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Hajla winter climb

Hajla winter climb

In his preparation for Mt Everest, Safet Mavrić – Ćako spent a lot of time on his favorite mountain Hajla, which stands close to Rožaje, on the border between Montenegro and Kosovo. He was an experienced climber and mountaineer. On January 6th, 1997, he climbed...
The legend of Bukumirsko Lake

The legend of Bukumirsko Lake

The Bukumirsko Lake legend was told to me on a pasture close to our farm house. Every day, at around the same time, an old shepherdess appeared from the old rural path with her flock of sheep. Even after so many years, in my mind’s eye I can still see her...
Treskavac – a place of living legends

Treskavac – a place of living legends

I don’t even know how many times have I been on this, as I call it, homeland mountain, but the feeling I had the first time, when I saw the abyss that divides Treskavac and Šila and the inaccessible cliffs above the katun (temporary shepherds’ shelter), is...
Rumija – sea, lake and mountains – all in one

Rumija – sea, lake and mountains – all in one

It seems fitting to start my first blog post typing on the phone, on a mountain peak where you can see both the Adriatic Sea and the biggest lake of my country – Skadar Lake. The mountain is Rumija, in the South of Montenegro, north of city of Bar. Far in the...
Climbing Gran Paradiso

Climbing Gran Paradiso

I woke up at midnight. Head throbbing. I can’t believe it’s too hot to sleep. I am in airbnb flat in a village in Aosta valley in the Alps. I know it’s midnight because the church bell sounds 12 times, and then every half an hour it rings again. I dreamed I...