Latvia, Gaizinkalns – 312m

The weather forecast leading up to my trip said there would be a fair amount of snow around with a wind chill of -17c. So warm gear was a must. I flew from Liverpool to Riga arriving late and spending a pleasant evening in the airport which was warm and had free WiFi. I could see deep snow outside and knew that the 13km walk tomorrow and the same back the next day would be more of a plod.

Greece, Mount Olympus (Mytikas Peak) – 2917m

Having had an attempt to climb Mytikas peak the highest point on Mount Olympus thwarted by snow and lack of visibility five years ago, I wasn’t going to take any chances and gave myself an extra day there just in case. I had previously climbed to within 100 vertical meters of the summit last time so I didn’t need to do a great deal of research regarding the route or planning transport. I simply rechecked train and bus times online and after finding reasonably priced flights I once again headed to Thessaloniki.

Romania, Moldoveanu – 2544m

I was extremely motivated to climb Moldoveanu in Romania having cancelled a trip to climb it a few weeks earlier due to a close family member being in hospital. The weather forecast on (my go-to mountain weather site) was showing heavy rain for the whole period while I would be in Romania and rain it did!

Hungary, Kekes – 1014m

My trip to the highest point in Hungary strangely came about due to a desire to visit Tel Aviv in Israel. I had found flights that I was able to significantly reduce “Using several tricks” the price of from my local airport Birmingham to Budapest then to Tel Aviv returning the same way.

Croatia, Dinara – 1831m

I flew from Luton to Split, spending a night there before catching the first morning train to Knin knowing I would only have ~10 hours to walk the 26 mile round trip to the top and back before the last train back to Split later that evening. I made a promising start but then ran into a big problem.

Macedonia, Korab – 2764m

It was mid-August 2015 and after some time away from the mountains that familiar feeling of hunger, desire and need of a challenge that only climbing mountains provide had returned as it always does. I looked for potential mountains to climb and saw that Korab was the highest point in not only Macedonia but also Albania, Two country high points from the one climb.. I was sold!