SUPPORT FOR MOUNTAIN HUT REBUILD IN SLOVENIA
Every quarter, the UIAA promotes a cause from one of its member federations. The latest appeal comes for the Alpine Association of Slovenia (PZS).
In less than four years, three important mountain huts were destroyed in the Slovenian mountains. All from fire and all to the ground.
Celje Matica, a member of PZS, is owner of two of the mountain huts. One was burnt down due to human error in 2017. The second incident occurred in 2019. A police investigation regarding the cause proved inconclusive.
The first hut was called Kocbekov dom na Korošici. This mountain hut is located a considerable distance from the nearest town. Celje Matica supplied the hut with mules and horses and on occasions a helicopter. The second hut was called Frischaufov dom na Okrešlju. This was the club’s most important hut and was supplied by a cable car.
The club had already commenced activities to build a new hut at Korošica. It successfully applied for all of the necessary documents and permissions and then the second hut burnt down. So the priority became to rebuild Okrešlju, because of its strategic location. Since then Covid-19 and the war in Ukraine have had a significant impact on sourcing materials and finances. Help has come from the PZS and Slovenian government. However around 400,000 euros are still required and activity has recently halted due to a lack of funds.
On behalf of the PZS, the UIAA is inviting the international climbing community to help support to rebuilding of the Okrešlju hut.
Donations can be made via the UIAA (below) or to directly to Celje Matica:
SI56 0400 1004 7078 066
Bank: Nova kreditna banka Maribor (NKBM)
Okrešlju hut: https://dom-na-okreslju.si/home
Celje Matica: https://www.planinsko-drustvo-celje.si/
The PZS has produced progress reports here: