Mountain trail blazing

It is of great importance for every tourist to know and use correctly the mountain markings.

Tourist path marking aims to inform, ease, help and insure tourist movement during expeditions. Tourist marking gives access to sights of nature and protected natural areas with minimal interference in their environment and preserves them from the negative impact of human activity.

The Squad has been dealing with the making of tourist mountain path marking for the past 25 years and we have the confidence to say that we make one of the best path markings in Bulgaria. In our work, we adhere to the Manual for marking of tourist paths in Bulgaria and we use the strongest and most lasting materials we have found over the years. That is why the azimuth signposts we made for the ridge paths in Rila Mountain 12 years ago, still look like brand new.

In the past quarter century, we have made path markings in almost all of the mountains in Bulgaria – Rila, Pirin, The Balkan mountain range, Strandzha, Plana. For the past few years, we have been working in the Malyovitsa region of Rila Mountain and the Western part of the Balkan mountain range. Our aim is to start the renewal of mountain path marking on the international E4 European long distance path. This year, we start working in Vitosha Mountain – from Aleko chalet through Cherni Vrah to Buka Preslap. Next year, we move to the South. We are looking forward to working with you.

Summer path marking is made with the help of signs which consist of a few colorful tapes (sizes 3×10 cm) – the so called “tape marking”. The colors of the marking signs are divided into primary and secondary. Primary colors are: red, green, blue and yellow and the secondary one is white. The path from one chalet to another is marked by one line of a primary color in between two lines of white color with a 0.5 cm interval between them – that is how a standard 10×10 cm marking sign is made. In this way, such markings are made on trees, rocks, boulders and so on. At starting points, the path marking begins with a signpost. At a crossroads, easily understandable signs are being placed. On paper maps, these paths are marked with the same color code.

Navigation in a snowy mountain is done with the help of marked poles and signposts.

Pole marking consists of metal poles, firmly fitted into the ground in a stone or in a concrete foundation and painted in black and yellow stripes with a width of 20 cm.

On top of the poles, different types of signs are attached:

Azimuth signs giving information about the distance and azimuth of the previous and the next pole.
Navigation signs in the form of arrows usually placed as a crossroads or at places where it is easy for someone to get lost.
Signs which give information about paths in the region with suggested hours for their completion.
Signs with chess-like placed black and yellow squares used to mark potential avalanche threat in valleys or on paths.

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