Rjavina / by Žiga Lovšin

Mt. Triglav has three well known valleys on its northeastern side: Krma, Kot and Vrata. Krma and Vrata are the longer ones, both with a cottage along the way. The middle one in between is the shorter Kot valley. There are some parking spots at the end of the road and nothing else. Shortly after you start walking, you cross a riverbed of a torrent. If you walk in the riverbed, you get to a waterfall called Spodnji slap. But the way to the mountains goes left through the forest, and it’s easy to miss the entrance. The way quickly becomes steep and slippery due to wet rocks. Only when you come out of the forest the path gets dry again, though it can get scorching hot in the summer. The first mountain hut you encounter is called Dom Valentina Staniča (2332 m). It’s one of three cottages under Mt. Triglav, the other ones being Planika (2401 m) and Kredarica (2515 m). We stayed at the first one, because we didn’t plan to climb Mt. Triglav, but some other summits in the vicinity. I took some pictures of the night sky, went to sleep for two and a half hours, then we woke up and started climbing Mt. Rjavina (2532 m). It’s always great to walk in the night, surrounded only by rocks, stars and silence. Summer nights also have the ideal temperatures for walking. But true magic starts at dawn. The sky becomes red, orange, yellow, blue and purple, all at the same time. And as that happens, you’re standing on top of a high mountain. It doesn’t get better than that. After sunrise we went back to the hut, ate breakfast and descended via three summits on a mountain ridge above the valley: Mt. Visoka Vrbanova špica (2408 m), Mt. Plesišče (2244 m) and Mt. Spodnja Vrbanova špica (2299 m).

This was also my first time using the new Tamron 17-28 mm f/2.8 lens. I like the results, but it has some focusing problems which are hopefuly fixable with a firmware update. Maybe I’ll write a review of the lens, but for that I’ll have to do some more “real world” tests.