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Full names of easily discernible persons in the pictures, in no particular order: Tomaž Kranjc - Garmin and
Aleksandra Kranjc - Jerca, Špela Borko, Aja Zamolo, Matej Blatnik and
Photo and copyright (c) Primož Jakopin 2015.
The trip was made on occasion of one of several major recent caving expeditions into Renejevo brezno - René cave, now the second deepest Slovenian cave and around 25th deepest cave in the world (- 1.322 m). The cave currently does not have a Wiki page, but it is one of the hotspots on the Kanin plateau, where well over 500 pits and longer caves, quite a few over 1.000 m deep, drain the water from an area about 10 km2 (4 square miles) down to the Soča river valley. When interconnected the caves will form the sizeable Réseau Kanin, which would start close to top of Mt. Kanin (2.587 m) and end at the bottom of Mala Boka cave (413 m a. s. l.). Despite the duresse, cold and efforts to the limit, comparable to those of the great Himalayan conquests, not to mention the dangers and next to impossible rescue, the chance of making a contribution to one of the world's top cave frontiers keeps attracting cavers from many nations year after year.
28407. View east across the Soča river valley
28408. Jaka, serious
28409. Jaka, smiling
28410. Matej and the backpacks
28411. As the Mt. Kanin cable car is not operational yet after a major breakdown years ago all the caving gear has to be carried uphill to the Kanin plateau (2.000 m a. s. l.) on foot. In the picture: this parking place is about the highest road point, close to where the trail begins.
28412. Southern Julian Alps were in sea of fog and low clouds - view south from beginning of the trail
28413. View out through western entrance of the military cavern above the trail
28415. View out through the southern entrance
28416. For maybe half an hour the trail leads at the foot of a large wall, southwestern face of a ridge that cascades sharply to Gozdec
28417. Garmin and Matej started 10 minutes later and caught up with us here ...
28418. ... at the upper end of this lovely beech forest.
28419. This fountain is the only water source along the trail, at 1.450 m a. s. l.
28423. Panoramic view east to south, from Mt. Triglav (left) to Mt. Krn (middle) and Mt. Matajur (right), taken from the point where the trail reaches the first plateau below the ruins of the old Skalar hut
28431. The companion with the backpack, against the sun
28433. View southwest across the ridges of the Kanin plateau
28436. At the trail crossing point, at about 2.000 m a. s. l. Garmin made this sign post to René cave to help us out.
28437. Vrh Žlebi and Vrh Laške Planje, southern peaks of the top Kanin ridge, from the trail
28441. The winter solstice just passed and so the sun could not reach the lower parts of the Kaninski podi plateau to melt the remaining snow - view south
28443. The shelter, erected in 2010, is an immense aid for any caving exploration on the Kaninski podi. It is a container - type structure with an added bonus of an attic, which also sleeps a few - Jerca is looking through the attic's southern (and only) entrance and window.
28445. View of the northern rim of the Kanin ridge, east of Visoki Kanin. Lower right there is a large flat rocky slope, over wich the party that visited the cave entrance, one hour away, is now returning.
28446. Closer view of the slope ...
28446 (cropped). ... and even closer, so that the cavers are finally discernible.
28447. View south from the sherler
28448. At the eastern wall there is a bench, to enjoy the morning sun, half a day ago - the view from the bench is magnificent all day long.
28449. Jerca, always in a good mood, the cap she got from her sister
28450. Matej, in a most contemporary cosmopolitan look
28452. Garmin, so brave, so nice, so strong
28460. More noble gear, such as ropes and other rigging were carried uphill by younger members of the team. But there were also less glamorous pieces, such as these two gas canisters, brought up by the author of these lines (left) and his guardian (right). The piece at the right is symbolic - the actual canister, brought up, was already in use, melting snow for the tea, and was supplanted by an equal canister from the shelter's storage.
28453. Beside gas the author also brought half a litre of stronger liquid, pictured here, with a candle for sparkle and a touch of romance.
28455. Špela, during one of more pleasant duties, and Aja
28456. Inside the shelter
28459. Špela, Garmin, Jaka and Matej warming themselves on the bench with a hot citrus flavored drink and enjoying the rocky horizon, illuminated by the last sunrays.
28461. The shelter as we departed.
28462. The shelter, more from afar
28463. Kaninski podi plateau in deep evening shadows, Mt. Krn and southern Julian Alps are on the horizon.
28464. Kaninska vratca / The Little Kanin Gate - view from the north
28466. Old Skalar Hut at 1.799 m a. s. l. is now a sad ruin, but not so the staircase.
28467. Full moon, rising from behind the Mt. Razor (2.601 m a. s. l.)
Rakov Škocjan, December 19 Galacijevka Cave, February 5, 2016
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