Ascent of Grintovec on 2010-08-26

Climber: Lee Newton

Date:Thursday, August 26, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:2557 m / 8392 ft

Ascent Trip Report

I left our rented cottage in Bled just after 5am and headed south on the main motorway. It was easy to find the village of Preddvor but not so easy to find the trailhead. As you drive east pay attention to the river, which is on your right hand side for the first several km. Count the bridges and imediately before the 4th one, turn right onto an unmade road. Follow this uphill and soon come to a metalled section before a further rougher section leads upto the farm of Suhadolnik. About 100m before the farm there is a junction of roads with room on the verges of the right fork for about 20 cars. Park here at about 900m altitude. I set off at 6.15am with only one other car present.

From there take the left road, then fork right before reaching the farm road. The path is well signposted for the hut of Cojzova Koca. After some time in the forest there is a choice of routes up the steep valley headwall. I took the left hand variant in ascent which was assisted by a few bits of metalware and some wooden ladders. The right hand variant which I took on descent is defintely to be avoided in wet weather since it asecnds a stream bed for part of the way but otherwise reaches more or less the same level as the left hand variant before contouring round the steep cliffs to join it. Above the cliffs the path winds vaguely northwards through some dense scrubby forest before the other major junction (stay right for the Cojzova hut. A further ascent through more scrub, dwarf pines with some rocky patches leads to the hut perched spectacularly on a narrow col. I reached the hut at about 8.35am. The temperature was pleasantly cool and I had been in the shade until this point. The path goes up steeply from the hut for a short distance before traversing levelly around to the base of the regular summit slopes of Grintovec. From there it is simply plodding up endless rubble to the summit, which I reached at 10.15, exactly 4 hours after setting off. The views were absolutely magnificent, with a sea of cloud all around. Triglav was clear to the west, Obir very close to the north, and the rest of the chainlead off east. TO the north-west the giants of the Hohe Tauern gleamed with snowy tops. Near the bottom of the final slopes I caught and passed the occupant of the other car, the first person I had seen all day. As I sat on the summit several other parties arrived, but nothing like the crowds on Triglav a couple of days earlier.

The descent was easy by the same route. I set off at 10.45 and arrived at my car at exactly 1pm. Another afternoon swim in Lake Bled was just the ticket for sorting out the legs and the beer tasted even better than last time..
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1660 m / 5449 ft
    Distance:12 km / 7.5 mi
    Route:Via Cojzova Koca
    Trailhead:Suhadolnik  897 m / 2943 ft
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Valley fog, temperature inversion
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:4 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 20 Minutes

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