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Tolminski Migovec Cave Exploration
Vodna Sled 2010
Old / pre-expo / planning stuff:
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Tolmin is on the edge of the Julian Alps in Western Slovenia. There is a train station at Most na Soci, and buses come up both from Nova Gorica (Gorizia on the Italian side) and Ljublijana. Cheapest flights are generally to Trieste with Ryanair, but also check out Venice and Easyjet to Ljublijana.
Tolminski Migovec can be seen all the way from the Most na Soci lake, and is most easily accessed by driving up to Tolminske Ravne (912m) which has a fully Tarmac'd road built for the hydro electric facility. The walking track then takes you up to 1500m through switchbacks in the forest (very sticky when its hot in the valley) to Planina Kal (aka. The Shepherd's Huts). If there's clag down in the valley, there is sometimes a stunning view. From here take the middle path that heads straight up (via switchbacks) towards Mig before heading north along the edge of the plateau, before the final set of switchbacks and scree to gain the Gateway.
The following google map has most of the important locations marked on it. Unfortunately the quality of the satellite data is terrible for a 1km wide strip which fits almost perfectly over Migovec!
A direct translation is difficult, but "Water Tracking / Following / Tracing" gives the general idea.
This name was chosen as the all the current leads in Vrtnarija consist of following streamways (Republica, Fools / Falls Road, Tolminski Korita, Dangermouse).
Sponsorship and Thanks
Ghar Parau Foundation - Expedition equipment fund (rope!).
Starless River - Starless River for a large discount on expo equipment, and gear advice.
Imperial College Trust> and Imperial College Union - Tour funding (transport)