|Prokletije Vertical Kilometer|
25.jul (cca 3km 1.000 D+) Montenegro
As we have announced, it will be a "world class" Vertical. In a little bit over 3km you will have 950m ascent. Due to a difficult terrain and security we did not want to go further, and ISF rule allows us 5% tolerance, so we “calibrated” our course accordingly. You'll see, the last 150 m is impossible to run the harsh rocks. Each meter of our course, is, however, runnable for the capable competitors.
The course takes you from the third meadow of Grbaja (Grebaje) and you have some 60m running on the flat (on the course you’ll have additional 20 flat meters and that's it, everything else is just uphill). The course is clearly marked with paint and there will be ribbons as well. Up to 750m of ascent, the start is visible, which gives a special charm to this race, three-quarters of the course can be seen from the starting point. The finish is slightly above of the so-called “Mushroom”, on the path that leads to Krosnja and the northern peak of Karanfil. The ambiance is unreal, there is still snow above the finish, and it will probably be there in late July. The race will go on chronometer, and we plan to start on July, 25 at 10 am. Each competitor gets its start time, with 60 seconds difference. In case of bad weather, it is possible that we’ll have later start, or postponement for a next day.
Very important! Take special care of the landslide since the course is difficult. In case you break some rock while running, it is mandatory to shout loudly: “Kamen!!!” (Rock). Please, pay attention what is happening above you, and expect a failing rocks, especially at one difficult portion of the course, of approximately 300 meters that is assenting via zigzag serpentines. We will have additional controllers at this section of the course that will carefully monitor and watch every move. Prokletije require maximum concentration and respect. In a second there can be serious injuries. During inspection of the course, we happened to run away momentarily upon warning. Compared to Prokletije, Rtanj is a peanut.
It is impossible to record course profile and a GPX track since every GPS device can’t work properly at such serious vertical ascent. At the finish you'll have water, but you can use a maximum of 4 dl (every liter we’ll have to carry up on our backs), so therefore we recommend you fuel belt with water. Survival blanket (astro foil) is required. Running poles are strictly prohibited for this type of course, because of possibility of serious injuries. This restriction is ISF recommendation when the VK is extreme as is the case with Prokletije. So, poles are strictly prohibited!
Mini bus departs on Friday, July 24th at 3 pm from parking lot of BG Arena (you will receivecontact info of group leader in email). You can expect minimum 9hours of drive time. Pick up of registration packets will be possible in Belgrade a few days before the trip and in the morning of July 25. from 8 am to 9 am in the mountain hut “BrankoKotlajić” which will be our race office. The return is scheduled for Sunday, July 26 at noon from Grbaja.
For those who have not reserved a place in free bus, we organized separate mini bus for 15 people, but it must be filled in order to remain agreed price of a return ticket. Contact for that mini bus is Slobodan Popovic, cell # 062661652. Reservations and payments before the trip are required.
The list of participants for the free bus - List
For those who decide to use own transportation, we recommend the route Kraljevo-Novi Pazar-Rozaje-Berane-Plav-Gusinje. The traffic is much moderate at this route in the summer, especially at the border crossing because of the peak tourist season. From Gusinje follow the signs for the mountain hut "BrankoKotlajić". As soon as you reach the end of the asphalt on the right is a small wooden cottage and above it abandoned military barracks. Follow the dirt road that goes uphill and you will reach the mountain hut www.pk-radnicki.rs/o-domu . Useful information on this hut can be found at this link www.pk-radnicki.rs/kako-doci.
The mountain hut "BrankoKotlajić"has room for 18 persons (one big room, sleeping bags are necessary, outdoor toilets, spring water, hard wood stove). Reservation and advance payment is mandatory (contact Aleksandar Tijanic 063,210,983, email@example.com). First 18 will have a bad, everybody else could camp front of the hut in tents. Make sure you have your headlamps with you.
More information - www.pk-radnicki.rs/cene-smestaja.
Some 500m from the hut is the Eco KatunGrbaja which has 30 beds and a restaurant. Bed is 8 euros and half board is 20 euros. Contact person is SrdjanPavicevic +38269044572 and +38269693250 (both numbers are available on Viber). The restaurant has WiFi.
At 200 m from the restaurant there is another accommodation possibility. At this moment, the bungalows there are just competing construction. Contact for booking is Irfan Radoncic +38267651771.
From the hut "BrankoKotlajić" you’ll need a 10/15 minute walk to the start of the race, and from the restaurant 7/8 minutes.
Important phone - GSS CG +38240256084 (mountain rescue service)
After the race you can expect a welcome lunch. The time limit is 120 minutes. We will have same time measurement system as at Rtanj, with photo cell and Wi-Fi, so you have your finished time recorded in hundredth of second. May the fastest win!
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