The Julian Alps of Slovenia: Mountain Walks and Short Treks (Cicerone Guides) Vinyl Bound – March 30, 2010
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About the Author
Roy Clark and Justi Carey started visiting the British mountains in their teens, a discovery which shaped their whole lives. In 2002 they moved to Slovenia in search of new challenges, and are currently living in the heart of the Julian Alps, where they are happily exploring this new area and culture.
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Most walks are in or around the only national park in Slovenia; the Triglav National Park. The best walks are what Justi Carey indicates, we loved Mt Sleme (short excellent value walk for the views), Mt Sija with ridge traverse to Mt Vogel (cable car assisted saved time but we found the ski field tracks confusing) and Debela pec (long walk but we loved the excellent views of Mt Triglav and valleys surrounding it plus grass meadow at top, but park as close as can on bike track/gravel road to shorten the walk).
We met a number of visitors in Slovenia using this book as a hard copy although we had a Kindle reader copy on our tablet.
We are bush walkers from Tasmania, Australia and we just loved Slovenia!
The book covers 5 different regions of the Julian Alps and has well described treks with at various difficulty levels (from easy walks to demanding treks, from short 3 hour treks to 2 day treks) in each of the region (Kranjska Gora, Bohinj, Bovec, Bled, Kobarid). Treks are easy to follow and to understand. We have used it as a refference to decide where we want to go and were not following all the tracks exactly as they were written down, but the information in a book was detailed enough for orientation. Of course it can allways be better, our first impression was that this books is "4 stars", but after buying the similar book from Cicerone for High Tatras - we decided that the book by Justin Carey on Julian Alps is much more easy to use as reference material, without making huge research and planning on your own.
To improve in next version of the book:
Not every description of the track includes a map and all the maps are just for reference, not for real use. When the map for a trek is not available the book suggests "look at the map in Route no. 1", which is ok if you have hard copy of the book and is a nuisance in Kindle version. When author mentions local names or huts, he could provide internet links to those places for further digging, or include address/gps coordinates.
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The book appears to have been written by two very keen and experienced mountaineers (one can surmise this by their beaming expressions, in the photo of the two of them against a rock face at the start of the book!) I would, on occasion, agree with one of the earlier reviewers who suggested that their assessment of the level of difficulty of some of the walks could be slightly misleading. As an example for route 28 'Prsivec' (Bohinj) the authors comment that 'The route climbs steeply through the woods, but the height gain is a pleasure because of the laid stones of the old cart track that still survive in many places' - well, the height gain may have been a pleasure for Justi and Roy, but it was certainly not for me - in fact it was an absolute slog, which seemed to go on forever! Having said that I should point out that I am in my mid 50s, but am generally fit, go to the gym and usually go walking on the South Downs every weekend as well as having walked the Pennine Way (admittedly many years ago). The other point is that, inevitably, some routes and signs may have changed. On the same walk (28) the guide says 'The path continues up and past the hut, [this refreshment hut was indeed most welcome after the slog uphill!] and then levels out at another planina with wooden buildings signed 'Prsivec 2hrs30'to the left.' Well, there was indeed a sign at the designated spot but it definitely did not say Prsivec, as a result of which we went the wrong way and lost an hour (in a 7-8 hour walk), so that we never made it to the top (although this had more to do with my wife getting blisters). Prsivec was indeed signed but not until after you had already turned off onto a track signed to a different location.
In Kranjska Gora the previous year, I noted that for Route 1 (Zelenci) the signposts, which according to the book, featured place names, had been replaced by numbered routes, which meant nothing to us at the time - but this was not a big problem.
If you are in Kranjska Gora, I would strongly recommended doing Route 3 (Srednji Vrh) - a fantastic walk in all respects - after a bit of a slog up through a forest (well, for me anyway) the route levels out and from the terrace section you get the most marvellous view of the Julian Alps, and I loved hearing the cow bells. Other walks we really enjoyed were the nice 4 hour walk round Lake Bohinj and the ascent of Rudnica - none of these we'd have done without the book. The walks are helpfully graded in 4 levels of difficulty.
Notwithstanding the caveats made above I would recommend this book enthusiastically - an essential purchase for anyone wanting to walk or climb in Slovenia.
I shall look forward to their next publication 'Gentle strolls in Antarctica'!
This book was what I was looking for.
Many trails, from short and easy to long and difficult, with clear explanations, helped me plan my upcoming trip to Slovenia.
I am leaving in a fortnight so I will get back and update how well the book described the actual trails we took.
The general info was also useful