Decent hiking around Croatia/Bosnia & Herz...and the rest of the gang

#1
Reference : Decent hiking around Croatia/Bosnia & Herz, Serbia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Albania...

Any pointers on inland hiking and drop of coastal as well be appreciated.



Situation: Few blokes and possible followers. Enemy : possibly everywhere, possibly none at all. I am very familiar with the area but not been hiking etc. I work with some Croats still. (Their info will be biased to their own area though.)

Mission: Walking about and drinking for a few days. Wild camping and/or using a campervan.

Execution: Fly out from UK and meet a mate already in Croatia with a borrowed campervan
Looked at flights and that's all ok. Need info on best areas for hiking and so on. Probably more in-land than coastal although bit of that too. Will be doing some navigational exercises and so-on but is all for fun.

Some of group will be there (or in wider area) for weeks some for a few days.

Aim to avoid walking over old landmines. One area we looked at is a problem. I know of others. (A mate looked on Google Earth and saw 'mine' signs up on trails! Locals I know tell me about mine clearance in rural areas, have heard them being cleared while on the phone to them.)

Service Support: Campervan and bergans. No Lidl bags to be carried openly.

Command & Signal: Mobile phones, pointing and shouting.
 
#2
You might want to get in contact with BHMAC.

THREATS TO SAFETY AND SECURITY: Landmines remain a problem in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As of 2013, there were still an estimated 10, 000 minefields and an estimated 200,000 active land mines and unexploded ordnances throughout the country. The area of suspected landmine contamination is estimated at over 1,274 square kilometers-- more than 2.5% of the country’s territoy
BH MAC Sarajevo : Novosti
 
#5
It maybe a bit far north for you but I can recommend the Lake Bled area of Slovenia a base. The Triglav range is a decent hike away if you're up for it. The Kranjska Gora is a fun hike if only for standing on the ridge with one foot in Slovenia and the other in Austria.

You won't find any landmines as the conflict only lasted 10 days and was in the south of the country anyway.

The locals are tres friendly, the girls gorgeous, and as the Slovenian economy is starting to tank prices should be very competitive.

I don't know if the casino in Bled is still there but when I was there I tried to get in with a 1/2 bottle of JD in my jacket. The heavies on the door spotted me straight away and lifted it from me. As I was leaving 3 hours, slightly drunk and considerably poorer later, I felt a tap on my shoulder. Turning around I thought the gorilla in the monkey suit was going to lay me out, but he just smiled, reached behind the counter and handed me back the JD unopened.

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Forastero

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#6
Most of Croatia is mine free, it's only when you go east through Slavonia towards Osijek and Vukovar et al that you'l start to see warning signs. The hiking hills around Ogulin and Zadar are mine-free.
 
#7
Cheers. Its 2.5% of the country so, agreed, not a huge problem. Main thing is to get to remote places and be confident that the routes are clear. Be a shame to be walking along with a nice cold beer of an evening and then "Boom!"...waste of good beer!
K13eod and others make you think twice about taking any chances at all.

Mainly....any good proven ideas of places to visit/anecdotes would be good. Also anybody served and been back just for a few days holiday? (I know a few arrsers moved to the region permanently.)
 
#8
The "mine clearance" the locals told you about was sending tourists along the trails

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Forastero

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#9
Are you serving? The crabs ran a climbing/hill-walking exped to the hills last year north of Zadar, try DII to see what you can find. Zadar also has some stonking nightlife.
 
#13
It maybe a bit far north for you but I can recommend the Lake Bled area of Slovenia a base. The Triglav range is a decent hike away if you're up for it. The Kranjska Gora is a fun hike if only for standing on the ridge with one foot in Slovenia and the other in Austria.

You won't find any landmines as the conflict only lasted 10 days and was in the south of the country anyway.

The locals are tres friendly, the girls gorgeous, and as the Slovenian economy is starting to tank prices should be very competitive.

I don't know if the casino in Bled is still there but when I was there I tried to get in with a 1/2 bottle of JD in my jacket. The heavies on the door spotted me straight away and lifted it from me. As I was leaving 3 hours, slightly drunk and considerably poorer later, I felt a tap on my shoulder. Turning around I thought the gorilla in the monkey suit was going to lay me out, but he just smiled, reached behind the counter and handed me back the JD unopened.

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Been to Bled. Blue lakes. Saw the casino. Pretty area. My mate forgot our passports at border crossing and we had to eventually go back and get them and didnt get to see as much as would have liked.

Was at midnight in heavy rain something like 1995 ish I think... v young and naive civvies...conflict was at cease fire time at that point....one of weirdest sight of my life of 2 guards and one busty blonde in an unlit guard post on Italian side ...i drove by slowly thinking it was closed...all 3 drunk and one guard came after the car with a sub machine gun...was fine and they were friendly...just amusing sight. Maybe caused mate to leave passports with the next guard. We got them back ok.
 
#17
I go to Croatia several times a year, staying mostly on the coast. I would only hike there in the areas where there was no fighting. Landmines are still everywhere.

In B&H banditry is still rife and they only encourage tourists in the hopes that you will find a landmine or two!

Try Slovenia or even Rumania (there's plenty of wide open space there, they're all ******* here now!) I've been shooting several times in Transylvania and it is a marvelous wild and backward country. If you make enough noise the bears and wolves generally leave well alone.
 
#18
That and Zadar in general hits the spot nicely. Havala! Have texted some info to friend there already. He probably knows as he researched some areas, but left quite quickly, spur of moment so may/may not know. Looks very good.
Yeah, it's very popular. Wifey has a climbing mate and she goes there regularly and that's also where the crabs did their exped last year. Apparently it gets very hot though, paklenica means the devil's arse (or something).
 
#19
I like bears and wolves. All in favour. All sounds good cernunnos. cheers.

Romania was suggested as well. (I also have a work link with them. Alright lot I find, quite like em.)
It is possible that the patrol group will roam around in the unarmoured VW Furzwagon and our airborne section will fly in and out to meet them at more than one location one or two weeks apart if time and flight costs allow.
 

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