Day 1: Arrival at Sofia or Plovdiv airport and transfer to Maliovitsa resort in Rila Mountains (1,30 hours from Sofia; 2 hours from Plovdiv). The time till the end of the day will be spent on aclimatisation walks (self-guided) and in the area.
Days 2-5: For the next five days you will receive tuition and instructor-guided rock climbing exercise. The programe will concentrate on the important knowledge and skills you need to master for rock-climbing and mountaineering. This includes basic climbing techniques as: knots and knot tying; belay methods (mass belay, simultaneous belay, belay in sequence, self belay, top-roping); belay techniques (shoulder belay, belay with climbing gear/hardware etc.); climbing techniques (climbing glaciers, edge, open book, crack-ups, overhang climbing, roof climbing); how to rappel; placement of belay – cams, nuts friends and so on; piton placement; equipment types and how to take care of your gear; setting rappel and rope management; an introduction to climbing multi-pitch routes; fixing ropes; styles of climbing (alpine, sport etc.); first aid in the mountains; camps and camping in the mountains; the dangers of the mountains, connected to weather, relief and more; orientation etc.
Depending on the weather conditions, the rest of your time (outside the course) could be spent on treks to some neighbouring areas of interest in the region of Maliovitsa. These include the Svinskoto Lake ("The pig's lake") a 1.5-hour walk; a two-hour trek to the Yonchevo Lake; the Maliovishki Lakes (three lakes between 72 m and 115 m in length, situated in the circus of Maliovitsa) which are a two-hour walk; the Strashnoto ("The Frightful") Lake refuge, a three-hour trek; Orlovets refuge – 2,5 hrs; Maliovitsa hut – 50 min; to Vada hut; the peak of Maliovitsa. The paths along these routes are clearly signposted.
Day 6: This day you will climb Maliovitsa peak (2729 m a.s.l.) on the northeast edge, using the simultaneous belay method. There you may learn too how to fix rope railing. After a sightseeing brake on the summit you will have about 3,30 hrs downhill walk to the hotel. On your way back you will pass Elenino Lake, the second and firs ledges etc.
Day 7: The lessons learnt so far will be applied practically when climbing Maliovitsa Peak today along some of the climbing routes. Now you are expected to competently belay and follow a leader on single and some multy pitch routes, conduct self-rescue and set up vertical hauling system.
Day 8: After breakfast you will have transfer to Sofia or Plovdiv Airport for departure.
Guaranteed departures: Every Monday from June to September (other dates also possible upon request).
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