Discussion in 'Adventure, Hiking, Backpacking and Travel' started by Bozho, Jun 2, 2019.
Going higher, the views are outstanding !
At the top :
More to follow !
Day 3 - we headed to the beautiful mountain Pirin !
We were sleeping in hut Vihren for the next 3 days - great hut, cheap beds, the eating and drinking is cheap too - they do many home made meals, very delicious.
View from the parking lot
We headed to the base of the Todorka peak, going through beautiful terrain, including some lakes
The Frog Lake
Peak Small Todorka high above
At the base under the peak
Still a lot of climbing to do, the picture doesn't show it, but it is more than an hour
More to come
We decided to leave the peaks Small Todorka and Todorka for another time and headed to the two lakes under them - the Todorka Eyes
Lake - The Eye - on our way back, around 30 minutes from the hut
Finally! After 7 hours of walking - the hut
More to come!
Mist falls fast when you are high in the mountain
The largest cat I have ever seen - 13 years old and in top shape!
Noodle time again
Day 4- the weather was bad (raining) - our gear is not waterproof, so we decided to stay at the hut, sleep a lot (I have been sleeping 5 hours per day for the last 10 days and was exhausted). This proved to be a much needed rest for the climbing of our goal for the trip - the Vihren peak - second highest in Bulgaria and 3rd on the Balkans. It is 2,914 meters high.
Day 5 - the best hike in my life !!!
Woke up early in the morning
There was only one direction that day - UP
There are lots of mountain goats here - amazing animals! So fast and agile, it is like they do not touch the ground as they walk and run. We saw more than 70 of them that day.
Small shelter - it will be of great help during the winter if you are lost, or the weather turns really bad.
Shelter Kazana, named after the area - 2445 meters above the sea level.
Nothing fancy, but it will be like a 6 star hotel in the winter
More to come!
Distant view of Vihren
We decided to leave the peak for the end of the day and hiked further to a place called Koncheto (The Horse) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koncheto - it is a walk on the ridge of the mountain, having 300 meters perpendicular fall from one side and equally brutal fall from the other, but not perpendicular It has steel cables for safety - I used my Mechanix gloves on them and probably will not go to high mountain without them ever - they really gave me good grip on the cable and stones and saved my palms from wounds at one fall (on the ground, not from the cliff ).
On the way to the Konche - not there yet
More to come!
Finally - the Konche!
Called like this (Horse) because some people who are afraid from heights tend to sit on it and move slowly forward, like on horse back.
It is over - the ridge is much more wider now and there are no more cables - it goes to the peak Kutelo - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kutelo - just a bit shorter than Vihren - 2,908 meters. 2nd highest in Pirin and 3rd highest in Bulgaria.
Going down again - to the base of Vihren
Found a friend
More to come!
Climbing the Vihren peak!
These chains help a lot, using the gloves gave me awesome grip.
At the top
Going down, 3 more hours to the hut
The Vlahi lake
The hut can be seen already
More to come!
Delicious beans and beer back at the hut after 10 hours of walking in steep terrain
The whole thing lasted 2 days less, because of coming bad weather, but it was truly great.
The wife walked as a beast, as usual, she can climb the peak, return to where I am (struggling and covered in sweat ) and climb it again with me, while smoking a cigarette.
There was an older dude in our group - 72 years old. I have my full respect for him, he walked like a champion, I really hope I can do the same when I am at his age. He was truly inspiring.
I got home and on the next day went on a 400 km trip with an old Ford Transit van (70 hp, diesel without turbo but with LPG, no air conditioning) - to haul some stuff to our house in the country side. It took us 7 hours to make the trip, but the rakia and beer later were totally worth it!
What an incredible post! Thank you for taking the time to share this with us!
Looks like it was a great trip!
What was the temperature like up at the peaks compared to around the hut?
@Strigidae - during the day it was hot at the peaks - perhaps 30 Celsius, even more. At the hut, the temperature was around 10-12 Celsius at 5-6 AM, 30+ during the day and around 10 Celsius at night.
Oooo that is hot.
We have very hot summers here
Made a coffee in the woods yesterday, then went to the shooting range to practice.
Great way to spend a day out !!!!! Mine was spent mostly laying under my Landcruiser ...
The fact that you have a TLC and do something on it would make every day great
Time is my greatest enemy at the moment !! I am busting to go away but simply can't at the moment, so I spend what spare time I have toying with the truck !!
Let's swap it with my car then - you won't be toying with it but you will be busy with repairs Kidding, mate
I am going to do some hiking tomorrow - again to the awesome hut Vihren - tomorrow we will travel and relax in the hut, the next day we are going to hut Sinanitsa and the peak with the same name - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinanitsa
- then back to hut Vihren.
On Wednesday we will climb the highest peak of Bulgaria and the Balkans - peak Musala - 2925 meters above the sea level - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musala - the next day we will go to the 7 Rila Lakes - awesome place - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Rila_Lakes . Friday and Saturday will be enjoyed at the sea shore with lots of beers. Sunday - full day at the beach and back home
It will be epic!
Sounds like a great way to spend a few days mate !!!!