It’s been a busy summer for us in Bulgaria. The stats are in; we’ve hiked 637kms and climbed 21 677 metres. Which is about the distance from Newcastle to Lands End and 2.5 times the height of Everest. We’ve had a wide range of clients, ranging in age from 10 to 68 yrs old. They’ve come from the UK, Northern Ireland, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Canada. We’ve worked with individuals, groups of friends, families, a student writing a dissertation on glaciation in the Pirin, a Youth Group and even a Mermaid!
“…Thank you to everyone who came with us!”
We hosted 12 young people from the UK and organised and delivered a week of mountain activities for them, which included, hiking, biking and climbing, combined with a train ride, a visit to the Bear park and of course a mineral bath to relax those aching muscles.
It’s been great to share the mountains with all these folk, which for some of whom it was their first real mountain.
Thank you to everyone who came with us!
A proud moment for us was being able to donate 250BGN, our proceeds from two nominated hikes, to Trailsystem who are an NGO here in Bulgaria and do some great work to promote mountain hiking, biking and running in the Pirin. They are involved in the organisation of mountain bike events, providing mountain bike training and working with partners to support ultra mountain running events. I think it’s safe to say that the Pirin National Park is both under resourced and under funded. The work of Trailsystem is in my opinion vital to promote the area so that it can move forward in a considered way, that both furthers its best interests and protects them. The place isn’t a UNESCO world heritage site for nothing after all!
“…Peaks and Ridges”
Our summer programme of ‘Peaks and Ridges’ hikes was popular. Picking out some of our favourite places, people were able to choose a hike that suited their ability and goals. We took people who either wanted to bag their first summit or explore the Pirin more and others who tapped into our experience prior to tackling Mt Kilimanjaro. We intend to run the programme again next year, with some tweaks and new places to go. We’ve also been asked about multi day hikes, so stay tuned for next summer.
“…we’re thinking about the winter”
So now the weather is going all Autumnal on us we’re thinking about the winter. If you’re out in Bansko between January and April next year, we’re planning on running snowshoeing days. If you haven’t tried it, snowshoeing is a great way to explore the back country. It’s good exercise and makes a great alternative to skiing if you fancy trying something different. The days will range across both ability and grade. As it’s the winter, we rely on the weather playing ball, so will have to be more flexible about where we go and on what dates. Keep an eye on our web and social media pages for more details about where, when and cost.
But before all that, we’re off to Nepal…