Brana seen from Kamniško Sedlo
At 2253 m Brana
is often considered to be only a secondary peak among the Kamnik Alps. embedded centrally in the range it pales in height against its more famous brethren Grintovec
. However, it holds a centrall position on the ridge which separates Logarska Dolina
from Kamniška Bistrica
with tremendous drops on either side. In the south Brana
drops with its immense face of Kaptan
into Kamniška Bistrica valley
. It is covered abundantly with vegetation and provides a difficult scrambling ascent to the mountain. Above Kaptan's top a broad and easy south ridge takes you to the summit.
To the north you find Logarska Dolina valley
, one of the highlights of the Kamnik Alps
from which the mountain and its neighbours rises in several steep and giant steps. The easiest ascent, the normal route, negotiates these steps towards Kamniško sedlo
, the saddle which separates Brana
from its eastern neighbour, Planjava
. From there one hour of hiking along a steep, exposed but protected trail takes you to the top of the mountain. It is considered one of the easiest and shortest ascents in the Kamnik Alps
, which can be easily done on a long day from the valley floor. In unstable weather, in foggy, wet or snowy conditions the whole route can become a trap. In rainy conditions the lower slopes attract rockfall from the Brana North Face
, while some of the polished slabs right beneath Kamniško sedlo
can become downright slippery. In snow conditions the upper ridge traverse can only be done with proper equipment. Due to the many vertical sections a false step can prove lethal.
To the west of Brana
the Kotliči notch separates it from Turska gora
and the western part of the Kamnik Alps
. The traverse of both mountains is a popular means of accessing Brana
. Even more deserving, froman alpinistic view, is the complete traverse of the west-east ridge from Kočna
, Turska Gora
has three faces:
- The tall, steep and awesome west face drops from Blek, the summital basin, into the Kotliški Graben ravine.
- The east face, a confusion of pillars and gullies rises above the Pastirji meadow.
- Unfortunately statistically shadowed, the Brana north face quite expressly drops upon the Okrešelj meadow.
- Alpinistic ascents are most popular on the east face (for instance the upper pillars, or the Bos gully).
- The west face offers very attractive, but difficult routes.
- The southern slopes (Kaptan) are mainly done along a summer scramble (tricky orientation), or the often avalanchous Bobnar gully in winter.
360° Summit Panorama
360° summit panorama from Brana
Logarska Dolina and Kamniško Sedlo
- From Kamnik
- Take road 225 to Krivčevo.
- Switch to 924 north to Luče.
- Switch to 428 direction Paulitschsattel / Pavličevo sedlo.
- At Setstre Logar drive into Logarska dolina until its end.
- From Bad Eisenkappel (Austria)
- Take B82 to Bad Vellach
- After the resort turn left onto the narrow road to Paulitschsattel / Pavličevo sedlo
- Cross the Slovenian border onto 428 direction Luče
- At Setstre Logar drive into Logarska Dolina until its end.
- From Kamnik
- Take 225 to Stahovica.
- Turn onto 923 into Kamniška Bistrica and drive to its very end
Fire Salamander stubbornly climbing my boot
- Unless signalized (barrier, signpost), and upon your own responsibility, you can use forest roads which are visible on maps (these roads are mainly maintained for lumbering and hut cable station access purposes).
- Fishing & hunting is regulated.
- Wild camping and open fires are not allowed.
- The Kamnik-Savinja Alps are part of the Natura 2000 program.
- The Logar valley (Logarska dolina) is a Landscape Parc and there is a reasonable fee for the road up the valley, in the summer months during the daytime.
The genral place to look for accommodation in Slovenia is www.slovenia.info
. However, accommodation is a bit tricky to find there as accommodation is sorted by regions, three of which touch in the Kamnik Alps region (Central Slovenia, Savinjska and Gorenjska).
Maps & Books
PZS: Planinska Zveza Slovenije
- Kamniško - Savinjske Alpe
PZS: Planinska Zveza Slovenije
- Klopeiner See / Karawanken Ost / Steiner Alpen
Kompass Map WK65
- Vodnik Kamniško-Savinjske Alpe
V. Habjan, J. Drab, A. Poljanec, A. Stritar
PLANINSKI VODNIKI - Slovenija
- Mountaineering in Slovenia
- Karawanken und Steiner Alpen
- Klettersteige Julische Alpen, Steiner Alpen, Karawanken, Karnischer Hauptkamm
External LinksBrana east face
page (alpine climbs)