fully equipped with avalanche gear, we started our way in Krma, a standard winter trail to Triglav. If Kredarica was pretty easy to reach, a safe ascent of Triglav was a completely different story. We worked our way to the top of Mali Triglav, 2,725 m (8,940 ft) and stopped right there. Going further to the top on the ridge would be way too risky due to large snow drifts and cornices.

We took a few photos instead and returned slowly back to Kredarica to enjoy a well-deserved cup of tea and lunch. Triglav can wait and we are sure it won’t be long until it is again a fairly easy and safe climb to the top. So, until next time!

Ascending towards Kredarica and Triglav.
The first part of the trail was quite foggy. Photo by: Exploring Slovenia.

Going up to Kredarica.

At the Triglav Lodge at Kredarica, the highest mountain hut in Slovenia.
At the Triglav Lodge at Kredarica, the highest mountain hut in Slovenia. Photo by: Exploring Slovenia.
Morning brought brighter colors and more optimism for the ascent.
Morning brought brighter colors and more optimism for the ascent. Photo by: Exploring Slovenia.
Climbing Triglav in January-like conditions.
Climbing Triglav in January-like conditions. Photo by: Exploring Slovenia.
Almost at the top of Mali Triglav.
Almost at the top of Mali Triglav. Photo by: Exploring Slovenia.
Mali Triglav, 2,725 m (8,940 ft).
Mali Triglav, 2,725 m (8,940 ft). Photo by: Exploring Slovenia.
Even though we didn't make it to the top of Triglav, we felt like winners.
Even though we didn’t make it to the top of Triglav, 2,864 m (9,396 ft), we felt like winners. Photo by: Exploring Slovenia.
The Triglav Lodge at Kredarica.
All in all, the weather this weekend wasn’t all that bad and we even managed to enjoy some sun. Photo by: Exploring Slovenia.
Triglav from Kredarica.

Our very last glimpse of Slovenia’s highest mountain before going back home. Photo by: Exploring Slovenia.
Going back down from Triglav to Krma.
Until next time … Photo by: Exploring Slovenia.
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