Mt Vrsta, Piva 
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10:00 pm
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The Piva Mountains represent a less well known attraction for hikers, partly because it is not (yet) a national park – currently it has been characterised as a nature park, but doesn’t have the sort of funding that the five national parks have. Despite this, there is now good signposting to the main attractions. The highest peak is Maglić, on the border with Republika Srpska. These mountains can be accessed in various different parts, mainly near the town of Plužine, the municipal capital. Mount Vrsta lies among the northernmost clumps of mountains and is best accessed from the village of Ćalasani: after arriving in Plužine from the south, drive along the main road further until the hydroelectric dam, where, after crossing the dam, there is a left turn through a tunnel to the village of Mratinje. There is a signpost to Maglić and Trnovačko jezero at a t-junction, left. We parked at the end of the road near where a spring emerges and flows over the road.
The first part of the walk, which is the same path as for Maglić, Lake Trnovac and Trnovački Durmitor, is an almost unbroken climb, firstly through deciduous forest, then over a stony terrain. After about two hours you arrive at another signpost at the spot called Presjeka. For Vrsta you turn left, and for all other routes, right. Mt Vrsta is the peak on the left that you can see for all of the walk, and here you have to, by and large, pick your own route, although there are stone cairns if you can spot them that are presumably used by shepherds in foggy conditions. After 4 hours of what seems like unending climbing, you are rewarded with a view over the entire region – especially towards the Piva Canyon, and Durmitor behind it. Mratinje Lake is visible below, which you would certainly miss on the climb because it is hidden by the trees. The return is along the same route.

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Komarnica Canyon 
Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 10:00 pm
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This relatively easy walk can be done in several variants, all of which will be detailed here, although this time I am recording the second walk along this canyon, not wishing to duplicate blogs on the same trail. The River Komarnica starts in Durmitor near Sedlo, flowing down this canyon – in the summer it is largely dry or else underground, whereas during the spring the flow is at its most powerful, and there are several waterfalls either along its course or from streams feeding into it as the descend into the canyon. The canyon is dominated on one side by a 15-km-long almost vertical wall of rock called Boljske grede, while on the other side the incline is gentler and almost completely covered in trees. The canyon widens out at the village of Komarnica, where there is road access. After several kilometres of dirt track, asphalt begins and the River Komarnica is joined by the River Grabovica which pours down one side of the canyon making a spectacular waterfall called Skakavica. These waters flow into the Nevidio Canyon, well known to extreme sports enthusiasts in Montenegro for the tricky (and expensive) traversal of this canyon which is in places so narrow you have to squeeze through. The first time I explored the Komarnica Canyon (northwards from Nevidio), I drove to the end of the road and went as far as I could in the time I had, and then returned. This time, we were dropped off by taxi at the north end in Durmitor at Šarban (near Dobri Do) and walked downhill all the way to near the beginning of the Nevidio Canyon, some 15 km. One of the features of the canyon is the different terrain – rocky ground, fir forest, flowing water, wider fields sandwiched between the canyon walls, the more deciduous woods further downstream. In a few places you have to cross the river and streams: fortunately some rocks have been deposited as stepping stones.
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Trpezarija (from Zurim) 2,040m 
Saturday, December 17, 2016, 6:14 pm
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This ridge, the second parallel ridge going northwards after passing Zurim, has featured in many of my hikes this year. However, so far we have either gone eastwards along the top of the ridge, or perpendicular across it towards the next ridge (Mt Lola). This time we decided to go westwards along the top of the ridge towards Bijela and Krnovo. It took about two hours to get from the car parked by Zagaracki katun to the top of the ridge, then another hour or so to the highest point of the peak Trpezarija, not far from where the wind farm on Krnovo starts. It was not a tough walk, but we had to be careful because of the early sunset this late in the year. We wanted to see whether there was a quick route down from the ridge to the valley bottom, but not finding one along the way, we had to return the way we came.
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Sljeme on one of the shortest days 
Saturday, December 10, 2016, 6:00 pm
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More just for the exercise than anything else, we decided to head over to Durmitor and enjoy the view from the top over all of Durmitor National Park. We needed crampons near the top, as the peak was covered in ice and packed snow. We tried exploring the minor peaks between Sljeme and Bandijerna, but decided that we would be hard-pressed for time and so headed down. The descent took a little longer than we had bargained for, and ended up seeing the sun set as we came down and returned to the car with hardly any light left.
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Veliki Zurim in fog 
Friday, December 2, 2016, 6:00 pm
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We set out on a cloudy day, hoping that the road would not be covered in snow or ice, and we were fortunately able to get to the katun at the foot of Mali Zurim. A view from Borovnik a week earlier had revealed another way up Veliki Zurim, and it was decided to explore this, even though the entire mountain was engulfed in low cloud and we could not see where our path was taking us to. When we found an animal trail, we followed it up a snaking route to a pass, but given the limited visibility, headed straight up to where we knew the summit to be, which was marked by a canister containing a log book and pen. The way down was potentially dangerous, given that we could not see that far in front, but I trusted to my memory of climbing it before, and we managed to descend without problem, if a little tentatively.
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