The Soča Valley has plenty to offer both paraglider pilots and SOTA enthusiasts, so I decided to take a week or two to explore the area; being only 3:45 minutes by car it is also very easily reached from Graz in Austria. I’m not sure if the weather is going to be that great, so i’ll just play it by ear. There was a Föhn wind blowing today, so it was a straightforward decision to go for SOTA. There is a six pointer virtually overlooking the campsite: S5/JA-042, Mrzli vrh. Don’t ask me how that is pronounced, I looked up some of the rules of Slovenian pronunciation and it’s still a mystery to me; I know ‘Lashko’ and that’s it for now. At 1360m, it looked like a nice warm up day to get the muscles moving. However, I have got used to living at 700m above sea level and forgot to check the starting altitude (which I did after getting back to the campsite 8 hours later). We are only 160m above sea level here, so that meant over 1150m of ascent, carrying quite a bit more than I usually do in Austria. Needless to say, I’m feeling pretty whacked while typing this. Still, as ever, the view was well worth the effort:
I found a shaded spot to set up in:
The summit is full of ant heaps and it is not easy to find somewhere completely free of the blighters; I soon had a raiding party working its way up my shoe. Luckily I escaped with just a small nip on my arm, but only after putting my feet up on my aluminium SIGG box. Well, as far as the activation goes, 20m seems to work a lot better down here in Slovenia than in Austria. I also got some nice S2S, thanks for calling me back on 40m Jürg! Here are a few more pictures from the summit:
Quite looking forward to flying tomorrow!
de S5/OE6FEG/P Matt