Ascent of Màngart on 2012-09-11

Climber: Martin Richardson

Date:Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:2677 m / 8783 ft

Ascent Trip Report

The key to Mangrt is the pre-war Italian built military road that rises all the way up to Mangartskelem sedlu or saddle at 2072m - the highest road in Slovenia and higher than the Norwegian highest road that I drove up all those weeks ago. The downside is the 5 Euro toll, the upside is the absence of a long walk-in to where the action is.
Mangrt has two main via ferrata routes to the summit - the Ferrata Slovenia trail which is on the Italian side of the mountain, and the Ferrata Italiana trail which is on the Slovenian side. Most people go up the harder Ferrata Slovenia trail and down the easier Ferrata Italiana one (which actually is the harder one if you start lower down from the Nogara bivouac). In the event, I missed the turn for the Ferrata Slovenia and did them in reverse - and enjoyed the whole thing immensely.
Coming down the Slovenian trail was a treat and it was the first time that I felt the need to use the lanyards and carabiners on my via ferrata kit, in earnest, on a couple of vertical sections. When paying the road toll I was given a leaflet which says that the Slovenian trail 'is not appropriate for the giddy' - that should have ruled me out then.

For pictures and context, see my blog 'Went up a hill and came down' at:
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GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Martin Richardson
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