It was two or three decades ago, when my mountaineering friends and I climbed the vertical wall, as we did countless times before, and so the descent would be as short as possible, we ran along the mountain path into the valley. In between, we cut paths and scrambled over rocky screes, and shortcuts. The “worst” part – for us climbers, of course – were the never-ending paths that ran through long valleys like a snake. Later, we started going to the mountains on easier so-called hunting and narrow and steep “goat” paths. It was a real exploration of a remote mountain world. We ran quite a bit, especially along the narrow ridges. It was a special experience.
A TRAIL RUNNER IS AN EXPLORER
In today’s modern world, trail running is a way of actively exploring the hilly and mountainous world. There are more and more runners who go for a run on narrow trails every day and thus get used to longer mountain routes and special running challenges. It’s a great and unique way to quickly get away from your daily routine, focus your thoughts on moving around the vibrant natural environment, and ensure boundless freedom of movement. A trail runner is an explorer, a kind of mountaineer in motion, a rational person-athlete looking for the most beautiful running trails. His virtue is athletic movement, almost esthetic equipment, and the experience of open views. A mountain runner is a seeker of the best – an experience at any cost!
A BEAUTIFUL DESTINATION
Central part of the Julian Alps in Slovenia, with its nearby hills, Soča river valley on the west and valleys of Sava Bohinjka and Sava Dolinka on the eastern side, offers excellent conditions for mountain runners. This is an area, which is intertwined with marvelous trails that connect Alpine valleys. Trails run across the open alpine world, on the ridges of high mountain tops and through numerous mountain pastures. This beautiful destination simply calls out for an exploration of the unknown and for a true running experience.
SLOVENIA OFFERS EVERYTHING A TRAIL RUNNER IS LOOKING FOR
In addition to beautiful and first-class running opportunities, Slovenia offers a truly “healthy” natural environment. Clean rivers, crystal clear alpine lakes and vast forested areas offer natural diversity, good quality air and drinking water at almost every corner. Runners are also offered delicious locally produced food and a varied culinary offer. The things that are nowadays more and more hard to find. At least basic infrastructure is provided almost at every step, which offers safe running movement even in remote areas. We can say that this country of ours, with its diversity, offers everything that the trail runner is looking for in the best sense of the word.
EXCEPTIONAL RUNNING EXPERIENCE
For runners, who are looking for an exceptional running experience. For running enthusiasts, who swear by beautiful running trails. For new running challenges in a remote hilly environment. Slovenia, with the wider area of the Julian Alps and other hills, offers all that and much more.
EPIC MOUNTAIN RUNNING TOURS AND CAMPS
We are here for you. To answer your questions, help you with everything you need, book accommodations and transfers, to accommodate any other request you might have and to take away from you all the stress that comes with planning and organizing such a tour. At Life Hike we specialise in designing epic mountain running tours. We are committed to seeking out the very best in everything for our guests that only the knowledge and experience of our local team can provide. Run and discover the most beautiful parts of Julian Alps and Slovenia.
Written by Matey Mejovsek; Photography by Tit Košir, Matey Mejovsek and Lajf inc; Video by Lajf inc.
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