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The Julian Alps of Slovenia: Mountain routes and short treks (Cicerone Mountain Walking)

The Julian Alps of Slovenia: Mountain routes and short treks (Cicerone Mountain Walking) [Kindle Edition]

Justi Carey , Roy Clark
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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'The Julian Alps of Slovenia' contains over 60 walks which bring the best of the Julian Alps to the English-speaking walker. The walks and treks in this guidebook are organised around five bases in the Julian Alps - Kranjska Gora, Bovec, Kobarid, Bled and Bohinj - all of which have a range of accommodation and public transport facilities. There is something here for everyone - from easy valley walks and rougher forest trails to high-mountain protected routes, some of which require Alpine mountaineering experience. Several possibilities for multi-day walks are included. The Julian Alps are situated in the small independent republic of Slovenia, at the south-eastern end of the Alpine chain. Their highest peak, Triglav, at 2864m, may be smaller than some of the better-known western giants, but what the mountains lack in stature they make up for in interest and accessibility. The dramatic limestone peaks drop steeply through forests to flower meadows, and will give you a feast for the eyes no matter which direction you turn.

About the Author

Together Roy Clark and Justi Carey have around 50 years of mountaineering experience which has shaped their whole lives. Their passion for the outdoors has led to travels across the world, including Iceland, North America, Jordan and New Zealand. 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6850 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Cicerone Press; 1 edition (13 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended 9 Aug 2005
Format:Vinyl Bound
This book is an excellent companion for walkers of all standards who are visiting NW Sloveinia. It describes over sixty routes in the Julian Alps, their length and difficulty varying from flat lakeside and valley walks of a couple of hours' duration to two-day assaults on Mount Triglav. All the walks are helpfully graded according to difficulty from 1 (easy) to 4 (only for the fit, experienced and well-equipped); the authors also state the distance covered, the height difference between the start and end points (though disregarding the ups and downs in between) and a useful estimate of the time the walk will take.
A lot of walking has clearly gone into the production of this book, and its greatest strength is its accuracy. Its newness (2005) and detail mean that the directions it gives for the route match up exactly to the signs and landmarks on the way, and the estimates of time ("after 10 minutes you will reach...") are accurate. On the five walks that we undertook we never got lost following the instructions and very rarely had to stop to work out where we were meant to go next. There are also good diagrammatic maps which give an overview of each walk. Nonetheless the authors also strongly advise taking a map of one's own (they suggest a map, or maps, for each walk), and anyone who wanted to know more than basic detail of the topography, or to make their own additions to the suggested routes, would struggle with just the book.
The walks in the book are organised around five centres: Krajnska Gora, Bovec, Kobarid, Bled and Bohinj. This facilitates planning -- likewise the task of finding a Plan B should the cloud descend. The starting point for each walk is clearly described, as are interesting features along the way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Indespensable but not always accurate 2 Aug 2011
By Jeffrey Davis VINE VOICE
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The bottom line is that this an excellent book, without which our two holidays in Kranjska Gora (2010) and Bohinj (July 2011) would not have been nearly so enjoyable. The book is very well researched with a very helpful introduction and detailed walks of various levels based at five centres in Slovenia plus a section on Hut-to-Hut routes and a detailed list of useful contact details. Whilst recommending this book enthusiasically to anyone considering a hiking holiday in Slovenia I would just make a few points.

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!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Julian Alps: Walking routes and short treks 26 Feb 2010
Format:Vinyl Bound
I'm delighted with this book. It's packed with useful information. The walks are well graded, illustrated and described. It was a great help in us finally deciding our holiday destination. It is marvellous value, I would recommend it very highly.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Julian Alps - walking routes? 3 Aug 2009
Format:Vinyl Bound
An excellent book giving ideas for walks in the most picturesque parts of the Julian Alps.
However, the descriptions can be a little missleading regarding the severity and exposure of what you may be letting yourself in for.
The Julian Alps are similar to the Dolomites with a high degree of exposure but unlike the Dolomites they don't have the same degree of protection (fixed ropes). The book doesn't distinguish the degree of physical effort or exposure, the 'walks' are graded 1,2,3,4 with 4 perhaps being the most exposed or the most strenuous or both, it isn't clear which. The Dolomites guides are graded 1,2,3,4,5 and A,B,C for exposure so it is easy to work out what you are letting yourself in for.
With this book, embarking on a grade 4 walk you may need the Via Ferrata safety kit but you may not and if you have it you may not be able to use it.
The UK reader should be aware that the Julian Alps require much more stamina than any mountain in the UK, the climbs are huge and the days are long.

Having just returned from the area I can recommend it - the book was excellent for providing ideas, just beware of the warning!
John Cowburn
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget Lonely Planet et al -get this 28 Jun 2009
Format:Vinyl Bound
The overblown and bitter American aftertaste ( bit like a Starbucks in fact ) of the Lonely Planet "guide" can be expunged from your memory by buying this book.

I agree completely with Stefan though a second edition would be nice (See the comment from one of the authors for an update !!) as the start of most walks in Kranjska Gora have been overtaken with new buildings next to the path ( sadly the way of the village as a whole in the last 15 years ) However , the book remains definitely authoritive with the descriptions for the Bled walks being highly accurate and, as much to the point , very well chosen.

The authors have written a new tome called Trekking in Slovenia also for fitter readers!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars First trip to Lake Bohinj
An excellent book with highly detailed routes and descriptions. If anything, some of the descriptions are just too detailed and you would have to be reading it constantly to follow... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Proterra
4.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was looking for
I was looking for a book with detailed hiking trails in the Alps of Slovenia.
This book was what I was looking for. Read more
Published 11 months ago by seth j
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful starter
Its a great base for finding out more of what is available for walkers in this area. Of course it can never be up to date and visitors to the area should not rely on its continuing... Read more
Published 11 months ago by philip guest
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
This was book was invaluable on our recent trip to Kranjska Gora in Slovenia. The walks described we're superb.....and accurate!
Published 12 months ago by Nicko
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs updating!
Used this on our recent walking holiday in Slovenia. It was OK - helped us to find some walks that we wouldn't have otherwise done, but the directions need updating - the book was... Read more
Published 13 months ago by C A B
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
We used the guide in the Lake Bled area and it proved to be very accurate and helpful.
The general info was also useful
Published 14 months ago by Mags B
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful guide
Excellent easy to understand book. Routes we tried all accurate
Bit heavy to carry around with you.Could suggest producing in loose leaf form
Published 15 months ago by Mrs J. L. Shearer
3.0 out of 5 stars Looks good.
Not been yet so cannot comment, but seems a promising guide, perhaps should be accompanied by the relevant map of the area.
Published 15 months ago by Margaret Mellows
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Walking
I have been a walker/climber for almost 60 years and have just returned from a holiday based in the Kranjska Gora and Bled areas of the Julian Alps of Slovenia. Read more
Published on 15 Sep 2011 by D. Elliott
4.0 out of 5 stars Julian Alps by foot
I'm a bit of a newbie to hill walking, my initiation being Vallouise last year, but as a fit 50+, away I went. Read more
Published on 5 July 2011 by Vincen77o
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