Bulgarian Corruption

According to Business insider Bulgaria is still the most corrupt country in Europe. In this Blog I’ll explore what this means for living and working here. I moved to Bulgaria in 2003. For all intents and purposes Bulgaria was a failed state. After the colapse of socialism the country was a Mafiocracy. Might had right […]

Walking on Edelweiss

Walking on Edelweiss There comes a moment on most mountaineering routes in Pirin when you will come across an Edelweiss. These beautiful little flowers are the symbol of mountaineers around the world. They live high up on cliff faces away from man. At one and the same time they are super hardy and super delicate. […]

Trek in Pirin 2021

Trek in Pirin 2021 Normally the summer season starts in earnest around the beginning of June. This year has been very very different. After huge snow falls throughout the season, the coldest spring in 23 years and fresh snow in June the mountains are about a month behind. I was skiing a good line on […]

When is Bansko at it’s best?

When is Bansko at it’s best? The simple answer is from the 20th of December to the 20th of April and then the 20th of June to the 20th of September. The complicated answer is much longer. Bansko has huge appeal all year round. There are a few hundred foreigners who are now living here […]

The Davies peak bagging in National Park Pirin

The Davies peak bagging in National Park Pirin The Davies is a game. Please remember it is just a game! Some people have taken it all waaaay too seriously. There is a small prize when you complete it but more than that it is a wonderful adventure. My friend and Mentor Di Davies have been […]

Ski Touring in and around Bansko and the Pirin

Ski Touring The ski season lasts only 100 days, some years even less. The normal routine is that the resort management do everything they can to get the pistes open for Christmas and then it snows and snows and keeps on snowing and no matter how much snow is on the hill the muppets close […]