Crvena greda (Red Ridge) - 2,175 m 
Saturday, May 30, 2015, 11:00 pm
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From Zabljak centre, we followed a road winding up between rows of alpine houses, following signs to Bosaca (Montenegro’s highest village). There was a place to park opposite some signposts to Jablan jezero. The walk up and along Crvena greda (Red Ridge) takes you through woodland, across pastureland, by the beautiful green Jablan jezero (Poplar Lake) which stands in front of the sheer cliffs of Crvena greda.

Even at the end of May, there was still enough snow to make parts of the ascent slightly hazardous with normal hiking shoes. The view from the top (which is covered mainly in scrub but dotted with the occasional remains of trees hit by lightning) is impressive – several lakes are visible and the ridges of Medjed in one direction and Bobotov kuk in another, both speckled with snow only half-melted.

The path from the top leads down the opposite end of the ridge, eventually arriving at a valley with shepherds’ huts, a place named Crijepulj poljana. Now on the flat, it is a short way to walk to the peaceful Zmijnicko Lake, surrounded by trees and then back to the car. It was a hard day’s walk, taking nearly 8 hours in all, with stops by the lakes and on the summit of the ridge.

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Zagradac (2217m) - gateway to the Moraca Mountains 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 10:00 pm
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After climbing Stozac for the first time, a whole vista opened up before us of mountains I had never seen before and which immediately drew me towards them. The whole area is frustratingly far away from roads that I would dare take my own battered Golf II, so the first foray involved parking the car near Lake Kapetanovo and walking along the trail at the opposite end of the lake from where the road approaches the lake. The area is full of valleys which involved a lot of climbing up steep banks, and then finding that one had to then climb down in order to climb up further. One interestingly shaped peak caught our attention, Zagradac, whose top looked like a UFO had crashed into it, but which presented a problem in finding a way right to the top. However, trusting that all would become clear once we reached there, we persisted until we got to a seemingly impenetrable cliff girding the peak. However, we found a path under a rock overhang where we were able to find a very steep, but accessible grassy area which led to the very top. The view was spectacular and joined up the area we had come from with the Savnik–Boan–Crkvina road. From the top of this peak there is a wonderful view along a ridge which stretches right from Vojinovac to the jagged peaks of Tali.
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Sedlena greda (2,227 m) 
Saturday, August 23, 2014, 10:55 pm
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Having seen this saddle-shaped mountain from the first time I climbed Prutas, it had been my desire to climb it, although I was worried about being able to find a path. There is a path, but somehow it is a bit challenging to follow because of many goat paths, but it isn’t dangerous as long as you are sensible. From the parking area at the high point of the road going along the southern edge of Durmitor, the path leads directly up the mountain, and then takes a left, following the same rough level going all the way around the nearest of these two peaks. Once around, the path leads downwards into the centre of the saddle and then there is a grassy climb up to the ridge on the second peak, right of the sheer rocky cliffs. Following the ridge upwards, there are a few tricky parts where care is needed, and then the path passes to the southern side until the path turns upwards for the last climb. Excellent views of Mt. Sljeme opposite. Return by the same route.
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Summer holidays on the Montenegrin coast 
Friday, August 8, 2014, 5:29 pm
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For anyone thinking of visiting Montenegro with children, I thought I would share some of the things I found for my nieces, with information correct at the date of publishing and with some idea of how successful the activities were.

Beaches – apart from Plavi Horizonti (near Radovici) which has a sandy beach (€3 for parking), most of the beaches that were not completely packed were rather disappointing. These were mainly on the Bay of Kotor, and scored low because they were dirty, slimy rocks or just had a concrete area for sunbathing. We were too far from Ulcinj, and were trying to avoid the crowds of Budva.

Swimming – the Aqua Park in Becici at the Hotel Mediteran (can’t remember the price www.hotelmediteran.info/eng/index-2novi.html) was a great hit, with plenty of water slides and a nice swimming pool. I think we could have done this several times without it becoming boring. Also my youngest niece loved swimming in Lake Skadar half-way through a lake cruise, (www.pelikan-zec.com/eng/lake_cruise.htm - €20 each for a two-hour cruise) due to the warm fresh water.

Activities – the Adventure Park in Ivanova Korita (www.nparkovi.me/sajt/np-lovcen/aktivni-odmor/biciklizam), with many courses with zip lines through the trees (€18 for adults, something less for children) was good fun although my nieces got physically tired relatively soon. We were thinking of doing some rock climbing (montenegroplus.me/), but the price of €40 for the day each was perhaps too much.
Kayaking on the Zeta (self-organised) and rafting on the Tara (for which we managed to get special prices www.rafting-green.com/) were also good fun, despite being a long drive from Kotor, where we were mainly based.
A couple of cruises on the Boka, one in a larger boat, the other in a speedboat at least kept the girls busy and mainly out of trouble for a few hours.

Towns – this proved rather boring for my nieces, not used to doing much walking around – however we did visit Kotor (attended the carnival, walked half-way to the Fortress of San Giovanni, the cat museum), Herceg Novi and Budva. Looking at cute stray cats on the streets was a recurring theme.

Monasteries – not high on the kids’ list, but my brother very much wanted to visit them. We went to the monasteries of Ostrog, Zupa, Zagradje and Piva, in the continental part of Montenegro (we used Niksic as a base for activities in that part of the country).

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Vrmac Hill (710 m) 
Monday, May 19, 2014, 12:00 am
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At this time of year many of the northern peaks are either inaccessible or dangerous, and the temperature on the coast is not too high, so the coastal mountains are an attractive option. Vrmac is a relatively low-lying peak encompassing a long area – I suppose you could call it a peninsula, from Kotor out to Lepetani, it must be 10 km long. There seem to be plenty of paths – we decided to park the car in Kamenari and take the ferry across (it was free for pedestrians, I don’t know whether it will stay that way), and walk to Donja Lastva, where there is a signpost and asphalted road leading up into the woods. After the end of the asphalt road, there trails are good-quality and clearly marked. After a winding climb up we reached the top of the ridge and the trail led us along the top of the Vrmac massif in the direction of Kotor. We took a path down towards the southern side of the hill (having climbed up the north side), which led through an old abandoned village, with the remains of a mill and a few stone houses, swallowed up in the woodland. After what seemed like quite a long descent, we eventually came out in the town of Stoliv, and were able to cool off our aching feet in the sea. We caught a bus back to Lepetani, then returned on the ferry to the car.
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