How did medieval travelers cross the Vršič Pass in the Julian Alps (now-Slovenia)?

Cynthia M. Vakareliyska's picture
Does anyone know how travelers crossed Vršič Pass in the Julian Alps around the year 1300? In particular, was it possible to cross on horseback, and how late into the fall was the pass crossable?
I'm posting these questions on behalf of a colleague who's writing a children's book on the topic. Since I've made it to Lake Bled only by tour bus in summer, I don't have a clue what the answer is. Can anyone refer me to a historian who might know?
Many thanks —
Cynthia Vakareliyska
Categories: Research Query

Dear Cynthia,
I am from Slovenia and can refer you to my colleague in Bohinj. She is an archaeologist, working on the region you are interested in. Her name is Mija Ogrin, and here is her email:
You could also try this one:
This is the address of the Museum in Bohinj: ARHEOALPE, Zavod za kulturo, izobraževanje in turizem Bohinj,Grajska 33, 4264 Bohinjska Bistrica, phone: 00386 31 61 75 77

I hope you will get your answers.
With best wishes
Sasa Caval, Stanford University

Thank you so much, Sasa, for the referral to your colleague in Bohinj about the Vršič Pass. I've passed it on to my colleague who's been seeking the information, and she is very grateful.

With best wishes,

Cynthia Vakareliyska