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    Rock climbing in Bansko

    Posted on November 6, 2014 by in blog

    Rock climbing in Bansko   After our little adventure on the north face of Vihren I decided that the time had come to learn to rock climb. There are some things in life that are best learnt in the heat of the moment. Climbing with all its reliance on knots and technique and fatal consequences […]

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    Climbing Mt. Vihren 2914m

    Posted on August 19, 2014 by in blog

    Climbing Mt. Vihren 2914m. Dzhamdzhiev Rid Climbing Mt. Vihren 2914m. It has become a bit of an annual thing for Di and I to climb an alpine route on Vihren.  We started off with Dzhamdzhiev Rid (pronounced Jamdjeiv rid) and Koteshki Chal in 2012 (image below). They are one and the same ridge line but […]

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    Ponderosa, Mountian biking Bansko

    Posted on August 10, 2014 by in blog

     Mountain biking Bansko For the first day of The Road to Nowhere MTB rally I decided to use a totally different part of our region. Traditionally for events concerning Mountain biking Bansko I have worked variations of established trails on the north side of Pirin. Some sort of mix between Perfect day  and Dead Dog  on day one and […]

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    The Road to Nowhere VI, Mountain Biking in Bansko

    Posted on July 31, 2014 by in blog

      What a weekend, highs, lows stress and happiness a whole world of emotion! The Road to Nowhere VI,  mountain biking rally in Bansko is now over! The gods were kind! Not too hot not too wet just enough mud to make it fun and a record number of entrants. I took part in Day II […]

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    Bansko Sour Cherry Cosmopolitan

    Posted on July 13, 2014 by in blog

    Bansko Sour cherry ideal for a Cosmopolitan. You can’t rush things especially if it involves alcohol or food. The joy of our cocktail nights here at the Avalon is that they involve both. In my garden we have a young, healthy and very fecund sour cherry tree  we harvest the  fruit in July and turn […]

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  • Bansko Mountain Biking, Perfect Day

    Posted on July 1, 2014 by in blog

    Bansko Mountain Biking:- Bansko is a great place fro mountain biking. Here at the hotel Avalon we have been making and promoting Mountain biking trails for nearly 10 years. The official mountain biking trails are limited to 176km of trails accessible from Bansko town but this is nowhere near the total extent of available riding. […]

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    Transparency in Bansko

    Posted on June 27, 2014 by in blog

    Transparency in Bansko   Bansko is a ski resort to most people who have heard of it, home to nearly ten thousand, a business opportunity to some and the gateway to Pirin for others.  For me more and more it is becoming a great big living thing, the closer I look at the political scene […]

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    Europe, Scotland and Nationality

    Posted on June 26, 2014 by in blog

      I have just got back from a very long day in Sofia, an 09:00 meeting to discuss fireworks meant I left home at 06:00. Joy of Joys the guy I was meeting couldn’t be bothered to turn up so instead of upping the budget by a few thousand leva we stuck to the original […]

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    How to make friends and influence people

    Posted on June 21, 2014 by in blog

      Bansko town hall and Bansko ski area are suffering from a bit of a crisis in the friends department. In some ways this is due to the lack of snow last year and the general blame culture that comes from a bunch of skiers not being able to ski and a load of hoteliers  with […]

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  • The Scotsman. Mountain biking in Bansko

    Posted on June 11, 2014 by in blog

    Mountain Biking in Bansko, Bulgaria. It’s strange how myths of mountains get under your skin. There is no rhyme or reason to it  but one morning you wake up and something has stuck in your head about a particular pass or peak. I’ve spent 10 years now wandering around the Pirin mountains trying to itch […]

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