Krizevnik is the last summit in the long ridge, which goes from Veliki vrh and Velika zelenica towards the North-East. Even if this ridge soon lowers below 2000 meters of altitude, it still rises more than 1000 meters above the green valley of Robanov kot. So, its North and North-West slopes are rocky and very steep, no normal passage goes over them. Rather, in the fine northern limestone walls of Krizevnik some very hard rock climbs were made. The other, South and Sout-Eastern side of the ridge is far less spectacular. It lowers on the high plateau of Dleskovska planota (also called Veza) with short, no more than 300 meters high slopes, covered with dense dwarf-pine, grass and a few rocks. Krizevnik itself is almost to the top covered with dwarf-pines and nice larch woods.
The name of Krizevnik (pronounced Krizhevnik; kriz means in Slovenian cross) originates from the fact that on its top three farm properties came together: Roban's, Poljsak's and Belsek's.
Veliki vrh, 2110m, and Velika zelenica, 2114m, are described on a separate SP page. From Velika zelenica, the summit which rises just above Robanov kot valley, the NE ridge soon lowers significantly. The first summit in it measures 2028m, the next one already 1879m. These are Poljske device (Polsak's Virgins). The higher 'virgin' (on old maps also referred as Molicka pec) is easilly reachable, while the lower one would need some 'hair cut' - dense dwarf-pines prevent a just easy ascent. Then the ridge still lowers a bit, to some 1825m, and finally rises again on a beautiful, panoramic Krizevnik. After Krizevnik the ridge lowers considerably. Covered with woods it descends in a few rocky steps down to Belsek alpine meadow and finally all the way down to the canyon of Savinja river.
As Krizevnik rises in the middle of a quite remote world, you must rely only on non-marked paths. But the ascent is easy and also paths are not very hard to follow. Some general orientation skills are however needed. As from the South, Ravne alpine meadow, 1500m, can be reached by car, you need from there less than 2 hours to the top. Other approaches are much longer.
Naming of summits. Our member Andrej Masera explains the story of different naming of the peak 2028m. "In the past it was really named Molicka pec, but after many debates the situation now is as the newest maps show it: peak 2028m is the highest summit of Poljske device, actually the whole ridge is named so. Molicka pec is a peak above Molicka planina (meadow on the other side), west of Zvizgovec." Thank you, Andrej!
Krizevnik is remote enough to the highest mountains of Kamnik Alps to offer a great panorama. I would say that from nowhere the sharp Ojstrica is seen more beautifully than from the summit of Krizevnik. Right of it a few nicely gathered summit of the central massif can be seen, more towards the right the whole ridge from Kroficka to Strelovec stretches. In the distance there are: Olseva, Peca/Petzen, across Savinja river valley Raduha, further towards the East and Soutgh-East you can see much lower fore-hills. Towards the South the rounded summits, rising above the Dleskovska planota (plateau) can be seen. And, towards the South-West the ridge towards Veliki Vrh stretches, this summit nicely closes the north-eastern part of the plateau. Very impressive is also the view deep down into Robanov kot valley.
Caves In The Upper Dleskovska PlanotaBelow Veliki vrh, Velika zelenica and Poljske Device there's the upper plateau, where deep karst caves were found. Here's just a few data:
The cave system Molicka pec is currently with its depth of 1130m the fourth deepest cave in Slovenia and the deepest one outside of Kanin mountain group. The system consists of two caves (Zadnikovo brezno and Ledena devica) which are on top 200 meters apart and which on the depth of 620 meters come together. The caves entries are 1900 and 1884 meters above the sea level. The system was mostly explored between 1991 and 1995.
For a broader overview see the Kamnik Alps GROUP page!
If you intend to ascend only the summit of Krizevnik or to do a nice round tour, as described in the following chapter, you'd probably drive with car to Ravne alpine meadow, 1500m. Even if this is the southern approach, so from the central Slovenia, it is far from being a short one. The mountain road starts in Podvolovljek valley. This can be reached either by the main valley of Savinja and in Luce left (towards the SW) into the valley, or from Kamnik towards Crnivec pass, but just before it left (towards the North) to Volovljek pass and on the other side down into Podvolovljek valley. So, once you are in Podvolovljek valley, take the road, which starts ascending on Dleskovska planota high plateau some 500 meters below the inn 'Pri Gamsu', on 592m. This road first crosses the slopes towards the right, then far towards the left and then around the beautiful Planinsek farm again towards the right and further northwards till the end point on Ravne meadow. On all crossroads this mountain road is well marked - with inscriptions 'Ravne'. Where not marked, keep on the stronger road.
From the NE Krizevnik can be also reached from Savinja valley or Roban's farm (over Belsekova planina - meadow), but this path is long and also not marked, of course.
1. From the South, from Ravne meadow, 1500m.On the upper, northern part of Ravne meadow, find the marked path which goes towards Korosica hut. Here, this path still has the northern direction. In some 10 minutes you pass the forrested summit of Smrekovec (on the right), on the ridge, which connects it to Dleskovec you still go by the marked path, which on the other side descends a bit and starts turning left (towards the NW). Follow it by a shallow valley, until you reach a hardly noticable crossroads. The marked path goes left, straight (you deter a bit right from the marked path) goes a non-marked path to Polsakova planina (meadow). On the rock there's a weak arrow and an inscription 'Lucka koca' (in a memory on a small hut, which was here close-by and was burned during the World War II). You follow the path a bit up and down over the plateau, the direction is in the first minutes NE, then N. After reaching the lowest point (1600m) you start ascending towards Brinova pec, 1673m, but before it the path turns left (towards the NW) and soon you reach the nice, open meadow, Polsakova planina, 1695m. This meadow can be reached by non-marked paths also from the South-East and North-East.
From the meadow you go either towards the North or towards the North-West by non-marked paths. Also the northern path soon starts turning left and soon joins the other one. Now you follow the path towards the North and just below the main ridge reach the crossroads. On the summit of Krizevnik you go right, towards the NE. Soon you hit the main ridge, taste some of the panorama, but the path again avoids dense dwarf-pines over the southern slopes. Soon you are on the fore-summit where the panorama is already stunning. But go also those few meters on to the main summit, from which you'll be able to enjoy also the panorama towards the East (Raduha etc.).
2. From Roban, 680m.From Roban's farm, or Belsek's farm, you go southwards to Belsekova planina (meadow), and further up towards the South-West on Planina Polsak (meadow). From there to the summit like above. Some 4 hours, paths not marked.
Harder ClimbsIn the climbing guide: Robanov kot, there are the following climbing areas above Roban's valley:
- Krizevnik above Belsek alpine meadow,
- Fore-walls of Krizevnik, left part,
- Fore-walls of Krizevnik, Turnic,
- Fore-walls of Krizevnik, right below Turnic,
- Fore-walls of Krizevnik, right below the main wall,
- Krizevnik, North wall,
- Krizevnik, NE wall,
- Poljske device, N wall,
- Veliki vrh, N wall,
- Veliki vrh, SE wall.
So, you can see, that Krizevnik has most of the routes. Some of them are:
- Resnik route, VI/V; 340m; 5.5 hours. ...where for the route approach it is written there isn't any - you can belay your climbing partner from the bivouac bed...
- Ruse route, VI, 350m.
- Pticja pesem (Bird song), IX, 200 m. Done in 1988 by the legendary Francek Knez, with Andreja Hrastnik.