Ascent of Triglav on 2019-08-07

Climber: Rob Woodall

Date:Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:9396 ft / 2863 m

Ascent Trip Report

4h50 up via Prag weg (including 30mins off route detour!), 3h25 down via Tominskov pot. Prag weg crosses to L (E) of river bed at 46.39232° N, 13.83486° E - I somehow overshot. Thereafter well paint marked. Tominskov route probably better in ascent, protection seems to be placed with ascent in mind. Weather dry, but summit in cloud and windy, needed to hang on to those cables! Small trig block at what appears to be the natural highpoint. Approach to Kredarica hut a stark wilderness of karst limestone, need to concentrate on the paint marks. Busy peak as usual. Scenery in valley and along ascent routes superb.

Planned to climb this peak yesterday but weather forecast suggested Jof di Montasio instead. Thus Triglav became my 300th ultra! Slept at Vrata trailhead (in car, no camping I've read). Away at 0515 first light, considered Tominskov but decided to descend that way. Then with no-one ahead I missed the Prag weg turn and headed straight up, good path eventually fading and with no paint marks I was presumably en route to some rock climbs. Enjoyed view from headwall back down Vrata valley with early mist lingering, and huge limestone walls all around. Then descended to large boulder with memorial plaques, off route and perhaps a memorial to those who like me can't follow a marked path!

Easily found the Prag weg, partly due to the chattering coming from the rock slope. Above, a rocky reentrant could be seen where a feasible route might indeed be made. Route copiously paint marked and pegged, should be renamed the Peg weg! Passed a party of 3 who were ironically a little off the marked route, then a large student group. Only proper ferrata section is a 15m wall with pegs and cut steps, cabled both sides. Higher up route a little obscure in places but well marked. Above the Tominskov junction, route to Kredarica hut a stark wilderness of karst limestone, needed to concentrate on the paint marks.

Passing hut I started up Triglav just as a party of 30 got down. Followed 2 young lads up at quite a pace, rapidly passing the few folk using ferrata kits. Mali Triglav just a narrow ridge, not much prominence, glad of the cables in quite windy conditions, and in cloud. Summit has a metal structure, trig block just to south seems to be at natural highpoint.

Swiftly down following 3 Slovenians not much younger than me. Then back across the karst, seeing plenty folk heading for hut, and down the Tominskov route (fork R at 46.39029° N, 13.85105° E), quite a few folk heading up in afternoon heat. Generally well protected, although getting down to the top protection in some cases needs considerable care due to loose stones. Seems designed more as an ascent route. Then down thru welcome shade of trees. Fine little expedition despite lack of summit views and the faux pas at the start!

Tomorrow Polinik - leisurely drive back into Austria after 2 excellent Slovenian peaks and the Montasio side trip
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6100 ft / 1859 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Aid Climb
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:6100 ft / 1859 m
    Distance:9.9 mi / 15.9 km
    Start Trailhead:3296 ft / 1004 m
Descent Statistics
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