Via Adriatica  u službi dobrote i humanosti

 

               Ranko Dragičević i Daniel Lončar u akciji  “1100 kilometra za 1100 terapija”

Još im je preostalo samo tristo metara do vrha Dinare! Hoće li uspjeti, hoće li ga ispenjati? Čekali  su i čekali, cijela dva dana, ali vrijeme je bilo neumoljivo i nije im dopustilo da ispenju Sinjal (1831 m), najveći  vrh Hrvatske. Mećava je divljala, nemilosrdno plešući  svoj ples, igrajući se s njihovim već ionako  opterećenim i izmorenim tijelima. Prsti su već poplavili, počeli se smrzavati,  a nestalo je hrane. Morali su bježati!

Nije bilo jednostavno, ali grabili su prema novom smjeru koji je značio povratak na jednu od  sigurnijih jučerašnjih ili prekjučerašnjih  točaka. Ovisilo je o tome na koje će prepreke naići, što li će ih snaći, a i teški  ruksaci obješeni o ramena, uvelike su im usporavali hod.

Ostali su  prisebni, odlučni, stameni i čvrsti. Ponekad i jači od tih planinskih stijena koje su se, iako  već u proljetnom travnju, debelo sakrile pod pokrovom napadalog  snijega. Sve oko njih mraz, led i mećava koja je sa svih strana nemilosrdno udarala. Padali su, upadali duboko u snijeg, izvlačili se, napredovali centimetar po centimetar, korak po korak, a kada nisu mogli “probiti” zacrtanu stazu nije bilo druge nego okrenuti smjer.

Ovo je samo dio puta kojeg su na svom putu, dugom 1100 km, prošli  Bračani – Ranko Dragičević (32)  i Daniel Lončar (36), emotivni i entuzijastični humanitarci, ljubitelji triatlona i ekstremnih sportova.

 

 

                                                 Za Bračke pupoljke hod dug 1100 kilometara                                                       

Unatoč oštrom vremenu i nepogodama  išli su naprijed, ostavljajući oluju za sobom, a time i nelagodu koja ih je povremeno prožimala.  Ne toliko zbog sebe, već zbog onih koji su ih kod kuće čekali da se jave. Majke, očevi, djeca, Rankova supruga i prijatelji  nestrpljivo su čekali  vijesti o uspješno prijeđenom putu i samo jedno “halo” koje će im potvrditi da su živi i zdravi. Nije bilo lako, živci su ponekad bili prenapregnuti do bola.

“Nikad, u nijednom trenutku  nismo požalili da smo tu, nije bilo vremena o tome razmišljati, samo je bilo pitanje kako se izvući. Kad je lijepo nema razloga za žaljenje, a kada je ružno moraš izvlačiti živu glavu. Nema odustajanja jer bi to značilo smrzavanje. U lošim  trenucima smo iz sebe izvlačili  snagu za koju  nismo mogli niti pomisliti da je imamo. Hodali smo što smo brže mogli, gledali u pod i bježali iz oluje – započeo je Daniel ovu nesvakidašnju, emocijama i adrenalinom nabijenu priču.

Svu su svoju mladenačku snagu, mentalnu i fizičku spremu odlučili  još jednom iskušati i napregnuti je do posljednjih  atoma izdržljivosti. Svoje su ambicije i tjelesne granice  odredili pomaknuti i bezrezervno ih pokloniti  dječici  s poteškoćama u razvoju o kojima uz roditelje, već godinama brine i udruga Brački pupoljci gdje  djeca svakodnevno dobivaju potrebne  terapije.

“Ranko me je pozvao da mu se pridružim u hodu Via Adriaticom. Nisam ni trenutka dvojio jer moj  život je  ionako  jedna velika akcija, isprepleten  stalnim i neobičnim putovanjima. Pogotovo me motiviralo  kada smo rasvijetlili ideju i donijeli plan da ovim našim 1100 kilometara dugim hodom djeci  osiguramo  barem trećinu godišnjeg proračuna za  primanje  terapija. Simbolično smo ovaj naš put i akciju  nazvali “1100 kilometara za 1100 terapija”- nastavlja  Daniel.

 

                                                                      Stazu čine ljudi

Via Adriatica jedinstvena je prirodna cjelina, duga 1100 km i nije je  jednostavno priječi, do sada  je u cijelosti prešlo  samo  dvadesetak najhrabrijih i najodvažnijih.  Vizualizirao ju je i uz pomoć prijatelja povezao  Srećko Vukov. Spojio je taj ljubitelj prirode  jadranske specifičnosti od Rta Kamenjak u Istri do Prevlake, četrnaest planina, devet rijeka, dva jezera, osamnaest  zaštićenih područja, omogućivši da  osim u jadranskim prirodnim ljepotama ljubitelji prirode  uživaju i u ovoj  toploj ljudskoj priči.

“Krenuli smo od Rta Kamenjak u Istri. Prešli smo Učku, Grobničke Alpe, Snježnik, Risnjak, Velebit, Dinaru, Svilaju, Kozjak, a pred nama su Poljička planina, Omiška Dinara, Biokovo, Zmijsko Brdo i Sniježnica, što za nas znači još nekih dvadesetak dana hoda ili otprilike trećina puta – kazao je Ranko i nastavio:

“Osjećamo da smo fizički iscrpljeni, ali  podrška dragih ljudi, obitelji, izmamila nam je mnogo puta suze na oči. Toliko smo predivnih, humanih ljudi sreli na ovom našim dionicama. Svakodnevno nam stižu tople i poticajne  riječi, motivirajuće poruke. Iako nismo emotivci sve nas je to duboko dirnulo. Došli smo do jednostavnog zaključka da stazu čine ljude.

Nisu mogli zamisliti da će im staza u tom smislu  pružiti toliko  lijepih trenutaka, da će ih kontaktirati potpuno nepoznati ljudi, i brinuti o njima kao o svojim najrođenijima, paziti na njih, nuditi im pomoć, paziti da ne spavaju na otvorenom, organizirati hranu. Toliko su ih dirnule i iznenadile ove lijepe geste da su se u tren počeli preispitivati  i pitati jedan drugoga “jesmo li  mi neljudi kada nam je ovo humano  ponašanje tako veliko iznenađenje”.

Ove tople riječi i ljudske geste izbalansirale su sve  izazove koji su ih snašli. Na ovaj put dug 1100 kilometara krenuli su zbog sebe, pomicanja vlastitih granica  i dječice koja svakodnevno, ne samo ovu godinu, već i svaku sljedeću trebaju svoje terapije i našu pomoć.

 

                                                          Prirodi liječi, oplemenjuje i nadahnjuje

Stvorio se i stvara se neprekinuti  krug ljubavi i dobrote koji će  im zasigurno ostati duboko urezan u svaku poru.

“Nama drugi ljudi pomažu, mi pomažemo djeci i cijeli taj val ljubav se eksponencijalno širi. Navest ljude da reagiraju, pomažu i daju ono najbolje od sebe neprocjenjiv je dar, predivan osjećaj. Poruke podrške su dirljive – Uz vas smo, mislimo na vas uz nebrojena srca u jednoj poruci. Pa dirnuti smo do dna duše! ”- vidno emotivan kaže Daniel, a Ranko ga nadopunjava:

“Motiviraju nas ljudi, pomažu nam da ostvarimo svoj naum, pomognemo djeci i prikupimo novac za njihove terapije.  Obasuli su nas  dobrotom, pažnjom i toplinom i to je nešto najvrjednije što nam se događa na ovom putu. Kad bi nam bio potreban savjet kontaktirali bi planinarske znalce, naročito naše prijatelje iz HGSS-a i njihovog pročelnika Darka Gavrića Čerću  koji nam je u ovom našem pothvatu velika podrška. Ponekad su uvjeti ekstremni kao na onom velebitskom dijelu staze – prisjetio se Ranko još jednog izazovnog trenutka i nastavio nizati događaje:

“Hodali smo Velebitom iz Zavižana, Premužićevom stazom according to Rossijevom skloništu (1580 m). Upadali smo u snijeg do kukova, a ponekad i cijeli, najednom shvativši da gazimo po vrhovnim granama borova. Štapovima i derezama smo otkopavali prijevoj. Čisteći pred sobom put i snježne nanose uspjeli smo prijeći četiri takva prijevoja, misleći kako smo pred kraj nedaćama. Međutim , ubrzo smo shvatili  da takvih prijevoja pred nama ima još najmanje  dvadeset.  Dva kilometra od skloništa smo se odlučili vratiti, opet preko ta četiri opasna prijevoja.  Hodali smo napamet, vjerojatno po rubu staze i litica visokih i tridesetak metara s teškim ruksacima na leđima koji su nam dobrano otežavali kretanje.  Upadali smo u rupe, nailazili na medvjeđe tragove, pitajući se kako ćemo ovo uopće proći?  Pokušali smo zaobići Premužićevu  stazu, a onda pogledaš i zapitaš se što ja radim ovdje ako je staza gore, 100 m poviše. Bili su to trenuci neizvjesnosti koje smo trebali nadvladati fizički i umno.  Izgubili smo mnogo snage, ali vratili smo se i do cilja probili primorskom stazom. ”

“Ne, nisu to bili teški trenuci, to su bili izazovni trenuci, dodatno su nas naučili kako se kretati u prirodi u lošim vremenskim uvjetima, samodisciplini i probijanju vlastitih granica, nakon čega se  osjećamo mentalno i fizički jači. Priroda i vremenski uvjeti su nas naučili disciplini i nesalomljivosti. Naučila nas je priroda da je poštujemo, da postoje granice koje ne smijemo prijeći. Najvažnije ih je bilo osvijestiti na licu mjesta jer da smo ta upozorenja zanemarili loše bi prošli – kaže Daniel.”

 

                                                          Neprekinuti  krug ljubavi i dobrote

Prema njihovim riječima na ovoj stazi dugoj  51 dan mogu svašta očekivati.  Planina je nepredvidljiva. U jednom se danu na stazi mogu  promijeniti sva četiri godišnja doba što za iskusne planinare i nije iznenađenje. Dugi hod, spavanje pod šatorom, skloništima preko čijih vrata upadaju naleti snijega, štagljevima.  Nema komfora, spava se ponekad maltene pod vedrim nebom jer šator je preslab da ih obrani od tako žestoke hladnoće. S hranom se mora stalno balansirati jer nikad se ne zna što donosi novi dan i gdje će ih vrijeme prikovati za mjesto.

“Ali ovo je iskonski život čovjeka. Boravak u prirodi liječi, oplemenjuje, nadahnjuje. Taj dugi hod i spoj sa  zemljom je magičan, prožima tijelo, prazneći  ga i puneći istovremeno. Kako je to moguće? Pa, čudan je taj spoj prirode i čovjeka, a mi smo se tom neobjašnjivom spoju potpuno prepustili, nosi nas. Ne vapimo za luksuzom, ne robujemo svakodnevici. Priroda nas osvješćuje, daje nam najbolje od sebe i upućuje da uživamo u doživljaju, a ne u nametnutom materijalizmu jer za nas je priroda najveći komfor. Odmorili smo se od mobitela, kompjutera, televizije i vijesti. Lijepo je biti u svijetu kojem savršeno  pripadaš, uronjen u sebe, u svoj bitak, djecu i najbliže, poštujući pritom samo ljudske i prirodne zakonitosti.

Pa momci nek vam je sretno na vašem daljnjem putu, a mi, vaši vjerni pratitelji pobrinut ćemo se da vaša akcija pomaganja djeci s poteškoćama u razvoju bude što uspješnija.

Postanimo svi s ponosom dio ove predivne jadranske trase Via Adriatice, duge 1100 kilometara i omogućimo djeci udruge Brački pupoljci 1100 terapija.

Detaljnije informacije  pronađite OVDJE.

Written by: Anita Palada

Foto: Ranko Dragičević, Daniel Lončar, Srećko Vukov

 

 

 

 

Row…row…faster…faster – 3, 2, 1…Bombaa!!!!

The water violently smacked into the boat, lifting it, cradling the raft for a few seconds in the crisp mountain air.

Then Boom!

Back into the ferocious rushing water, the rubber raft pirouetting and bouncing between two menacing boulders.

Every roller coaster plunge created an explosive spray of water—and my breathing sigh of relief. I was  alive, braving the capricious Cetina River rapids in southern Croatia, and still feverishly rowing, hoping to avoid colliding with those massive rocks.

“3, 2, 1…Row, keep rowing…Bombaa,” yelled the raft’s skipper Josip Matijevic, the experienced, seemingly unflappable white water guide.

His forceful commands emphasized one ominous, but still exhilarating fact—me and my rafting partners in this small boat were facing lightning fast waters along with merciless, submerged rocks, and every move with our oars  had to be remarkably precise.   Or else!

So I banished those thoughts from my mind, focusing on the challenges that lie ahead, forgetting the fears I had obsessed about the night before this adventure.

“Row…row…faster…faster, get to the left, the left…3, 2, 1..Bombaa,” the tanned, very confident-sounding Matijević demanded each time we approached a dip in the rapids. Then there would be a predictable “Boom” once we descended a wall of waves and foam, and each time my heart sped up. But always calm, Mateijevic never flinched.

I always did.

My life seemingly resting in his hands and keen “river sense,” I tried to completely  forget my nervousness, about this adventure. To trust his instructions. That was difficult.         While he had diligently prepared us for the demanding 10 kilometer river passages—one of the most challenging in Croatia—I was still intimidated by the Cetina’s roar. I had heard it numerous times walking alongside it, but actually “riding” these waves, feeling its’ force, the churning power that generated loud “Craaaacks” was a whole different, exacting experience.

And also a supremely exciting one.

As Matijević barked, “Go left…go right…watch out, here comes another falls,” invariably another avalanche of chilling spray crashed over me. Always passing only a few feet from giant rocks, I sensed how fickle the Cetina was—calm one moment, a time to appreciate all the natural beauty, then moments later recognizing there was imminent peril. That if we merely brushed into a boulder it would mean tumbling over and over into the water.

I still managed to calm my fears, to enjoy the unique thrill of confronting the rolling waves. It gave me a sense of power, a feeling of being very alive. I was no longer stressed by the everyday world. I was free.

Interrupting my brief moment of thinking about myself, and how I was meeting the Cetina’s constant challenges, Matijevic yelled, “We are going to the cave,  there is very freshwater, only 7 degrees, don’t go there if your body is not ready for temperature shock.”

Successes, not insecurities, now further emboldening me, I jumped into the water, allowing the icy whirlpools to excite every pore of my body. Hardly feeling the cold, the sensation of being totally chilled, I spun around and around, playing like a child. It was total bliss!

We finally had to leave this grotto, and while feeling energized, my “survival” was still in doubt. Could I summon enough nerve to climb to the top of a 10 m high cliff, and then jump into the water? After taking so many lashes from the waves, and quelling all my previous worries, did I have enough adrenaline—and self-confidence—to take one last plunge?

One of my rafting companions hurried up the cliff, and without a moment’s hesitation, she jumped. So I quickly followed. Once airborne, time stood still for a few glorious seconds, and when I surfaced, I thankfully realized my body was still intact.

Content, I frolicked in the water, and heard the woman pleading, “Can we please do this again, please, just one more jump before we finish? Just one more  jump.”

I could only smile. I knew she had overcome her own self-doubts, and was now feeling jubilant exactly like me. That we had both turned our initial anxieties into a sort of  freedom-loving awakening. We mastered the Cetina, and were more than ready to return here. We were now looking forward to taking other risks—life’s “leaps of faith.

 

Ferrata Omiš Dinara Mountain

If you want to fly learn how to climb!

My heart was violently beating. I was so afraid of flying.

Every time I walked in the mountains I jealously looked at the birds soaring above me, and wanted to be just like them, free to spread my wings, to reach the sky.

These birds just didn’t stay in one place. They could wander, be playful and independent, free to see the world, and to enjoy Nature’s wonders.

Here was my opportunity to be like a bird, to reach new heights, and to touch the clouds—if I could overcome my fears and do Ferrata.

But as I looked at the cliffs, the difficult to pass boulders, the many cables, and the other hurdles attached to doing Ferrata, my becoming a true “bird” seemed impossible. I was that scared.

I also knew that a young, inexperienced bird had to be courageous, so I tried to banish all the bad thoughts in my head—the horror movie which had me coming to a very untimely END.

Omiš Dinara Mountain
Ferrata
Omiš Dinara Mountain

But could I really fly? Could I roam over the sea, be a part of Nature, and feel her power?

I didn’t usually have so much self-doubt. I certainly didn’t admit defeat  too often. I liked taking chances—and because the views atop these cliffs overlooking the magical Adriatic Sea were so exhilarating, it was impossible to turn away from the mountain, to refuse this chance to take flight.

So there was no more thinking, no more doubts.

Click!

I would be a bird. Brave and determined.

I hooked up the carbines with steel sites, gazed up at the menacing-looking boulders—and said a quick prayer to God. “Please protect this small bird. Help me fly for the first time. I want to see the world. See oceans and forests. Please watch over me. Help me become fearless.”

So I took my first steps.

I saw the team of climbers, moving, climbing, everyone in line. Led by experienced climbers, we moved toward the mountaintop, even as I kept wondering, “Why am I doing this?”

But I also realized every little bird has to take chances, leave the nest of security and learn to fly, to be free. Sure it meant risking my life, but I couldn’t live my life crippled by fear.

I kept climbing. After digging and burying carbines, I had this new amazing feeling. It was a wondrous surge of energy, electricity, an unqualified sense of FREEDOM. It was a feeling joyously new to me. I was a bird…I was completely alive.

At the summit the pleasures continued. Outstretched before me were glorious green hillsides, the azure Cetina River, and a necklace of coves with alluring white beaches.

The mountain first seemed to be a cluster of rocks, harsh, unfriendly and beyond conquering. But believe me, they are special rocks. They led me to discovering new strength, new resolve, and the faith that I could take risks, overcome mighty obstacles.

So I often return to Omiš Dinara Mountain to feel the wind and to see my fellow birds hovering over me. I wave to them. They make all sorts of happy noises, as if noticing that I too know how to fly. I do!

Like them, I am also free.

Via ferrata through the Čikola Canyon – Can I fly once again

 

Was it unusual to follow a river that didn’t flow through its riverbed? The Čikola river has disappeared.  It didn’t want to show us her beauty and the joy she usually radiates. We looked for a few drops, but we didn’t find them. We climbed the heights of her canyon to see the Čikola moving, to hear her roar. We went down close to the river bed into the trough and waited patiently, but she didn’t answer!

We were here, in the heart of Čikola Canyon walked through  its beautiful land. Ready to explore the canyon heights, depths, wild and  untouched nature which surrounded us. Wide meadows welcomed us. All around us, it was beautiful and with  multicolored flowers. They invited us to join them. We sat there for the moment, touched softly their petals, and smelled its magic scent. We were drunk of nature and its beauty but had to go on. Where? To climb Ferrata!

Maybe you don’t know what Ferrata is? Maybe you haven’t yet felt the power of a harness with two leashes connected with steel cables, fixed to the rock of sides of cliffs. If you ever have the desire to fly over the clouds and be free, try it. Believe me it is an amazing feeling!

 

We finally started to climb Ferrata.

The Ferrata of Čikola was something unique and remarkable, it was an unknown place for all of us. A totally new experience.  Although we climbed many Ferrata like Perun, Omiš Dinara, and Kozjak several times, we were  aware that we must appreciate nature, all new cliffs, and their power.

I am very experienced in Ferrata but despite that, my little heart was beating faster. I looked at my friends, tried to prepare for my first steps. The climb started! No more thinking this was  time to act.  My sense of adventure boosted my adrenaline. I Felt alive, in my natural surroundings.  I felt free, but could I fly once again?

Sometimes climbing seems impossible, but I knew I have had to be brave, mentally strong and my legs and arms would work perfectly.

I had to climb my first difficult cliff.  My inner voice whispered to me to be brave.  Even if nothing has gone perfect, I had to be patient.

Obstacles confronted me. It was harder than I  thought. I tried to push  my entire body to go on, to reach a distant carved step. Unsuccessful! I was in a trap! I knew I had to stay, took a breath. I wondered how was I going to conquer  this huge  cliff. I tried once again, pushed my body  to catch another carved step with my arms. The first obstacles were overcome!  I did it!

I could  fly! I found  a measure of happiness which I always wanted. I really understood now the meaning of happiness.  I was overjoyed, grateful to God for this perfect gift and day.

We promised  to come back to Čikola river  and enjoy her beauty again. When? In the time  when she will be ready to show us her charms and full beauty. We don’t want to disturb her moments and her freedom of choice. We have the patience to wait,  to discover her charms slowly.  Čikola river will swell again in its bed and we will be delighted to see her full beauty, the most powerful potential of water.

Soon Čikola River! We will be back!

Four from PK Gojzerica climb Mont Blanc - the peak of everlasting snow and ice

Uspon na Mont Blanc
Climb to Mont Blanc

Stone by stone, ridge by ridge, step by step by snow, driftwood, slippery rocky terrain, land, the much coveted contact with Mont Blanc, the highest peak of the Alps, came to 4810 m above sea level. There was no great euphoria at that moment, but feelings began to come to full force when thoughts settled and the heart calmed. Happy are those who are overwhelmed by these emotions, and this time this wonderful feeling touched Ivan Jozinovic (27), Slaven Grgic (54), Jura Rakuljic (29) and Zlatko Brkljac (27), mountaineers and mountaineering guides of the Gojzerica Mountaineering Club from Split.

From Zrnovnica, this four headed to Chamonix (France), the most important mountaineering center in the world, located at the foot of Mont Blanc, with the intention of making it the second largest European peak, the peak of everlasting snow and ice. The summer, full of positive energy, decided on this venture in order to expand their mountaineering knowledge, re-examine themselves, their physical and mental abilities and feel all the joy of discovering both this and some new challenges.

Alpski vrhovi
Alpine peaks

As they say, the idea was born in a cafe and it didn't take much for a specific deal. Organizational and financial preparations began, the most important thing was to prepare mountaineering equipment, crampons, cleats, climbing belts, good gaiters, gloves, glasses and helmets without which it was impossible to climb. The theoretical knowledge of the venture had to be adopted to some extent, but they were not in awe that they would “drink” all their knowledge of the journey and the expedition from the books… aware that it was only a drop in the sea in relation to what awaited them on that climb.

Arriving at Chamonix, he began to shed light on the idea. The very view of the surrounding peaks was awe-inspiring. They estimated that they were waiting, effort, composure, sweat and perseverance ... and they were right.

Chamonix
Chamonix

Slaven Grgić, is a long-time mountaineer who has already climbed Kilimanjaro (5895 m), and for whom this ascent is a wonderful life and mountaineering experience.

"It was not easy to climb this peak, not so much because of physical and mental strength but because of a lack of oxygen. The worst part of the trip was 200m below my Gouter home (3817m). I had to adjust, or acclimate, as my mental and physical abilities began to leave me. However, that feeling that overwhelmed me when I climbed to the top was perfect. I re-examined my boundaries, managed to push them, and once again beat myself. It is an invaluable feeling, and when that feeling was mixed and with the perfection of nature I had the feeling that I was in paradise. After this endeavor, I am a satisfied and fulfilled man and am already thinking of climbing Elbrus (5642 m), the largest peak of Europe or one of the Himalayan peaks ”.

 Uspon kamenih gromada
The rise of stone boulders

A very similar story was told by Ivan Jozinovic, secretary of PK Gojzerica, a young man whose nature and mountains are implanted at birth with a heart. The desire to explore the mountains took him to Mont Blanc, and according to the gleam in his eyes as the story of this venture made it seem likely that only the sky would be his limit.

"This is my first demanding tip. Until then, I was hiking in the Croatian mountains where I gained experience, skills, knowledge. We opted for Mont Blanc because it is the closest one. For others, further climbs simply did not have the time and money, and given the experience, it was not wise to start with more challenging peaks. Throughout the trip there was positive energy, excitement, but also fear because we were aware that we were engaging in something unknown. At the beginning of the ascent comes the first obstacle so called. Death Tower, a very steep valley between two rows of rocks where a narrow path is to be crossed, and if a fall occurs it ends up on rocks or in the crevice of glaciers. A great risk is the fall of stones, which because of the slope gets accelerated and is a danger to passers-by, due to the rise in temperature. There were many similar dangers. Many new mountaineering moments happened, we had to endure all the effort and we endured, sometimes together and sometimes separately, depending on our current desires, we tried to be relaxed and open to new explorations. That sense of freedom was priceless, I could devote myself, my thoughts, and my friends. This is a great foundation for further ventures, next summer I plan on Elbrus (5642 m), Europe's largest peak. "

Uspon okovan snijegom
Snow-capped climb

Every man who finds himself on such a demanding climb, and given his individual readiness and difficulty of climbing, wonders what he needs, including Jure Rakuljić (29), who started serious hiking more than two years ago when he became a member of the Gojzerica Mountaineering Club.

"I climbed Mont Blanc and am very happy about that. One of the motives was to see how my body would react at that height and at what time of day I would be able to acclimate because there are some genetic limitations that cannot be affected. There were times when it was tiring, stressful, sometimes a little nerve-wracking, but we managed to overcome it all successfully. The Gouter Lodge (3817 m) we stayed at was a five-hour walk from the top, and Slaven and I made a pilgrimage to him two days in a row. After passing the Death Cloister mentioned by John, a bigger problem arises. It was necessary to cross an almost vertical path from irregularly scattered large stone boulders and climb from 3167 m to 3817 m, while the crampons running through the stone blocks were a problem for us. When I got to the top I was not euphoric, it was cold and I didn't have to go back to camp soon. I would like to go to the top of Big Tooth which is also located near Chamonix, but this climb is technically much more demanding and I need to get well prepared in time. ”.

Na vrhu Mont Blanc-a
At the top of Mont Blanc

Zlatko Brkljač is also Žrnovčani, proud of his roots and hearth under Mosor, which led him to admire and love the natural beauty and the mountains. He began a more serious exploration in the French Chamonix, which he rounded off with the ascent to Mont Blanc, during which he became aware of his capabilities, reactions, behavior in unfamiliar conditions and was pleased to say:

"It was my first time in this part of Europe. I was curious to know how to handle and behave in unknown and extraordinary conditions. When I started climbing Mont Blanc I was technically inexperienced but had no room for error, aware that walking on mountain ridges was very steep, dangerous, and that even the slightest mistake could cost me dearly. It was a wonderful opportunity to experience something new, discover new opportunities, break boundaries, and change my mind about myself. I was happy when I climbed to the top, but I also felt some relief because many surrounding peaks had to be climbed before coming to the main one - Mont Blanc, and believe me, there were a lot of them and I wondered if there was an end to them, but when we climbed we had something to see, a million dollar view, priceless. I'm pleased with how I did this tour. My next plan? I'm going uphill! ”

Zavijorila se i zastava matičnog kluba - PK Gojzerica
The flag of the parent club - PK Gojzerica, also peaked

 

When you go hiking, you hear different stories, you want to become a part of that environment, it is a challenge, you can taste that adrenaline ... It is technically, physically and mentally demanding, but this effort is under the skin and does not let go. These guys say congratulations to all those who have walked the same path because climbing requires unprecedented self-control, strength and perseverance.

Guys, good luck on your new endeavors, because in life it is most important to follow your dreams and have the courage to turn them into reality, and what is so magical about this mountain, dear readers, you can explore for yourself!