4 comments on “What are the Main Safety Issues?

  1. We actually faced the rare event of meeting a bear, walking two hours up from Rila Monastery to Ivan Vazov hut. We walked much to quiet I guess and so we surprised the bear, taking a curve upwards. He must just have come down and crossed our way. He was kind of sitting on the path he was quite big and had dark nearly black fur. It was pretty scary and as we actually never expected to really meet a bear in this popular area, we acted not according to the guidelines: we just turned around quickly and backed away. We heard a deep growl, but fortunately the animal didn’t follow us. Very scared we went downhill very quickly and didn’t make it to Ivan this time.

  2. Sharon Blunt on Aug 19, 2018 11:09 am | Reply

    Thank you for this. I was just about to set out on a hike on my own again. I had wondered whether brown bears were in the area? Now I know…….and shall be more aware. My husband returned back from a mountain bike ride two days ago, and announced he had seen a sign to be aware of bears. This sign was well below where I had been hiking. And it was the only one we had come across!

  3. Peter Suwara on Sep 22, 2017 10:48 am | Reply

    Thank you for the wise information. I’m looking at doing an overnight hike in Rila mountains areA and some day hikes. Will bookmark this 🙂

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