Good shoes, sticks.
Rating the Route (by Hiking Standards)
The end of Poden/Bodental0. General:
From 1052m to 2236m. Steep, non-marked path, screes. Quite some effort needed on soft screes below the Vrtaca saddle and the saddle between Mali and Veliki Stol. Exposition north and east. Gear: good shoes, sticks. This route is useful for a descent
, because of soft screes below both saddles (altogether you can comfortably slide down some 500m of altitude!
1 - no difficulties, only walk-up.
1 - no difficulties (in winter, if icy, these slopes could be steep.
2 - easy, you have to find only the trail to the screes below Vrtaca/Wertatscha.
The trailhead starts in Poden/Bodental, 1052m. You reach this beautiful valley from the main road which goes over Ljubelj/Loibl pass (deter from it on the Austrian side). See also the main page.
Stol and its routes
From the last parking place in Poden/Bodental you continue by the marked path towards south. In some 20 minutes it reaches the beautiful Mlaka/Maerchenwiese
. From there continue towards south, but just before reaching big screes below Vrtaca/Wertatscha north face, you leave the marked path. It turns a bit towards right, ascending through woods on Vrata pass and further to Celovska koca / Klagenfurter Huette. We continue straight towards south and soon reach the big screes. Here the troubles start.
Over these screes there goes no path. In summer rarely anyone ascends in summer. It's much different in winter and spring, when here many tour skiers ascend and ski down. In summer go directly up and towards right until you hit the path, coming from the left. Ascend by it to the clearly seen Vrtaca saddle, 1845m. On our left is Svacica, 1953m, on our right is the long west ridge of Vrtaca.
From Vrtaca pass you first cross the south slopes of Svacica and so in few minutes reach the Belscica pass, 1840m. Here you hit on the marked path from Celovska koca / Klagenfurter Huette. Follow it into V Koznah basin and up to the summit of Stol, as described in route description 'From Klagenfurter Huette Over Belscica'
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