Thursday, September 8, 2022

On Cherni Vruh For Raspberries

I've been so busy with work lately that i simply don't have any time for the blog. Still, I would hate it, if I miss blogging about our hikes or things I've made, so just a quick overview of the hike husband and I had at the end of August on Cherni vruh. We chose Cherni vruh again, as Vitosha is close to home, we had then Gaby and her boyfriend at home and we wanted to be back soon for a family dinner. Aditionally and as a bonus from our hike - we hoped to find the wild raspberry bushes around Cherni vruh ripe with fruit, so that we could have some and even pick a bunch for a few jars of wild raspberry jam. And - yeah, spoiler alert - we did all of that :)

:We started very early in the morning and around 9 AM we were at Aleko, an hour later - on Cherni vruh. To our amazement it turned out that we had chosen to climb Cherni vruh during the annual celebration of the organized tourist movement in Bulgaria, which is honoured by a mass climbing of Vitosha's summit. Luckily, we were early enough and managed to escape the crowds along the trail.

:From Cherni vruh we took the rarely frequented trail down towards the eastern part of the mountain
Hike info:

Destination: Mt. Cherni Vruh (2295 m)
Mountain: Vitosha
Total length: 12 km
Elevation gain: 500 m
Total duration (plus picnic and rests): 6 hours
Average difficulty: 4 / 10

Me-made items, worn on this hike:

Husband: boxers, Knipmode cargo pants
I: lingerie, Sabrina Slims, Burda T-shirt, hoodie

:The raspberries were ripe, though small and not so juicy as some other wild raspberries we have found during our hikes. Still, we gathered about 1.6 kg of them and made almost a dozen small jars of jam.

:After we got bored with eating and gathering raspberries, we took the high altitude circuit trail back to Aleko. The hike took us about 6 hours, but at lest 2 of them were berry picking and eating.

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