OverviewOblica (2246 m) is part of the Loška Stena array, a group of mountains described on the Loška Stena page.
If we start counting the main Loška Stena summits from the South, then Oblica is the second one, after Vrh Krnice. Oblica is not a mountain-hiker/scrambler's goal in itself, and it is, more than not, only reached along the famous crossing of the Loška Stena ridge. According to some authors, the section between Oblica and Vrh Rup is the crux of the entire Loška Stena ridge crossing, while the section between Oblica and Vrh Krnice is easier.
As almost all the Loška Stena summits, Oblica has a SE side in the Bala valley, and a NW side in the Koritnica valley.
Rising above a forest covered front-peak called Planinica, the N and NW walls of Oblica are well visible from the village of Log pod Mangartom. Oblica features some of the most accessible climbs in the Loška Stena array. The wall was first climbed in the 1980s and until now (2014), seven routes were opened, in the UIAA IV to V+ range, between 200 m and 400 m tall. Check the external links below for beta. Note that the first Ice climb on Loška Stena ("Zeleni slapovi") was performed on the Planinica N wall, in the gully between Oblica and Vrh Rup.
Getting ThereThe forest covered front-peak called Planinica is where the climbs on Oblica N & NW start from. You can get to Planinica along the Vrh Rup hunter's path and then cross the gully between Oblica and Vrh Rup *, but the more common ascent is along the hunter's path starting a few kilometers downstream of the village of Log pod Mangartom, close to the confluence of the Možnica valley and the Koritnica valley. The line is drawn on some maps and even appears on the Google map (click the coordinates above!).
On the road between the Predel pass (Italy/Slovenia border) and the town of Bovec (Slovenia), reach the village of Log pod Mangartom (650 m). Enter the uppermost part of the Koritnica valley, upstream from the village of Log pod Mangartom, along a macadamized road.
(more info on the Loška Stena page)
RouteNo recommended or marked path from the Bala valley. Following the ridge, coming from the Vrh Krnice summit, is probably the best option.
Red TapeTriglav National Park rules of conduct
CampingThere are many camping places in Bovec (see the camping section on the Loška Stena page), and along the Soča (Google).
Oblica N & NW face on primorskestene.com,alpine climbing, beta, in Slovenian.
Western Julian Alps, 1:25.000 Tabacco map.
Jalovec and Mangart, 1:25.000 PZS alpine association map.