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Winter night

I love winter! I adore winter! I prefer cold over heat. That’s maybe why I’d rather go on vacation to some Scandinavian country instead of tropics. And of course there’s nothing more “sacred” for me, than the arrival of the first snow of the season. It happened this Saturday and it was snowing into the night throughout most of the country. Yesterday, the skies cleared eventually and while this meant that most of the heavy snow in the lowlands is gonna melt, the one higher up will definitely remain for a while. So as I went to sleep sometime past 11pm and looked through the window, I just knew I had to take shot.

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Axalp is so much more than an airshow. Axalp is experience!

Not only do you have to climb the mountain, to attend it, you must also expect the unexpected – especially the sudden changes of weather. And the weather was the culprit this year as well. Tuesday’s afternoon airshow was cancelled because of incoming rain. Wednesday’s airshow was already cancelled the night before and while we woke up to a starry night on Thursday’s early morning at 3AM, the show was eventually cancelled because of the low cloud cover.

Below photos were taken on Tuesday, waiting for the to-be cancelled afternoon practice on Tschingel and Thursday’s hike up to sunlit Wildgärst.

The people of Tschingel

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Hike up the mountain always wets the appetite – forget the power bars; there’s nothing better than a piece of bread and sausage enjoyed in fresh Alpine air.

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Damn, this thing is heavy!

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When visiting such an event, don’t forget to document everything! By any means necessary.

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Sharp, Soft, Out of Focus, Delete, Sharp, Soft, Out of Focus, Delete,…

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While most of the photographers feel sorry for themselves, carrying the heavy camera equipment up the hill, the award goes to this guy – carrying two kids!

The attack on Wildgärst

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While we started in pitch black night, crossing alpine streams and our paths lit only by headlamps, the dawn up in the Alps always look amazing.

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Panorama of the area below the Schwarzhorn, looking towards the West. Click on the photo for bigger resolution.

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One of the most amazing things in the Alps – sunrise!

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My two Swiss guides, Grimmi and Adrian with our destination, Wildgärst in the background.

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Finally on top! Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains bask in the morning sunlight!

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NE to SW panorama from the Wildgärst. Click on the photo for bigger resolution.

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F-5E Tigers flew in to check for the weather…

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…but while we were enjoying the sunshine, targets on the range were covered by low clouds, as was most of the Switzerland.

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Next visitor was this Pilatus PC-21.

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While the pilot couldn’t perform his display on the range, he did make a few inverted low passed for the people gathered on Wildgärst…

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…and disappeared behind the mountains again.

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In the meantime, we could at least feed and observe the feisty Alpine Choughs.

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Watchbird.

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The poser!

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Later, F/A-18 Hornets tried their luck to no avail.

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And all we could do, before returning down the mountain, was to observe Hornet intercepts above our heads.

Kranj in the evening

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Tolmin Gorges

Tolmin gorges are one of those hidden and often overlooked pearls of our little country. Well they are not grand like Grand Canyon for example, but it’s the little things that more often than not grow to your heart.

You can get to these gorges by foot from Tolmin following the Tolminka river or alternatively drive there by car.

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While the published route is marked in counter clockwise direction, clockwise one is much easier to walk. A view from the road down into the emerald abyss.

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Postcards from spring Bled

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Winter is my favorite time of the year, and the more snow the merrier. Yesterday’s afternoon hike destination was Tamar glacier valley. We parked our car at Planica ski jumping parking and then proceeded by foot on a snow covered road to the Tamar mountain cabin. Here’s a few shots from the hike.

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Kriška gora is a 5km mountain range above the place I live, spanning from cabin at Kriška gora (1.471m) in the West to the Tolsti vrh peak (1.715m) in the East. Hike is not too difficult but can be pretty steep at some places. Starting from Golnik, you need about an hour to reach the small village of Gozd, where the slopes of Kriška gora greet you upon exiting forest path. There you decide wether to proceed inbound cabin (lots of people do, as they have great food) or continue East inbound Tolsti vrh. We decided to take this route and after a couple of hours reached the peak. I have to say it was the last beautiful day of Autumn that day, with temperatures in 20C range and such hike was very pleasant.

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The slopes of Tolsti vrh greet you with beautiful views which only get better the higher you go.

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Axalp

Axalp je majhna vasica, ki leži nad Brienzom v osrednji Švici na nadmorski višini 1535m. Če pa omenite besedo Axalp letalskim navdušencem, pa se le-tem zasvetijo oči. V neposredni bližini te idlične vasice namreč leži vojaški poligon, kjer vsako leto prva dva tedna v oktobru potekajo vaje njihovega letalstva, kjer piloti z letali F-5E Tiger II in F-18C Hornet napadajo tarče s topovi. Vsa stvar ne bi bila nič posebnega, če se cela zadeva ne bi dogajala na nadmorski višini približno 2.200m, cel poligon pa obdajajo vrhovi, ki krepko presegajo višino 3.000m. V drugem tednu vaj, pa v sredo in četrtek pripravijo celo čisto pravi visokogorski letalski miting.

Axalp is a little village, lying in the hills South of Brienz in Switzerland at 1.535 of altitude. If you mention the word “Axalp” to any aviation fan, you’ll see their eyes widen and they’ll heart beat will rise. In the proximity of this little idilic mountain village lies a military range, where in first two weeks of October each year, Swiss Air Force trains and uses targets on the ground for gun attack practices with F-5 Tiger II and F-18 Hornet jet fighters. The training wouldn’t be anything special if the whole thing wouldn’t be happening high in the Alps with targets at 2.200m and surrounded by much highter 3.000m+ mountains. And they even prepare an afternoon airshow on Wednesday and Thursday on the second week of the exercises.

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Map of the training area.

Bohinj with its lake and surrounding mountains has become one of my favorite places in our country and I’m returning there quite often. A week ago we spent 3 beautiful days there and here’s a few snapshots.

Generous ammounts of rain have generated a true mushroom boom these days.

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Trapped under Ice – Bled

Some people hate low temperatures but I think you have to cherrish the Nature, not matter how it manifests itself. Very low temperatures of the past weeks caused the Bled lake to freeze and hey – how many times do you have a chance to walk to the lake’s island? Pics were taken this Friday evening.

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