THE PATHS OF IMMORTALS - Mt. Velebit, BEAVER CLIFFS - Croatia

Me, exchausted but so happy on that hot summer day - view from Kiza on Beaver`s Cliffs (Dabarski kukovi)
Me, exchausted but so happy on that hot summer day - view from Kiza on Beaver`s Cliffs (Dabarski kukovi)

Hikers really have privillege to walk the paths of immortals and go to the places majority of people avoid. In the third part of this Hub you will see some very special photos, which are taken while we were hiking through the not-so-easy path which is connecting long palisade of beautiful white cliffs (Baver´s cliff). Photos are exclusive, because hikers usually do not use camera while walking such paths (taking photos breaks concentration which is needed for hiking), they use it when they rich the top, plus this path is created several years ago, so not many people walked there.

VELEBIT is the most gorgeous mountain in Croatia. It is wild, rocky, big, enchanting, mystical. ( 145 km long, 15-30km width ) . It stretches above the Adriatic sea, so hiking is special experience, because every now and on you have extraordinary views on the beautiful sparkling sea and many charming islands (which used to be part of this mountain - we have more then 1300 islands).

Here is very quiet and peaceful, Velebit kept its wilderness and innocence. Altough very special and strong people used to live here, for many decades there is not many of them left, because life here is very challenging and still not "civilized": this fact actually preserved Velebit.

Now here is paradise for hikers: you can walk through the mountain for many hours completely alone, sorounded just with healing sounds of the nature while discovering most beautiful landscapes, which are constantly changing on every step you walk.

Here is the world from fairy tales, from the most beautiful dreams of our human soul.

I mentioned in some of my previous Hubs that Velebit was (is) holy mountain of Croats, because of its extraordinary beauty, untamed power and wilderness.

First part of my vacations, my boyfriend and me for first time went to the middle part of mountain Velebit (up till now we were on its southern part which is the rockiest and - for this time of year - the hottest), our base was the place called Baske Ostarije, where is charming hotel "Velebno" and also nice shelter for hikers "Prpa". We tried the both types of accommodation: hotel is certainly much more comfortable, but in shelter we got all needed informations from more experienced hikers, what is of the highest value when one decides to walk the paths in the completely new hiking area. For the people who just like to wander around through the peaceful, green valeys of this area, and they are many of them around, hotel is the best solution.

First day we went to the group of cliffs named Kiza, which is "rocky ridge composed of many vertical and leaning cliffs of bizarre shapes" (citation from- www.summitpost.org ) and part of the huge palisade of over 20 groups of white cliffs called BEAVER´S CLIFFS, Dabarski kukovi, which streches many miles in the heart of the mountain and looks really magnificent - like sharp wall of white rocky scultpures (what you can partially see on my first photo).

I took the photos of the places where we were hiking or wandering around....

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Our goal is behind the white cliffs you see on these 2 photos
Our goal is behind the white cliffs you see on these 2 photos

Winged mountain lion

Winged mountain lion - Beaver cliffs, (Dabarski kukovi) on the way to Kiza, Velebit, Pecica kuk
Winged mountain lion - Beaver cliffs, (Dabarski kukovi) on the way to Kiza, Velebit, Pecica kuk
Beautiful meadow on the way up to Kiza, Stove cliffs (Pecica kuk)
Beautiful meadow on the way up to Kiza, Stove cliffs (Pecica kuk)
Romantic view from Pecica kuk (part of Beaverś cliffs)
Romantic view from Pecica kuk (part of Beaverś cliffs)

Angels of Velebit

Angels of Velebit, on the way to the kuk (group of cliffs) Kiza
Angels of Velebit, on the way to the kuk (group of cliffs) Kiza

Angels of Velebit 2

Angels of Velebit, mythical winged creatures are protecting the mountain
Angels of Velebit, mythical winged creatures are protecting the mountain

Magnifficent rocks of Dabarski kukovi

Magnifficent rocks of Beaver Cliffs: in the middle of photo you can see kissing couple sorrounded by mithycal creatures - on the way to cliffs of Kiza, Dabarski kukovi
Magnifficent rocks of Beaver Cliffs: in the middle of photo you can see kissing couple sorrounded by mithycal creatures - on the way to cliffs of Kiza, Dabarski kukovi

Fairy tale in the limestone

Fairy tale in the limestone: on the way up to Kiza, Dabarski kukovi
Fairy tale in the limestone: on the way up to Kiza, Dabarski kukovi

Mighty rocks are everywhere

Mghty rocks are everywhere: on the way to group of cliffs Kiza, Dabarski kukovi
Mghty rocks are everywhere: on the way to group of cliffs Kiza, Dabarski kukovi
Part of cliffs of Kiza, which is 1,5 miles long
Part of cliffs of Kiza, which is 1,5 miles long

White, many miles long palisade of cliffs - Dabarski kukovi

Beaver´s cliffs - Dabarski kukovi - 7 miles long
Beaver´s cliffs - Dabarski kukovi - 7 miles long
View from top of Kiza (Dabarski kukovi) on Adriatic sea and Island Pag
View from top of Kiza (Dabarski kukovi) on Adriatic sea and Island Pag

Head of ancient mountain God on Kiza

Top of cliffs of Kiza
Top of cliffs of Kiza

Mythical beings in the limestone of Kiza, Dabarski kukovi

Mythical beings in the limestone of Kiza, Dabarski kukovi
Mythical beings in the limestone of Kiza, Dabarski kukovi
Detail from Kiza -   I will not mention how i named it...living it to your imagination.
Detail from Kiza - I will not mention how i named it...living it to your imagination.

Challenging part of path on the way back from Kiza

Challenging part of path on the way back from Kiza. Yes, you must go down that way...from the top...without ropes...do not ask me how did I manage that...now I have no idea.
Challenging part of path on the way back from Kiza. Yes, you must go down that way...from the top...without ropes...do not ask me how did I manage that...now I have no idea.

These are few beautiful photos taken second day while we were hiking on the hill of Badanj. That afternoon  sunshine and clouds were playing their games on deep blue  sky.  

Hiking across the cliffs

Last day of hiking we decided to go on the path which connects the peaks of the cliffs (from Wide cliffs to the mountain Butinovaca) .This was very challenging, because the path goes for hours of hiking up and down, on some places is very narrow and tiny and so often you have abyss behind your back, and also requires readiness to climb on some rocks (without any tools - just with hands). Well, we are recreative hikers, and recreative hikers usually do not climb. Only if they have to. Or want to. So we did it.

There were two dangerous situations as well. First one happened when I was on very tiny path with the huge rock in the front of me (which I needed to pass by) and deep abyss behind my back - in one moment I sudennly got frozen and could not move any more (I used to have fear from hights, which came back to me in this situation). My friend returned and gave me hand ( luckily he walked first this part of path - usually I go first), so saved me from abyss.

When we reached the highest peak of Wide cliffs, we took short rest. After 10 minutes I realized that in the bush, which was several inches away from my friend and me- was also resting poisonous snake (nose-horned viper) whom we disturbed from her sleep, so she was in alert position. I warned my friend to move away slowly, and as soon as he did that, snake moved from us as well. Her poison could not kill any of us, but would live us in very uncomfortable situation, because on this part of mountain - mobile phones do not work, and one person would not be able to walk down alone without help of the another one. Thanks to our peaceful reaction, snake realized that she was not in danger, and very politely removed herself from us.

To be completely honest, after these two happenings our hiking adventure started to look more special, then it would be without them. The stories which we were telling to the others afterwards, sounded more interesting with chapters about abyss and snake... That is the reason we do not complain because we had to taste a little bit of danger... It was worth it and we passed the tests which we created.

What hikers see when they look behind

What hikers see when they look behind: View from our path on Kiza cliffs
What hikers see when they look behind: View from our path on Kiza cliffs

Abyss

Abyss: The woods are lovely, dark and deep...actually very deep down...brrr...
Abyss: The woods are lovely, dark and deep...actually very deep down...brrr...

Strange creatures are behind us

Strange creatures are behind us
Strange creatures are behind us

Beautiful ornament in the limestone

Beautiful ornament in the limestone: Siroki kuk, Dabarski kukovi
Beautiful ornament in the limestone: Siroki kuk, Dabarski kukovi
Nicer part of the path across the Wide cliffs (Siroki kuk)
Nicer part of the path across the Wide cliffs (Siroki kuk)
Small woody parts around the cliffs
Small woody parts around the cliffs
View from the top of Wide cliffs, Siroki kukovi
View from the top of Wide cliffs, Siroki kukovi
In the bushes on the Wide cliffs (Siroki kuk)
In the bushes on the Wide cliffs (Siroki kuk)

Challenging part of path on the way back from Wide cliffs

Challenging part of path on the way back from Wide cliffs: climbing up on this hill was very romantic: my nose was several times stuck in the flowers which grow on the rocks, so I can guarantee they smell very nicely. My swearing was not so nice...he
Challenging part of path on the way back from Wide cliffs: climbing up on this hill was very romantic: my nose was several times stuck in the flowers which grow on the rocks, so I can guarantee they smell very nicely. My swearing was not so nice...he

Fairies of Velebit

In Croatian culture, the mythical Velebit mountain range is famous for its fairies, beautiful, mighty supernatural creatures who have power over winds and storms. They have healing and prophetic powers, and their voices are as beautiful that one who hears them loses all thoughts of food, drink or sleep, sometimes for days. Despite their feminine charms they are fierce warriors. The earth is said to shake when they do battle.

Despite the catholicism, Croats kept beliefs in migthy spirits of nature and were celebrating them in many tales and songs. Even today is very popular song created in the beginning of 19th century called "The Fairy of Velebit" (Vila Velebita) in which we celebrate the spirit of nature, beauties of mountain Velebit and patriotic love for our beautiful country and people.

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Don W 7 years ago

beautiful scenery. thanks


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you very much, Don, for the visit and comment.


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quicksand 7 years ago

The first picture looks great because you are featured in it! :)


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you, QS for the nice compliment. I hope you liked the rest of the photos as well.


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Paraglider 7 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

Greetings - I always enjoy your hiking tours of your beautiful country. Such a contrast to the grey sand deserts of Qatar.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thanks Paraglider. While writing this Hub I was also thinking about you and your dreams about your beautiful green country.

Many regards and thank you for the visit and comment.


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Horrya 7 years ago

Great ! Thanks !


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jimmurdoch 7 years ago from Switzerland

Breathtaking. And again, breath giving. Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you Horrya for the visit!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Oh my goodness. I feel like I was walking alongside of you when you took these pictures. They are absolutely spectacular with perfect lighting. You have a natural gift for photography, Tatjana-Mihaela.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you, Jim, for nice words and encouragment. Nice regards to you and your wife.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you, Dohn, I started to take photos last year...Before I take photo, I just have desire that people like it, and that they see the same beauty like me, as much as possible.

I am so glad you liked Velebit....


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artrush73 7 years ago

Very nice pictures :)


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thanks Artrush. Velebit is magical as well.


shah kamal 7 years ago

i enjoy it.it's nice

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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you, Shah Kamal. I am glad you have enjoyed them.


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DynamicS 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Tatjana, thanks for sharing such amazing photos of the mountains and valleys. Nature is truly awe inspiring. Even though I'm not a hiker in the true sense of the word, I love to explore the outdoors, just wondering around and loving and experiencing the sights and silence of nature. In Canada there are many places to do just, even close to the city.

So I thank you for sharing such beautiful pictures. I appreciate their beauty and the beauty of the person (you) who see magnificent wonders in nature and is so thoughtful to share them with the world...


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Dear Dynamycs, thank you for your very beautiful comment, it opened my heart completely. Thank you for your love and appreciation for the nature. Canada is very beautiful country and I wish you a lot of nice moments while exploring gorgeous landscape of your homeland.

Thank you for the visit, nice words and I am so glad you liked my photos.


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Yangtze 7 years ago

the pictures are amazing, i am also a nature lover


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thanks Yangtze, it is so nice to meet here somebody who also loves nature. Thanks for the comment....


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nadjacoln 7 years ago

These are amazing pictures, I love Croatia myself, but i never saw that side of the country. Got to try it.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Yes, Nadja, I really recommend you visiting Velebit, it is - just perfect.

Thanks for the visit and comment.


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MikeNV 7 years ago from Henderson, NV

Amazing pictures. I hope the trails are not as rocky as some of the pictures. How would an average person dare go on some of those places?


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Hi Mike. Some parts of trails are very rocky. Some other you have to climb several meters up or down. As a very average person I do it because of love for nature: in the heights of the mountain is so beautiful, that this beauty gives me the energy and inspiration to hike. When I am up, I just know what to do and how to do it. And I feel very protected up there. I just believe that I can do it. (BTW, southern part of Velebit where I usually hike, is even more rocky.)One part of secret is - one has to have excellent shoes. They are one half of success.

Of course: for the very beginning of hiking, people who are not used to that, should choose much more easier and softier trails, and they are plenty of very easy paths on this part of Velebit, as well as on the other mountains... I started hiking on very soft paths...

Many thanks for the visit and comment....


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tonymac04 7 years ago from South Africa

Beautiful - wish I could go hiking there. I love rocks and being on mountains!

Thanks so much for sharing.

Love and peace

Tony


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you very much, Tony. So glad to read that we share passion and love for nature. Love and light.


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qlcoach 7 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

Hey it's been awhile! Beautiful,lovely, inspiring, pictures and words. I love to hike too. The mountains near the Ogegon Coast are a lot like Coratia. Peace to you and for fun consider visiting my new HUB about cruising...Gary.

http://hubpages.com/travel/ebywaycruise


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you, Gary for the visit and comment...


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Absolutely beautiful. Thank you very much.. I'm not sure how it will turn out but I'll try to send you a link of a bike tour a friend took. Part of it went through Croatia. If it doesn't go through for you I might send an email. Thanks

http://www.cs.unca.edu/~boyd/touring/tour05/tour.h...


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you very much, Micky, it turned OK - link is working.

I will check it immediately.

I am glad you liked photos.

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