Shar Planina - Winter Dream 2011

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Created On: Mar 9, 2011
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Short description of our small winter adventure

A small group of nine mountaineers went to two-day journey on Sar Planina - mountain range in north-western part of Macedonia. Heavily loaded with equipment we started from ski center Popova Sapka (1730m) to the west - the direction of Vakaf. After 5 hours hiking in snow we arrived at the place which we chose to set up our camp. We used the afternoon for explanation and training of techniques of movement and securing in winter - snow and ice conditions.

The next day early morning the group went to the Titov vrv peak (2747m) - the highest peak of Sar Planina. Two members of the team ascent first to Mal Turcin peak (2702m) and then passed via small saddle to Titov vrv peak. Then the group returned to camp, packed up and returned back to Popova Sapka. Weather conditions were good - the temperature during the night did not drop below -10 C.

First day - Arriving to camp and training

Winter Dream 2011: Above the mistAbove the mist on the way to Popova Shapka

Winter Dream 2011: Packing the equipmentPacking the equipment and preparing to start

Winter Dream 2011: Under Bobinova stenaUnder Bobinova stena

Winter Dream 2011: On the crossroadOn the white crossroad

Winter Dream 2011: Heavy backpacksHeavy backpacks

Winter Dream 2011: Near the rocks of Vakaf valleyNear the rocks of Vakaf valley

Winter Dream 2011: Crossing the gullyCrossing the gully

Winter Dream 2011: Setting up the campSetting up the camp - Pitching the tents

Winter Dream 2011: Our Base CampOur Base Camp on Shar Mountain

Winter Dream 2011: Training winter techniquesTraining winter techniques on snow and ice

Winter Dream 2011: Digging a hole for avalanche profileDigging a hole for avalanche profile

Winter Dream 2011: Melting snowMelting snow and cooking a soup

Winter Dream 2011: Evening on the campEvening on the camp

Second day - ascent to Mal Turcin and Titov vrv

Winter Dream 2011: Early in the morningEarly in the morning - Waking up at 4:30 AM

Winter Dream 2011: Tents - early in the morningTents covered by fresh snow - early in the morning

Winter Dream 2011: Going up - low visibilityGoing up - low visibility

Winter Dream 2011: Near the saddleNear the saddle between Bakardan and Titov vrv

Winter Dream 2011: Shar mountain in winterShar mountain in winter

Winter Dream 2011: Beautiful Shar mountainBeautiful Shar mountain - dance of light and shadows

Winter Dream 2011: Mal Turcin peak - 2702 mMal Turcin peak - 2702m - two small figures in lower left corner are Zika and Vasco

Winter Dream 2011: On Mal Turcin peakZika and Vasco on Mal Turcin peak - Shar mountain

Winter Dream 2011: Under Titov vrv peak - 2747 mSmall team on last few hundred meters under Titov vrv - highest peak on Shar mountain - 2747 m (9012 ft)

Winter Dream 2011: Southern part of Shar mountainSouthern part of Shar mountain - Mal Turcin, Trapeznica, Beloezerski Rid, Celepinski Vrv, Borislavec, Rudoka, Golema Vraca, Mala Vraca

Winter Dream 2011: Central part of Shar mountainCentral part of Shar mountain: Plat, Bakardan, Vrtop, Treskavec, Kobilica

Winter Dream 2011: Central part of Shar mountainCentral part of Shar mountain - Upper Leshnica : Kriva Shija, Sreden Kamen, Kosovic, Klec, Maja, Zalina - far on the horizon - Prokletije massif on Albanian-Montenegrin border

Winter Dream 2011: Beautiful Mala Vraca peak - 2536 mBeautiful Mala Vraca peak - 2536 m - small pyramid on the left side, on the right is Radika mountain, in front of them - Beloezerski Rid - in form of roof of house

Winter Dream 2011: Bakardan peak - 2704 mBakardan peak - 2704 m - second highest peak on Shar mountain

Winter Dream 2011: Traversing south slope of BakardanTraversing south slope of Bakardan

Winter Dream 2011: Peaks and clouds gamePeaks and clouds game - Shar mountain - winter 2011

Winter Dream 2011: Man and mountainsMan and mountains - Shar mountain

Winter Dream 2011: Bakardan - east sideBakardan peak - east side known as Kazani

Winter Dream 2011: Northern part of Shar mountainNorthern part of Shar mountain (from right to left): Ljuboten, Piribeg, Ezerski vrv, Bistra

Winter Dream 2011: Our camp in front of Bakardan - KazaniOur camp in front of Bakardan east side - Kazani

Winter Dream 2011: The Gang of NineThe Gang of Nine - a la montagne - Our team

Winter Dream 2011: Topo map with our routeTopo map with our route : Popova Sapka - camp on Vakaf - Mal Turcin and Titov vrv peaks and back






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silversummit

silversummit - Mar 9, 2011 7:34 pm - Voted 10/10

Pictures are fantastic!

Your album needs a bit of an introduction. This looks like some kind of group training on winter camping and winter travel and very well organized. Any more info?

punkrunner

punkrunner - Mar 10, 2011 2:08 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Pictures are fantastic!

Thanks SilverSummit - I'll write some introduction today. My intention was to write a trip report, but I'm not sure I'll have enough time to do that these days. Best regards from Macedonia...

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