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This mushroom is popularly called Muhara (in Croatian) and is toxic.
Amanita muscaria var. muscaria, the toadstool if there ever was one, is a different type of fungal intoxicant producing Class F poisoning (Poisindex II). The onset of symptoms occurs 30 minutes to 2 hours after eating the mushrooms and is due to the toxins muscimol and ibotenic acid which are found in both Amanita muscaria and Amanita pantherina. A small amount of muscarine is present in these mushrooms as well. The symptoms are drowsiness, confusion, euphoria, staggering, muscular spasms, repetitive actions, dilation of pupils, dizziness, visual disturbances, dullness of colors, impression of heaviness but unusual strength, fragmentation of time, conviction of dying, deep coma-like sleep, with some patients reporting hallucinations upon wakening. Some people become violent. Complete recovery comes in 6-24 hours. (http://www.evergreen.edu/mushrooms/phm/s31.htm)
ps. this may have been Amanita muscaria var. formosa which is is a color variant of Amanita muscaria. Amanita muscaria can be white, yellow, red, orange or even brown. All Amanita muscaria variants are characterized by white gills and stem, a white spore print, warts on the cap which easily wash or rub off, a membranous partial veil that leaves a distinct membranous mid-stem ring and remains of the universal veil seen as three small rings of tissue just at the enlarged stem base. The book Alice in Wonderland was written by Lewis Carroll after he had experimented with Amanita muscaria and the changes in size and time perception described in Alice in Wonderland are characteristic effects of the mushroom intoxication.
Updated Aug 23, 2005
Since the altitude is so great, except from the peak summer months expect ice on the rocks. Always bring the spikes along! I visited in August, started to a sunny day and as soon as we got a little higher it started raining and became windy and suddenly frosty too! Great help are gloves too since there are steel ropes nailed into rocks to help you from sliding. IN addition, pay attention to the mud on the rocks and mud on your shoes because those are a great combination for landing on your B***.
Updated Aug 23, 2005
The EDELWEISS; this is the moust famous mountain plant or flower. In Slovenian it is called Planika. It can be hound all over the alps - in Julian Alps, Kamniske alpe, Savinjske Alpe, Karavanke and Notranjski Sne?nik. This beautiful plant grows all year round and usually grows in bushes. They are protected by law, so please dont pluck them! WARNING: Edelweiss is not the only protected plant. Please consult your hiking club on what other flower species are protected!
Updated Aug 23, 2005
The red and white markers are very useful for finding your way, but in deep snow (even in June!) they are often covered. Be sure to bring your map, and a compass before venturing out in the snow. Also, remember that walking will be much slower, and you may overestimate the distance you have travelled!
I recently returned from a few weeks of walking, and there were several metres of snow in places. Also, there were many days where i didn't see a single other person (even in the 7 lakes valley). There were no footprints to rely on. It is a fantastic time to go, but remember that navigation skills will be needed.
Updated Jun 23, 2004
Since Triglav is a high altitue mountain (2864 meters), the weather can change pretty quickly. Be aware that there can be quick storms with a lot of lightning and be ready if that happens. If you clime, you will be able to see a lot of grave stones from young people that died. All of them, or at least 95% died from lightning strike. There are rules of behaviour (like SQUATTING) during stormes and I advise you to read them.
Updated Nov 27, 2003
Like the Cub Scouts, "Be Prepared". The mountains can be unpredictable. We were hiking in shorts and T-shirts on a sunny hot first day, but the second day it was below freezing when we started off for the day. The wind can be strong, precipitation can come powerfully, just bring the necessary gear: good boots, rain gear, some warm clothes, and sun block would be helpful.
Try layering your clothes, your body temperature can vary throughout the day, just like the weather.
Updated Oct 20, 2003
Sounds funny, but there is a guy who rides on an old jeep, and his sole puepose is to give tickets to parking cars.
If it doesn't say specifically that you can park in a place - don't park there!
Do not even park near a parking lot but excatly in it.
The guy even gave ticekts to Harley Davidson Bikes (we did not check if he survived it...)
Written Sep 23, 2003
Walking is fun if you see beautiful sceneries around you.
You can walk further & further thinking that you might not get lost even if you are holding a map that you could see walking trails, in front of your eyes & on the map as well.
What could be wrong ?
Well, it could get wrong only if you feel that you are lost !
I was not lost but I was off the walking trails & couldn't really found the paths/trails that I should take !
It was about 3 to 4 km away, I got lost to a small village & had to ask somebody to drive me to where I should have walked !
Don't panic, people will assist you, if you could find people that is.
If not, slowly retracing your trails & wave to somebody when you see someone.
For myself, I did get lost in this area.
Read the story in 'off the beaten path' tips.
Updated Sep 17, 2003
Lot's of things you're not allowed to do in the park. This sign should clear things up...or make them more confusing. My favourite is the person washing the car, as this sign was next to a bunch of dirt trails no car could possibly fit through. Clicking on the picture to make it bigger will make it easier to see all the warning cartoons.
Updated Feb 17, 2003
The trails can be treacherous at times. There are parts of the trail that you will be using cabling or metal posts to continue on the trail. On the way down from Triglav I shimmyed across a cabled part of the trail on to a vertical descent on metal posts. This is not for the faint of heart, be careful and conscious of where you are and where you are going.
Updated Feb 5, 2003