Leading teenage group to Ice Cave 
Thursday, July 21, 2016, 11:00 am
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I was a bit doubtful when I was asked to lead this group as whether they would all make it, as most of the participants had never been on a mountain before and were wearing All Stars. However, the majority soldiered on and made me proud. And despite one person twisting their ankle right at the top and having to be led down very slowly, we made it back to the start just before sundown. Every time I go to the ice cave, I remind myself that it looks prettiest in the spring when the ice sculptures are untouched and unmelted.
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Sljeme climb (in summer weather) 
Thursday, July 14, 2016, 8:00 pm
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Unfortunately sometimes you arrange to be free on a particular day and the weather turns against you. Retracing our steps from our snowy and windy hike earlier in the year, we made it to the top without too much difficulty, but the very top of the peak was in cloud, so there were none of the great views of Medjed and Bobtov kuk. And then it started to rain as we made our way down to the car. Nonetheless, it was a good workout and our signatures were put in the summit book.
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Kapa Moračka waterfall 
Tuesday, June 7, 2016, 11:00 am
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This hike turned out to be unexpectedly physically demanding, although we allowed 9 hours for it, and returned to the car as the sky was darkening. We followed the path from the previous hike along Štit but instead of walking along the ridge we descended into the next valley and followed the valley floor to under the peaks of Lastva, Zagradac and Kapa Moračka, where we reached the waterfall after 4 hours of walking. The questionable decision was taken then to climb up a steep slope largely of scree which turned out to be around 500 metres high, which was pretty demanding and took us two hours along, with no small peril from sliding rocks. However, the view from the top of Štit was worth the exhaustion, but we still had to hurry back to the car to avoid being caught in the dark on the mountain. This hike was tough on the knees, ankles and feet, and I appreciated the fact that I had kept some level of fitness up over the spring.
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Expedition into the Morača heartland 
Saturday, June 4, 2016, 9:00 am
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After another week of torrential storms, we ventured out on a day which looked promising until the mid-afternoon. So we started at 6.30 and headed to the katun under Žurim, where we headed northwards past the ridge of Veliki and Mali Žurim towards the ridge of Štit, which involved much ascending and descending. When we reached the ridge of Štit, the massif of Lola was visible towards the north-west, and Kapa Moračka to the east. We turned eastwards and followed the top of the ridge to view the same region we had reached in the previous post/hike. This time the waterfall we had heard was clearly visible albeit from quite a distance below us. Our lunch was consumed precariously perched at the top of a sheer drop of roughly 500m. The return was not demanding, and offered the tantalising possibility that we could reach the waterfall next time.
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Start of (non-snow) hiking season 
Friday, May 27, 2016, 10:00 am
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After a strange winter without much snow, we had a spring with too much snow and too much rain. Hence the hiking season started late, but with a vengeance! Having already climbed Zagradac two years ago, we thought we would set the ball rolling by climbing Lastva, a mountain almost immediately next to it, with a view to checking out some of the other peaks in the vicinity. My veteran VW Golf heroically made it as far as Lake Kapetanovo and we walked the rest of the way. It was quite demanding in areas because we took a steep path to the top, but the walk down was very leisurely. The view from the top was quite breathtaking because there were almost sheer cliffs that looked over a stony, bowl-like depression surrounded by a ring of mountains, Kapa Moracka, with two ridges perpendicular (Štit and Lola). We could also hear running water from a waterfall, but could not see it. Cue another expedition...
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