Bulgarian Adventures

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  1. Bozho

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    Such a great trip!
    On Saturday around noon we started hiking to hut Rai (Paradise in English) - http://gowhere.bg/en/places/mountains/mountain-hut-rai/

    The weather was very warm and the mountain is amazingly beautiful during the Autumn. The views were stunning. The hike was around 3 and a half hours and was easy.

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    The hut :)

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    More animal friends

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    This little church is located a hundred meters from the hut
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    The weather was awesome during the day, it got colder at night, but there is a huge fireplace inside the hut and it was warm inside. There is a really cool waterfall behind the hut, unfortunately there was almost no water in it currently - it is best to see it during the Spring, it is spectacular. It is the highest waterfall we have here.

    The woods are very dense in this region and there is a lot of wildlife. Also there are many free ranging cows and horses, sometimes guarded by big, bad shepherd dogs.

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    At the next day we decided to go to peak Botev - 2376 meters above sea level - the highest peak of Stara Planina mountain. It is named after our national Hero Hristo Botev - the poet revolutioner as we call him, as he did not only fought for our freedom, but also has written many awesome poems that speak to the heart.

    Hristo Botev - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hristo_Botev
    Peak Botev - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botev_Peak
    Stara Planina mountain - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balkan_Mountains
    Central Balkan National Park - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Balkan_National_Park

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    You can see the hut in the distance, we are going UP

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    The beginning of the "Tarzan path" - it has steel cables to help you with the slippery rocks, as they are wet most of the time

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    Finally - the Peak !

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    Some random things and thought about the hike..

    The hike took around 3 hours to the peak, another 2 and half hours back to the hut and then 3 more hours to the car parking.
    At the peak it was very windy, had a lot of mist - super high moisture and very cold. It was awful :)

    We drank a tea at the tourist shelter there and headed back to the hut. I was quite scared that the wife would get too cold, and there was so much mist on the top that you could not see more than 10 meters away. I was preparing of shooting one of the door locks, to get into an abandoned building for a shelter, good thing that she noticed the sign for the tourist shelter which was 50 meters away. I was really worried and would not hesitate to break into the building.

    Awful cold weather, this is actually the windiest place in the country - I will visit it only in the summer from now on! You could literally freeze to death there and there are such cases every year- crazy! It was around zero Celsius there, which with the moisture and wind was feeling like -10. At the hut it was around 15 Celsius and 800 meters lower - quite a difference.

    Everything went well and this is what matters.

    How important it is to be prepared - somehow I have twisted a tendon on my right knee the previous day, don't know how it happened as I felt absolutely no pain at any time the previous day, but at the middle of the Tarzan Path I was barely able to move my right leg :eek: It really hurt like a m@therf@cker. I always carry a quite stocked FAK - which of course had pain killers. Without it I would have been in a bad situation as we had 5-6 more hours of walking remaining. I took a sachet of Nimesil and was ready to move on. It still hurts today but a lot less.

    The Garmin GPS was a great tool, as the majority of the time there was extremely thick mist - it never lost connection and helped us stay on track. It ran for more than 8 hours with a single set of black Eneloops (2500 mAh each). On the way from the hut to the parking lot I set a new pair of batteries, as the charge was showing 1/4 . A great device and I will carry it on every adventure. I am very glad I purchased it. Not cheap, but worth it.

    We were thinking of not going back to the hut, but walking an alternative route from the peak to the parking lot - we decided not to do it due to the mist and the nasty weather. Good think we did not went from that route - when we were taking a break and looking at the high rocks, at the place from which we were thinking of going - we saw something. We thought it is a pretty large mountain goat, until it turned towards us - a bear :D Luckily it was around 500 meters away and at some very high rocks, no way it could come in our direction. Still I got the Glock at hand, just in case - there were some fresh bear scats along the way. Not that 9x19 is a bear stopper, but it is better than nothing.
    Next year I will apply for a second gun permit - for a .357 or .44 revolver for the woods, while keeping the Glock for more urban areas.

    It was a great trip, a real adventure. Lots of adrenaline and lots of walking on the second day. Lots of beautiful views and for the first time in my life I saw a bear in the woods.
     
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    Such an amazing place!!!!!!
     
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    Last year I was visiting the hut in the summer, but the autumn, at least for me is much more beautiful :)
     
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    You are the only window we have into Bulgaria. It seems to be an absolutely amazing place to be.
     
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    I am really happy that you like it!
    For a small territory we are really rich in terms of nature. Perhaps the relatively small development of the country has preserved the wild nature to a larger amount that many other European countries. In most of the EU there are no bears and wolves, here there are many of them.
     
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    Ruggedly beautiful...awe inspiring...words fail to truly define how pretty the vistas are. Nicely done Sir! Very nice!
     
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    They are almost as good as the meals you post :)

    Cheers!
     
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    Great pics as usual mate. That is some wonderful countryside you have to roam around in !!!
     
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    Thank you, Andy!
    Stara Planina along with Rhodopa are my favourite mountains. Stara Planina separates the whole country to southern and northern parts and has a territory of 11 000 square kilometers, around 1/10 from the country.
    It's perhaps the most Bulgarian thing ever, had a huge role as shelter for the freedom fighters at the end of the 19th century.

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    At my personal heaven again :)

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    Such places are great my friend..... I sadly lost access to one of mine a few years ago but have another that when I am there I feel quite contented..!!!
     
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    I will be visiting this one more often in the next 6 months, as I have no job currently and the state will pay me 60% of my last 24 month salary, before taxes, for 6 months, so there will be more ourdoor time for me :cool:
     
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    In 7 hours I am heading to this place with some friends that are also knife and gun addicts

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    Great time with great friends.
    Lots of eating and drinking, lots of knives, axes and flashlights. It was a crazy day.

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    Quick hike, fire, tea (brought from home :) )

    ESEE 6 and Silky Pocketboy are a top combo.

    I am really liking the alox SAK, feels great in the hand. It is my 4th :D The first one was lost, the second one was stolen, the third one was sold for a charity. This one is staying !

    12 degrees Celsius a few days before Christmas. It is Summer :p


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