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Storzic

 
Storzic

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: The Alps of Kamnik and Savinja, Slovenia, Europe

Lat/Lon: 46.34565°N / 14.42156°E

Object Title: Storzic

Activities: Mountaineering, Trad Climbing, Scrambling, Skiing

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Elevation: 6994 ft / 2132 m

 

Page By: Vid Pogachnik

Created/Edited: Aug 12, 2002 / Jun 15, 2015

Object ID: 151132

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Overview

Last sunbeams..
Alex Vega - A high peak...
Skarjev rob
Petr Drápalík - On Škarjev rob

What's New On This Page?


April 1st, 2015 - A Glimpse In the History chapter added

> January 21st, 2007 - Tolsti vrh and Kriška gora description and pictures added

> July 20th, 2005 - Pictures from Kozji vrh added. Some linking of pictures done.

Storzic Intro

General remark: (When reading Slovenian words on maps or in books, you will find special characters for ch, sh, and zh. They are written with c, s and z with a caron - little v above them.). Storžič is pronounced Storzhich.

Storžič is the highest mountain in it's small group, otherwise being part of the Kamniške in Savinjske Alpe. From all Sides Storžič can be seen as an impressive, high pyramid, with a strong N and W ridge and less strong E and SW ridge.

The peak can be reached by many routes, but in any case you should have in mind more than 1000 meters of altitude. Many routes are mountain paths where you should only take care of a secure step, some routes are artificially secured and need some climbing expertise, over the north wall also a few true climbing routes lead (in the range of UIAA III. and IV. degree). In good conditions you can also descend from the very summit with skis (a great experience, but also there is a considerable risk of avalanches), there are also a few possibilities for extreme skiing over north and east slopes.

The first recorded ascents were done by botanists: G. A. Scopoli* in 1758, F. Wulfen in 1762.

* Giovanni Antonio Scopoli (1723–1788), known also as Johannes Antonius and in our country as Janez Anton, was a true 'pan-European' of his time. In the years 1754–1769 he was a doctor in Idria mine.

A Bit of Geography

Seen from the south, Storžič shows a strong west ridge and a shorter and steeper east ridge. The west ridge starts on Velika Poljana alpine meadow. It rises first steeply, that part of the ridge is called Psica, then on some 1800 m it has a flat shoulder and then the ridge rises steeply again towards the summit. The eastern ridge lowers directly on Bašeljsko sedlo. From the summit another short ridge lowers towards the south-west. On its bottom part there is a nice rounded hill, hosting the cute St. Lovrenc church. Between the W ridge and the SW ridge there is a broad ravine, called Javorniški žleb. In the middle of it there is an alpine meadow Javorniška planina with a private hut. From Bašeljsko sedlo towards the south another steep, wild ravine goes. That's the ravine of Belica creek - the water source is quite low.

Towards the north, Storžič has a steep, high rocky face. The western ridge - Psica - we know already, on the other side the north face is bordered by the long, strong north ridge. It is called Škarjev rob and goes towards the nearby Veliki Javornik (Ženiklovec) summit. In the north face there are many distinct ravines. The big ravine west of the summit (and east of Psica north face) is called Žrelo. And then towards the east there are more of them. The most popular is Peto žrelo (the Fifth Ravine), where climbers (and even experienced skiers) descend.

Storzic N face
Storžič from the north and some of its most characteristic features

A self-made overview map of...
A self-made map of Storzic and its small subgroup

The Broader Area

East and west of Storžič there are some more mountains, actually two small groups, which are not so important. Although the focus of this page will stay on Storžič, in two separate chapters I shall also describe the other two groups: Tolsti vrh on the west and Zaplata on the east.

How Storzic Looks Like

Portraits of Storzic



from the NW


from the N


from the NE


from the W

STORŽIČ
From all sides Storžič looks like a nice pyramid.


from the E


from the SW


from the S


from the SE


Views more from the distance


Storzic from above Gorenjska planeAbove the Gorenjska plane
Storzic summit from the WestFrom the West
Storzic from Gorenjska planeFrom the SE

A Glimpse In History: Gradisce and Lovrenc

St. Lovrenc church
St. Lovrenc hill today hosts only this cute church, but on it and on nearby Gradišče in antiquity there were fortified settlements.
Gradisce - archeologic site
Gradišče - archeologic site
On the southern slopes of Storžič, above the valley of Belca creek, there is a steep, rocky 873 m high hill, on which in the times of antiquity there was a fortified settlement - castellum. It was inhabited from prehistoric times, but got its importance in the times after collapse of Ancient Roman empire. Those were very unsecure times. In the valleys, where land was most fertile, romanised people lived, towards the end of empire they adopted christianity. But barbaric Germanic and Slavic people started to invade the empire from all sides. To avoid effects of their raids, locals started to build fortified settlements on higher, hardly accessible hills. Like Ajdna nad Potoki, also Gradišče nad Bašljem was a settlement of that type. On the nearby Lovrenc hill, there was also a quite big settlement from Hallstatt era and late antiquity and one hypothesis says that Gradišče was a part of its defense system. But this is note very likely, because its hill is more towards the end of Belca creek valley. Details about how the late Roman settlement was abandoned, are not known. But traces of fire indicate that its end was violent, as it was the case of Ajdna too.

St. Jakob
St. Jacob
Some two centuries later, from the end of 8th century to 10th century, Gradišče was inhabited again. From that era, archeological artefacts are very numerous and precious. They indicate that in addition to the ordinary dwelling role, the place had also a very important military function. Richly decorated quality items of military equipment and equine and cavalry gear are showing strong Carolingian influence. In this stronghold, and many similar others, very likely local Slavic noblemen organised military centers of power to resist Franks, who ultimately prevailed in the area. Yet Gradišče continued to be inhabited and appears in written documents from the middle of 12th century.

The third place which revealed a considerable archeologic evidence from the times of Antique, is the site of St. Jacob church above Potoče village. There was also a settlement, controlling the trade path which went along the Kokra river. That was an important trade route from Kranj, which was at that time a well established town, towards the north in Noricum.

A nice article about gradišče, St. Lawrence hill, Ajdna and St. Jacob can be found here.

Summit Panorama

Storžič is an exceptional lookout mountain. Due to its isolated position above Gorenjska plane, from its summit we have a specially nice view towards the south. In a very clear day you might be lucky to see even the Adriatic see, shining on the horizon. As Storžič's altitude exceds its neighbours, the view from its top is opened also far towards the southeast, west and north. We clearly see giants like Grossglockner and Hochalmspitze. In comparison with them the Julian Alps with Triglav are already quite close. And very nice is also the view on the neighbouring Kamnik and Savinja Alps, especially on the summit of Kočna, just across the valley of Kokra.

Storzic Summit
On the summit of Storžič - behind is the central part of Kamnik Alps
Storzic panorama
Northern views
From the summit of Storzic
Newcomers arriving

Routes Overview - Hikes & Scrambles

The summary of hiking and scrambling routes, graded by hiking standards. If you know more routes, please let us know.

Route Name
Marks
Start m
End m
Alt. diff.
Time
Power
Psyche
Orien-tation
Comments
1. From Mače over Kališče
Yes
550m
2132m
1582m
4:30h
1
1
1
Good path. Steep on some places. Kališče can be reached from other points too.
2. S-SW ridge
No
750m
2132m
1400m
3:30h
2
2
2

A very steep and fast walk-up. No protection devices, just straight up.

3. From Povlje over Javornik
Yes
620m
2132m
1512m
4:00h
1
1
1
Good path till Javornik and further. The upper part quite a steep slope.
4. From the NW through 'Žrelo'
Yes
1123m
2132m
1000m
3:30h
2
2
1
Steep path and on many places secured with pegs and cables.
5. Over 'Škarjev rob'
Yes
1123m
2132m

1000m

3:30h
2
2
1
Steep path and on some places secured with pegs and cables.
6. Through Reka valley
Yes
1000m
2132m
1132m
4:00h
1
1
1
Good path. Steep on some places.
7. West ridge ('Psica')
Yes
620m
2132m
1550m+
4-5h
2
2
2
Steep path and on many places secured with pegs and cables.

A self-made map of Storzic...
Storzic and its main routes. Their numbers refer to those in the text.
1. Mače (550 m) - Dom na Kališču (1540 m) - Storžič. Good marked path to the hut and on to Mačensko sedlo (1615 m), the upper part a bit more demanding. The whole ascent: cca 1600 m, 4,5 h. Dom na Kališču can be reached also from Bašelj, Gamsov raj or from Laško through the Belica valley. Otherwise Belica creek forms an abandoned ravine, called Bašeljska grapa, which is hardly passable. It brings you to Bašeljski preval, but the ascent is time consuming.

2. Bašelj (550 m) - end of road in Laško (750 m) - crossroads with the traverse path Javornik - Kališće (1400 m) - Storžič. To the altitude 1400 m a good (although steep) marked path, from there to the top you follow hunters paths. 3 h 30 min. See the route description!

3. Povlje (620 m) - Javornik (1400 m) - Storžič. All the time marked path in the above area (SW ravine) also quite a steep one. This is also the normal skiing route. 4 h.

4. Dom pod Storžičem (1123 m) - West ridge (cca 1700 m) - Storžič. This path is good marked, but in some parts requires light climbing and is also secured with handholds and steel ropes. 3 h 30 min.

5. Dom pod Storžičem (1123 m) - Škarjev rob, (north ridge), cca 1600 m - Storžič. All the way marked path, on the upper part steep and needs some light climbing. 4 h.

6. Reka valley (cca 780 m) - Bašeljsko sedlo (1630 m) - Storžič. Also the eastern approach is all the time marked and not more demanding that the approach #1. Cca 4 h. The road into the valley is closed in summer (July 20 - October 20), out of this time range you can drive up to 1020 m.

7. Povlje (725 m) or Dom pod Storžičem (1123 m) - Velika Poljana (1400 m) - West ridge, (Psica) - Storžič. 4-5 h.

On the above approaches only ascent times are mentioned. Have in mind that you also need to come down - another approximate 3 hours.

You can combine these 7 approaches to climb up by one and descend by the other one. For example: 4 and 5, 2 and 3 or any othe combination, depending on where you have the car.

There are many other possibilities to climb the summit from more distant starting points (and mountain huts).

Routes Overview - Harder Climbs

All routes are in the north wall of Storžič. The trailhead is Dom pod Storžičem (hut), 1123 m.
Storžić (2.132 mtrs)
Branko - North face

Kramar route (ravine), 615 m, IV/I-III, 65 deg.

Peto žrelo (Fifth Ravine), 550 m, II-, 50 deg. / 40 deg. 2 h 30 min. Suitable when filled with snow. In good conditions the route offers also alpinistic skiing. Skiing is graded as III+, S4.

Cankarjeva smer, 600 m, III/2-3, 70 deg. / 45-50 deg.

Matevžev steber (Matevž Pillar), 195 m, V+/V- (you enter by Kramar route).

Črni graben, V/IV, 600 m.

Western Part of the Group - Tolsti vrh and Kriska gora

Tolsti vrh panorama
Tolsti vrh panorama
On Tolsti vrh ridge
On Tolsti vrh ridge
West of Storzic stands a broad mountain, named Kriška gora (by the village Križe). Above the town of Tržič, on the very western end, the long ridge rises first very steeply. Then from the altitude of some 1400 m Kriška gora rises only slowly towards the east, until the mountain reaches its highest point on the summit of Tolsti vrh, 1715 m. Then it drops again steeply towards the narrow massif of Storžič. On the border of the two mountains there are two nice alpine meadows, Mala Polana and Velika Polana, with a small peak (1479 m) between them.

The southern slopes of these mountains are grassy on higher levels and covered with woods on lower parts. The northern parts (above the Lom valley) are more rugged, rocky, with many ravines and scree slopes and of course woods on lower parts.

These mountains are very popular for hiking. On Kriška gora there's a mountain hut, which is easily reached from Gozd village in 1 h 30 min. And along the whole crest a very panoramic marked path also goes.

A Route Proposal

Start in Gozd village, 890 m. On the eastern side, above the village, there's a crossroads - the inscription tells you have 2 hours to Tolsti vrh. First a broad path, almost a cart-road goes almost horizontally towards the east. Then it starts ascending lightly, but only when reaching the south ridge of Tolsti vrh it goes more steeply upwards. In normal conditions you will have no problems, although the slopes are quite steep there. In the last part you follow the ridge up through pine bushes.

From the top you best return by the whole ridge towards the west, to Kriška gora. Also this path is comfortable and well beaten, only if icy, you need to take some precaution. If it's evening and the sun is setting down behind Julian Alps you'll have a great view! Till the hut on Kriška gora you'll need 1 hour and then for a descent down in Gozd village 1 hour more. In total, you can do the round hike in some 4-5 hours enjoying panorama and resting included.

Route Name
Marks
Start m
End m
Alt. diff.
Time
Power
Psyche
Orien-tation
Comments
1. Gozd - Tolsti vrh - Kriška gora - Gozd
Yes
890m
1715m
825m
2:00h
1
1
1
Well beaten path over steep grassy slopes. Very panoramic .

Eastern Part of the Group - Zaplata with Srednji vrh

East of Storžič, beyond Bašeljski preval, 1631 m, a broader mountain group is standing, reaching altitudes to 1855 m (Srednji vrh). From the south, from Gorenjska plane, this group looks like a chain of similarly high peaks, but when coming closer on these mountains, you realise that they consist also of many smaller side ridges.

Above Baseljsko sedlo there's first an unimportant Bašeljski vrh, 1744 m. From the next peak towards the east, Mali Grintavec, 1813 m, it is divided by a saddle, named Mačensko sedlo, 1622 m. On Mali Grintavec the main ridge of the group turns towards south-east. Above the characteristic high plateau the highest mountain rises, named Srednji vrh, 1855 m. Close to it, just a bit more towards SE, Cjanovca, 1817 m, stands - actually it is the highest point of the famous Zaplata slope - I shall tell you the story about it a bit later. From Cjanovca, the main ridge lowers considerably, until beyond the saddle 1352 m it rises again to Javorjev vrh, 1435 m. This summit then sends many side ridges down towards Kokra valley.

.... -> Srednji vrh pictures

Kozji vrh from Javorov vrh
Kozji vrh

Finally, north of the main ridge a lonely, but quite strong summit stands, named Kozji vrh, 1628 m. It is connected by Mali Grintavec with a ridge, over which also a hunters path goes. These places are quite remote and wild.

.. .. -> Kozji vrh pictures

Also this subgroup has the same characteristics as the western one - grassy slopes on the southern and rocky slopes on the northern side.

One marked path goes over all these summits, while the other one is crossing south slopes on the altitude of the Devil's Forrest.

Zaplata. Looking these mountains from the south one immediately notices a strange rectangular patch (patch=zaplata) of forest on the southern slopes of Cjanovca. In the middle of the otherwise complete bare, grassy slope there's a forrest, which is now protected as a natural reservat. And there's a typical legend how the forrest came there...

Two farmers down in the valley were having an angry dispute who was the owner of a nearby forrest. They couldn't settle the issue, dirty words, calling the Devil started to appear in the quarrel and ... the Devil did suddenly show up. He took the forrest, which was the object of the dispute, and, carrying it on his shoulders, ran over the mountains. It was noon, when he was in the middle of the grassy slope of Cjanovca. But then the bell of the nearby St. Jakob church rang. The Devil immediately lost its power, had to leave the forrest on that place and disappeared. From that times the forrest is called Hudičev borst (Devil's Forrest) and the mountain is called Zaplata.


A Route Proposal

The proposal is to ascend Srednji vrh from the south, go down directly over the steep grassy slope of Zaplata and coplete the round tour over Kozjek ridge.
From the parking place above Mače we go into Suha valley, but instead of going up towards Kališče, we keep right. By the bottom station of the material cable-car we continue upwards, ascend by the marked path the ridge of Kozjek and go up to the horizontal path Kališče-Zaplata. We cross the ravine and soon deter left up towards Dolga njiva meadow. By the hut on Dolga njiva we can go right directly to the summit of Srednji vrh, but it is also nice to continue by the valley to the main ridge (below Mali Grintavec), turn there right and ascend Srednji vrh by its NW ridge. From Srednji vrh we descend on the summit of Cjanovca, continue a little by the marked path down its E ridge, but soon go down directly over the steep grassy slopes above Zaplata forrest. Take care of a safe step. Below the forrest we are on the marked path again. We turn right and go down either by the same route, or, better, over the side ridge of Kozjek. There we pass a small hut and below the steep part of the ridge turn rigt. The third option for a return is a marked path, which goes down directly from the forrest patch on Zaplata, but it wind quite a lot around the ravines above Bistrica.

Route Name
Marks
Start m
End m
Alt. diff.
Time
Power
Psyche
Orien-tation
Comments
1. Mače - Dolga Njiva - Srednji vrh - Zaplata - Mače
Partly
600m
1817m
1300m
3:30h
1
2
2
Nice forrests, fine panorama, broad grassy slopes.

Getting There


View Storzic Trailheads in a larger map
Bikers Paradise
A beautiful way to reach trailheads in Storžič massif from Gorenjska plane is also by bike.

The mountain base can be reached from 3 main directions:

1) South approach. By the main road Kranj - Jezersko (Austrian border) to Preddvor. There you can choose (if you are with your own car) one of several villages as a starting point: Povlje, Bašelj, Mače.

2) North approaches. By the main road Kranj - Ljubelj (Loiblpass, Austrian border) to the town Tržič. If you have a car you can drive from Tržič into the Lom valley to Dom pod Storžičem (the hut below Storžič), 1123 m.

3) East approach. By the main road Kranj - Jezersko (Austrian border) to Kanonir and there into the Reka valley.

Red Tape

Storzic
haubi - Beautiful nature
A foggy day in the woods
There are no limitations to climb the summit besides those in yourselves. But take care of nature and consider other people.

Iris graminea
Iris graminea

When To Climb

Storzic N face
In April and May there is still a lot of snow in the N face.
Click for Letališče Jožeta Pučnika Ljubljana, Slovenia ForecastThe best time is from June to October. In this region the most stable weather is from August to October. If you attempt a skiing adventure make sure that snow conditions are perfect (a considerable danger of avalanches, steep slopes). Usually for skiing the best months are March and April. If you seek adventure, the mountain can be climbed any time of the year, but in winter you need a complete equipment: ice pick, crampons, perhaps skis.

Weather: see here.

Avalanche in 1937

The fine slopes below the north face have been for decades a playground of local tour skiers. But the memory on events in 1937 are still alive and warning. It was March 29th, the day of an Alpine Club Tržič race. Over the night some 25 cm of snow fell in the lower regions. After a dispute 29 skiers started to ascend towards Škarjev rob, where the race should start. A big avalanche swept them down the slope. 20 of them were rescued, but 9 young lives were lost. The valley of Tržič was not any more shrouded only in white, but also in black...

The last survivor, the 86 years old Janez Mally, is still skiing (2007)...


Skiing from StorzicSkiing from the summit
Dense forest on the way up to KalisceWoods below Kališče
Storzic from Mace villageAutumn in Mače

Camping

The bivouac in the north face...
N face bivouac
In Preddvor there is a decent hotel (Bor), also Jezersko is a well known tourist resort.

Two huts are enough to cover this mountain, there are no camping places close by, but anyhow the ascent is a one-day event. If you are travelling around these mountains you can be sure that sleeping in wilderness is very safe here. There are no dangerous wild animals and also people are friendly. But take care of nature!

The two mountain huts:

1. Dom na Kališču, 1540 m. Tel.: 041/ 614-586.

2. Dom pod Storžičem, 1123 m. Tel.: 04/ 59 45 050.

3. Bivak pod Storžičem, 1695 m. Key holds: Alpine club Tržič, info: +386 4 59 71 536. Bivouac is used only by climbers in Storžič N face.

A More Remote History of This Page

Storzic
haubi - A scenery

> June 17th, 2005 - The page scope broadened with the neighbouring two subgroups - two chapters and pictures added.
> April 25th, 2005 - The Portraits of Storžič chapter added, pictures linked.
> April 16th, 2005 - Routes chapter split into two. Some links done. The SW ridge route added.
> January 16th, 2005 - Added some info about huts and routes.
> November 7th, 2004 - some harder climbs listed.
> August 24th, 2004 - Added: West ridge route, map. Chapters redesign made.

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