Mt Prisojnik (also known as Prisank) is one of the most fascinating mountains of Triglav National Park. It is located in the middle of Julian Alps and offers 360 views on most prominent peaks of Slovenia and well into Italy and Austria. This makes it inviting to photographers who can capture some amazing shots of nearby peaks. Here are photos and trip report from my recent climb via Kopiščar trail (Kopiščarjeva pot).
Kopiščarjeva Pot (Kopiščar Trail)
The Kopiščarjeva pot is a proper via ferrata, an alpine climbing route with preinstalled iron pegs and ropes. There are a few exposed sections, short ones but still – one has to be used to heights in order to climb this safely. If you like this kind of routes, this one will be a pure joy! It is less busy than other routes to Prisojnik or any other trail around Mt Triglav. And the climb though the natural window is a sublime experience! Pure wild beauty of nature.
This is a demanding trail as it ascends around 1000m and there are some exposed sections. Most experienced mountaineers can make it safely without a ferrata kit. A helmet is highly recommended and climbing gloves as well.
Once out of the window, the trail ascends to the peak along the ridge. All the way there are 360 views on Julian Alps. I spent more time photographing than walking. In total, I needed about 3h 15min to get to the top. This includes photography and a short stop for a snack above the window. Here are a few phone shots from the route itself.
Photography from Mt Prisojnik
Once on the top, I was relaxing, watching the clouds rolling around the peaks and feeding alpine coughs. They love kashew nuts 🙂 The light was getting better but unfortunately the clouds were dissipating in the air. There were only a few left when the last sun was lighting up the peaks. Nevertheless I managed to get some great shots from the top.
In direction towards the setting sun I was photographing layers of mountains using my telephoto lens. East, towards Mt Triglav and other prominent peaks of Triglav National Park there were some nice pink clouds and beautifully coloured mountains. I decided not to do night photography as there was a thick layer of haze in the valley. So as soon as the sun faded away I headed back down to Vršič pass. It took me about two hours to get back, following the Slovenska trail (the easier route on the south slopes of Prisojnik).
With years I learned how to minimise my mountain photography gear. All I had with me was Nikon Z7, 24-200mm lens, 20mm 1.8 S lens, a small tripod, spare batteries and memory cards.
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