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Equipment

Walks have been graded according to difficulty. They range from easy walks along the valley to more demanding short and long ascents. Easy walks only require some walking fitness, comfortable shoes and suitable clothes.

On moderate and strenuous walks, however, mountaineering clothes and high-altitude equipment is obligatory. This consists of a change of clothes, a rainproof anorak or jacket, a hat and gloves, an emergency foil blanket, a sleeping bag and a headlamp. It is also essential to carry in one's rucksack a flask and some food although mountain huts are abundant in Slovenian mountains.

For easier navigation and emergency cases bring your cell phone, a map of the area and a first-aid kit. On walks to high-altitude mountains, use of a climbing helmet and self-belaying gear (harness and self-belaying device) is recommended. As snow may stay far into the summer, crampons and an axe might also come in handy.

On strenuous walks, mountaineering high-altitude equipment is obligatory.


Mountaineering trails

Mountaineering trails in Slovenia are waymarked. The usual waymark is a white circle with a red surround. In unfavourable weather conditions, fog in particular, waymarks can be of extreme help.

Weather in the mountains may change suddenly and quick, unexpected drops in temperature or snowstorms in mid-summer are nothing unusual. Before leaving for the mountains, one must always check in the valley or the nearest mountain hut the weather situation on the way. Thunderstorms with lightning can be extremely dangerous. If you are caught in the middle of a storm, retire from exposed areas (ridges, summits) and roped trails (wire ropes attract lightning) as soon as possible. It is advisable to put the rucksack down if it contains climbing or safety gear and other metal objects. Try to find some shelter in the nature. Make sure you stand with both feet close together, on the ground. Don't shelter under a tree. When the storm has ended, look for your rucksack and continue the walk with extreme caution as the rocks are now wet and slippery. Actually, a slip is the cause of a large proportion of serious mountain accidents.

When venturing on a mountain tour, start early. You will enjoy walking in the pleasant morning air, especially in the summer months. Weather is more stable in early and late mornings, as storms usually hit in the late afternoons and evenings.

Mountaineering trails in Slovenia are waymarked.


Mountain huts

Mountain huts in the high mountains surrounding the Trenta valley are abundant. The average distance between them equals approximately 3 hours of walking. The huts offer accommodation in private rooms and dormitory rooms, food and drinks. Members of UIAA-affiliated Alpine Clubs with which the Alpine Association of Slovenia has concluded reciprocity agreements, are entitled to a 50% discount on accommodation charges. These states are:

Germany:  DAV-Deutscher Alpenverein
Austria:  OeAV-Österreichister Alpenverein
Belgium: BAC-Belgische Alpen Club, CAB-Club Alpin Belge
Spain: FEDME-Federacion Espanola de Deportes de Montana
Great Britain: AC-Alpine Club
France: CAF-Club Alpin Français
Liechtenstein: LAV-Liechtensteiner Alpenverein
Luxembourg: GAL-Groupe Alpin Luxembourgeois
Netherlands: NKBV-Niederlandse Klim – en
Swiss: CAS–Club Alpin Suisse, AACBa-Akademischer Alpenclub Basel,
          AACB-Akademischer Alpenclub Bern, CAAG-Club Alpin
          Académique Gencve,  ACZ-Akademischer Alpenclub Zürich

Mountain huts are set in the highly sensitive area of high mountains, which is a part of the Triglav National Park territory. Therefore, visitors to the area are requested to take their rubbish with them when they return to the valley. Sleeping bags are recommended for sleeping in the huts. In the mountains, water supply is scarce (some huts do not have drinking water), and waste water is a problem of major severity.

Mountain huts in the high mountains are abundant.