Virgin Lines on Shar Mountain

It all started when Mihail and Stephan met at the base of Shar Mountain for a long awaited snowcat freeride. During their runs down the peak of Plat, they were captivated by the peaks enriched with colouirs that were accessible only by hiking.  After some time of planning, Stephan came back to Macedonia with a group of friends, willing to climb the peaks of Shar Mountain, and descend their first lines down the peaks of Shar and Korab mountain.

The journey started on 18.03.2019 when Stephan, his brother, and four friends arrived to Popova Shapka. That day they met Mihail, Meto and Georgy.  Long awaited dream to come true for Mihail and Stephan, they climbed to the peak of the Kota 2564 line which stands under the Tito’s Peak towards the valley of upper Leshnica. The north face of the peak has two possible lines, more narrow and steeper couloir that both come join together in wide open terrain fulfilled with galleys and natural half pipes that lead all the way down to the sheep farm of upper Leshnica between the peak of Plat and the middle Leshnica rock.

The plan for the first day was to wake up at 05:30, have breakfast and then to go to the saddle of Titos peak by snowcat, from where they could continue on foot. Around 07:00 they started their journey to Titos peak, and in 2 hours of driving in the snowcat they were 200 vertical meters below the peak. They continued ascending Titos Peak by foot. They decided to bootpack through the ridge where the snow softened by warm weather, with no need of mounting crampons. In around 30 minutes they were on the peak from where they continued north through the ridge towards the Kota 2564 track. The walk was through a mixed terrain of rocks and soft snow and after 20-30 minutes they were on the drop points of the both north faced couloirs of Kota 2564. Gorgy, Meto and three others decided to go in the steeper couloir with entrance of around 40%, while Mihail and Stephan chose the narrower couloir. To check the stability of the snowpack Gorgy decided to secure himself with a rope and anchor and then enter the couloir. When everyone was ready Gorgy dropped in. The snow was mixed, often hard then very soft snowpacks, and after a few turns Gorgy got rid of the rope and made the first line of 300 vertical meters to the safe spot. Afterwards one by one they all skied down to Georgy. Further down the snow became soft and playful, perfect spring snow was on the menu and they were all flying through the playful terrain all the way down to the ship fold of upper Leshnica. The total vertical descent of the line was about 750m.

When they descend the peak, they found themselves between the massive walls of peak Plat and the middle Leshnica rock. Tempted by the silence and beauty of this place they had rested and had lunch, before ski touring and splitborading to the saddle of Plat where the snowcat awaited, to take them back to the hotel.

This was the first day of their journey to hunt virgin lines on this mountains, and it was one of the best in the days to follow.

Virgin Lines on Shar Mountain
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Virgin Lines on Shar Mountain