Monday, 15 July 2013

Bosnia and Herzegovina - A Quiet, Remote Adventure Wilderness

So, I'm back. And with half a dozen features or articles to write, I am unwilling to update this blog with something hastily scribbled and which doesn't truly convey my feelings in respect of this memorable, inspiring and thrilling trip. So, I thought I'd post some photography first and list the highlights to come. And then write a few posts on the trekking and my personal experiences, a little later.

Hope you like the images.

The highlights, and this list is by no means conclusive, include climbing and scrambling up the highest peak in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the Sutjeska National Park, Maglić (2,386m) and being caught in a lightning storm on the ridge; white water rafting on the Tara river and sleeping in a teepee; meeting the semi-nomadic Bosniaks who live in Lukomir, the highest permanent settlement in Bosnia and Herzegovina at 1,495m; seeing Sarajevo and Mostar first hand and being able to talk to local guides about the sieges and how life has changed; and trekking part of the new Via Dinarica trail through the Dinaric mountains.

Thanks to Green Visions, with whom I'll be working more, and to Lorenc Konaj for his expert guiding and stubborn (but delightful) refusal to believe we really don't eat a great deal at the top of a mountain...

Thanks also to Salewa, Arc'teryx and Brynje for sending me test kit. Reviews to come shortly.









8 comments:

  1. Wow, looks great Andrew. My kind of walking. Looking forward to reading your report and gear tests soon.

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  2. Thanks Alan. It was an amazing trip. First post next week.

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  3. Great pictures. What a nice place! When are we
    going…?

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  4. Well, I do have to go back early next year…

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  5. Looks good, so get writing. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  6. Looks incredible. We are looking to do a Boy Scout trek through Sutjeska and maybe into Durmitor over a week. How safe is it with respect to landmines etc?

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  7. Landmines are an issue and I would recommend a guide as maps of the area are themselves not perfect and they don’t necessarily show all the landline areas. They are being cleared, and are usually well marked, but of course not everyone can say where they are. Guides are certainly to be considered for a trip there.

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  8. Thanks. That's a shame. Is Durmitor safer perhaps? I dont think I will be able to convince the troop even with a local uide.

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