MOUNTAINEERING CEREMONY WITHIN THE SCOPE OF MUNICIPAL CELEBRATION
Date and time: 23 August 2019, at 6 pm
Location: Monument dedicated to the four brave men,, Ribčev Laz
PRESENTATION OF THE BOOK BY JOŽE MIHELIČ
Location: Bohinjska Bistrica
TEMPORARY EXHIBITION ABOUT OROŽNOVA KOČA MOUNTAIN HUT
October – December
Locations: Stara Fužina and Bohinjska Bistrica
DISCUSSION ABOUT THE FIRST MOUNTAIN HUTS, THEIR IMPORTANCE AND DEVELOPMENT
Location: Stara Fužina
How many times were the people of Bohinj among the first ones?
By Marko Viduka
Did the people of Bohinj build the first Slovenian alpine hut – or even the first two? Perhaps many written sources and official documents really have done the people of Bohinj an injustice in that the Triglavski prijatelji (i.e. “Friends of Triglav”) Association was not recognised as an alpine association and that the first official shelter beneath Mount Triglav was also not recognised as theirs.
This was the result of the political climate and also caused by harsh winters tumbling the foundations of Bohinj mountaineering tourism. Probably, real justice for Bohinj came when the Orožnova koča mountain hut was open in 1894.
We can say that it was the people of Bohinj who once again were the first to help build Slovenian huts in our high mountain area. The Triglavski prijatelji Association (Friends of Triglav) recognised the need to establish an umbrella association that would unify all Slovenian mountaineers and built the first Slovenian shelter beneath the Triglav mountain – Triglavski tempelj (i.e. The Triglav Temple).
Priest Ivan Žan and guide Jože Škantar from Srednja vas set the foundations of Slovenian organised mountaineering and once again were the first ones among all Slovenians. In the circumstances, the association did not come to life and was not officially confirmed, but we should not diminish the significance of the association and the Triglavski tempelj shelter due to those circumstances.
Can we say that we were most often the first to conquer the high Slovenian mountains and to set the foundations of the Slovenian mountaineering culture? Perhaps we can. This tradition is almost 150 years old! We were the first who officially climbed Triglav. 240 years ago. And we can only imagine how many other things were done in the Triglav mountain range for the first time by the people of Bohinj!
Every mountain buff can say that autumn is the most beautiful time to visit the mountains. In autumn, the mountains attract us due to their peacefulness and autumnal colours of the nature that create a completely different image. If you are invited in summer by the warm weather and colourful alpine flowers, the shades of forests and the retreat to the peaceful environment of less visited trails are the things that invite us in autumn.
Stable weather provides for a pleasant hike, since there are fewer storms and dangers. The clearer atmosphere that offers more beautiful views of the mountain peaks is absolutely stunning. Janez Rozman, the president of the Bohinj Mountain Rescue Service, agrees and also adds that there are fewer accidents in the mountains in autumn. The number of interventions decreases, mostly due to the lower number of visitors to the mountains. Most interventions are connected with injuries, a lack of knowledge about the terrain, and due to the shorter days when hikers are surprised by nightfall.
Problems occur due to closed alpine huts, because hikers often think that they will be able to spend the night there. There are also call-outs due to mushroom pickers who get lost in the forest. Although statistical data say that there are fewer accidents in autumn, this season is the one that demands more attention to prepare for any hiking or mountaineering venture.
DAYS ARE SHORTER
We must select shorter tours in autumn, because the days are shorter and our tours have to be planned so that we are not surprised by nightfall in the mountains and on unknown trails. Our mandatory equipment includes a torch, and if we opt for longer tours, we should start them earlier in the morning.
WINTER COMES EARLIER IN THE MOUNTAINS THAN IN THE VALLEY
When planning your hiking tour, you must always follow the weather forecast. This can be the decisive factor for whether we can go on a hiking tour or it’s better to stay at home. It is not unusual to encounter snow, especially in the shady corners in late autumn, and on the rocks, we can be surprised by a quite troubling icy cover. The morning frost and fog can often cause us to make an inappropriate step and slip on a root or smooth rock. If the ground is covered with fallen leaves, we must be extra cautious.
Warm clothes are also an important part of our equipment. Autumn mornings are cold, especially in the shady areas and at night. You must not forget to take spare clothes, cardigans, wind jackets, gloves, hats, scarves and glasses.
ALPINE HUTS CLOSE THEIR DOORS
Before going on a tour, check the opening hours of alpine huts on your way. Most huts close their doors in autumn, especially during the week. This means that we have to pack our backpack wisely, including a lunch and enough drinks. It can also happen that we can only rely on the lunch that we bring with us on the way.
THERE ARE FEWER PEOPLE IN THE MOUNTAINS IN AUTUMN
This is probably one of the reasons that autumn is the most popular season among hikers. You will not constantly meet large groups of people and you will be able to enjoy the mountain peace and air. Therefore, some trails can be completely unvisited, meaning that it is good not to hike alone and to have all the equipment that will help us from not getting lost. A map, compass and telephone with a full battery.
Plan a tour adapted to your abilities.
Check the weather forecast.
Be careful, because the high mountains snow can cause you to slip and fall.
Consider that the day is shorter and take appropriate equipment.
Consult experienced guides if you are planning a more demanding tour.
You can also hike with guides.
Check the opening hours of alpine huts – PZS (Slovenian Mountaineering Association) website.
If you encounter problems, do not hesitate and call 112 (emergency).
THE BOHINJ MOUNTAIN RESCUE SERVICE ALSO GIVES A TIP FOR AN AUTUMN HIKE:
Every October, the Bohinj Mountain Rescue Service organises a memorial hike. The tours are planned in the area of ironworks pastures and their peaks. Every year we choose a tour where we discover lesser-known areas of ironworks pastures. Autumn time can be magical in this part of Gorenjska and in nice weather.
You are kindly invited to join us every second Sunday in October. Hikers meet at 7:00 at the Blato pasture. The guides choose the final destination of the tour.