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Jalovcev ozebnik couloar – winter

april 4th, 2005

When you arrive to Tamar valley, at the end Jalovec is boasting, and almost resembles to famous Matterhorn. http://www.summitpost.org/show/mountain_link.pl/mountain_id/1285 At the first April saturday, on a beautful day, i decided to go skiing with Rado to Kotovo sedlo pass. Kotovo sedlo pass ranges up to around 2300m above sea level, and has great conditions for spring skiing, even in late june.

Despite high temperatures, there is enough snow on road in Tamar valley, so it very difficult to drive in. Before getting to the hut at the end of the valley, you first need around one hour of walking (though my father fortunately shortened us this walk, with driving us quite far in the valley in the morning with his 4×4). Another hour walking from the hut, steep slopes, great for skiing, start showing their teeth (well, at least those slopes tested our stamina). At the entry to the Jalovcev ozebnik couloar we decided not to got to Kotovo sedlo pass, and rather go to “short” but steep couloar, as the conditions for skiing were great! At the top of couloar, the sun was waiting for us. Excellent. And the conditions for the descent were even better, as there was some powder snow and no ice. Still, on parts couloar is quite steep and narrow. But this day, it was in perfect shape.

This descent is marked III-, S3+, 400 m. And the ascent from the starting point took almost five hours (around 1400m height difference… Eh, we need to get fit 🙂 And we could ski almost to our starting point. Unbelievable…

More photos…
http://matty.breg.si/photo/slovenia/j-ozebnik/index.htm

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