On this page I would like to give an overview information of Vis & Montaz subgroup (Julian Alps), in order not to be repeated on all distinct summit pages. The map below links you to distinct summit pages on SummitPost! Regarding pictures and routes, this page is the place only for overall information.
Vis and Montaz group from north, from Ojstrnik in Carnic Alps.
Names on this page are written in more than one language - Italian, Slovenian, in some cases also German. Probably also this is not the most adequate, because in this are also Furlani live. And in recent times their language is more and more spoken and written.
Vis & Montaz group is named here after two giants of Julian Alps and the most prominent mountains of this group: Iof Fuart / Vis / Wishberg, 2666m, and Iof di Montasio / Montaz, 2754m. This is one of the most beautiful groups of Julian Alps. On a relative small territory a group of wonderful summits stands, having almost all the superlatives, which are in the rest of Julian Alps found on separate places. Mountains are rising very high above valleys and vertical lines are predominant. Many of them are almost artistically shaped. There are remote regions, where hardly any mountaineer's foot steps, some lower summits in the western part probably wait for human visits for many years. So these mountains also have, what we in Slovenia call a 'Trenta feeling' - you find yourself on a steep, grassy and rocky slope or airy ridge, you can't proceed safely any more, it's not for belaying, it's not for living, nor for dying. This was the arena for the mountaineering legends from 100 years ago, like the wild Osvaldo Pesamosca and others. Even now life there is hardly any different than in those times. The incredible beauty stays the same, the poverty of rare people, perseverating in valleys - the same, legends - the same. What is perhaps missing in these mountains and other Julian Alps have, is the broad, dreamy landscape of Komna and Triglav lakes, and, as the famous Julius Kugy said - Triglav. In last years of his life he was living here, in Valbruna / Ovcja ves, and when asked, which part of Julian Alps he preferred his famous answer was, that, yes, the western part could be greater - if in the eastern part there were no Triglav. Nothing can compare with Triglav.
Geographically the group is bound with Fella valley on west and north, Raccolana valley on south and Rio del Lago on east. It Consists of two major mountain chains, the stronger south chain and the weaker north one.
Starting from east we have first on the north two stand-alone mountains: Monte Re with its mines above Rabelj and Cima del Cacciatore, a perfect panoramic summit.
South-east of these the Iof Fuart / Vis group stands. This is a true forrest of sharp, high peaks, separated by narrow notches and wild ravines, leading into them. A true eldorado for climbers, seeking difficulties of any range. Vis area is also very elaborated for the ordinary mountaineering. There are many mountain huts and bivouacs, and a dense network of marked paths is connecting them and reaching also many summits. Details have to be left for the distinct summit pages, here's only a few more general characteristics. From Cima del Cacciatore towards SW a wild chain of Lastovice stretches - no marked paths to summits. Another long chain is coming to the centre of the group from E - again marked paths go mainly over saddles and not to summits. The third chain is coming from SE - its highest peak Cima Alta di Riobianco is one of the hardest summits in the group to reach. Just east of Iof Fuart / Vis a small subgroup stands, consisting of Cima di Riofredo, Innominata and Madri dei Camosci. A nice ferrata is traversing below theim, but summits can be reached only by climbing. Iof Fuart / Vis, Nabojs and Cime Castrein can be reached by marked routes.
Mountains above Valle di Riofreddo
The long crest of Iof di Montasio / Montaz has a much different character. A long wall goes from SE towards NW and its altitudes don't vary much. Distinct summits are not so important as the whole structure. Except Montaz itself, of course. One of the most beautiful mountains in Julian Alps!
From Montaz's summit the main crest goes first towards SW and then all the time towards west. In its mid part, there's the third 'most important' summit of the whole group: Monte Cimone. And more towards west it seems like a 'complete unknown'. Only one marked path, crossing broad slopes, no famous peaks, but a broad, wild unknown area. Any information of these summits will be highly appreciated!
The northern chain is lower and less impressive. Itself, but it offers great views on the main group. All its main summits can be reached by marked routes. Ascents are not hard, only the crossing of the whole chain could be tricky on some rocky, exposed places.
Subgroups, Summits and Their Characteristics
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