Hiking is increasingly popular form of entertainment and recreation of foreign tourists who come to vacation in Bar and Ulcinj municipalities .
With the increase in the number of hikers in “Rumija Massif” is rising and it’s likely to come to the accident , as recently , when two tourists from Kazakhstan and Ukraine, spent the night near Gurza , and were caught in the mountain by night , and rescuers were not able to find them says Ilija President of the Mountaineering Club ” Rumija ” and one of the prominent Montenegrin mountain enthusiasts and activists .
Rescue workers who were searching for these tourists did not have even an approximate location of where they are located . They called me, Ilija says at two o’clock after midnight , but they were so frightened and disoriented , despite the best will, I was not able to help . If they could give approximate location, we would immediately contacted Marko who maintains a summer estate in Lukic ŠESTAN and is from Gurza a half-hour walk .
He suggests to connect people who know the mountain and help in such situations – hikers , hunters, foresters , gamekeepers , police and firefighters , and to identify the people who live permanently in the mountain villages , “and who are willing to help .”
Thanks to his enthusiasm and other hikers of” Rumija ” few years ago Bar municipality was included in the project of marking hiking trails of coastal trunk road , as part of the great European trekking routes connecting Scandinavia with Olympus.
In collaboration with IRD and Mountain Association of Montenegro , ” Rumija ” was marked 35-40 kilometers of trails from Paštrovacka gora up to Lunja .
Then were made and brochures , but the vegetation , eventually covered the markings that should be ” refreshed ” .
There are people who live in Pincic , Livari and Lukic, that we can call upon . But on the other hand , in Sozina , there is no one to live there and who loses, will have to wait for help , although the center Sozina is two – three hours ‘ walk from any roads . We should know that in this area many wells are not covered, nor are marked , and in them, who don’t know where they are , can easily fall .
We need good maps of local paths and roads , because they are very attractive , and it really is a great interest of foreigners to them. Now it’s trendy active holiday , not only hiking, but also cycling. Tourists go so far on their own , they do not have adequate information or where or how , carried away by adrenalin they go trekking improperly fitted , without food, water and instructions . For example, the input to the transversal “Sozina’ of “Gluhi Dol” is very steep, partially passable even for the locals , but attracts tourists adventurers .
Never go alone to the mountain .
Regardless of experience , warns Ilija , man should not go hiking alone .
When I started the hike , I always had beside me an experienced villager who knew how to show all routes . Because of the terrain , vegetation and bad trail maintenance , it is very risky to alone go into the mountains and beside the markings . In addition , do not wait for the night in the mountains , even experienced hunters can lose , and if there is fog, finding the missing is almost impossible mission .