Delchev Ridge

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Location of Tangra Mountains on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands.
Delchev Ridge from Bransfield Strait, with (left to right) Kuber Peak, Delchev Peak and Elena Peak, and Greenwich Island in the background.
Fieldwork on Melnik Peak, with Delchev Ridge in the background.
Kaloyan Nunatak from Bransfield Strait, with Pautalia Glacier in the foreground.
Topographic map of Livingston Island, Greenwich, Robert, Snow and Smith Islands.

Delchev Ridge (Delchev Hrebet \'del-chev 'hre-bet\) is the eastern ridge of the Tangra Mountains, Livingston Island extending 10 km east-northeastward from Devin Saddle to Renier Point. The ridge is named in association with its summit Delchev Peak (ca. 940 m).

The north slopes of the ridge between Elena Peak and Renier Point together with the adjacent portion of Sopot Ice Piedmont are a popular site for backcountry skiing and climbing, with skiers landed by Zodiac rigid inflatable boats from cruise ships visiting the Half Moon Island area.[1][2]


The midpoint of Delchev Ridge is located at 62°37′55″S 59°54′15″W / 62.63194°S 59.90417°W / -62.63194; -59.90417Coordinates: 62°37′55″S 59°54′15″W / 62.63194°S 59.90417°W / -62.63194; -59.90417. The ridge was mapped by the UK Directorate of Overseas Surveys in 1968, Argentine mapping in 1980 and Bulgarian mapping in 2005 and 2009.

Delchev Ridge in popular culture[edit]

The cover of the VA album Under Heaven: Vinson Massif (2010) actually features a photo not of Vinson Massif but of Delchev Ridge instead, with Mugla Passage and Vaptsarov Peak in the foreground, and (left to right) Elena Peak and Delchev Peak in the background.[3] Both the picture and the misidentification may have possibly originated in the ‘Vinson Massif’ entry of the ‘Seven Summits Quest’ website.[4]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ S. Romeo. IceAxe.TV Antarctic Peninsula Ski Cruise Update 4. TetonAT website, 2009.
  2. ^ T. Crocker. Livingston Island, South Shetlands. Liftlines Skiing and Snowboarding Forums, 17 November 2011.
  3. ^ Under Heaven: Vinson Massif. Album. August 2010.
  4. ^ Vinson Massif. The Seven Summits Quest. June 2008.


This article includes information from the Antarctic Place-names Commission of Bulgaria which is used with permission.