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The snow-covered peaks of Pirin

Updated: Feb 25

The photo moments in this journey were taken on a beautiful July day from the Belmeken Dam. The air was crystal clear, which led to excellent visibility.

Pirin mountain

The photos show the entire marble ridge of Pirin: the peaks of Vihren, Kutelo, Banski Suhodol, the narrow rocky edge of Koncheto, Bayuvi dupki, as well as Muratov peak in Northern Pirin.

The distance in a straight line (straight line of sight) between the Belmeken Dam, where the photos were taken, to the Pirin Marble Ridge is about 66 kilometers.

Pirin from Belmeken

The optical magnification used is 5x.

The marble ridge of Pirin is part of the central Pirin ridge from Mount Vihren to Mount Razlozhki Suhodol. The marbles in Pirin, which occupy about 10% of its surface, are the oldest rocks in the mountain. They are from the metamorphic group, that is, secondary transformed, which is why they are also the hardest. This explains why the marble peaks and bila in Pirin crumble the slowest and therefore why today these are the highest parts of Pirin. The surface parts of the metamorphic base of the mountain, lying on gneisses, amphibolites and schists, are made of marble.

Pirin from Belmeken

To the south, the marble ridge starts from the Kabata saddle, immediately at the foot of Vihren. Its length in a straight line barely exceeds five kilometers. It also follows an almost straight line from southeast to southwest. On it are the highest peaks in Pirin: Vihren (2914 meters), Kutelo (2908 meters) and Banski Suhodol (2884 meters), as well as the narrow rocky edge of Koncheto, which cannot be safely passed without a rope. In the north, three more peaks follow - Bayuvi dupki, Kamenititsa and Razlozhki suhodol, whose height constantly drops from 2,820 to 2,640 meters.

The south-western slopes (Straneto) are very steep and no significant ridge branches have formed on them, but the north-eastern slopes are a collection of six clearly visible ridges. From south to north, they are the Dzhamjiev rocks, Palasitsa, Tsrna mogila, Koteshki chal, Sredonosa and the hill of the Steps (Sabite). Some of them have shaped peaks, well known to climbers and tourists. Due to their markedly alpine character with sharp edges and sheer cliffs, category II and III climbing routes have been run along their slopes.

Between these were formed significant circuses such as Kazanite, Banski Suhodol and Bayuvi dupki.

Muratov peak (2669 meters) is a peak in Northern Pirin. It rises on the main mountain ridge, to the southwest of Hvoynati Vrah and to the northwest of the rocky Donchovi Karauli ridge, from which it is separated by the Bunderishka Porta saddle. To the north-west from the summit the Gredaro hill separates, and to the south-west - the Sinani side ridge. The peak is sharp and rocky with the shape of an almost perfect four-sided pyramid. Its slopes are steep, especially the northern and eastern ones, which are subject to mountaineering. It is built of granites. Muratov peak is deforested, and in places at its foot there are single groups of squat trees.

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