The next section of the Kom-Emine trail was to cross the Great Balkan National Park which started roughly at the Momina Poljana hut below the Paskal mountain. This is when the weather started to change and we had a day off due to the downpour the next day and then we went to the Vezen hut and on to the Eho hut. The day to the Eho hut was touch and go as the weather came in again and it looked like the clouds would build up and produce thunder and lightning ( not something you should be in on a mountain ridgeline). However the weather held and gave some really atmospheric photographic shots. Unfortunately the weather changed that night and for the next four days it was very foggy (Mugwa in Bulgarian and very appropriate) and rainy. Eventually we had to take a chance and traversed a very tricky, rocky ridgeline with the horses to the Kozja Stena hut. Only a two-hour trek but it rained cats and dogs! After that another day of fog and a failed attempt to pass the Kozja Stena limestone mountain; perhaps in good weather we could have passed but time was running out and both Marian and I decided it was time to call it quits and descend to the valley. Oh well 😦 (but  at least I wasn’t going home in a coffin :-)) and the trek to this point had been quite an adventure.

About Sadeik

You may ask why "Sadeik" well it means friend in arabic. Worked in Jordan a lot doing tree surgery you see. I have worked in forestry since I left school with a two years in Telecom. Went back to forestry and tree surgery as it may not have paid as much but was far more interesting and dangerous. Spent a lot of years mountaineering, caving and canoeing too. At 29 I went to Bangor University to study Forestry and soil science then did an MSc in Water engineering all very interesting. By a quirk of fate in 1995 ended up helping sort out the woodland and park at Wimpole, funny thing was then I only intended to stay six months or so, but 18 years later I'm still here learning all the time. That's the best bit, if I wasn't able to learn something new every year I would not have stayed and as you get older you realise that the grass is not so green in the next field after all. In fact my patch is getting greener while much of the rest is getting browner.
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