Change of Season

This winter has been great. The snow conditions in Bulgaria allowed us to get out every week. The interest in snowshoeing was high and we want to say a big thanks to everyone who joined us!

But now, the shoes have been put away until next winter and we’re in the UK until July.

The spring and early summer sees us working with schools and youth groups on their Duke of Edinburgh Award Expeditions.

Having been involved with this for around 10 years now, every year brings different challenges, but to us the rewards are high. Seeing young people develop and  enjoying the challenge a ‘D of E’ expedition brings is fantastic. Of course not everyone enjoys themselves on expedition, but without fail, those who haven’t, tell me they’ve learned something about themselves.

If anyone reading this is thinking about doing their ‘D of E’ or knows someone who is, please encourage them to do so. The Award delivers on a lot of levels, something for a Job CV or University application, a sense of self achievement or a springboard to the outdoors.

We’ve also got an eye on the summer back in Bansko. The plan is to do more of our popular Peaks and Ridges walks through July and August and this time to add in an overnight hut trip. I’m finalising the routes, so keep an eye on our website and social media for more details in late May.

thanks for reading,



Balkan News

Sitting on a flight to the UK from Bulgaria seems a good time to write this update on what we’ve been up to in the last 5 weeks or so…

A focus was to do some snowshoeing, to get out and to put together some routes for next winter. We donned the shoes and heade for the mountains, dug some snow pits to have a look at the conditions, talked to other folk in the mountains, including split boarders and discussed where they’d been, what they liked and where to avoid.

We took note of the plants as they came into flower during the spring, observed the animal tracks and hopefully built up more knowledge of the Pirin to share.

Of course it wasn’t all work, we did plenty of personal backcountry skiing and toured to some beautiful places.

Over the 11 years we’ve been coming to the Pirin, the range has continued to reveal itself to us as a beautiful, full of life and history. Coming in the winter adds to that feeling. It’s not all about the resort skiing.

The upcoming weeks see us busy with Duke of Edinburgh’s Award groups. Both delivering and assessing expeditions in Northumberland.

So, here’s to some settled, dry weather; or is that just asking a bit too much?