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Alex Vega - Prestreljenik and its window
January 24th, 2005 - Links to the Kanin group inserted. Summit Views chapter created.
> July 17th, 2004 - Initial setup of the page.
Claudio - Prestreljenik / Monte Forato from the south
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.)
The name of this mountain is sort of funny and it means "the shooted through". This is due to a big rock window in the west ridge of a mountain. The Italian name for Prestreljenik is Monte Forato. Also the creation of this window peoples' fairy tale attributes to the Devil, who in a dense fog and with full speed bumped into the mountain, creating with his horns a big hole in it...
Otherwise Prestreljenik is the second highest mountain in Kanin subgroup of Julian Alps, only Visoki Kanin/Monte Canin exceeds it. Due to the cable-car from Bovec (Slovenia) and also to the other one from Sella Nevea (Italy) Prestreljenik is very often ascended. Actually true mountaineers take it by the way, while going to other summits, and ordinary tourists jump on the summit just as a supplementary for the cable-car trip. From the summit of Prestreljenik you can enjoy a super panorama.
Besides the summit itself hikers also often visit its window. A secured path ascends from south into it, but unfortunately there it also ends. Rocks from the window towards summit are too hard for a normal route. And finally a great attraction of Prestreljenik is also skiing. Below it, on both sides (Slovenian and Italian) there are ordinary ski resorts. But last 200 meters are too steep. Only in very good conditions skiing can be done from the summit. It is hard, very steep and in the upper part also exposed. When we climbed it in January, due to lack of snow we left skis some 50 meters below the summit. If you arrive from Italian side you can have from the ski resort above Sella Nevea over Prevala Pass to the summit of Prestreljenik a very fine ski tour. Although having a steep rocky north face, Prestreljenik is not popular for rock climbing. The structure of Kanin mountains with only horizontal layers of rock and ledges is not appropriate for hard climbs.
Kanin massif from Soca river valley (Prestreljenik is in the middle in clouds):
On the summit of Prestreljenik - Visoki Kanin/Monte Canin behind:
Thinking for myself, standing one clear January day on its summit, I probably had the best panorama in Julian Alps. From Dolomites on the western horizon, over all the main peaks of Julian Alps, which you are looking from south, over hilly Slovenia to Adriatic coast and river Po plane.
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
By car/bus Soca valley and Bovec
can be reached over Vrsic pass (from Sava valley) or from south, from Gorica/Gorizia.
Reklanica/Raccolana Valley and Nevejski preval/Sella Nevea (Pass) 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 NE, from Trbiz/Tarvisio.
Two cable-cars can help you reach the high plateau of Kanin mountains:
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.
Julijske Alpe - Zahodni del (Western part). Planinska zveza Slovenije. 1:50000.
A schematic map of Prestreljenik and its routes. The blue one is ski tour.
1. From south. From the upper station (2200m) of cable-car from Bovec, below Prestreljenik south slopes on a saddle sout-east of it, then over east slopes to the summit. 45 minutes. Marked, the last part is steep.
2. From Sella Nevea (1195m). To Rif. Gilberti (1850m) you can hike by a marked path (over ski slopes) or take a cable-car (works only during skiing season ?). From the hut you proceed towards east, first some 100m down in the valley, then up to Prevala Pass, 2062m. From here on you keep on the south-east side of Prestreljenik's NE ridge and finally climb the summit over its east slopes. From Sella Nevea 4h, from Rif. Gilberti 2h 30min. This is also a very fine ski tour with 1300m altitude difference, where also the cable car to Rif. Gilberti can be used.
Prevala Pass can also be reached from Bovec (in Soca valley) or by one of paths crossing Kanin massif east of it.
When To Climb
Prestreljenik can be climbed virtually the whole year. But in hard winter or if icy, the steep summit slopes require attention and winter equipment.
To climb Visoki Kanin the following mountain huts are useful (although the ascent can be done in one day):
Dom Petra Skalarja na Kaninu, 2260m, (041) 527-926. For the ascent from south-west.
Rif. C. Gilberti, 1850m. For the ascent from north.
Rif. Divisione Julia - Nevea, 1142m. For the ascent from north.
For weather see here