My first contact with Dimiter was during the planning stage.
Since we had not been to Bulgaria before and had no idea what to expect on the mountains, our biggest concern was the weather as none of us had much experience with snow.
We received detailed answers to all our questions (including what to wear :-)), discussed several options, and finally decided to let Dimiter decide on the exact route depending on the actual weather conditions.
We set out for a snowshoeing adventure (2 adults and 3 kids), got stuck with our rented car on the way to Samkovo (and rescued under Dimiter's instructions and using his trusty shovel), selected an alternative location and after learning how to sue snowshoes and poles , spent a glorious few hours in virgin snow in and out of the woods around Ortsevo village.
We enjoyed sleet, snow & sunshine, learned the proper way to build a snowman, identify hare, dog & horse tracks, and more.
Dimiter's English is excellent and his knowledge of the mountains, flora, fauna and Bulgaria in general, is extensive.
He is patient and works well both with adults and with young children (ages 6 and up).
Highly recommended for beginners and youngsters, and I am sure he can be fully trusted for more serious and longer adventures too.
* Listen carefully to his tips about other places to visit in Bulgaria, especially in the Rodophes mountains - each of his suggestions turned out to be a real gem, and his weather predictions for the locations were also spot on.
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