This is a view north from the summit of Kamniško Sedlo, a point that jabs the sky at 1,903m (6,243ft) in the heart of Slovenia’s Kamnik Alps.
Sedlo is Slovenian for saddle; more specifically in this case it means col, the lowest point on a ridge between two peaks, so technically I suppose this isn’t a summit in the traditional sense. But it’s a fairly steep ascent so as you approach it, you’re quite glad that your destination is the so-called low point.
It’s a ridge that’s a common fixture on vistas to the north of Ljubljana (see below); the hike’s base, the Dom v Kamniški Bistrici moutain hut, is about 35km (45min drive) away, making it a nice day trip option for mountain enthusiasts passing through the Slovenian capital.
But don’t let its proximity to Ljubljana fool you into thinking that it’s an easy walk, because it’s not. The 10.8km trek features an elevation gain of nearly 1,300m (4,265ft) the makings of a fairly demanding three hour workout. For someone like me, anyway.
This photo was taken during an autumn hike just over six years ago. When we set off from the starting point just outside the town of Kamniški Bistrici, the skies were clear, with the sunny conditions holding up for nearly three-quarters of the way. When we reached the top, we were greeted by a dense cloud and the fall’s first snow.
Below, a shot of Kamniško Sedlo taken from the center of Ljubljana for a post a couple years ago which illustrates a 360-degree view of the city just before sunset. The peak to the left is Brana (2252m /7,388ft) and the left Planjava (2394m /7,854ft). Having such attractive mountain peaks within sight every morning –on those when the ubiquitous fog stays away– is one of the most charming aspects of the city, a view I have yet to tire of.
For the record, today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 744th straight, was snapped on 17 October 2009.