We got up early in the morning to set off on our hike from Lake Bohinj up into the Julian Alps. Since no camping was allowed in the national park we were going to stay at a mountain hut so were able to leave alot of our stuff behind at the campsite.
From the lake you can see the cliffs where the hike starts and you look at them and think "how the hell does anyone get up there?". A very intense climb to start the day, that involved using your hands alot to pull you along, but very satisfying. Such an amazing place to be hiking and after 8 hours we made it to one of the huts near the summit of the higgest peak of Solvenia at 2864m. And we seemed to have made it just in time as the weather started to pack in as we arrived.
Enjoyed a well deserved beer and some traditional solvenia food (goulash and polenta), then by 7pm we were falling asleep at the table, so it was off to bed in the attick (budget option). Sleeping wasn´t so good, as they literally have the mattresses lined up right next to each other on the floor, and it was a full house so Mark enjoyed a bit of footsies in the night from one of the scout boys! Also not long after we´d gone to bed a massive storm came along, and the lightning and thunder was so close and went on all night, so didn´t get much sleep.
The next morning the weather was still rough and we saw a couple of girls leave and then return to say they got stuck in the hail and lightning and had to turn back. After waiting an hour or so we made a break and took a good track that dropped down into a valley pretty quickly for some shelter. Saw some wild animals along the way (some type of mere cat, goats, deer, and heaps of lizards). Got a bit lost on the way down, so ended up taking bout 8 hours and enjoyed that beer and icecream at the bottom.
Went back to the same campground at Lake Bohinj and no sooner had we put our tent up the rain and thunder came. There was no hope of trying to cook our own food so had a pizza and the camping resturant and some red wine.