The Galtee Walking Club had a wonderful adventure in the Slovenian Alps where twenty-seven members took part. The base was Kranjska Gora, a town on the Sava River in north-western Slovenia, close to the Austrian and Italian borders.
“Over the last few years the club’s mission was to visit the Alps in every country and this was the last one on the list. The Alps in this area are known as the Julian Alps and what a gem they were,” said Helen Shanrahan PRO.
The town Kranjska Gora provided an excellent base for the Galtee walkers who took on the many hikes available including a hike from Kranjska Gora to Vršič Pass (1611 meters). Slovenia is a country of stunning accessible waterfalls and the walkers enjoyed hiking through the 1600m Vintgar gorge that ends at the delightful Šum waterfall, the highest river fall in Slovenia. One of the many spectacular views was the 360 degree panoramic view of the Julian Alps on the top of Mount. Mala Mojstrovka at 2332 metres. It is one of the most quickly accessible and consequently most visited 2000-meter peaks in the central Julian Alps.
Mt. Triglav, with an elevation of 2,864 metres, is the highest mountain in Slovenia and also the highest mountain in the former Yugoslavia. Galtee walker Owen Ryan planned on reaching the summit with Mike Moroney accompanying him to the Triglavski mountain hut at 2515 metres. Both Owen and Mike achieved their goal and the rest of the club gave the two boys a rapturous round of applause when they entered the restaurant in victory and never did a steak taste so good.
The Galtee Walking Club would like to say a huge thank you to Breda, Pat and Gerard Ryan for the superb job that they did in organising it. And well done to the Galtee Walking Club on completing the tour of the Alps in every country.