Monday, 22 February 2010

Pirin Mountains: Another Avalanche, Another Life Lost

A young Norwegian skier was killed this afternoon in the Pirin Mountains when he ventured off-piste into one of the gullies which drop down from Mount Todorin Vrah towards the Demyanitsa Valley and was then caught up in an avalanche. This is the third death from avalanches this year in the Pirin Mountains, and once again the Bulgarian Mountain Rescue Services are calling on people not to venture off-piste into these dangerous avalanche regions.

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Central Balkans: Very Strong Winds on Mount Botev

The high parts of the Bulgarian Mountains have again been subject to very strong winds today. This time Mount Botev in the Central Balkans (Stara Planina) has been the windiest peak with speeds averaging 30m/s, and at times topping 40m/s.

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Rila Mountains: Fog & Gales on Mount Musala

Fog and gales in the high parts of the Bulgarian Mountains are making conditions very difficult and dangerous. On Mount Musala in the Rila Mountains the average wind speed today has been 29m/s, with the wind at times reaching speeds of 34m/s.

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Rila Mountains: Avalanche Incident below Mount Musala

Having successfully reached the summit of Mount Musala in the Rila Mountains, a group of skiers attempted to ski down one of the gullies on the eastern flank of the peak towards Ledenoto Ezero. However, almost immediately after the first skier set off, a slab-type avalanche broke away behind him and swept him up. Thankfully one of his fellow skiers managed to located him very quickly and partly dig him out. The rescue was then assisted by meteorologists from the weather-station on the summit of Mount Musala and the victim was swiftly dug out and found to be miraculously unharmed!

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Central Balkans: Mountain Rescue Services Save Man

A man who tried to make his way home to the village of Anton across the main ridge of the Central Balkans (Stara Planina) in atrocious weather and without proper clothing, equipment and food supplies, was finally discovered and saved by the Bulgarian Mountain Rescue Services. He was located in an abandoned shack on the northern slopes of the Central Balkans (Stara Planina) suffering from hypothermia, dehydration and exhaustion. Apparently he had been trapped in the mountains for 5 days when he finally made a call for help on his mobile phone.

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Pirin Mountains: Mountain Rescue Action to Save Snowboarder & Skier

In two seperate incidents in the Pirin Mountains, the Bulgarian Mountain Rescue Services today had to rescue a skier and a snowboarder who, despite all the recent warnings, had ventured off-piste into dangerous avalanche zones. Both became stuck and unable to proceed safely without assistance from the Bulgarian Mountain Rescue Services. The skier is said to have been a 13-year old child.

Friday, 5 February 2010

Pirin Mountains: Avalanche Falls without Incident

An avalanche is reported to have fallen again in the Pirin Mountains today, but thankfully this time without incident or injury. The avalanche fell in the region of Tsarna Mogila.