Primož Jakopin, photo diary

Searching for the Jama v Toscu Cave, Cad. Nr. 4339

July 10, 2016, 33 pictures

Most images are approximately 683 x 1024 pixels in size, numbers in front of picture descriptions are serial numbers of the original photo files. Event participants, members of DZRJL, who contributed to the making of the pictures: Matic Di Batista - Diba and Špela Borko, Tomaž (Garmin) and Aleksandra (Jerca) Kranjc, David Sluga and Ester Premate, Behare Rexhepi - Beki (Becky).

All pictures photo and copyright (c) Primož Jakopin 2016.


30797. The excursion started as a team of three pairs plus Vili (Vilma), a 7-month Min Pin-like she-dog Jerca got the custody of from her sister Maja over the weekend.



30798. The trail begins in the woods but after half an hour passes below a mighty wall.



30801. At Jezerca Špela, Becky and Matic who started the trip later because of late night obligations, caught up with the party and we were complete. In the picture: group photo at Studorski preval pass.



30800. A grass with carrot-like leaves and long haired bobble head on top



30802. At the bench below Tosc the party split up - Garmin, Jerca and Vilma started the ascent on Tosc to document 3 previously discovered and explored smaller caves (čurke in Slovenian) while the others proceeded along the trail to Vodnikov dom, to find the Jama v Toscu cave.



30804. Some 3 meters above the trail a promising hole in the rock was to be seen.



30803. Špela ventured in, head forwards, but soon returned - the would-be cave ended too soon.



Map of the surroundings, from and DZRJL e-cadastre. The Jama v Toscu cave was discovered on August 21, 1968 by members of JKLM, as DZRJL was named at the time, but there is only a short description of the entrance position, no data about the cave. It is marked as a red circle on the map. For good reasons which are too complex for a brief explanation we set the camp at the point marked with a violet point (about 1 km WSW) and started looking for the cave around it.



30806. Base camp on the rocky outcrop below the trail



30805. Špela on the slope below the wall to the south of Poljane



30807. David (picture center) during the ascent to a promising fissure (on top of grassy tongue above him). The fissure turned out to be a natural bridge, but no cave.



30808. Sun warmed the rocks and slope winds developed, most suitable for paragliding. In the picture: a paraglider cruising NE towards Studorski preval.



30809. Paraglider, closer view



30811. Lunch: cooked potatos and tomatos, beetroot salad with curd, tuna in natural juice, garlic, potato and tomato water, bread (not shown), Fruc lemon soda



30812. Snacktime



30815. In 1951 the movie Kekec (c is pronounced as ts), about a youngster from a Slovenian mountain village, was filmed and it was the first Slovenian feature film to win an international award: the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1952. Two more sequels were made, Srečno Kekec (Good Luck, Kekec) in 1963 and Kekčeve ukane (Kekec Trickery) in 1968. In the picture: a scene from the test footage of the upcoming fourth sequel: Kekec na jamski sledi ( Kekec on the Cave Trail).



30820. Becky is returning from a reconnaissance mission below the trail.



30821. Wood cranesbill, Geranium sylvaticum, krvomočnica in Slovenian



30822. View of Mt. Triglav (2.864 m a. ss. l., in the cloud) with Mali Triglav (2.728 m) to the right and Dom Planika alpine hut (center, lower right)



30824. View of Vodnikov dom (1.817 m, lower right corner) below Mt. Vernar (2.225 m) and Mt. Triglav ridge on the left



30825. Vodnikov dom, Mt. Vernar and a cloud above it



30827. Snow is only to be found in secluded, shadowy depths



30828. Forget-me-nots, Myosotis sp., spominčice in Slovenian



30829. Four cairns on rocks below the wall - some large pieces on the trail testify that the collapse was recent.



30830. Špela, Becky and Matic examining the slope below the trail



30831. An opening in the cloudy sky, in form of a faraway island



30832. Garmin, caver of many talents, not to mention the best navy cut



30833. Kranjc family and Vilma on the trail to Jezerca



30834. Globeflower, Trollius europaeus, pogačice in Slovenian



30835. Resting at Jezerca



30836. A while later Špela, Matic and Becky joined us, they were the last to leave the search area.



30838. There is no real cave along the trail, but this cavity below the wall is big enough to crawl in and fancy enough to allow this entrance-out picture.



30840. Matic, the excursion leader, tough on his own, invincible with his mate



30837. It was a warm summer day, not too warm in the mountains, and many splendid views opened from the trail, such as this cloud above the southern Bohinj mountains.



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