Ranisava, Durmitor 
Friday, August 12, 2016, 6:00 pm
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This was another hike borne out of the sentiment "That mountain looks interesting, I wonder how we could climb it". We parked along the road to Trsa, where there is signpost for walks to Modro jezero. The mountain itself has no hiking trails, but there are cattle trails up the first part. It had rained just before we attempted this climb, and with thick ground vegetation, our lower legs and feet got soaked very quickly. It was also misty when we started climbing, and it wasn't until we were half-way up that the cloud lifted. The views were amazing, and finding a route was an interesting exercise, but we made it to the first peak, and despite some precarious crawling along the top of a ridge (which eventually becomes Sedlena greda) we made it to the highest peak of Ranisava. Coming down, we decided to take a short cut, which as it usually does, turned out to be not as easy as it looked. We had to navigate our way down over movable rock, where any dislodged material would roll and clatter for twenty-odd seconds right down to the bottom of the slope. But it was fun, and we were rewarded with a lovely sunset.
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Mt Lola, or 'the Third Ridge' 
Saturday, August 6, 2016, 11:58 am
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I had one last hiking opportunity before going back to the UK for a family holiday. In a desire to further explore the Moraca Mountains, and to find a body of water I had spotted when flying over the area en route to Belgrade, we decided to attempt to reach the third ridge from Zurim. The second ridge is called Stit, and we had climbed this a few months back. We had walked along the foot of this ridge on our way to the Kapa Moracka waterfall. This was to be an endurance test to see just how far we could get in one day. It turned out to be less demanding than the Kapa Moracka hike (because of the extreme ascent), but gave us great views towards Sinjajevina and the rest of Mt Lola, which I had hiked over a year before.
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Babin zub/Torna - second (unsuccessful) attempt to climb 
Saturday, July 30, 2016, 8:00 pm
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With the information gleaned from the previous hike we drove as far as we could get along the macadam/dirt road, and set about looking for an animal track described in the guide book. Failing to find such a thing, we picked a possible route and scrambled up as far as we could safely get. There was some sort of sheep trail, but it was rather dangerous for humans and my companion did not wish to go back the same way. So we climbed down a rockfall which was very movable and eventually got back down to the road. Subsequent examination of satellite photograph has not definitively shown us where the route suggested by the guide might be, but if we ever try it again, we have some ideas. The simplest way would be to drive to the other side of the mountain to the village of Lipovac, where there is a signposted trail, but that wouldn't have been so fun. This face of the mountain is one of the most inhospitable areas of the country I have tried to hike in, but is an interesting scramble, whether through thick woods, or on gravel and boulders.
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Djedov do - first attempt to climb Babin zub/Torna (Sinjajevina) 
Saturday, July 23, 2016, 10:00 pm
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After climbing several of the peaks of the Moraca Mountains, our attention was turned towards Sinjajevina and particularly Babin zub a.k.a. Torna, on the opposite side of the Savnik-Kolasin road. This was to be our first exploratory hike in the area, and we parked along the main road and walked up along a macadam road which the guide book had talked about. This happened to be the hottest day of the year (or at least it seemed) and after 3 hours, we stopped for lunch, exhausted and running out of water, but without definitively finding a path up the mountain, but with ideas of where to look next time. The mountain is almost bare karst, like Maganik: completely different feel to the other Moraca Mountains which we could constantly see when we turned our backs on Babin zub.
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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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