OverviewOltarji (2308 m) is part of the Loška Stena array (between Briceljk and Vrh Rup). As usual for Loška Stena, Oltarji has a northwest face, a tall wall, in the Koritnica valley, and the south slopes are in the Bala/Bavšica valley. From the hiker/scrambler's point of view, Oltarji is mainly an add-on to a Briceljk ascent.
Northwest FaceRising above the village of Log pod Mangartom and the Koritnica Valley, the northwest face is the climber's choice, but it hosts only a few lines, 500 to 650 m tall. The wall was first climbed in the mid 1970s. Note that in recent years, a Mixed (winter) line called "Sneguljčica" (Snow White) has become quite popular. Also, two ice lines (WI) form on the pedestal. Please check the External Links section below for beta.
South FaceThe south oriented faces and slopes of Oltarji are on the Bala Valley side - a desert with no specific paths other than those of the chamois. The southwest ridge (coming from Vrh Rup) is easy, but far too out of reach. Therefore the "standard ascent" of Oltarji starts from the East, from the notch between Oltarji and Briceljk, Briceljk being manageable in the first place.
Getting ThereBala Valley : Bavšica Trailhead (alt. 710 m)
Koritnica Valley : Log pod Mangartom (alt. 650 m)
RouteFrom the Briceljk summit, follow the southwest ridge down to the notch before the Oltarji "buttress". The climb is ca 50 m tall, UIAA II. Worn out red marks help us up the step - quite a vertical and delicate climb along the angle, plus some exposition due to the drop of the NW face. Note: though an old rope might still be dangling there, don't mind the left alternate along the chimney.
Red TapeHere (Park rules)
CampingList of camping places in Bovec and along the Trenta valley.
External LinksBeta : Oltarji northwest face on primorskestene.com, alpine climbing, in Slovenian.
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