Stol, German Hochstuhl. “The Chair”, this is what the name of this mountain means. It certainly feels good to sit down on its top.
I was reminded of it this summer when we were driving home from our lovely day at Lake Bled and I took the photo above from the speeding car. Which peak looks more like a chair to you?
My first internet=>flesh friend Alenka was the last to spur me into hiking, but now I’m far and she has little control. This was seven years ago, and while my friend has not stopped climbing mountains since, I have become much more sedentary.
The last thing she managed was take me to discover Etruscan trenches when she visited us, and when we visited her in Slovenia she made us walk for full ten minutes to the lovely Rinka waterfall. For the next year she already promises a lake and a castle. Thank you for taking care of me. 🙂
This was an approximately 3-hour hike (one way) over the mind-blowingly gorgeous terrain, as you can see below, with views of surrounding mountains and Lake Bled. You can park quite high up, above 1000 m, so that it’s only another +1000 m of vertical distance to the top at 2236 metres (or 7,336 feet).
This is how you conquer Stol, the highest peak of the Karawanks mountain range on the border between Slovenia and Austria. And when you return, you can restock the calories at Lovski dom Stol restaurant. Great memories, and not just of the food.
Photo: a © signature mmm production (+ the four of me by Alenka. Thank you!)