0. General: 901m (from the W) or 601m (from the E) to 2558m. Exposition south, on the ridge not marked, no path. Gear: good shoes, poles. 1. Effort: 1660m, 4h 30min (from the W) or 1960m, 5h (from the E). 2. Power: 3 - medium 3. Psyche: 3 - medium 4. Orientation: 2 - easy
Grintovec and its routes
The trailhead for this route starts on Kokrsko sedlo (saddle), 1791m, where Cojzova koca (hut) stands. It can be reached either from the W, from Suhadolnik farm above Kokra valley (in 2h 15min), or from the E, from the hut in Kamniska Bistrica (3h). See the main page how to reach the saddle.
Dolge stene is the long ridge on the right
Skuta from Dolge stene
On Dolge stene ridge
From Kokrsko sedlo you go northwards some 100m of altitude. There the marked path for Grintovec deters left (NW), but you continue up (NE) towards the notch in Dolge stene ridge (1970m). You follow marks for Skuta. Just before reaching the notch you deter from the path directly left up (N), over steep grassy and rocky slopes. Here you will hardly find a tiny path or old marks, but essentially you can't miss much. Keep right and take care not to go over harder rocks. Here no climbing is needed yet. So you reach the long and panoramic ridge of Dolge stene on the altitude of some 2050m.
Now you follow the flat and easy ridge towards NW. You go best just on top of it. Left slopes are grassy, while on the right there are vertical drops (stene=walls). On the altitude of some 2250m the long and quite flat ridge gets steeper, we approach the summit ridge, which must be climbed.
The last part of the ridge
On the last grassy patches we pack poles and prepare to grasp the rock. We first ascend the ridge again, then keep left below it and reach a short ravine, go through it and then the sooner the better climb right on the main ridge again. If rocks get too hard, we simply keep left, on the southern side of the ridge. So we reach the roof of Grintovec just a few minutes below the highest point.
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