Ascent of Velika Rudoka on 2021-08-19

Climber: Christoph Winkler

Date:Thursday, August 19, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Velika Rudoka
    Location:Kosovo/North Macedonia
    Elevation:8727 ft / 2659 m

Ascent Trip Report

I started at Arxhena Mountain Resort at 8:40 and went up the gravel road under the chairlift to the ski station. At 1700m I left the road and followed the path to Shutman lake. On 2150m began a vehicle path which I followed for a while. After that the trail was horribly marked I lost it completely. Instead I just walked up the grass slopes which was very exhausting. This went on until I reached the ridge on the Macedonian border. The rest was easy, I was on the summit at 12:40. Most important fact is that I didn't encounter any sheep dogs. When I attempted this peak 2019 from the Macedonian side sheep dogs and bad weather prevented the ascent. The way down was long but much easier to find. I was back at Arxhena at 16:00.
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Me on the summit of Velika Rudoka, highest point in Kosovo (2021-08-19). Photo by Christoph Winkler.
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Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles

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