STA, 8 September 2020 - Prime Minister Janez Janša and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz have climbed the North Face of Mount Triglav, Slovenia's highest peak, following talks in Ljubljana on Tuesday.
The government has posted three photos of the two leaders in climbing gear on its Twitter profile. In one they are pictured with helmets on their heads, in another with helmets in their hands.
Two photographs appear to have been taken at the start of the ascent and a third one shows them higher up the rock from below.
Janša also posted several photos of the feat on his Twitter profile. "The Slovenian route in Triglav North Face climbed. Glorious weather on top. Fine company of excellent mountaineer Sebastian Kurz and substantive discussions," Janša tweeted.
One of the photographs shows Kurz in the wall, and in two others the pair are pictured in high spirits "above the clouds", just below the summit.
Triglav North Face is the highest, broadest and most magnificent of Slovenia's rock walls. It is criss-crossed with climbing routes.
Mount Triglav (2,864 metres) is Slovenia's most popular peak as well as the national symbol.
Es hat mich sehr gefreut, heute mit @JJansaSDS als erfahrenem Bergsteiger eine Bergtour bei beeindruckender Kulisse im schönen #Triglav Nationalpark machen zu können!— Sebastian Kurz (@sebastiankurz) September 8, 2020
Foto: BKA/ Dragan Tatic pic.twitter.com/HmjuEXpEkT
Kurz met Janša earlier during his first bilateral trip abroad since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Addressing reporters after talks, they called for a joint approach in combating the novel virus and illegal migration.
Asked how he felt about the climbing venture ahead of the attempt, Kurz said that the Slovenian prime minister was an experienced climber and he had no worries ahead of the climbing test.