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HIKING WITH ME

Stories about searching for tales in the mountains

Climbing Mt Aneto – to the Top of the Pyrenees

While unpacking in a hotel room in Belasque, a village hidden deep in the Pyrenees, I am not sure if I first smelled the sheep or heard their bells before being aware of their presence. And suddenly I feel disoriented. You know that feeling when you are not sure where...

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Dugi otok, in translation – Long Island

The island looks on a map like a kitten that yawns and extends in the morning and expects to be cuddled. It lays parallel to the Croatian coast, in line with Zadar.  The 45 kilometers from one side to the other this island show an abundance of rocks, Mediterranean low...

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Rumija by the two of us

I stare through a plane window as we cruise above Montenegrin mountains, while the sun is setting down. The bird’s eye perspective needs some time to settle in and after a couple of mountains, a familiar mark shows - a small white dot on the top of a peak – the church...

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My TEDx talk about Kilimanjaro

It’s been half a year since I climbed Kilimanjaro and wrote about it. It feels in so many ways that I gave all of myself to it and that there is nothing else left within me. Like I didn’t know what else to climb, where else to go, what is my next big thing. But it is...

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Climbing Kilimanjaro

"Kilimanjaro is a snow-covered mountain, 19,710 feet high, and is said to be the highest mountain in Africa. Its western summit is called by the Maasai "Ngaje Ngai" the House of God. Close to the western summit there is a dried and frozen carcass of a...

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Hello Africa, Hello Kilimanjaro

Sometimes, some distant places are so far and unreachable that you think about going to them like going to the Moon. My first idea about going to Kilimanjaro came when I realized that you can actually go there… when some people I knew went there. The...

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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...

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Stop longing for nature. Go there

"For many years, I have been moved by the blue at the far edge of what can be seen, that color of horizons, of remote mountain ranges, of anything far away. The color of that distance is the color of an emotion, the color of solitude and of desire, the color of there...

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Rainy Saturday along the valley of river Oraovštica

This rainy Saturday brought me a river Oraovštica I didn’t know exists and it flows hardly 20 kilometres from my hometown. We started from the road from Virpazar to Rijeka Crnojevica, parked on the asphalt and went further on by foot. We passed close to the village Oraovo.

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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 sincere...

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Treskavac – a place of living legends

(In literal translation Treskavac means «one who shakes») How many times have I watched in awe the chopped off peak of Treskavac, and tried to decipher during leisure summer time in Brskut (my ancestors’ village) the mystery of the ancient event that caused a part of the mountain to shake off its top and which created this huge stone avalanche?

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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.

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Climbing Gran Paradiso

On 2735 meters above sea level we finally found refuge Vittorio Emanuele II. The surrounding area is all stones, a huge pile of rocks, which looked as if somebody, some titan probably, threw them there. No grass. No trees. Just stones and some snow in the distance. And the sound of water. Melting from the glacier.

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