Over the past 15 years Slovenia has become a special country to me. I first visited while I was living on an aircraft carrier back in 2003. At the time the two other countries we visited, France and Greece, weren’t that welcoming to us because of the Iraq War. Regardless how the people in Slovenia felt about it, we felt well received and I had an excellent time. About ten years later I returned to the same city of Koper to see how things changed and what I could remember. Then about 5 years after that I returned again, this time to the mountains where I did my first ever wall climb. This was a major accomplishment for me regarding progressing my technical climbing skills. Despite the three trips I’ve done here there is always much more to see and do, so I’ll be sure to visit multiple times again in the future!
A small seaside city, Koper is Slovenia’s only port. Koper is mostly known for it’s old city which has Venetian architecture, and several nice restaurants and bars. Tito square has the famous Pretorian palace, and a church tower that can be climbed for a small fee.
Triglav is the highest peak of the Slovenia and the Julian Alps. The mountains reach altitudes just short of 10,000 feet (3,000 meters), but have incredible elevation gains over the surrounding valleys. The amount of hiking, climbing, and technical routes are endless. In the winter these mountains offer plenty of skiing and other back country trips.