Adventure sports know no borders. So it’s not surprising to hear that Montenegro is fast becoming a destination for lovers of adventure sports.
Toward the southern end of the Adriatic, Montenegro is baking hot in the summer, but also has an interior that serves up winter sports challenges that only the most adventurous will appreciate.
Independent since 2006, it’s still a new name on many people’s list of as-yet visited countries. In 1998, Durmitor National Park was listed by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. Hardly surprising: Did you know it has the second largest canyon in the world (Tara River Canyon) – nobody ever told me that…
Its Durmitor Massif has 75 peaks above 2000m, and for trekking holidays there’s more than 2000km of marked trails.
In fact, the more you look into this region, the more you can see how political events have clearly blinkered our view. This is majestic countryside, and there are beaches here to top any in the Adriatic.
With such diversity within a relatively small area, it’s no shock to hear they are running an adventure race later this year. The Montenegro Expedition Challenge is setting out to test the hardiest of adventure traveller.
If you fancy getting a team together, you’d better make sure its members are experienced in a range of adventure sports: Adventure Race Montenegro (ARMEX) will see you pushed for 48 hours as you navigate canyons, valleys, mountain peaks, plateaus and forests.
Rafting, mountainbiking, running, trekking, and the option to divert from the path in search of extra points (rogaine sections): it’s gonna be tough. But would you have it any other way? Probably not!
That said, it’s a country that’s also developing more easy-going holidays. Perhaps your adventure will be on the coast exploring Petrovac, or in its capital, Podgorica
For all that, if you feel the calling of the hills and streams of one of Europe’s most spectacular and challenging countries, get in training: the race is Sept 16-18.
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