OverviewFrom a hiking/scrambling point of view, Vrh Rup (2245 m) is quite out of reach. It also is not a prominent peak. Vrh Rup is probably more often reached by alpinists, mostly in winter, or along the ridge traverse, or by hunters. Nevertheless, it stands out historically. In the past, only locals (mostly hunters) knew a few ways of reaching the Loška Stena ridge from the Koritnica Valley, from the village of Log pod Mangartom.
Vrh Rup is part of the Loška stena group of mountains.
Koritnica Valley Climbs
In 1909, the Slovenian mountaineer and author Henrik Tuma became the first tourist to reach the Loška Stena ridge, accompanied by members of the Černuta family. The route starts in the village of Log itself (650 m) and after passing by the Parabola waterfall, it manages up the green cone seen in the image here above. The crux is the upper wall which Tumova/Lovska manages diagonally from r. to l. and so reaches the summit of Vrh Rup.
Dr. Henrik Tuma
Vrh Rup gained again in renommée when winter ascents of the gully between Vrh Rup and Oblica ("Grapa med Vrh Rup in Oblico") grew popular. "Lukežev led", an ice line (WI) that forms on the pedestal, is also a winter classic.
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Bala / Bavšica Valley Route
Vrh Rup standard ascent
Start from the Oltarji summit (!) and follow its SW ridge, an easy and slight descent. There is no major notch separating both summits. Continue the traverse along the Vrh Rup NE ridge (short), the terrain now more demanding, and exposure growing. This is the simplest way of reaching Vrh Rup, though long and in fact quite rare. In 2014, there was no cairn on the summit. Descend by reversing (return to Oltarji, then Briceljk, etc.)
Getting ThereBala Valley : Bavšica Trailhead (alt. 710 m)
Koritnica Valley : Log pod Mangartom (alt. 650 m)
Red TapeHere (Park rules)
CampingList of camping places in Bovec and along the Trenta valley.
External LinksBeta : Vrh Rup northwest face on primorskestene.com, alpine climbing, in Slovenian.
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