Ascent of Kanin on 2010-08-29

Climber: Lee Newton

Date:Sunday, August 29, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:2587 m / 8488 ft

Ascent Trip Report

After 36 hours of torrential rain, I woke to a starlit night and decided to drive around from our holiday cottage in Bled to the Soca valley. As I drove over the Vrsic pass, the spectacular peaks of the Julian Alps were lit up in the early morning light. The road was even slower than I anticipated and it was with relief (and warm brakes) I made it to Bovec at 6.55am. I needn´t have worried though as the 7am chairlifr didn´t actually leave until 7.25am due to "windy" conditions. The fact that there wasn´t a breath of wind didn´t seem to embarrass the staff, some of whom didn´t turn up until 7.15...

After a few clunks and pauses, the chairlift finally depostied me at the top station just after 8. The northerly airflow brought in by the storm had cooled temperatures by 15C compared with a couple of days before and it was now close to zero at 2200m in the morning. I started along the path with one other hiker (Italian), who was dolled up in full winter gear with balaclava and thick gloves. The path was well signposted (Kanin), and crossed a rocky corrie, exiting up some scrambly bits to the left. After crossing a side ridge and descending slightly, it contoured pretty levelly all the way to the base of the summit structure of Kanin. At this point I had been led to believe that a "medium-hard" stood between me and the summit (I was using a guidebook called "mountaneering in Solvenia"). In fact there was nothing of the sort, simply a couple of staples and handrails at 3 key points, all of which really needed no protection for any competent mountaineer. Don´t bother bringing ferrata kit unless you are of a nervous disposition..

After about 1 hour 30 mins I was already at the summit. The light northerly breeze was still a touch chilly but it had brought with it clear air giving stunning visibility. I could see clearly not just to the Adriatic coast but all the way across the Gulf of Trieste to the peninsula beyond. The lagoons and islands around Grado seemed as if they lay at the foot of the mountain. To the east Triglav was prominent. to the north the Montaz seemed almost close enough to touch. I could not name many of the tangle of peak to the west / northwest but there were several very steep and obviously prominent ones.

It took only an hour to return to the top chairlift station, and I arrived back in the valley at just before midday. I had planned to climb Mangart in the afternoon but the swiftly building thunderheads dissuaded me from another ferrata, and instead I drove south for a quick ascent of Matajur.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:485 m / 1598 ft
    Extra Gain:49 m / 164 ft
    Distance:6 km / 3.7 mi
    Route:East rídge
    Trailhead:Kanin cable car top station  2200 m / 7218 ft
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble, Aid Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 20 Minutes

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