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Sunset hike in the Julian Alps

When it comes to Landscape photography, we have several options for taking breathtaking images. Some of the landscape photographers prefer nice, elevated viewpoints, where they can use telephoto lenses, some prefer mountainscapes with the great foregrounds and wide angles, people, who do not have a chance to be close to the mountains, like hills, farming areas or coastal and seascapes. Cliffs, mountains, houses, churches, castles - they all have something in common. They are dominant in the scenery.

Being based in Slovenia I consider myself as a lucky person since the Alps are in the reach of less than 1 hour drive for me. And lately, since I have more free time, during the crisis, going out in the world, I've been able to spend more time there and create some images, which I'm quite satisfied with.

Last week, we teamed up with Miha Rus, a talented photographer and a really outdoorsy person - check his images on his Instagram - and before his work, we decided to drive to Vršič Mountainpass and hike to the ridge which goes from very popular Mala Mojstrovka, through Velika and Zadnja Mojstrovka further towards Jalovec mountain - the pearl of Julian Alps.

So starting late afternoon, we grab our backpacks (My trusty Tilopa was filled with the camera, lenses, filters, camelbak, tripod, some energy bars, extra clothes and crampons - consequently it was crazy heavy) and headed up. Miha was setting a strong tempo and when we reached the saddle, where we picked the best way up, we both decided it will be the easier way to go straight up to the ridge and found a couloir in the eastern side of the Velika Mojstrovka peak. It brought us to the sunny ridge. So we set on crampons and huffed and puffed to the sunshine. The view, that opened was astonishing.

Miha on the sunny ridge of Velika Mojstrovka
Miha on the sunny ridge of Velika Mojstrovka

We still had about 1 hour before the light started to change. Both of us were catching the breath as the steepness of the peak did not stop till the pure end and wearing a heavy backpack was really not helping it at all. Having some reserve in time, we sat down, took some mule bars and wanted to make a tea. Water was in our camelbak and also there was plenty of snow around. Miha took a small cooker with us, and we set up to boil the water for the tea. As we set everything, there was no lighter. The first one, was in the car 800m below us. We wish you more luck next time. But the photo still rocks.

Miha with the camelbak and cooker making tea