My mountain trips Romana --
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July 23th: Piatra Mare. Easy and relaxing trip: From Dambu Morii we went up by Sirul Stancilor to an
elevation of some 1450m where our trail met the one coming from Piatra
Mare chalet ; going down we followed the latter to Pestera de Gheata
(the Icy Cave) and the former Bonloc chalet ; finally from here we ended
again at Dambu Morii .
Together with Liviu Ghigeanu.
July 3th: Bucegi. From Sinaia we went up thru the rain to Poiana Regala then to the point
there Brana Ursilor splits off the main trail , just below the
upper treeline; then we followed Brana Ursilor to Schitul Sfanta Ana
then descended to Sinaia on the forestry road .
Together with Oana Petrescu.
June 18th: Bucegi. From Busteni we climbed Valea Cerbului to the mouth of Caldarilor valley
at an altitude of some 1740m then continued on Caldarilor valley . At an
elevation of some 1850m half of te group decided to give up and turn back while
the remaining four continued the climb to an elevation of 2210m, just below
the Babele - Omu trail . We descended the same route ; to Poiana
Costilei then took right to Caminul Alpin .
People: Dumitru Strazzaboschi, Teodora Cicu, Liviu Ghigeanu, 5 more persons.
May 28th: Bucegi. From Poiana Tapului we went to Urlatoarea waterfall then climbed quite
steeply to the Schiel trail which we followed upwards to Canton Jepi ;
from here we walked on the plateau, avoiding Piatra Arsa to descend into
People: Oana Petrescu, Anisoara Cristea, Ileana Tacutu, Ion Tacutu, Andrei Bardau, Cezar Badoiu, Liviu Ghigeanu, Emil Georgescu, 6 more persons.
May 14th: Ciucas. We've left the car at Cheia then we walked thru the forest over the Buzaianu
ridge to Poiana Stanii ; from here we started the climb, at the beginning
more easier but later more demanding on the valley of Paraul Alb to the
southern end of Zaganu ridge which we followed north to
La Rascruce ; the descent was to Muntele Rosu where the night fell;
here the girls stayed and had dinner while Radu and me continued the descent
thru the forest to Cheia to retrieve the car.
People: Anisoara Cristea, Monica Lauleanu, Simona Dragomir, Radu Antonescu.
May 7th: Piatra Mare. Since some time I wanted both a solo trip and one to the Piatra Mare massif
and today I've fulfilled both wishes! From Predeal I climbed via Poiana
Stanii Pietricica to the junction below Piatra Scrisa then continued
towards Piatra Mare chalet on the summit avoiding trail a; from the
chalet I climbed the summit to descend again via
Piatra Scrisa - Poiana Stanii Pietricica towards Tunelul Mare .
April 23th: Baiului. We got off the train at Nistoresti and climbed thru the woods to the unpaved
road which follows the ridge which is parallel to Prahova valley; we followed
this road northwards then continued on trail over the so-called summits of
Boncu and Frumosu to a hill overlooking the Paltinu lake and dam; the return
was to Comarnic.
People: Ion Tacutu, Ileana Tacutu, Andrei Bardau, 9 more persons.
April 9th: Bucegi. From Posada we climbed the Plesuva hill then continued to Poiana Hotilor
where we split: half of the group preffered to go towards Comarnic while
we continued northwards over the hills to Cota 1000 chalet then Sinaia
over Drumul Codrului .
People: Ion Tacutu, Ileana Tacutu, Andrei Bardau, Emil Georgescu, Radu Antonescu, Dumitru Strazzaboschi, 6 more persons.
April 2nd: Baiului. From Poiana Tapului railway station we climbed again to Stana din Picior
then continued towards the plateau then went down to Sinaia over Cumpatu
mountain and plaiul Tufa ; I walked the same route
exactly one year before as well as
the previous autumn.
People: Adina Chisciuc, Simona Dragomir, Teodora Cicu, Monica Lauleanu, Ion Tacutu, Emil Georgescu, 19 more persons.
March 26th: Bucegi. A remake of a trip from
a year ago:
departing at the Valea Larga railway station we climbed the valley with the
same name for some 2km on the forestry road then directly thru the forest
up to a road some 1km north from Poiana Hotilor; then thru the clearing we
proceeded to Gurguiatu summit . The descent was to
Comarnic ; somewhere we split into two groups, my group wandering accross
the hills further south than the direct trail so we arrived at the Comarnic
rail station about an hour later than the group which took the right path.
People: Cora Alboiu, Ion Tacutu, 11 more persons.
March 19th: Baiului. We alighted the train at Valea Larga, crossed the national road then climbed
the right side (hidrographically) of Valea lui Bogdan to a forestry chalet at
an elevation of some 1120m . After a break we continued going up to
Stana din Piciorul Gagului ; the descent was freely thru the woods to
the Cainelui river which we met some 2km up from Sinaia.
People: Dumitru Strazzaboschi, Ion Tacutu, Liviu Ghigeanu, Andrei Bardau, 6 more persons.
March 13th: Baiului. From Poiana Tapului we climbed a seconday forested ridge to Stana din
Picior (1440m) ; when going down on the same trail we lost it so we
descended freely thru the woods.
People: Teodora Cicu, Oana Petrescu, Monica Lauleanu, Elvis Grandin.
April 16th: Baiului. When noone would expect a return of the winter... here we are in 80cm high
snow! From Predeal we took the road to Susai up to the junction with the
trail to Clabucet Plecare ; then we opened a trail in thicck snow to
the Cocosul ski slope junction then descended to Predeal along the slope
People: Teodora Cicu, Alina Caladiev, Ion Tacutu, Emil Georgescu.
January 22nd: Bucegi. From Busteni - Caminul Alpin we followed the tail over Munticel and Poiana
Costilei to Pichetu Rosu where we turned right towards Poiana Izvoarelor
. Here some people remained at the chalet while we continued
to Saua La Cleste then apoi Azuga .
People: Ion Tacutu, Adina Chisciuc, Cora Alboiu, 11 more persons.
January 15th: Baiului. From Sinaia Sud we climbed Piciorul Gagului towards the north-south road
which we followed north to Cainelui summit ; the descent was also towards
Sinaia but by Piciorul Cainelui .
People: Ion Tacutu, Adina Chisciuc, Oana Petrescu, Teodora Cicu, Simona Dragomir, Dragos Iancu, 8 more persons.
January 8th: Bucegi and Postavaru. From Azuga we climbed towards Grecului saddle then proceeded to La Cleste
saddle ; from here we followed a road to Steaua Chalet, then thru the
forest towards National Road 73A Predeal-Rasnov then finally climbed
and descended a hill towards Predeal - the southernmost part of
the Postavaru range.
People: Ion Tacutu, Ileana Tacutu, Cora Alboiu, Monica Lauleanu, Andrei Bardau, 8 more persons.
January 2nd: Piatra Mare. From Predeal-Ciople we followed the trail which climbs to Piatra Mare summit
until just below Piatra Scrisa at an elevation of 1659m where the
trails to the summit and Piatra Mare chalet split; here part of
the group continued the climb then descended towards Timisu de Sus via
Tamina while we preferred to descend back to Poiana Stanii Pietricica ;
then towards the Tunnels .
People: Ileana Tacutu, Ion Tacutu, Monica Lauleanu, Emil Georgescu, Andrei Bardau, 7 more persons.
December 26th: Postavaru. From Predeal we followed more or less the paved road to Trei Brazi then
started the descent towards Cheile Rasnoavei until reaching a clearing
where we left the marked trail, avoiding the canyon on the southern bank;
later we've lost the trail so we descended trail-less thru the woods and
small vegetation to Rasnoavei river ; for coming back we followed the
trail thru the canyon and over the Spinarea Calului saddle to Timisu de
Sus station .
People: Ileana Tacutu, Ion Tacutu, Alina Caladiev, Monica Lauleanu, Liviu Ghigeanu, Andrei Bardau, 6 more persons.
December 18th: Baiului. From Predeal we climbed the Cocosul ski slope up to Clabucet Plecare then
descended slightly to the Garbova chalet ; after a short break we climbed
Clabucetul Taurului summit then descended to Azuga on a trail new to me -
Durmul Tunului which we followed to a forestry road, 3km before Azuga.
People: Cora Alboiu, Ion Tacutu, Emil Georgescu, 7 more persons.
November 6th: Bucegi. We've got off the train at Sinaia where Andrei led us thru the woods up to
the trail which goes up to Piatra Arsa which we followed to the plateau,
very close to the chalet ; in the plateau we continued to Canton Jepi
then descended towards Busteni on Schiel's Trail .
People: Andrei Bardau, Cezar Badoiu, Emil Georgescu, Radu Antonescu, one more person.
October 31st: Bucegi. Since I wanted a short but interesting trip
I went from Sinaia rail station to Stana Regala then continued towards
Piata Arsa up to the junction with Brana Usrilor which I followed to
the Sfanta Ana church ; the descent was also to Sinaia on the forestry
road which descends from the church .
October 23th: Baiului. A carbon-copy of a trip from the
last spring: from Poiana Tapului
we ascended to Stana din Picior (1440m) then continued up until slightly
below the main north-south road in the plateau (around 1750m) ; then
walked southwards for a bit then descended towards over muntele
Cumpatu and plaiul Tufa .
People: Ileana Tacutu, Ion Tacutu, Andrei Bardau, 13 more persons.
October 2nd: Piatra Craiului. We've left the car at the Clabucet dam then walked the 4km
forestry road to Garofita Pietrei Craiului chalet then turned left towards
Poiana Tamasel ; after we continued to Umerii Pietrei Craiului
; where the ascent ended. We followed Braul de Mijloc to the right up
to Prepeleag by passing Marele Grohotis, Stanciului cave and
Ceardacul Stanciului. The descent was to Crucea Granicerului ,
Valea lui Ivan chalet and the car .
People: Monica Lauleanu, Emil Georgescu, one more person.
September 18th: Bucegi. From Busteni we've climbed Valea Alba up to some 2200 meters of elevation
when we turned left on Brana Vaii Albe to the Heroes Monument ; the descent
was quite classic towards Caraiman chalet and Busteni .
People: Corina Nicolae, Radu Antonescu, 6 more persons.
September 12th: Baiului. A remake of a trip from nine months ago;
from the Valea Larga railway station I climbed to National Road 1 then
the hidrographically left (southern) bank of Valea lui Bogdan
to a spring around 1430m of elevation under Razoare summit ;
I've continued southwards to descend to Posada over the hills with no
trail reaching National Road 1 again at the mouth of the Conciu river.
August 27th: Piatra Craiului. From Zarnesti we trekked to the mouth of Crapatura valley then 250m
(horizontally) more up to the origin of Padina Hotarului trail which
we climbed to just below Turnu summit then ascended the summit itself
where we took the main break of the day; the descent was by the difficult
trail to Saua Crapaturii , then we descended in a record time the Crapatura
valley to its inferior mouth which we visited just eigth hours ago;
from here we continued down over the hills to the forestry road on Barsei
Together with Emil Georgescu.
July 24th: Bucegi. After the long trip from the previous week I wanted something short and
easy so I asked Andrei to show me the trail which climbs from Poiana Tapului
to Stana Regala ; here we split, Andrei continuing with some other people
to Brana Ursilor while I descended towards Sinaia with stops at the
viewpoints at Franz Josef rock and the one further down on the trail;
I've seen both for the first time today.
Together with Andrei Bardau.
July 18th: Fagaras. By train, minivan and hitchikking (separately) we managed to assemble
at Piscu negru around 1.30pm. From here we trekked towards
Podeanu-Florea saddle - caldarea Berbecilor - Strunga Dracului avoiding trail
- Strunga Doamnei - main ridge trail (here the sun was setting)
with descent to Negoiu Chalet peste Strunga Ciobanului
and Piatra Pranzului .
My initial estimate of 9 hours with reaching Negoiu chalet around 10-11pm
proved entirelly optimistic, in the end we arrived at
Negoiu chalet at 4.20am next morning, after nearly 15 hours
of walking. After an 8-hour sleep the following day we descended to
People: Andreea Soare, Alex Carp, Emil Georgescu.
June 5th: Bucegi. From Sinaia rail station we ascended to Stana Regala then continued towards
Piata Arsa up to the junction with Brana Usrilor which we followed to
the Sfanta Ana church ; the descent was also to Sinaia on the ski slope.
People: Ion Tacutu, Adina Chisciuc, Cora Alboiu, Andrei Bardau, Emil Georgescu, Liviu Ghigeanu, 8 more persons.
April 23th: Bucegi. I left Sinaia railway station for the trail to Piatra Arsa chalet and back
decided to keep climbing while it was safe; the turn around point proved to
be lower than what I originally thought, some 1630m elevation so the trip was
really short, only three and a half hours.
April 17th: Bucegi. Departing at the Valea Larga railway station we climbed the valley with the
same name for some 2km on the forestry road then directly thru the forest
up to a road some 1km north from Poiana Hotilor; then thru the clearing we
proceeded to Gurguiatu summit . The descent was the direct road to
People: Cora Alboiu, Ion Tacutu, Andrei Bardau, 4 more persons.
March 27th: Baiului. We got off the train at Poiana Tapului then climbed to Stana din Picior
(1440m) then further up to the main north-south plateau road (just below
1800m) ; we followed it a bit to the south then descended towards
Sinaia via Cumpatu and Tufa mountains.
People: Ion Tacutu, 9 more persons.
March 20th: Baiului. From Valea Larga station we climbed to National Road 1 then took the left
bank (southern) of Valea lui Bogdan to the Razoare summit ; here we
split, our group choosing to go north; after some ten minutes we split again,
choosing to avoid Mierlei summit thru the left. The descent was towards
Sinaia Sud station by Piciorul Gagului.
People: Adina Chisciuc, Ion Tacutu, Liviu Ghigeanu, Emil Georgescu, 15 more persons.
February 20th: Baiului. A remake of a trip from more than four years ago;
from Predeal we left on the highway leading to Susai up to the junction
woith the marked path which climbs from Cioplea where we followed
the trail to the junction just below Susai chalet where we turned
right towards Clabucet Plecare ; at the junction with the Cocosul
Rosu ski slope we followed it down to Predeal . Unfortunately I forgot
to take the 'official' group photo!
People: Ion Tacutu, Ileana Tacutu, Elvis Grandin, 3 more persons.
February 6th: Bucegi. On December 27th of last year I've heard about the
trail which crosses Coama Lunga so we wanted to walk it during this day;
we left Busteni and trekked Coama Lunga up to Grecului saddle ; initially
we planned to proceed to Predeal but due to the bad weather we've shortened
the trip by descending the slopes of Grecului valley to Azuga.
People: Ion Tacutu, Ileana Tacutu, Emil Georgescu, Liviu Ghigeanu, 6 more persons.
January 30th: Baiului. Again an easy trip - practically a triangle around Predeal.
I've left the Predeal railway station towards Cabana Garbova then
proceeded to the ruins of Clabucet Plecare chalet , the highest elevation
of the day at around 1455m. From there I went down to the vicinity of Susai
chalet then back to Predeal .
January 24th: Postavaru. Easy winter trip: From Predeal we climbed the 250m elevation needed to reach
the so-called "summit" of Fitifoi ; from here we descended to Trei Brazi
for a small break, continuing then to Poiana Secuilor - Cotul Donului
then up thru the forest for another 150m back to Predeal .
People: Dumitru Strazzaboschi, Elvis Grandin, Emil Georgescu, Radu Antonescu.
January 16th: Bucegi. From Azuga we took again the alternate path to Saua Grecului, then proceeded to
Saua La Cleste where the four from Floarea de Colt split; the remaining five
continued to Diham when we took a 15 minute break. The return was back via
Saua La Cleste where Liviu preferred to proceed to Busteni and Don Mitica ran
in front of us; the remaining three slowly descended to Azuga but this time using
the standard trail at the bottom of the valley .
People: Dumitru Strazzaboschi, Emil Georgescu, Liviu Ghigeanu, Alina Caladiev, 4 more persons.
January 9th: Baiului. From the Valea Larga railway station we arrived on the paved Drumul National 1
then climbed the left bank (southern) of Valea lui Bogdan to a spring below
Razoare peak at some 1430m elevation ; here we did split, a party of 7
continuing upwards and northwards to end at Sinaia over Plaiul Gagu while
our party of 10 contiuned towards south, towards Doamnele peak then
descending to Posada via Piciorul Florei . The weather was incredibly
warm, sunny nearly all the time, and around 1500-1600m of elevation
the snow was present only in patches!
People: Ion Tacutu, Ileana Tacutu, Corina Nicolae, Vali Gorea, Noni Roman, 11 more persons.
December 27th: Bucegi. When we've entered the Grecului valley forestry road we've noticed behind us
a group of other walkers which have descended from the same train; we've
stopped to wait for them and it was a good idea, because they've shown us
another version of the trail towards Grecului saddle , not the 'classic'
one which follows the valley floor but one which climbs the left bank
of the river and exits some 50 meters higher then the saddle in the trail which
goes from Grecului saddle towards Predeal (blue stripe). some 500 meters north
of the saddle. The four were members of the Floarea de Colt alpine club
and we've met one of them
seven months before!
All six of us climbed to Saua Grecului but there myself and a lady decided
to turn back (I disliked the blizzard) while the four others proceeded
People: Dumitru Strazzaboschi, Emil Georgescu, 3 more persons.
November 17th: Capatanii. For my first attempt to explore Capatanii range I've chosen an easy one-day
trail: Baile Olanesti - Suta village -
Manastirea Frasinei - Rostea mountain - IF Lotrisor - Motel Lotrisor .
Unfortunately the trip was a big disappointment; the trail marking is nearly
absent on the terrain; the part between Olanesti and Frasinei completely
lacks any mountain attributes, being rather a walk over the muddy, gentle
hills, and from Frasinei going north the trail disappears at a given point,
so around Muntele Rostea saddle I've aborted the initial plan and descended
towards Calimanesti via Caldarile valley.
September 24th: Bucegi. I wanted for several years to walk on Brana Caprelor so I've built a hike
which would include it, managing to change seven different marking during
a single day; the trip was absolutely great.
I've left Busteni going towards Poiana Costilei then under the
mountain up to Pichetu Rosu where I turned left towards
Prepeleag ;tr. From here I proceeded on the ugly trail which goes to
Bucsoiu until it meets the upper end of Brana Caprelor at an
elevation of 2277m. Then I've descended Brana Caprelor to the floor of
the Malaesti Valley where I've met the trail which climbs towards Omu;
I followed it up to the lower end of the horn which goes to Curmatura
Hornurilor ; here I left the marked trail and climbed the horn ;
from Curmatura Hornurilor I've descended towards Stana din Gaura then
the Simon village of Bran , completing the day with an 8km walk up to
Bran-Center. I was a bit disappointed by Brana Caprelor, which I judged to
be plain and uninteresting, however I enjoyed the descent of Valea Gaura,
with has a very varied and beautiful landscape.
August 29th: Baiului. Nice walk across the massif from south-east to north-west;
from Valea Doftanei (part of the Traisteni village) at the end of the paved
road we went some 2km on the forestry road to the beginning of Plaiul
Orjogoaia which we climbed to the plateau ; then we crossed the
plateau along some shepherds' trails until reaching the main north-south road
some 3km south from Schiori chalet; from there the descent was towards
Azuga . When we got off the car in Traisteni two stray dogs joined us,
then followed us to Azuga along the 9 hours of the trip.
People: Monica Lauleanu, 2 more persons.
July 25th: Bucegi. From Sinaia we climbed to Piatra Arsa chalet on a trail which I didn't
walk upwards for more than 7 years; lots of people on the way and especially
up in the plateau. The descent was via Canton Jepi to Busteni using
the same trail like two months before.
People: Catalin Ghita, Razvan Rughinis, Emil Georgescu, 2 more persons.
June 21st: Bucegi. From Azuga we took valea Grecului to Grecului saddle - La Cleste saddle -
Poiana Izvoarelor chalet - Pichetu Rosu - La Prepeleag (1745m) ;
we didn't make it to Malaiesti chalet as planned initially because we were
running out of time. The descent was via Pichetu Rosu - poiana Costilei
then we proceed on the trail which comes from Omu summit to the forestry
road in Valea Cerbului.
People: Emil Georgescu, Andreea Soare, Alex Carp, Razvan Rughinis, 4 more persons.
June 14th: Baiului. From Azuga we climbed towards the new Popasul Schiorilor chalet then
proceeded on the large and gentle plateau of Bailului towards Baiul Mare
summit ; the descent was free-style thru the origins of Valea Rea,
first on the grassy slopes, then thru the forest then at last 5km on the
forestry road towards the Sinaia station .
People: Monica Lauleanu, one more person.
May 31st: Bucegi. From Busteni we went up on Schiel's trail up to Canton Jepi ; from here
we intended to proceed towards Piatra Arsa then back to Sinaia via Poiana
Regala but the fresh snow which fell just the evening before hid the
trail between Canton Jepi and Piatra Arsa so we decided to turn back to
Busteni on the same trail.
People: Radu Antonescu, Dumitru Strazzaboschi, Emil Georgescu.
May 9th: Fagaras. I've read that some upgrade was done on Stan Valley during 2008 so
I went to check the valley. It was the third time I climbed it but the trail
seemed much more dangerous to me than previous times; maybe the water level
from the small dam was flowing at a higher rate, maybe I got older... The
2008 upgrades are useful; some black ropes appeared as help in some difficult
places, two more logs, some ladders were remade and all the trail was marked
with plastic stripe. In
2006 I failed
to identify the upper exit from the valley but this time, also helped by
the description from the Natura Romaniei magazine
issue 10 - January 2009) I continued towards Calugarita and the southern
shore of the Vidraru lake .
March 15th: Bucegi. The Transbus Codreanu bus was on time and left me at 3.35pm at 'La Sipote'
(km 4 on National Road 73A) from where I proceeded towards Diham Chalet -
Pichetu Rosu then descending towards Poiana Izvoarelor and Busteni .
Besides the dogs at Diham and Poiana Izvoarelor chalets I haven't met anyone
on the trail.
January 6th: Baiului. Short day+night trip in the nortern part of the Baiului range; I've left
Predeal railway station at 3.15pm and climbed for a bit more than 2 hours
via Garbova chalet to Clabucetul Taurului summit where the night fell;
the 75 minute descent was under the moonshine (there was no need for the
flashlight, not even in the forest) towards Azuga where I arrived at
October 13th: Piatra Craiului. The Small Circuit of Piatra Craiului massif, walked by me for the first
time in a single trip. I've alighted the train at 3pm; it took me some 1 hour
to reach the bottom end of Crapatura valley then two and a half more hours
to the Crapaturii saddle, which I reached when the sun was setting .
The nightly descent was towards Cabana Curmatura then Fantana lui Botorog
on the direct trail .
October 4th: Ciucas. Round-trip from Cheia to Zaganu ridge - Gropsoare peak - La Rascruce -
Muntele Rosu chalet then again Cheia via the Gropsoare forestry
road. The weather was much nicer and warmer than our expectations.
All along the way we were accompanied by a stray dog which joined our
grup from the moment we parked our car.
People: Catalin Ghita, Monica Lauleanu, Liviu Serbanescu, one more person.
September 6th: Iezer-Papusa. An exact replica of the last Iezer trip from three years ago. This time we
left the car at Intre Vai then proceeded towards Cuca chalet, Gradisteanu
saddle then westwards to Papusa Summit, Spintecatura Papusii and
above Tambura - Fracea valleys with a nighttime descent of Plaiul
lui Patru .
People: Monica Lauleanu, Radu Antonescu.
August 30th: Fagaras. A trip quite similar to the previous one; we've left the car on the
Transfagarasan road at 1910m elevation at the last intersection of the
paved road with the trail which comes from the Capra Chalet; we took the
trail upwards towards Capra Lake and Saddle . The initial plan called
for a climb on Vanatoarea lui Buteanu peak but the strongs winds sent us back
towards the Capra Lake then the steep descent trail towards Cota 2000
Salvamont Chalet . The weather was quite ugly, with rain at the beginning
and end of the trip plus very chilly wind gusts.
People: Adriana Feraru, Monica Lauleanu, Liviu Serbanescu.
August 19th: Fagaras. Night time trip. I've left the Capra Chalet at 9.45pm and without any hurry
I reached Capra Lake around 1am ; as the lake was engulfed in fog I
decided to continue without stopping towards Capra Saddle but just before
reaching it I got out of the fog; from there I returned to the lake shore,
this time without fog, for a lunch break; then I reached again Capra Saddle
at 2.30am then proceeded to descend towards Balea Lac chalet which I reached
at 3.15am ; from here it was 17km on the paved road to Capra and
Piscu Negru chalets.
August 17th: Bucegi. Solo trip on the trail from Busteni to Caraiman Chalet and back; a nice
summer day with high temperatures even above 2000m of elevation. Unfortunately
the trail is quite damaged in the upper part which made the descent less
August 7th: Piatra Mare. After an eight-month break in mountain trips I've chosen an easy daytrek:
Predeal Cioplea - Tunele - Poiana Stanii Pietricica
then going down back to Cioplea on the trail which comes from
Piatra Mare summit . The path which I took when going up is less
known so it avoided the invasion of the ATV's but, unfortunately, the
trail which I took downwards is way more known so it was transformed in
an ATV racetrack. Very sad... and it's even more sad to know that more and
more mountain trails will have this fate.
December 8th: Baiului. We planned to climb from Azuga to Garbova chalet via Clabucetul Taurului
then to descend towards Predeal ; however due to high snow levels and since
the trail was not open we got quite tired so around 100m below the summit
and a bit more than 1km away from the chalet we gave up; we descended
freely thru the forest until reaching the Ursoaia Mare valley which we
followed to the National Road (I descended the same valley
two years ago).
Together with Liviu Ghigeanu.
October 2nd: Piatra Craiului. Gorgeous autumn hike; from the Zarnesti rail station I walked towards Poiana
Chiliilor then I took the trail which goes to Padina Sindileriei. At first
it goes thru forest, then some shrubs and after some 15 minutes walk from
the split the real alpine part starts. Altrough the height difference is
only some 600m the valley is absolutely beautfiul, as well as quite dangerous;
there are some sections where you have to climb loose rocks (gravel). Some
half an hour before reaching the Turnu summit you get out of the dark
valley and into the sun. After some rest on the summit (where I've also met
a Spanish trekker which I joined up to Curmatura Chalet) we continued towards
Saua Padinei Inchise ; the descent was to Curmatura , Botorog spring
then back to Zarnesti.
September 25th: Ceahlau. My first trip in Ceahlau. We've left the car at Izvoru Muntelui then walked
for a bit more than an hour to Poiana Maicilor; later we climbed at a slower
pace to the Dochia chalet and Toaca summit . When going down we first
stopped at the chalet for something to eat and a warm tea then we
trekked, in darkness but under a full moon, towards Lutu Rosu and
the car .
Together with 2 more persons.
August 23th: Bucegi. From Azuga I followed Grecului valley to Saua la Cleste then another
trail towards Poiana Izvoarelor , Pichetu Rosu and Prepeleag then ending
at the Bucsoiu and Omu peaks . Because I didn't allocate well my time
(it took me six hours from the Azuga rail station to Omu summit) and I had
a train to catch in Busteni the descent of the Cerbului valley towards
Busteni was the fastest in my life - it took me only 2hr 24min non-stop
from the Omu chalet down to the point where the trail leaves the forest
and meets the Cerbului valley, some 2.5km from the National Road.
August 16th: Italia. Alpi Marittime. I've left the railway station at Limone Piemonte (1030m) to
follow the L11 trail which follows the Almellina valley up to the plateau
which lies between the Vermenagna and Pesio valleys; unfortunately around
1300m elevation I've lost the unmarked and faintly visible trail and wandered
south of it; when I realized it was too late so I had to make a big detour
in order to get to the plateau around 2050m high. The initial target
was Bric Costa Rossa (2403m) but somewhere around 2150m I was too
tired so I preffered to get down towards the Pesio valley on the H13 trail.
July 14th: Fagaras. After a two-year pause here I am again going in the mountains with my
unfortunately the itinerary chosen by me (with only some 500m elevation
difference when going up - an easy trail as I considered) was considered
to be too difficult by the girls which stated that they no more saw the
beauty of the mountain because of the leg pain :-( . From the southern end
of the Transfagarasan tunnel (2035m) we climbed to the main ridge trail
at Fereastra Balei (2300m) then continued westwards to Saua Paltinu,
Laitel peak up to Caltun refuge ; from here we descended some 200m down
to elevation 1967m ; where these two trails split: I continued alone
to the tunnel in order to retrieve the car while the other four, more
tired, continued down towards Piscu Negru .
People: Adriana Feraru, Nicoleta Puscasu, one more person.
July 2nd: Retezat. After two years I left for Retezat with big plans but I've been forced to
adjust them because of the rain. During the first day I went from Carnic to
Pietrele chalet ; the second I trekked on the Culmea Lolaia up to the
Retezat summit ; just before reaching the summit the thunderstorm started,
with lots of thunders and flashes; since it rained for three hours I was forced
to descend towards Retezat saddle then back to the chalet on the Stanisoara
valley . For the third day it took me 2 and a half hours for the forestry
road from Pietrele to Nucsoara village .
June 22nd: Cozia. From the Turnu dam I walked towards La Troita then continued towards
the central heights but I was forced to turn back due to the lack of water
at the dry La Troc spring ; I changed plans so I went to Stanisoara
Monastery then to the Gardului (Urzicii) waterfall which amazed me with
its beauty. The descent was from the Monastery to Pausa railway stop .
May 5th: Fagaras. After seven months
here I am again at Valea lui Stan , this time in a trip
by public transport (train, train, van, van, thumb when going and
thumb, van, thumb, train when coming back - it was fun).
The valley is like last autumn beautiful... This time we only trekked to the
'Shoes Off' point, some minutes before the little dam which marks the end
of the alpine part of the valley.
I wasn't able to find much material on the Internet regarding Valea lui Stan
People: Radu Antonescu, Razvan Tudorica.
April 21st: Bucegi. From Predeal we took Iadului valley then without trail thru the woods up to
Saua La Cleste ; there we split and I proceeded to Azuga by the Saua
Grecului trail .
Together with Radu Antonescu.
April 8th: Piatra Mare. Relaxing four hour trip. I walked the mile between the Timisu de Jos railway
station and Dambu Morii chalet in 15 minutes then took Sipoaia valley thru
the Sapte Scari canyon until its upper end ; later I took the Prapastia
Ursului trail to the lookout ; for the descent, again to Dambu Morii, I
took the Family Route .
March 25th: Baiului. Nice trip on a day which seemed ugly when I've left Bucharest. I climbed from
Predeal to the Garbova chalet to Clabucetul Taurului; the descent was
towards Azuga . In the cities (Predeal and Azuga) there wasn't any
snow left but around 1300m there were already 12-15 inches and close to the
summit more than 20 inches of snow; it was cloudy but still it was a nice day
and every now an then there was sunshine too.
March 11th: Piatra Mare. Another easy winter trip; from Predeal (Cioplea) we trekked to Tunelul
Mare then went up some 550m elevation difference to the southern tip
of Poiana Stanii Pietricica ; the descent was by the classic trail
which winds down from the summit .
People: Radu Antonescu, Razvan Tudorica.
February 25th: Postavaru. Easy winter walk; unfortunately the itinerary was badly chosen (at an
altitude too low) so we walked thru snow, mud and sometimes spring-like
landscape. We started at the Predeal railway station towards
Cotul Donului - Poiana Secuilor -
Spinarea Calului - Rasnoavei valley until Cheile Rasnoavei ;
for the return we took the trail to Trei Brazi then Predeal . People: Radu Antonescu, Razvan Tudorica, one more person.
December 29th: Bucegi. A very basic winter trip: Predeal (National Road #73A at km 4) - Diham
Chalet - La Cleste Saddle - Gura Diham chalet and ending at Busteni.
The pictures are not interesting due to fog and darkness which set
when I arrived at Diham.
October 28th: Piatra Craiului. Maybe the last 'summer time' trip for this year. From Zarnesti we've
climbed for some 5 hours
Padina Hotarului towards Turnu summit ; then continued on
the main ridge up to Saua Padinei Inchise . The descent was towards
Curmatura chalet where we took a tea and food break. The night fell as we
wandered thru the woods towards the Prapastii forestry road then back
to Zarnesti .
People: Monica Lauleanu, Radu Antonescu, 2 more persons.
October 4th: Fagaras. I wasn't able to find much material on the Internet regarding Valea lui Stan
in the southern Fagaras range so I walked somehow into unknown territory...
and what I found there exceeded all my expectations! I consider this to be
one of the best trails in Romania - and I've seen quite a lot of them!
During the two-hour ascent (including breaks) the landscape is terribly wild
and the valley is either a quiet riverbed dotted with small rocks or
raging waterfalls. There are 8-10 metallic ladders and more cable handrails;
unfortunately they're quite damaged but on the other hand some kind people
repaired them recently in some spots. However the trail is dangerous and
I reccomend it only to the ones with a good sense of equilibrium; there are
some places where a wrong step will send you 10-20 meters lower in the river.
Towards the end there is a place when one has to go thru the river itself;
the water is more than knee-high.
September 7th: Bucegi. From Busteni I've climbed Valea Alba (the White Valley) up to the
plateau; I was amazed by the giant snow patch in the valley which for
sure will last until the next winter. The descent was by Caraiman
Chalet and Jepi Valley .
August 20th: Piatra Craiului. Leaving home a bit late I managed to reach Cojocaru on Dambovita valley only
at 12.30 noon. From here I climbed along Dragosloveni Valley up to
Garofita Pietrei Craiului chalet then continued until the trail which
runs parallel the main ridge some 500m lower . From here I turned left
thru Umerii Pietrei Craiului then met the La Lanturi trail ; which
I followed up to Saua Grind . I turned then right to trek the southern
ridge up to Saua Funduri where I arrived at 8.15pm. The descent was by
Urzicii valley to Prepeleag where the night arrived (it was 9pm). For the
next hour I descended thru the woods to Crucea Granicerului and
the Hunting Lodge ; the last 3km were on forestry road. A nice trip which
took me 10 hours instead of the planned 8.
August 15th: Bucegi. Again the Bucegi massif and again the Omu Summit, this time through
Malaesti valley. I've left the Busteni rail station towards Gura Diham
Chalet - Poiana Izvoarelor - Pichetul Rosu - Prepeleag -
Malaiesti Chalet - Hornul Mare - Omu Summit . The descent was by
valea Cerbului .
July 23th: Fagaras. It has became a custom for me to cross the massif every year from South
to North starting in Buda valley. This year I continued thru Izvorul
Podul Giurgiului up to Podragu Saddle ; initially I wanted to
descend over Muchia Tarata but, like the previous year, I ran out of
time so I had to take again the standard valley floor route to
July 7th: Bucegi. Nice, solitary trip on some rarely used trails. I've left the car
on the Predeal - Paraul Rece national road then climbed thru
Diham Chalet - Pichetu Rosu - Prepeleag - Bucsoiu up to
Omu Chalet then descended towards Bran thru
Ciubotea-Poarta , a trail which I took one year before and
liked a lot. Full day (nearly 10 hours walk) and some luck for only
getting 10 minutes of light rain.
June 25th: Fagaras. George led us on an interesting journey on the western slopes of Museteica
mountain between Capra chalet and Museteica summit (2460m). Both the climb
and the descent (two different trails) were without trails or path.
When we went up we had lots of rain; for the descent we had nice weather
with sun towards the end.
People: Radu Antonescu, one more person.
May 28th: Ciucas. Nice trip built around the rarely used trail which climbs from Poiana Stanii
thru Paraul Alb and Paraul Sterp valleys to the southern edge of the Zaganu
ridge. We've had quite a diverse weather but perfect for us: ugly, fog and
a bit of rain for the climb; clear and sunny on the main ridge; cloudy for
the descent; finally heavy rain on the forestry road out from the mountain.
Cheia - culmea Buzaianu - Stanii clearing -
Paraul Alb river - southern end of Zaganu ridge - La Rascruce -
500m towards Muntele Rosu up to a small saddle where we caught one of the
waters which later would form the Groupsoare river which we followed up
to our car.
People: Alexandra Radu, Radu Antonescu, 2 more persons.
May 21st: Fagaras. An exact remake of a trip from
one year ago. Like most remakes it
wasn't as nice as the original. From Piscu Negru chalet climbed the Paltinu
stream until the main ridge , which I
followed eastwards until the Paltinu Saddle . From there I descended
towards Balea Lake ,
then thru the tunnel and free descending inside Caldarea Caprei up to the
Capra Chalet then the final 4 miles to the car on the paved
April 23th: Ciucas. A remake of a trip made two years ago. From the Bratocea Pass we've climbed
up to the Cicuas summit; the descent was towards the former Ciucas Chalet
until we reached an unnamed saddle where the path meets the other trail coming
from Tigailor Saddle but avoiding the main summit ; from here we took
that trail back to Tigailor Saddle then we descended back to the pass
following our own footsteps .
People: Alexandra Radu, Radu Antonescu, Razvan Tudorica, one more person.
April 15th: Cozia. The first trip for this spring and my first in the Cozia range. We went from
the Lotru railway stop thru Slamnei Valley - Muchia Urzica - Stana Rotunda
up to the Cozia summit ; the descent was by Cozia Chalet towards
Muchia Vladesei - Stanisoara Monastery - La Troita - Manastirea Turnu
railway stop .
People: Razvan Tudorica, one more person.
March 28th: Bucegi. Short half-day trip; it started at Busteni (Caminul Alpin) following the
trail which leads to la Cleste Saddle passing Gura Diham Chaleta ; before
the saddle I turned right thru the forest, descended then climbed back the
banks of Valea Seaca a Baiului in order to emerge on Grecului Peak ; the
descent was towards Azuga first on the snowy hills then directly thru
the river bed.
February 11th: Bucegi. We've left the car at Uzina Veche (10km/6mi from Rasnov) then went to the
Malaiesti Salvamont Chalet in four hours, out of which three in daylight
and one after sunset (full moon); at the beginning we've also lost the trail
so we had to climb the steep bank of a small river. After a good sleep at
the chalet we desceneded the same route. The snow level was far smaller than
my expectations for this time of year.
People: Bogdan Visinescu, Ionut Savulescu, 2 more persons.
February 4th: Baiului. I've finished the trip started but not finsihed on December the 10th of the
previous year. The itinerary was Predeal Cioplea - next to Susai Chalet -
Claucet Plecare - Garbova Chlalet then a free descent thru one of the
steep valleys which later make the Ursoaia Mare stream, getting into the
forestry road then finally on the main Brasov-Bucharest road south of
January 7th: Bucegi and Postavaru. A relaxing trip even if we climbed and went down in two different ranges.
From the Busteni railway station we went on the road up to Gura Diham
then on the trail which leads thru La Cleste Saddle to Diham Chalet .
The descent was to the 'La Sipote' point on the Predeal-Brasov road.
After walking a mile on the paved road the last leg towards Predeal was on
the trail which crosses the eastern part of the Fitifoi .
Together with Monica Lauleanu.
December 10th: Baiului. Easy trip on route Predeal - Susai Chalet - intersection with Cazacu
ski slope - again Predeal on the slope .
People: Radu Antonescu, Elvis Grandin, Ionut Savulescu.
November 13th: Piatra Mare. From Timisu de Jos railway stop we climbed the Sapte Scari trail up to
Piatra Mare chalet . After a break at the chalet we continued towarsd
Piatra Mare summit . The descent was thru Poiana Stanii Pietricica up
to Tunelul Mare railway stop .
People: Radu Antonescu, Ionut Savulescu.
November 6th: Baiului. We climbed plaiul Orjogoaia then the central north-south ridge up to
Rosu Peak ; descent was over a grassy hill up to a shepherd's house then
10km of forestry road on Caleasa, Musita and Doftana valleys .
People: Marian Feticu, 3 more persons.
October 29th: Ciucas. We've left the car at Bratocea Pass then climbed the main ridge up to the
Ciucas Summit; the descent was thru former chalet Ciucas then Berii Valley
up to Podul Berii . Only Radu and myself climbed then up to the pass ,
the others remaining at Valea Berii Chalet. Ugly weather at lower altitudes,
under the clouds but a superb one above 1400m, over the cloud blanket.
People: Monica Lauleanu, Liviu Serbanescu, Radu Antonescu, one more person.
October 27th: Piatra Mare. I've read
about a trail which leads directly from Timisu de Sus to Piatra Mare summit.
I managed to locate it and intermitently followed it up to the summit .
The descent was more classic, towards Predeal .
October 20th: Ciucas. Roundtrip from Cheia to midway on the trail connecting the Muntele Rosu chalet
to the N. Ioan spring ; here I decided to return due to the abundant snow.
October 9th: Fagaras. Day trip leaving from Stanele din Podul Giurgiului. We climbed the
trail thru the Izvorul Molodveanului valley
up to Galbena Saddle then the Moldoveanu summit . The descent was
Vistea Mare Peak - Orzanelelor Saddle - Orzaneaua Mare valley .
People: Monica Lauleanu, Felix Stanculet, one more person.
October 5th: Leaota. After a seven-year break here I am again in this rarely-travelled range. I've
left the car in the Valea Badenilor village; after walking 4km on the forestry
road a heavy truck took me up to a forestry worksite some 1160m high on the
road to Curmatura Tancovei; I've followed the road up to the main ridge .
From the saddle it took me an extra hour to reach the Leaota summit .
The descent was over the Vaja Ridge until the end of the Vaja valley forestry
road . The last 4km of this road were in another heavy truck.
September 29th: Iezer-Papusa. From the Voina Chalet I took the badly damaged road to Cuca Chalet; from
here climbed to Gradisteanu Saddle
where I've met the main ridge trail.
Continued westwards to Papusa Peak, Spintecatura Papusii and above the
Tambura and Fracea valleys
then descended on Plaiul lui Patru .
September 17th: Fagaras. Felix invited me to a two-day trip that definitely had to include a certain
part of the Main Ridge called Custura Saratii. After leaving our car at the
Balea Lac chalet we walked the tunnel and from its south entrance we took
the trail which crosses thru the Paltinu upper
valley until we reached Caltun Lake . From here we continued on the main
ridget itself through Strunga Dracului, Negoiu Peak and Custura Saratii (this
one partially during darkness) until Serbota Peak which was reached at
9pm. The descent to the Negoiu Chalet took us two more hours. Next day,
under some cloudy skies and with some rain periods we climbed Piatra Pranzului
and Strunga Ciobanului back to the Caltun Lake then we continued on
the main ridge until the Paltinu saddle from where we finally descended
to Balea Lake and our car.
People: Felix Stanculet, Radu Antonescu, one more person.
September 11th: Fagaras. When descending four days before the Strunga Dracului I decided to visit the
place again, together with Strunga Doamnei. To reach them I've chosen two
path rarely used and the result was a nice day out. After parking the car &
wife at the Piscu Negru Chalet I've climbed the Lespezi Valley
(this marking is not mentioned on older maps) until it crosses
the trail which climbs from Arefu to Negoiu ; from here
I've descending thn climbed the other side of Caldarea Berbecilor ,
until the top of the Strunga Doamnei, which I descended , then I climbed
Strunga Dracului ; finally the return was on the Negoiu-Arefu trail until
the Podeanu-Florea saddle from where I took another trail to Piscu
September 5th: Fagaras. Again a three-day trip. The first day we went by car up to "La Cariera"
(near Porumbacu) then on foot up to Negoiu Chalet . Second day we left
the chalet with plans to reach Caltun Lake by Piatra Pranzului and
Strunga Ciobanului but the enthuziasm has waned after Strunga Ciobanului
so we returned to the chalet. In the third day the others descended to the
car and I crossed the mountain on the itinerary Negoiu Chalet - Serbota
Peak - Custura Saratii - Negoiu Summit - Caltun Lake - Piscu Negru
People: Nicoleta Puscasu, Nicoleta Zamfir, Cosmin Zamfir.
August 31st: Retezat. Again in Retezat after being sent back home by the rain three weeks before.
Like then the first day was the climb from Carnic to Pietrele Chalet where
again I had a great time. The second day I walked on the trail Pietrele -
Culmea Lolaia - Retezat Summit - Retezat saddle and took the Stanisoara
valley for return; the third day was the busiest: Pietrele - Gentiana
chalet - Bucura Saddle then the main ridge over Bucura 1 Summit up to
Retezatului Saddle ; from here the descent was again Stanisoara Valley
up to Pietrele then 5 more miles until the bridge over the Nucsoara
August 26th: Postavaru. Again in the Postavaru range after three weeks and again from Timisu de Jos
to Brasov. This time we took the easier trail on Lamba valley .
At the beginning there are three miles of forestry road then the problems
start: The trail becomes unclear thru thick weeds; the markings are old and one
can get lost. For the descent towards Pietrele lui Solomon however
everything was simple; the only problem was heavy truck traces which have
filled the path with dirt on some sections. A plain trip with some less
Together with Nicoleta Puscasu.
August 22nd: Piatra Craiului. I noticed some time ago the painted text 'Padina Lancii' (==Lancii valley)
on the trail which goes from Plaiul Foii towards Saua Funduri and after
reading in the Emilian Cristea's book that the valley is reasonably easy
and can be climbed without techincal means I tried to walk it up to the main
ridge. Still it was too technical for me so I decided to give up some
half-way. Even so it was a beautiful trip: Plaiul Foii - Spirla Shelter -
La Umeri - Padina Lancii entrance (here there were some ~200m
height difference climbed and descended on the valley ) - Prepeleag -
Crucea Granicerului then going back to Plaiul Foii on Drumul Granicerilor
(the Bordermen Trail) .
August 10th: Retezat. A trip three days long but with only one full day. First day:
Captarea Nucsoara (1105m) - Pietrele Chalet (1490m) . Second day:
Pietrele - Lacul Galesu - Saua Mare - Portile Inchise
- Vf. Papusa (2507m) and descent via Saua Pelegii
and Valea Rea . On the third day I planned to climb
Culmea Lolaia up to Retezat Summit but the rain turned me back around
2130m so I left the mountain at Nucsoara (700m).
August 5th: Postavaru. While having the same markings the ascent and the descent followed quite
different trails. The climb between Timisu de Jos and Cristianu Mare summit
was a wild, infrequently travelled, weed infested and sunny trail. The
descent to Tampei Saddle then Brasov was much gentler, very frequented and
under a very strong storm.
July 30th: Fagaras. We left the car next to Capra Chalet on the Transfagarasan road then climbed
up to Fereastra Zmeilor on the main ridge. From here we took the northern
trail to Podragu Chalet , then Podragu Saddle then the main ridge back
until just before Fereastra Zmeilor from where we descended freely towards
the Fereastra Zmeilor Shelter then to the car . Eigth full hours of
trekking, out of which two under rain.
People: Radu Antonescu, one more person.
July 23th: Postavaru. Short, relaxing trip. We've left the Timisu de Sus railway station around noon
for Cheile Rasnoavei ; after some two hours there the return was towards
Poiana Secuilor - Cotul Donului - Predeal .
Together with Nicoleta Puscasu.
July 17th: Bucegi. A less demanding trip over bigger than usual distances. I went up by cable-car
to Babele then proceeded towards the Omu chalet ; approximately one
kilometer before the summit I started descending towards Pestera by passing
the Mecetul Turcesc rock and the Ialomita waterfall. From Pestera I followed
the same trail to Piatra Arsa then down to Sinaia .
July 8th: Bucegi. Nice but demanding trip. Climbed from Busteni to the Omu chalet by the direct
trail thru Cerbului valley then descended towards Bran thru
Ciubotea-Poarta . Especially the descent was interesting,
both because it was a first for me and for the relative difficulty of the
trail. There was still snow up there, more than I expected.
July 4th: Italia. Alpi Marittime. The last of the three trips starting at
Terme di Valdieri (1365m). This time I walked the Valasco ring which
goes around the big glacial amphitheater (1750-1800m elevation at its
base) on trails winding between 2200 si 2500m altitude on its
walls. I've climbed Valmorta valley then continued to
Rifugio Questa - lago delle Portette - lago di Claus - lago Valscura Inferiore
then back to the starting point.
July 1st: Italia. Alpi Marittime. The second of the three trips starting at
Terme di Valdieri (1365m). I've followed the same trail as one year
Colle di Valminana (2922m) - Lago di Sella Superiore (2360m) -
Sant'Anna di Valdieri (1010m). The nicest Italian trip for this year.
June 29th: Italia. Alpi Marittime. First of the three trips starting at Terme di Valdieri
(1365m). I climbed towards Chiapous saddle (2526m) then descended to
the Chiotas dam and artificial lake (1980m) the the Rovina lake (1540m).
June 26th: Italia. Alpi Marittime. I've left Limonetto (1345m) with a plan to reach Rocca
dell'Abisso (2755m). Due to the difficult climb along Rio Prati della
Chiesa I was already tired when I reached Forte Giaura (2260m) so I decided
not to go further up; the descent was again towards Limonetto via
Forte Pernante and Colle di Tenda.
June 16th: Iezer-Papusa. I wanted to climb from Voina to Iezer Refuge by the winter trail (via
Stana din Iezer ) but I abandoned some 15 minutes after the trail leaves
the Batrana creek due to continuous rain.
June 13th: Piatra Craiului. We weren't so lucky with the weather in this easy one-day trip. We've left the
car around Plaiul Foii chalet then we climbed on the 'La Lanturi' trail until
the entry in the rocky portion, called La Zaplaz .
Together with Nicoleta Puscasu.
May 30th: Fagaras. One of the most beautiful mountain trips. I've left the car at Piscu
Negru then climbed the Paltinu stream until the main ridge , which I
followed eastwards until the Paltinu Saddle . From there I descended
towards Balea Lake ,
then thru the tunnel and free descending inside Caldarea Caprei up to the
Capra Chalet . From here a car took me for the 7km to Piscu Negru. Even if
the weather wasn't as great as great as the forecast it was still an really
May 14th: Bucegi. I've climbed from Busteni on the trail which winds under the funicular up
to Caraiman chalet ; from here I took a less travelled path to Piatra
Arsa ; from the plateau I descended a small valley up to Schiel road ,
a bit further down from Canton Jepi; then I followed the Schiel road
to Busteni . Lots of snow, even compared to the trips in the previous
days; here the snow started just further up from Busteni, around 1100m high!
May 10th: Ciucas. Nice spring trip on the eastern side of the mountain. I've climbed from
Cheia by Gropsoare-Zaganu-La Rascruce up to the former Ciucas chalet then
I descended by Berii valley . Encountered serious snow just between
Chirusca Saddle and the former chalet. Being a tuesday I haven't met anyone
during the day.
May 5th: Postavaru. A classic trip accross the massif, this time from North to South. I've
left Brasov (Pietrele lui Solomon) in sunny weather up to the remains of
the Cristianu Mare chalet; the descent was towards Poiana Secuilor -
Cotul Donului - Predeal . Between Poiana Trei Fetite and the crossing
of the Timisu de Sus - Rasnov trail (marked with a red triangle) the path
is deteriorated and hard to follow.
April 24th: Iezer-Papusa. Very short, 3.5 hours trip. I've climbed in two hours from Cabana Voina (938m)
to the shepherds' house at Plaiul lui Patru (1630m) . The descent, via the
same trail, took only an hour and a half. I was in Iezer
one year ago around the same time of
the year but now the snow was way, way more abundant; it started around
1200m and at the treeline (1500m) it measured at least half metre.
April 17th: Piatra Mare. Again a full crossing of the mountain but not the usual Sorth-North but an
unusual one for me, West-East. I've climbed from Timisu de Sos thru Tamina
up to Piatra Mare summit ; from there I went down towards Piatra Mare chalet
then a seldom traveled trail in the Garcinul Mic valley
up to the forestry road on the Garcinul Mare valley .
March 27th: Bucegi. The last trip of this years' winter on a pretty winding itinerary: Busteni
Caminul Alpin - the Costila clearing - Pichetul Rosu - Poiana Izvoarelor
Chalet - Gura Diham Chalet - Diham Chalet - city of Predeal .
People: Elvis Grandin, Bogdan Visinescu, 2 more persons.
February 23th: Bucegi. Winter camp organised by
Clubul Alpin Galati (see
here for details in Romanian) with Marian Anghel as trainer.
Learning had a theoretical part (afternoons and evenings) and we also had
3 days going out in the Morarului valley (first day: A bit more than Poiana
cu Urzici; second: climb of Timbalul Morarului; third: climb of Rapa Zapezii
up to the Rapa Crucii-Rapa Mare split). In the four days I've learnt a lot
of new things in a lot of areas linked to mountain hiking and trekking.
People: Marian Anghel, one more person.
February 13th: Baiului. Easy trip from Predeal (Cioplea) to the Susai chalet on a well-defined
trail; from the chalet we initially wanted to proceed towards Azuga valley
but as the trail was not open we decided to turn back some one kilometer
from the chalet. When passing by the chalet on our return leg we've also
taken a hot tea which helped us warm up after playing in the snow.
People: Irina Gligor, Elvis Grandin, 2 more persons.
January 29th: Bucegi. Initially I wanted to go from Busteni (Caminul Alpin) thru
Pichetu Rosu and Diham Chalet to Predeal .
The snow was 50cm high and the path travelled
but somewhere between Cerbului valley and Pichetu Rosu I met the 25-30
strong group which was cutting the trail, the snow being absolutely new in
front of them. I joined so we continued forward way slower, every now and then
I would help as trailblazer. As I already had 2-3 hours of delay at
Pichetul Rosu I decided to go down towards Gura Diham thru Poiana Izvoarelor.
January 8th: Bucegi. We've followed from Predeal one of the valleys which depart from the National
Road 73A Predeal-Rasnov for some 2-3km on a forestry road with fresh snow;
where the road ended we trekked freely a quite steep valley, managing
to exit the woods a bit to the north of Saua La Cleste on the road which
connects it to Forban. From the saddle we descended directly to Azuga .
People: Nicoleta Puscasu, Radu Antonescu, Bogdan Visinescu, Elvis Grandin, one more person.
December 19th: Piatra Mare. We climbed from Dambu Morii to the Piatra Mare chalet on the Sapte Scari
trail ; we avoided the canyon since it was full of ice. When descending,
again towards Dambu Morii, we started on the Familial trail which we followed
to the Belvedere then switched to the Sirul Stancilor trail . The snow
was surprisingly small; only 20-25cm on the plateau and even less in the
People: Adriana Feraru, Irina Gligor, Liviu Serbanescu, one more person.
December 5th: Postavaru. Crossing of the range from south to north; I've left Predeal towards Cristianu
Mare chalet by Trei Brazi and Poiana Secuilor ; when going down I chose
the trail towards Saua Tampei up to Poiana Stechil where I turned left
to Fantana Dreptatii and the Schei neighbourhood of Brasov . From
Trei Brazi up to the summit a local dog followed me. Snow of more than 40cm
and plenty of sunshine; a really nice day.
November 28th: Bucegi. Night trip under a full moon. I trekked the Schiel trail from Busteni rail
station (10pm) to Cabana Piatra Arsa (1.30am) ; the descent was on the same
trail from the chalet (1.45am) to the rail station (4.45am). Being winter the
moon was quite high and I only had to use my flashlight rarely, in the more
difficult spots. Unfortunately because of the darkness I only have photos
October 31st: Fagaras. A replay, at a smaller scale, of the last week's trip. Because I wasn't
alone anymore the itinerary was much shorter: Climb from the southern tunnel
entrange until the main ridge , then eastwards thru Capra Saddle
towards Vanatoarea lui Buteanu Peak ; then we returned through Vaiuga
valley to Balea Lake chalet .
Same incredible weather for this time of the year; unlike last time,
when I only met a single group, today we met tens of people. Elvis preffered
to wait for us at the chalet.
People: Elvis Grandin, Nicoleta Puscasu.
October 24th: Fagaras. I took advantage of an unexpected nice weather period and the moon nearly
full for a last day/night trip during my favourite mountains for this autumn.
I climbed the path from the southern entrance of the
Transfagarasan tunnel until the main ridge , which I took westwards for 4
hours up to the Negoiu Peak . When returning it took me 6 hours due to night
fall and the three diversions: First I used the avoiding version through
Strunga Doamnei ; from Caltun, after the night fell, I continued
thru Caldarea Paltinului , from where I went up again to the main
ridge ; finally the descent from Paltinu Saddle directly to the
Balea Lake . Unexpectedly warm for this period; again I had luck seeing four
ibexes next to Caltun. During the four hours of night walk the moon was
enough for orientation.
September 20th: Statele Unite. Yosemite National Park, California. I've left the car at the Glacier
Point parking lot (2205m) then I descended towards the top of the
Nevada Falls (1800m). The first mountaineering trip in my life
when I first descended then climbed back! Only several days later another
one will come in the same style, much more interesting.
September 30th: Statele Unite. Saguaro National Park (West), Arizona. Easy trip (600m elevation difference)
to Wasson Peak (1420m), the highest summit in the park. Again a quite
interesting landscape; at lower altitudes the trail was in the middle of
a forest made of cactuses several meters high.
September 27th: Statele Unite. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Maybe the most spectacular of the
US hikes. It's exactly the other way - at first you descend, then you
go back up! Then the landscape is gorgeous and very wild. I descended
South Kaibab Trail (some 1500m elevation difference) and went back up
on Bright Angel Trail (some 1350m).
September 24th: Statele Unite. This time I preffered a trail on one of the two ridges which border
the valley. I've climbed from the Mahogany Flat campground (2479m) to the
Rogers Peak (3046m). The first half of the trail through the forest (yes,
there are trees in the Death Valley! However only above 2000m) and the second
in bare terrain.
September 23th: Statele Unite. Death Valley National Park, California. During the previous day I started
to climb at over 3000m this time the elevation of the starting point was
-70m ... so 70 de metri below the sea level! There were two trips in two
neighbouring canyons: First Desolation Narrows (which I also visited 9
months ago) for about 30minutes rountrip and then Golden Canyon until it
ends at Zabriskie Point (some 450m elevation).
September 22nd: Statele Unite. Yosemite National Park, California. I've left the car at Tioga Pass
(3033m) and climbed Dana Peak (3985m). Up to 3200m there were
trees, up to 3600m grass and for the last 400m bare rock. Just below the
summit there were some small snowpatches.
September 21st: Statele Unite. Yosemite National Park, California. The target was the same as in the previous
day - the top of the Nevada waterfall. This time I started from somewhere
on the valley floor; while climbed I passed by the smaller Vernal Falls.
September 19th: Statele Unite. Kings Canyon National Park, California. I climbed some 600m elevation gain
along Hotel Creek from the Kings valley to an outlook.
September 18th: Statele Unite. Kings Canyon National Park, California. Easy trek (200m/700ft altitude gain,
12km/7mi round trip) from Road's End, the place where the paved road which
follows the Kings valley ends, to the Mist Falls.
September 17th: Statele Unite. Sequoia National Park, California. Round trip from the Wolverton
car park (2222m) to the Alta Peak (3420m). Over half of the trail was in
the forest; only around 3000m elevation the forest ends.
September 5th: Piatra Mare. It was supposed to be an easy trip but in the end turned out to be
quite demanding for the trekkers. We got off the train at Timisul de JOs
around 10.30am; then we headed towards the Sapte Scari canyon which we climbed
(Elvis and myself took the canyon-avoiding route due to slippery boots
). After the canyon we proceeded to the lookout from the Drumul Familial
; here Bogdan and Elvis opted to split from us and descend. The other four
proceeded towards Pestera de Ghiata ; the descent was by Sirul
People: Elvis Grandin, Nicoleta Puscasu, Bogdan Visinescu, 2 more persons.
August 31st: Fagaras. Magnificent night-time trip on the itinerary Cabana Capra (23h45) -
Capra Lake (02h00) - Capra Saddle (02h30) - Laitel Peak - Caltun Refuge
(05h30) - upper Paltinu glacial valley (07h00-08h30 + 90min of sleep up
to 10h00) - southern entrance of Transfagarasan Tunnel (10h40) -
Capra Chalet (11h45) . Even as the was a heavy rain in that evening until
7pm I had the luck to get an absolutely cloudless sky so I had to use the
flashlight only in places the moon was covered by mountains. As from the
similar night-time trip of June 2003 I have unforgettable memories from it.
August 21st: Fagaras. A trip very similar to the one two months ago (June the 19th). I've reached
Gura Oticu again by hitchhiking a bit later than expected, around 11h10; the
17km/10mi to Stanele din Podul Giurgiului went quickly . From there I
intended to climb Moldoveanu Peak but a pack of dogs which I've met in
the forest made me turn back; I took a very well maintained sheperds' trail
and finally I reached the main ridge in Fereastra Orzanelelor , exactly
like two monthds before. From there I walked eastwards, climbed Vistea Mare
summit then descended towards Portita Vistei the finally descended towards
Victoria , with the last two hours in the dark.
August 15th: Ciucas. We left the car at Muntele Rosu then we went up to the former Ciucas
chalet . Then we continued on the trail which avoids the Ciucas peak
southwards; the destination was the Tigailor
saddle where this trail rejoins the
main ridge trail . We were lucky enough to have a better than forecast
weather but it was still quite cold for the middle of the summer.
People: Elvis Grandin, Nicoleta Puscasu, Bogdan Visinescu, one more person.
July 24th: Italia. Alpi Marittime. The nicest trip for this summer. The bus left me at
Terme di Valdieri (1365m) then I followed the former military road up to
some 1730m. From there the climb of Val Miana starts (at the beginning there's
water in the valley, later it becomes dry) and it lasts up to the Colle
di Valmiana (2922m). From there I descended on the other side to the
Rifugio Dante Bianco chalet (1850m) then walked the Meris valley to
Sant'Anna (1010m) where I was lucky enough to get picked up by the second
car which I waved. A beautiful daytrip, as I like: high and wild. Unfortunately
there was fog for three quarters of the time.
July 17th: Austria. Tuxler Alpen. The initial plan was a two half-day trip with sleeping in
the tent, going up one valley and down another. The target was the
Spina del Lupo/Wolfendorn Peak (2770m). Around 5pm I've left the
Brennero/Brenner rail station which lies at 1350m on the Italy-Austria border
and I climbed to 2350m where I camped. To my misfortune during the storm
which followed my tent (borrowed from a friend) took water so I had to
return in the valley; I reached around midnight the upper end of the
forestry road and around 1.30am the railway station which I left 8 hours
July 10th: Ciucas. One day trip. Started at Cheia over Mount Buzaianu towards Valea Stanii
Clearing; here the trail starts thru Valea Stanii Canyon up to the main ridge
then former Ciucas Chalet , Muntele Rosu and back to Cheia . There
were only some short periods of rain; however, about one hour after having
left, there was a storm with very impressive thunders.
July 3th: Rodnei. The main ridge in a little more than two days. Went by sleeping car to Iacobeni
(next to Vatra Dornei) then bus and hitchhike to Rotunda Pass, where the first
day starts - 10 hours of walk: Rotunda - Gagii Saddle - Ineutz Peak - Ineu
Peak - Putredu Saddle where I camped (cold and windy; unpleasant). Next day
12 hours, to Gargalau Peak - Galatiu Saddle - La Cruce Saddle - Buhaescu Peak -
Batrana Saddle (here I've left the main ridge trail towards Romuli) -
Poiana Ciungi . I've camped in the forest, just above Zavoaiele Borcutului.
At last, the third day was short; half an hour of descent thru the woods
plus 8km of forestry road to Romuli. The trip Romuli-Brasov by 2 trains,
2 taxis, 4 hitchhikes and a minibus.
June 19th: Fagaras. Superb one-day trip in my favourite mountains. I've left Bucharest with the
6.23am train bound from Pitesti, then took two minibuses to Curtea de Arges
and Capataneni where I was lucky enough to get a quick thumb ride from two
hikers which went to Balea by car so I reached the Oticu river mouth (actually
Buda's) way faster than thought - 10.30am. I then walked the 17km/10mi of
forestry road up to Podul Giurgiului then took the Orzaneaua Mare valley up
to the main ridge, on Orzanelelor Saddle . More snow than my expectations!
I've kept the ridge up to Podragu Saddle then went down thru Podragu and
Turnuri chalets to Victoria . I didn't arrive in Victoria in time to catch
the last bus so I've slept a night outside, in a field.
June 11th: Cindrel. The first longer trip for this year. I've left Friday afternoon the village
of Rasinari (next to Sibiu); after walking for 4 hours, mostly in the
rain, I've reached Poiana Tomnatic where I camped.
The following day, Saturday, the weather was nice in the morning; after
walking for one hour I've met Irina at Gradina Oncesti and we walked
together the 25km thru Cindrel Peak to Oasa chalet . The weather
worsened after noon so there were some scenes of rain. After a good sleep
at the chalet we left towards Sebes around noon on Sunday; we got a ride
for some 5km, then walked another 8km and finally got another ride which
helped us to reach the city of Sebes around 5pm.
Together with Irina Gligor.
June 6th: Ciucas. Very short trip (only 4 hours, from 5.30pm to 9.30pm) from
Cheia to Gropsoare Peak - La Rascruce - Muntele Rosu . The initial
plan called for camping somewhere in the main ridge but since I walked
faster than the initial expectations I decided to make it a day trip.
Even with a nasty forecast I was lucky enough not to get any rain; just before
the sunset the sun actually emerged from the clouds! Thanks to Elvis
Grandin for the phone support :-).
May 29th: Fagaras. Again we've left the car at Piscu Negru; the intial plan called for us to
reach Caltun Lake then on the main ridge until Capra Saddle then descent
towards Capra Chalet. The nightfall was supposed to get us somewhere ardound
the middle of the itinerary. The first part of the trek, up to
Caltun Lake was uneventful; we did not realise that we should turn back
due to abundant snow so we continued towards Capra . Somewhere in the
middle of the main ridge trail, between Laita and Paltinu peaks, we finally
realised that we cannot go on so we decided to turn back. It was already
3am and the moon disappeared so we took a 2 hour break, until 5am, on
absolute darkness. Even after resuming the march we've had probles;
we decided to descend thru Paltinu Valley ; here the abundant snow caused
us futher problems. Finally, after lots of adventures, we've reached the car
the second day around 1.30pm (the initial plan called for us to reach it
just after midnight - so we were late by more than 12 hours!)
People: Marian Feticu, Irina Gligor, one more person.
May 22nd: Bucegi. We've left the Predeal-Rasnov national road where the road to Forban
and Diham splits; we've climbed to Malaesti Chalet thru Glajarie then
Malaesti valley ; then at the chalet I convinced Nico to continue thru
upper Tiganesti valley towards Bran . The snow was much more
abundant than expected; also the maximum elevation we've attained (2190m)
was about 200m higher than our reading on the map. The weather was changing;
we had sun, rain and hail.
Together with Nicoleta Zamfir.
May 8th: Fagaras. I was fouled by the small amount of snow in the Iezer range a week before so
I thought one can climb one of the gentle trails which reach the Fagaras
main ridge from south. Mistake, there was plenty of snow there so I had to
come back. Car left at Piscu Negru then walk to Podeanu-Florea saddle ;
here the original plan called for the reach of main ridge next to
Lespezi Peak but it was changed to a climb on a secondary foot of
Podeanu Monutain up to some 2130m where lots of snow started to appear.
The descent was again by Saua Podeanu-Florea then unmarked thru the forest
towards the Transfagarasan road. I had the luck to find a trail with a
forestry or shepherds' marking and the bad luck to exit the mountain on the
wrong side of Capra River so I had to cross it (a bit dangerous).
May 1st: Iezer-Papusa. One-day tip; the initial plan called for walking for three quarters of the
time during daylight and the final quarter under the moonshine; due to
delays the proportion ended being equal. We've trekked the eastern half
of the ridge trail: Voina - Saua Argesel - Saua Gainatu
Mare - Saua Gradisteanu -
Papusa Peak; then descended via Spintecatura Papusii (here the night fell),
Batrana Peak and Plaiul lui Patru . We only needed flashlights while
walking in the forest; above the treeline the moonlight was more than
enough. Unfortunately Elvis had a foot problem only one hour into the trip
so he had to return; he waited for us at the car.
People: Bogdan Visinescu, Elvis Grandin.
April 25th: Piatra Craiului. Beautiful one-day trip; by car to Plaiul Foii then 10 hours in the mountain;
from the Spirla Shelter we proceeded under the main ridge until Prepeleac
next to Funduri Saddle; the snow and the flowing rocks were loved (by me) and
hated (by the girls) in the same time! Return by Granicerului Cross
then the Granicerilor Trail back to the chalet. Congratulations to the
girls for their excellent shape; in the end they went even faster than me.
People: Nicoleta Zamfir, one more person.
April 18th: Ciucas. Roundtrip starting and ending in Bratocea Pass. Slight climb on the main
trail thru Tigailor Saddle up to the Ciucas Peak; continue to the former
Ciucas Chalet , Chirusca Saddle, the "La Rascruce" point then the final
descent to the Muntele Rosu chalet and Podu Berii ;
finally 200m climb to the
pass where I left the car. Altrough the forecast mentioned clouds and small
rain more than half of the trip was sunny and no rain; I was very happy with
the weather and the landscape.
April 10th: Postavaru. Like the previous week I crossed the massif from South to North. I've left the
rail station of Predeal towards Cotul Donului and Poiana Secuilor Chalet
then the main N-S trail towards Poiana Trei Fetite and Postavaru Chalet ;
for the descent towards Brasov I took the trail which goes to Pietrele lui
Solomon but left it at Poiana Nisipului where I turned left towards
Poiana Brasov . The weather was pretty cloudy with lots of wind when
ascending but no rain.
April 3th: Piatra Mare. South-North crossing of the massif. I've left Bucharest with the 12.55 Intercity
train, reaching Predeal at 14.45; during daylight I went up to Piatra Mare
chalet via Susai and Stana din Pietricica ; then I lingered for some half
hour at the chalet waiting for the darkness to come. The descent was by
Sirul Stancilor trail ; towards Dambu Morii chalet which I reached around
half pas ten in the evening.
March 21st: Bucegi. We climbed from Azuga up a small valley to La Cleste (Baiului) saddle
then continued to Diham chalet - Poiana Izvoarelor ; - Gura
Diham . The snow layer was quite big; from Azuga to Saua La Cleste we
opened the trail and this took us a lot of time.
People: Nicoleta Zamfir, Cosmin Zamfir, one more person.
March 14th: Postavaru. Beautiful winter day with lots of sun - I also got some tan on my
face from the sunrays reflected in the snow! Difficult ascent from
Timisu de Jos CFR to the Cristianu Mare summit on Drumul Serpilor ;
on the final part lots, lots of snow (sometimes up to the chest) which
made our advance difficult. The descent towards Poiana Brasov was really
easy along a ski slope . With the help of the Alpinet site I found
this trip organized by Laszlo Zsolt Gaspar and 5 friends of him.
Together with 6 more persons.
March 6th: Bucegi. A trip very similar to the one taken one month and a half ago.
Busteni - Caminul Alpin - Pichetu Rosu - Poiana Izvoarelor Chalet on
the marked trail, with a beaten path and daylight; nice views towards the
main ridge. After a good meal we proceeded:
Poiana Izvoarelor - Saua La Cleste - 73A National Road (3km away Predeal)
without markings (free navigation by GPS), nor trail (we opened one in the
fluffy snow), by night with the help of the torches and full moon. Superb!
Unfortunately due to a wrong setting in the camera the pictures were taken
at a low resolution of 640x480.
Together with Bogdan Visinescu.
February 22nd: Postavaru. Easy trip in the south. Went by train to Timisu de Sus, then climbed the
trail until it crosses the main ridge trail which
we followed down until Poiana Secuilor chalet. After a good meal the last
segment was Poiana Secuilor - cotul Donului (on the Brasov-Predeal road)
from where we took the bus towards Predeal.
Together with Almina Apavaloaiei.
February 7th: Bucegi and Postavaru. Solitary trip in the northern part of the Bucegi range and the southern part
of Postavaru range, from Busteni to Gura Diham chalet , La Cleste saddle,
Diham chalet , Frasinet valley, La Sipote , DN 73A si then on the
trail which reaches Predeal over the Fitifoi peak . The last two hours
were on darkness, exactly as I wanted.
February 1st: Bucegi. Based on a wrong tip from Salvamont we decided to climb from Sinaia up to
Piatra Arsa chalet on the direct trail . However above Poiana Regala the
snow became perilously high; a new call to Salvamont convinced us that
reaching the chalet was not possible so we continued climbing until we
felt that it wasn't safe anymore then we turned back. All the time (some
5 hours) we've got as company two anonymous dogs from Sinaia which joined
us at the start.
Together with Cosmin Zamfir.
January 18th: Piatra Mare. Round-trip from Dambu Morii to the Piatra Mare summit and back; went up by
Sapte Scari and down by Familial road . Lots of snow on the final
part of the trip between the Piatra Mare chalet and the summit; as for the
weather it alternated between thick fog and completely clear.
Together with Cosmin Zamfir.
January 4th: Postavaru. Group trip going up from Timisu de Jos CFR - Postavaru Chalet - Cristianu
Mare summit then descending back to Poiana Brasov on Drumul Rosu .
Lots of snow when going up, very nice.
People: Nicoleta Zamfir, Cosmin Zamfir, 2 more persons.
December 27th: Italia. The Marittime Alps. Short and easy daytrip on Monte Vecchio, a mountain
which I know well and trekked several times. I've left the station of
Limone Piemonte at approx 1000m elevation; the peak is at 1908m but I
stopped at around 1750m due to abundant snow.
November 9th: Bucegi. Easy trip from Cota 1400 to Cota 2000 and back. Lots of snow at the
higher elevations. Cristi joined us for the descent only.
People: Nicoleta Zamfir, Cosmin Zamfir, Cristi Sincai.
November 23th: Baiului. Easy daytrip during some nice summer weather. Sinaa - Piscul Cainelui Chalet -
Cainelui summit . Altrough it was late november we've met very few snow.
Lots of mud for the descent on Valea Rea and a good dinner at a restaurant!
People: Almina Apavaloaiei, Mihaela Topsa, Nicoleta Zamfir, Cosmin Zamfir.
September 27th: Fagaras. Two day trip with an overnight in Valea Sambetei chalet. The first day I
was alone and it was pretty exhausting: I've left the car at Cabana Capra then
Fereastra Zmeilor shelter - free navigation towards Nierlinger Memorial
- main ridge thru Vistea Mare - Fereastra Mica - Fereastra Mare
with going down to Valea Sambetei chalet (the descent from Fereastra
Mare to the chalet was at night time, with the flashlight; when the
batteries were exhausted I had a difficult time changing them).
The second day early wake up then descent to Manastirea Sambata (where
I've met Nico and Cosmin) then by car to Balea Cascada and finally an
ascent on foot from Balea Cascada to Balea Lac .
People: Nicoleta Zamfir, Cosmin Zamfir.
September 6th: Fagaras. A nice South-North cross of the mountain. I've left my Bucharest home at
5:45 by city bus, train, two microbuses then two times hitchhiking to
Cabana Capra (where I arrived around 14h, after more than 8 hours on the
road). The trail was Cabana Capra - Fereastra Zmeilor - main ridge -
Podragu saddle - Podragu Chalet - Turnuri Chalet - Victoria (arrival
at 10.15pm). It was the day when Mars was visible; in the evening, after
having left the mountains, the landscape was extraordinary, with the Moon
and Mars together on the sky. I have some nice memories from this trip.
December 11th: Statele Unite. Joshua Tree National Park, California. Two easy daytrips in the national park,
again with a night slept in the desert, under a gigantic boulder. After the
Death Valley it didn't impress me so much.
December 8th: Statele Unite. Death Valley National Park, California. Gorgeous trip thru Death Valley,
three days with a night slept under the stars and another in the car.
The barren, dry landscape is gorgeous, not to mention the temperatures of
up to 22 degrees (centigrade) during mid-december (that's why the trip is
under Summer 2003 - the climate matched the Romanian summer contitions)
August 31st: Buzaului. Vulcanii Noroiosi and the Meledic Plateau. It wasn't a mountain trek but rather
a trip to a mountain area. We managed to find Vulcanii Noroiosi (Paclele Mari
and Paclele Mici) but weren't able to locate the Meledic carstic plateau.
People: Bogdan Visinescu, 2 more persons.
August 16th: Fagaras. By night; we've left from Balea Lac Chalet towards Capra Saddle - Paltinu
Saddle - somewhere on the main ridge (we turned back because our only light
bulb broke) - again Capra Saddle - Capra Lake - (here we got lost, we
started to navigate using the GPS and full moon) Cota 2000 Chalet. The last
3km were on asphalt (Transfagarasan road, including the tunnel) with
arrival at the car around 4am - this way we managed to see the sunrise
around Curtea de Arges.
Together with Bogdan Visinescu.
July 27th: Piatra Craiului. Beautiful one-day trip, a bit tiring for most of the hikers (I was to blame
for underestimating the difficulty of the trip). Good weather, we've also
got lost a bit, missing water, aching feet Plaiul Foii Chalet - Curmatura
Foii - Marele Grohotis - Umerii Pietrei Craiului
- Spirla Shelter then back to the Plaiul Foii chalet .
People: Almina Apavaloaiei, Cristi Sincai, 3 more persons.
July 12th: Fagaras. Day and night; a follow-up to the previous trip, this time eastwards.
Cabana Capra - Fereastra Zmeilor (here I saw a mountain goat; the only
time in 2003) - lake Podragel - Podragu Chalet (daylight until now; from
now on night time) - Podragu Saddle - main ridge - Fereastra Zmeilor -
Capra Lake with going down towards Transfagarasan and the final
leg on paved road. This time I've reached the car around 3.30am.
June 28th: Iezer-Papusa. Most dangerous trip so far. Climbed without problems the trail from the Voina
Chalet to the Iezer lake an shelter
then took the main ridge. In
some places the forest is devastated by avalanches and looks very bad. The
initial plan called for a complete walk of the main ridge up to Papusa Peak -
Gradisteanu Saddle then to Cuca chalet ; however in Spintecatura
I realised that I'm out of time so decided to go down towards the Cuca chalet
directly thru an unmarked valley . The idea turned out to be bad, around
1300-1500m altitude I had to pass some difficult obstacles (above the waterbed,
hanging on the nearby vegetation). Due to delays the night fell; without
flashlight and with new moon (fortunately one could vaguely see around).
I've reached again the Voina Chalet after 11pm. I can only hope that after
this trip I became more responsable...
June 14th: Fagaras. By far my favourite trip so far; I keep some unforgettable memories
from it. Night time and full-moon trip on the route from Capra chalet
(departure at 9pm) - Capra Lake and Saddle -
Vanatoarea lui Buteanu peak -
Vaiuga Saddle and valley - Balea chalet - Capra Saddle -
main ridge under Vartopel/Arpasel - Fereastra Zmeilor Saddle -
Capra chalet with arrival at
7.15am. The moon reflected on Capra Lake, the silence broken only by some
invisible waters, the alternance between clear sky and thick fog, my moonshade
were all wonderful!
June 8th: Iezer-Papusa. An interesting roundtrip from Voina Chalet: Vacarea - Crucea Ateneului -
Main ridge - Rosu Peak with descent thru Plaiul lui Patru .
Together with one more person.
June 1st: Piatra Craiului. We continued our week-end trip after having slept in Brasov. The trail was
Plaiul Foii - La Lanturi - Grind Saddle - southern main ridge -
Funduri Saddle - Urzicii valley - pe sub Umeri . The weather was
interesting, with rain and hail in the heights but dry at lower altitudes;
the last 2 hours were in dakness thru the forest, to the desperation of
Together with Bogdan Visinescu.
May 31st: Piatra Mare. Easy trip, served as a warming-up for the second day; we went from Dambu Morii
to Sapte Scari and returning by Prapastia Ursului and the Familial
road ; to my joy we got a bit of darkness when turning back.
People: Bogdan Visinescu, Mihaela Topsa.
May 25th: Fagaras. Circular trip from Piscu Negru - Caltun Lake - main ridge - Strunga
Doamnei - Negoiu Peak - Caldarea Berbecilor - Lespezi valley .
One of the two
dangerous trips of 2003; I lost the path when returning (even having map
and GPS!) so I had to go/climb some boulders and for the final part I
got half an hour of heavy rain.
May 18th: Fagaras. Valea Rea from Canton Nisipuri to Portita Vistei and back . No snow at
all when I've started but lots of it in the upper part. This is the trip
which opened my appetite to explore Fagaras and damaged some parts inside
May 11th: Piatra Craiului. I've left my car at Fantana lui Botorog; I then proceeded to Curmatura
Chalet then Ascutit refuge and summit ; from the refuge I descended
via the Prapastiile Zarnestiului ; a sourprise was the finding of
a small lateraal canyon in the Prapastii; I entered it for some 50 meters.
May 3th: Bucegi. I went up by Jepilor valley then down thru Piatra Arsa -
Canton Jepi - Busteni . I wanted to see the swollen spring waters and
I succeeded! The waterfall in the upper part of the valley was
gorgeous; I also had some problems before when had to cross the creek.
April 19th: Franta. Vosges Range, to the East of the country near Strasbourg. We climbed by car
to the highest summit (1400m; the average elevation of the surrounding
valleys is only 5-600m) then descended on foot to a small village called
Metzerel. Heavy fighting took place in these mountains during 1914-1918;
we've also visited old trenches, fortifications and a monument to the French
soldiers. Ioana was with us only while by car.
People: Vasile Comanescu, Ioana Puscasu.
March 23th: Bucegi. Solitary trip on the Sinaia - Piatra Arsa Chalet trail . I decided to go
up while it's possible; I turned back at the upper margin of the forest
(around 1700m altitude). Plenty of snow after Poiana Regala.
March 2nd: Bucegi. We went from Pestera Chalet - Piatra Arsa Chalet then back. Nice weather,
full of snow; the road by car to Pestera was interesting and eventful as well.
People: Mihaela Topsa, Bogdan Visinescu, 2 more persons.
February 23th: Bucegi. Round trip starting from Gura Diham chalet then Poiana Izvoarelor, Pichetu
Rosu then returning by Poiana Costila then the final part of the
Valea Cerbului trail . Just before we've reached the car it was very cold.
People: Mihaela Topsa, 2 more persons.
November 17th: Bucegi. The last mountain trip before winter sets in. We climbed from Busteni to
Babele via Jepilor valley ; from Babele we continued to Piatra Arsa
then to Busteni . Besides Roxana and Andrei there were also some friends
Together with 6 more persons.
October 26th: Postavaru. We started from CFR Timisu de Sus on then up to the main summit.
We then descended towards CFR Timisu de Jos ; the last part was on
paved road in order to get to the car.
People: Ioana Puscasu, one more person.
October 5th: Bucegi. Solitary autumn trip; I went up by Jepi valley but can't remember which way
I descended. Alone when going up; I met somewhere Vali Gheorghita so we
Together with one more person.
September 7th: Bucegi. We left the car at Zanoaga chalet and walked towards Cota 2000 ; somewhere
we changed our mind and went to the Padina Chalet where we took
something to eat. The last part was on the forestry road between Padina
and Zanoaga. Unfortunately I took only one picture during this trip.
People: Razvan Rughinis, one more person.
July 6th: Piatra Craiului. We've started from Zarnesti (Botorog Spring) towards Curmatura ; from
Curmatura to Pestera Village then back towards Zarnesti . Nice
weather and plenty of animals :-).
People: Nicoleta Zamfir, Cosmin Zamfir.
June 17th: Bihor-Vladeasa. Two days trip; the first was a very long and tiring trail, starting at
the Casa de Piatra village towards the Padis chalet , the circuit
around Cetatile Ponorului and back; Cosmin and I took a crazy risk
and insisted for all of us to descend into Cetati where a loose rock
nearly missed Vasile; fortunately he only got some bruises to his
hands. On the second day only a car trip; in the same day I decided
to leave (big stupidity) and the others stayed for a few more days.
People: Nicoleta Zamfir, Cosmin Zamfir, Vasile Comanescu, one more person.
May 25th: Piatra Craiului. We intended to climb from Plaiul Foii chalet all the way up to the main
ridge by the 'La Lanturi' trail ; unfortunately Cosmin felt bad a bit
further up than La Zaplaz so we had to return. A very relaxing trip overall.
People: Nicoleta Zamfir, Cosmin Zamfir.
April 16th: Elvetia. Again in the Alps, again Cantone Ticino, this time by night; this was
my first night-time trip; I wanted to go from Airolo (1200m) to
Passo di Gottardo (2150m). Unfortunately around 1600m the snow became
too abundant so I had to turn back.
April 15th: Elvetia. Alps in the Cantone Ticino. Two trips in the same day; the first one is between
Airolo (1200m high) and Biasca (600m) on a 30km bike trail. The second is
an ascent by the train (actually more like a tram) on Monte Generoso and a
20-30min walk to its peak.
February 23th: Piatra Mare. A circular trek starting at Dambul Morii;
the ascent by Drumul Familial , the descent by Sapte Scari canyon
which, besides being forbidden during the winter, at that time was also
quite damaged! Risky.
People: Nicoleta Zamfir, Cosmin Zamfir.
February 9th: Bucegi. A short trip Bucegi - the Urlatoarea waterfall then a sidetrip to Cota 1400
by car. Nearly all the time when Arno was in Romania there was no snow!
Together with one more person.