MARKING BRIGADES

 

The so-called "marking brigades" made a big part of today's tourist marking. Most active were the students from the Physical Faculty () in the University of Sofia ():

 

An inscription on the base of the pole marking the winter route Zavrachitsa-Belmeken posed by students of Physics Department of Sofia University in 1990

 

An inscription on the base of the pole marking the winter route "Zavrachitsa-Belmeken" posed by students of Physics Department of Sofia University in 1990

 
 

           Mario Ivanov, active participant in the marking process explains "What is a Marking Brigade?":

 

The marking brigades were organized by the Main Council of Bulgarian Tourist Association during our time as students. Mainly students participated in them, because the remuneration was small and the type of work required good physical training, knowing the mountains, the rules for orientation and on the first place loving the nature and the mountain. We marked tourist paths with signs and oil. Depending on the weather conditions on certain places and the tree/rock type where the marking is painted, it has to be refreshed in 2-3 up to 5 years. The same is valid for the winter marking rods as well. After the Democracy period came, for this activity as well as for many others there are no means The most active markers were the students from the University of Sofia, as 90 % were the physicians, then came the lawyers, biologists etc.

        The sign "" may still be seen on many places in the mountains. This is a modest memory of the voluntary work of the students-physicians, who marked hundreds of winter and summer routes.

The marks looked like this with dimensions 10 x 10 cm. The red marking usually is used for ridge routes:

 

Marking sign - Red          Marking sign - Blue          Marking sign - Yellow

 

Mario Ivanov (now 17th year student :-)

 

The first 20 years after 1989 little was done tourist routes are marked, but used the mark made ​​years ago. Separate tourist associations trying to mark new routes themselves or just to refresh the existing marking, but the problem as a whole remains. The problem with some ridge routes was very big, because lots of means are necessary for it. Currently marking hiking trails increase the necessary materials are purchased with public and private funds, and the work is done on a voluntary basis

 

Caption calling for protection of the mark

 
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