Misadventures in Slovenia – The Julian Alps

“An adventure is a situation where the outcome is not entirely within your control. It is up to fate, in other words” – Henry Youngman

TriglavTriglav, at 2864m, is the highest mountain in Slovenia and the highest peak in the Julian Alps. The mountain is the Slovene National symbol and is the centrepiece of the Triglav National Park, Slovenia’s only national park.

With a resume like that and the fact it looked just so inviting in so many photos a plan had to be hatched to go and climb it! Continue reading “Misadventures in Slovenia – The Julian Alps”

Climbing Gran Paradiso 4061m – Graian Alps Italy

Gran ParadisoAt 13,323 ft (4,061 m) in height, Gran Paradiso is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful but also one of the “easiest” 4000ers of the Alps. The peak lies within the beautiful National Park of Gran Paradiso. It was first climbed in September of 1860 by an Englishman named John Cowell. The mountain is regarded as the highest mountain wholly within Italy and it had been on my personal radar for several years.

I’d first heard about the mountain through others while hiking in the Austrian Alps a few years earlier. At the time I had pretensions to go and climb Mont Blanc but I’d been gradually persuaded through conversations to try this less busy yet equally beautiful mountain a few miles across the French border near the Aosta Valley in Italy. So here I was a few years later ready to give it my best try. Continue reading “Climbing Gran Paradiso 4061m – Graian Alps Italy”

Foto Friday – Off Skiing!

Off Skiing!

This is one of my favourite photos taken from just outside our chalet door in the pretty alpine village of Livigno. Life really doesn’t get much better than the full on stoke that’s felt the minute you step out of that chalet door each morning! The knowledge that you are free to ski your heart out all day today and for the next few foreseeable days with nothing else to care or worry about in the world other than your turns.

In an ideal world the snow would be right down to the door but we had no complaints!

A Ski Adventure to The Italian Alps

The Italian Alps.

After a near two-hour flight into Innsbruck plus a further four hours on a transfer coach travelling through the Austrian hinterland and then on through Switzerland, we eventually exited the Tunnel ‘Munt La Schera’ and entered our country of destination – Italy! Continue reading “A Ski Adventure to The Italian Alps”