In January 2012, Mountains and People Association (Bulgarian participant in UIMLA) made a short ice climbing course for its members. The event was held close to Skakavitsa hut, Rila mountains, Bulgaria. Two months later in this place took part the National Ice Climbing Tournament. There are three climbing sites around - The Big Waterfall, The Small Waterfall and The Stalactites.
Not far away is situated the highest ice-wall in Bulgaria - above The Okoto (The Eye) lake - up to 2650 m altitude.
You can reach the area with a car from Sofia, arriving at Panichishte lift station (very close to Pionerska hut). Then you have to follow the trail to Skakavitsa hut. We used another trail, starting from Gornata Zemya hut; it's the shortest one, but you have to drive off-road a bit.
The hut is cozy and cheap - 10 BGN (equal to 5 EUR) per night. The place is situated in a national reserve, so tents are doubtful.
We stayed for three days, with two days of climbing. We were divided on three groups, each group on a different climbing site.