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Ascent of Daravica on 2014-06-17

Climber: Mark McAllister

Others in Party:Bob Bazley
Date:Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Daravica
    Location:Kosovo
    Elevation:2657 m / 8720 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Peak 2 – From Montenegro we headed for Junik where we found Hotel Juniku. I had read that the hotel was able to arrange for a 4x4 to take us to the trail head - the village Erenic. We sat with the ‘boss’ in the hotel reception and drank coffee while negotiating a price (100 Euros). This seemed very reasonable considering it saved us many hours of hiking up, what is certainly, the worst road I have ever been on.

The next morning we started the 1.5 hour drive to the trail head in a thunderstorm. 45 minutes later, the jeep started to overheat so we had to cool it down in a river. Shortly after that, lightning struck a tree a few feet away from our jeep, lighting the place up and leaving us with a real sense of trepidation (we shouldn’t be climbing in this weather). A few km’s further up the track we came across a huge bear. As it ran off, the driver, for some reason, gave chase! until the bear lost us in the woods. This highpoint was starting to become a real adventure. There was still thunder and lightning when we finally arrived Erenic (1700m). We waited an hour until the storm started to weaken and set off in the rain for Deravica.

The trail was well marked with red and white markings and the weather started to clear so we found the route quite easily. We climbed up through flooded areas and waterfalls until we reached a frozen lake and on to the ridge. From here it was a gentler gradient to the summit. We were very lucky and summated during a break in the weather so could enjoy some great views. After a total of 5 hours we met up with our driver again to set of back down the road from hell! Next stop – Bosnia!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:958 m / 3143 ft
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Thunderstorm, Cool, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:958 m / 3143 ft
    Trailhead:1699 m / 5577 ft
Descent Statistics



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