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Visoki Kanin / Monte Canin

 
Visoki Kanin / Monte Canin

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Julian Alps, Italy/Slovenia, Europe

Lat/Lon: 46.36020°N / 13.43881°E

Object Title: Visoki Kanin / Monte Canin

Activities: Mountaineering, Trad Climbing, Scrambling, Via Ferrata

Season: Summer, Fall

Elevation: 8487 ft / 2587 m

 

Page By: Vid Pogachnik, morceaux

Created/Edited: May 26, 2004 / Nov 17, 2014

Object ID: 152656

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Overview

North faces of Visoki Kanin...
Velebit - Kanin / Monte Canin from the North
Kanin
haubi - Karst

What's New Here?


November 8th, 2014 - Geology chapter added, major updates.
> August 22nd, 2005 - Added the chapter for summit panoramas.
> January 24th, 2005 - Links to the Kanin group added.
> May 27th, 2004 - Alta Via Resiana described. Map & some pictures added.
> May 26th, 2004 - Initial set up of the page.

Slovenian Language


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.)

Visoki Kanin Presented


Kanin/Canin group is an Eldorado for cave explorers (speleologists). Its carst high plateaus are like a Swiss cheese, many extremely hard accessible caves exceed the depth of 1000 meters. But here we shall focus on the mountain, not on the whole massif of Kanin but on its highest summit - Visoki Kanin (High Kanin) / Monte Canin.

Many hiking routes and ferrattas reach its summit. As a climbing mountain, Kanin is not so popular. Although high, its summit walls and ridges only moderately exceed the surrounding high plateaus. And walls have a special structure. Formed of many ledges and steps they are not appropriate for harder climbs. In winter and spring high plateaus are also very appropriate for tour skiing (although the usual ski tour can not be done from the summit).

Monte Canin
ganesh70 - Visoki Kanin from the west
Three long ridges join on the Visoki Kanin summit. The main ridge of the group arrives from the main Julian Alps ridge from east. On the highest part of this ridge no pass is lower than 2000 meters. From the north-west a long and lonely ridge of Žrd (Monte Sart), 2324 m arrives, separating the valleys Rezija/Resia and Reklanica/Raccolana. And towards the south the highest part of Kanin massif ends with a strong ridge, going over many high peaks to the Učja/Uccea pass, 620 m, from where towards the south lower mountain ranges continue. North of Visoki Kanin is a high plateau, where a small glacier lies, the plateau is falling into Reklanica/Raccolana valley culminating on the Nevejski preval/Sella Nevea (Pass), 1142 m. Towards the west of summit high slopes are falling down into the remote Rezija/Resia valley. Towards the south-east, the summit ridge soon lowers to a broad high carst plateau, which is finally falling down to Soča/Isonzo valley. Here from the river Soča to the summit of Visoki Kanin there are more than 2200 meters of heigth difference!

Kanin
haubi - Glijun source
The karst nature of these mountains is on south best illustrated by their water. Above 800 meters there is no water on the surface at all! Beware of this phaenomenon when hiking! But when you are travelling along Soca valley, you will see near the village Žaga a huge Boka waterfall. Enormous amounts of water suddenly burst out from south slopes of Kanin, as if all water reservoirs would be emptying there. Boka is most beautiful in spring, when high above on the mountain up to 6 meters high snows are melting.

The first recorded ascent on Visoki Kanin / Monte Canin was done in 1842 by Otto Sendtner.

Kanin / Monte CaninFrom the NW
Monte Canin / Visoki Kanin (2587 m)From the E
Kanin/Canin massif from...From the S

About the Geology of Kanin

Kanin/Canin geology
Stratigraphic cross-section of the Kanin massif
The more than 100m high Boka...
wuedesau - Boka waterfall

The upper part of Kanin massif is built of more than 1000 meters thick layers of Dachstein limestone. Those layers were depositing in shallow, warm seas some 200 million years ago. Dachstein limestone is lying on top of even a few more million years older base of Dolomia Pricnipale (Main Dolomite).

These two rock structures have a bit different features. Limestone is very sensitive on chemical erosion. Water is easily dissolving it, creating thus many karst phaenomena. Dolomite is more resistant to chemical impact, but is mechanically more fragile. In Kanin massif all water immediately goes underground through thousands chiasms, holes and caves, and only in big depths, often more than 1000 meters underground, when it reaches layers of dolomite rocks, water comes on the surface. So strong karst sources can be admired, especially on the southern side - Boka, Gljun and Možnica. On the northern side there are less sources, one such example is on Goriuda meadow. The layers of Dachstein limestone are on the southern side of Kanin massif also thicker than on the northern side, and also the Dolomite base is slanted, its inclination is falling from the north towards the south. That is why Kanin caves are deeper in the southern part and that is why water sources are on the southern side coming out on lower altitudes, bringing out also waters from the northern side of the massif. We should consider the karst nature of Kanin massif when planning tours in it – in higher regions we shall almost nowhere find water on the surface.

Summit Panoramas

Visoki Kanin is the last high mountain in the south-western part of Julian Alps. It offers an excellent panorama - from Adriatic sea on south, Carnic Alps and Dolomites on west, the whole Julian Alps on north to hilly interior of Slovenia.

On the eastern ridge of...
On the summit of Visoki Kanin...
Fantastic NW view from Visoki KaninBranko - towards the NW

Kanin High Karst Plateaus

For a start, here are a few pictures of karst phaenomena on the northern plateau.

Limestone Channels on Kanin
Kanin from the north in autumn
Kanin from the North

Getting There


Numbers refer to Kanin group huts: (1) Koca na Stolu, (2) Bivouac C.A.I. Manzano, (3) Dom Petra Skalarja na Kaninu, (4) Rif. C. Gilberti, (5) Rif. Divisione Julia-Nevea, (6) Bivouac Marussich, (7) Dom na Predelu.

See the Julian Alps overview page and the Kanin Group page!

By car/bus Soča valley and Bovec can be reached over Vršič pass (from Sava valley) or from the south, from Gorica/Gorizia. From Bovec you can drive by car even higher - to the B station of cable car, and further left to the parking place on 1075 m.

Valleys Rezija/Resia and Reklanica/Raccolana can be reached from Val Canale (Tagliamento river) by deterring from the highway Udine-Tarvisio. Nevejski preval/Sella Nevea (Pass) can also be reached from the NE, from Trbiž/Tarvisio.

Kanin / Monte Canin group from the north, from Pecol meadows. Far on the left are Crnelski Vrsici, then Lopa comes, and Prestreljenik and finally Kanin itself.


Two cable-cars can help you reach the high plateau:
> Cable car Kanin: In summer 2004: Up - from 7:00 to 15:00 (each full hour). Down - from 8:00 to 16:00 (each full hour). pictures
> Cable car Sella Nevea.

Mountaineering Map:
> Julijske Alpe - Zahodni del (Western part). Planinska zveza Slovenije. 1:50000.

 Jezerska Dolina/Val Rio del...Velebit - Above Jezerska dolina
Approachin Kanin from south,...South approach
sunset at Sella NeveaGabriele Roth - On Sella Nevea

Routes Overview


Visoki Kanin / Monte Canin with its routes. Numbers refer to those, described in text.

Routes are here only shortly described, as I have a personal experience only with the first one. Others have contributed two more descriptions so far.

1. From the east-southeast (using cable-car). From the upper station of Kanin cable-car, cca 2200 m (3 h) or from Dom Petra Skalarja, 2260 m (2,5 h). A medium difficult hike, on a few places secured with steel ropes and pegs.

2. From the south (from Bovec, 483 m). A very long marked route, crossing the whole SE slope and high plateau (more than 2000 meters of altitude). Because of easier route #1, very rarely used. Or, it is a bit less altitude difference, if you start on the parking place 1075 m, near B station of cable car.

3. From the north (from Sella Nevea, 1195 m). First reaching Rif. C. Gilberti, 1850 m, crossing the plateau and a small glacier to the north wall, climbing the wall using one of two ferrattas (one called Julia, the other one Delle Cengie - by ledges). Medium hard ferrattas, often snow and on the glacier ice. From Rif. C. Gilberti 3 h, from Sella Nevea 5 h.

4. From the west (from Rezija/Resia valley, Korita/Coritis village, 641 m). Marked path and scramble to the south ridge and over it to the summit. 7 h.
Monte Canin northwest ridge
morceaux - NW ridge

5. From the north-west - Visoka rosijanska pot (Alta Via Resiana). You can start either in Rezija/Resia valley, 641 m, or on Sella Nevea, 1142 m, and reach by marked paths the Marussich bivouac, just above the Sella Grubia/Peravo (pass), 2041 m. If you want to climb the NW ridge of Monte Canin, you have to climb before the via ferrata "Rosalba Grasselli" on the west crest of Picco di Carnizza / Vrh Krnice, 2443 m, which is short but quite demanding in a couple of aerial passages. From there you continue further on by Visoki Kanin's NW ridge to the summit. The route is not secured all the time and requires climbing of I.-II. UIAA degree.

6. By the south ridge - Visoka rosijanska pot (Alta Via Resiana). This part of the famous high route is very beautiful - marked, exposed, but not secured. It requires climbing of I.-II. UIAA degree, only on one place, where it reaches III. degree, it is secured by steel ropes. The starting point on the high route is Med Baban saddle, 2004 m on the south ridge, which can be reached either from Rezija/Resia or Soča/Isonzo valley.

Ascending Visoki Kanin /...The approach from E
On the ridge of Kanin from...Bor - Summit ridge from the E
The climbing on the ferrata...Bor - Ferrata Julia

Red Tape

No limitations.
A yellow tulip on botanic route to Sella Bila PecAdonal - Flora
Boca waterfallesAdonal - Boka waterfall

When To Climb

Summer and autumn (best months are usually July - October)
Spring for tour skiing (Usually march - May)

Huts and Camping

Approaching Dom Petra Skalarja
Towards Petra Skalarja hut
Rif. Gilberti and Lopa
Rif. Gilberti
To climb Visoki Kanin the following mountain huts and bivouacs are useful:

> Bivouac C.A.I. Manzano. For the ascent from south.
> Dom Petra Skalarja na Kaninu, 2260 m, (041) 527-926. For the ascent from south-east.
> Rif. C. Gilberti, 1850 m. For the ascent from north.
> Rif. Divisione Julia - Nevea, 1142 m. For the ascent from north.
> Bivouac Marussich, 2050 m. For the ascent from north.

Mountain Conditions

For weather see here.

Additions and Corrections

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ganesh70Via ferrata "Rosalba Grasselli"

ganesh70

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I think it should be mentioned that if you want to climb the NW ridge of Monte Canin, you have to climb before the via ferrata "Rosalba Grasselli" on the west crest of Picco di Carnizza, which is short but quite demanding in a couple of aerial passages.

Sella Peravo is much more known as Sella Grubia.

Great route anyway.
Posted Sep 9, 2009 9:22 am
Vid PogachnikRe: Via ferrata

Vid Pogachnik

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Thanks, Fabrizio!

I copied you comment on the page of Kanin. I also gave you editing rights, so please just do any corrections on the page you find appropriate.

And secondly, we have two trip reports on Via Alta Resiana, but you'd expect people will first read route descriptions. If you did this route, please post a route description. You are having quite a long list of them to write, he, he.
Posted Sep 10, 2009 1:55 pm
ganesh70Re: Via ferrata

ganesh70

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You're right...

About the route actually I did only the first part of it ( or the second, it depends from where you start ), from Stolvizza to the Marussich bivouac and the next day from the bivouac to the summit of Monte canin and back. This is one of the classic treks of the Julians, I think it deserves a good page here, I could write this part and maybe Norbert can write the other if he has the time.

Ciao!
Posted Sep 10, 2009 3:33 pm

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