Here's another photo essay from the beginning of the summer (or rather late spring) when we went for a trip to Svilaja mountain and it's highest peak - Bat at 1508m above sea level.
Starting near the cemetary at a small village of Donje Ogorje, we head up toward Svilaja.
Trail up is mostly wide rocky carriageway with loose rocks over gravel and hardpack.
Soon after our climb, we encountered free ranging cattle and few bulls among them which wasn't that pleasant as they're huge and wild bulls can be territorial and sometimes dangerous.
While cows were pretty timid and tried to get away from our bikes, bulls observed us with threatening gaze
After finally reaching the watering hole in a walley under the peak, we left our bikes and headed up on foot.
Climb is pretty steep over rocks and rocky plates so grip is essential.
I managed to destroy my right Shimano M088 shoe while climbing while my buddies with flat pedals and "regular" shoes had no issues.
Since it was middle of May, sun was pretty strong and we forgot to bring some sunscreen which wasn't the brightest idea.
Climbing on top reveals very nice view of the mountain surroundings
After finally reaching the top, we decided to rest for a bit and have something to eat and drink. Unfortunately, there's very little shade available and no trees so you're exposed to the Sun for the whole time.
View from the top is impressive, overlooking the Peruča artificial accumulation lake and you can even see Bosnia and Herzegovina from there.
After the snack and bit of rest, we decided to climb down, said goodbye to the herd of cattle and rode down the mountain over mostly wide rocky carriageway.
We ended up our trip in the same place we started and went for a beer
Overall, very nice trip with relatively easy trails, but we should do bike descend from the top next time. It's impossible to climb up with bikes, but descending might be doable.
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