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.
The Vatican lies entirely within Rome and is the world’s smallest sovereign state in terms of size and population, So getting to the 75m highest point should be simple, right? Not exactly!
I flew from Tel Aviv to Larnaca and caught a bus to Limassol then another bus to Saittas which was the nearest town to my hotel I had booked for that evening.
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.
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 Mountain-forecast.com (my go-to mountain weather site) was showing heavy rain for the whole period while I would be in Romania and rain it did!
I knew it was going to be a challenge getting to the bottom of this particular mountain let alone climbing Midzor, the highest mountain in Serbia.
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.
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.
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!