Ciucas Enduro 2019, awesome friendly contest

Last year in August, Ciucas Enduro was revived in a new, not so competitive but pretty awesome form.

It was a friendly enduro contest, something more like a gathering, in which riders treated the so called contest as they wished. Some of them really battled but most of the riders present ware only there to ride the trails with their fiends and to somehow have a taste of how an enduro contest is held.

Its a good thing because people get to see how an enduro mtb contest is like but have way more fun. Not everybody is prepared for racing enduro and this way you get a casual intro into riding enduro.

Beside this, you get some cleaned trails, music, food, great beer and lots of fun with you’re mates or get to know new people from the community.

Hope the contest will be held next year to, because we really enjoyed it and had a great time riding and having fun.

Thanks to all volunteers and organizers for making it possible. Cheers mates! 🚵‍♂👊🍻

Cindrel electric bikepacking trip, thanks to NevAcademy

Ok, so the season had to end with some quality bike packing trip, and all had gone down thanks to NevAcademy and their great bikes.

We wanted to go back to Cindrel mountains because last time we came here we had 48h of rain which made us cut short the track we wanted to do. This time, thanks to Adrian and his electric bikes, we managed to do the track in a record time and we had some great fun going uphill, not only downhill.

Let me tel you, its something else with the electric bike, a totally different kind of ride, you have loads of fun going uphill, you cover a lot more ground, and you work out quite the same. As I see it until now, if you live next to a mountain, don’t hesitate to buy an electric bike, its exactly what you need. The electric bike will not replace you old trusty nonelectric bike but it will complete “the ride”, trust me.

As we live in Bucharest, and have to go 2h minimum by car to reach any mountain, the electric bike is not yet an option but we shell talk in a few years…

Ok, so our trip was already planed from last year, we knew the track we wanted to do and where we want to sleep.
We wanted to reach Cindrel peak, and then Frumoasa peak, and then descent on the rocky road down to the road that takes you to Gura Raului and then go up to Cindrel mountain refuge. Only on the way up we stumble upon a nice hut belonging to the forester in the area, and it had a room open. It looked to good to be true and decided to spend the night there. It was so warm and cozy that we didn’t even inflate our mattresses… It was the best sleep I had in a while ☺

Next day we did some inventory on our equipment, see the movie bellow, and then up on the bikes and up the mountain, back to the ridge of Cindrel mountains. We passed Cindrel refuge and then did some electric push bike until we reached the ridge. From there we descended to Canaia refuge on the other side of the ridge and then back to Paltinis on an awesome trail that goes from Batrana Cole. Man it was fun, so fun that we ware howling like wolfs on the descend 🤭🤙.

This weekend made me reconsider the possibility of owning an electric bike in the future and opened up some new ideas of rides in the future, some hybrid ones, just you wait 😜.

Thanks Adrian and NevAcademy for the ride, we had a great time and cant wait to ride together again.

Until then, we leave you with the material bellow to take you’re own conclusions. Ride safe!

JET2GO SPALATOR PORTABIL PENTRU INGRIJIREA BICICLETEI

Ok, sezonul rece si noroios s-a instaurat si este momentul perfect sa prospectam o astfel de unealta care ar trebui sa fie nelipsita din portbagajul riderilor independenti de sezoan :P.

Oricum, avand in vedere ca suntem trecuti de jumatatea lunii decembrie si inca ne dam cu spor, putem spune ca este o iarna bikefriendly si cred ca putem deja sa dam crezare “zvonurilor” cu incalzirea globala…. dar cine stie, poate luna martie o sa fie adevaratul gerar

Revenind la JET2GO, am intrat in posesia acestei jucarii prin intermediul unui prieten, Dan Mazilu de la freerider.ro, care mi-a propus as il iau, sa il folosesc si sa imi zic o parere obiectiva despre el.

Fiind posesor de un Karcher OC3, chiar eram curios ce altceva mai este pe piata si cu ce vine nou.

Va zic din start ca desi au acelasi scop, sunt foarte diferite si modul in care le veti utiliza o sa difere. De ce? din cauza aspectului si practicabilitatii fiecaruia dintre cele 2 aparate.

Unul este mic, cu doar 4 litri de apa si un aumulator intern si unul este destul de bulky, cu vreo 15 litri de apa si cu incarcare la priza de 12v sau la bricheta masinii.

Daca as avea o masina cu un portbagaj generos, eventual cu priza in portbagaj, nici nu as sta pe ganduri, as lua jet2go fara probleme, l-as pune in portbagaj si as uita de el. Eventual l-as umple la nevoie cu apa. Daca as avea o masina mai mica, in care stiu ca daca intram 3 insi cu bagaje si mergem la o tura, atunci poate as sta putin pe ganduri, desi, cei 15 litri de rezervor imi surad nespus de mult.

Daca Karcherul trebuie sa il scoti din portbagaj ca sa il folosesti si trebuie sa ai o rezerva de apa caci cei 4 litri abia iti ajung sa speli o bicicleta, jet 2go nici nu trebuie miscat. Il lasi in portbagaj, ii cuplezi dusul, il bagi in alimentare si il pornesti, fara sa il ridici din portbagaj, si iti faci treaba cu el, spaland cam 2-3 biciclete cu 1 rezervor, depinde cat de pretetios si insistent este cel care le spala. Cu tehnica corecta de spalare poti ajunge si la 4 biciclete. Nici nu este indicat sa te fatai cu el umplut cu 15 kg decat daca ai dat drumu la antrenamentul pt sezonul de ski. Chiar este foarte greu umplut cu 15 kg de apa si nu foarte portabil.

Legat de constructia aparatului, este foarte robust si are un feeling foarte heavy duty. Nu este genul de obiect pe care ti-l doresti curat si stralucitor, ci parca vrei sa arate pt ce a fost facut. Este cat se poate de simplu si intuitivi cu un buton de pornire, un port pt alimentare si cablul pt dush, toate in partea din spate a aparatului.

Are 2 buzunare laterale de plasa in care poti sa depozitezi cablurile sau periile cu care vine din dotare.

Ca si accesorii incluse, regasim in pachet urmatoarele:

  • furtun lung de 6 m – și acesta de foarte bună calitate, flexibil, dar nu moale;
  • cablu alimentare priză 12V (lungime 3m);
  • pistolul – din plastic de foarte bună calitate, putere reglabila a jetului de apă. Trăgaciul poate fi blocat în poziție pornită dacă nu vrei să mai apeși pe el;
  • perie – se insealează la pistol;
  • duș – se insealează la pistol;
  • piese de rezervă: conector de plastic, duză din aluminiu, garnituri.

Totusi, lista poate continua prin urmatoarele optionale:

  • acumulator extern care este și lanternă – pentru a putea folosi spălătorul și dacă nu ai mașina lângă tine;
  • adaptor priză 220 V la 12 V – pentru a putea folosi spălătorul și acasă, pe balcon spre exemplu;
  • pistol cu recipient pentru șampon.

Treaba cu acumulatorul extern care este si lanterna este chiar faina. Cati dintre voi tineti o lanterna in masina. Daramite o baterie externa atat de puternica. Nu stii niciodata cand iti moare bateria masinii in mijlocul “pustietatii” sau cum se zice in filme, “in the middle of f**** nowhere” si colac peste pupaza mai ai si 5% baterie la telefon. Da, e highly improbable dar este o sansa.

Oricum, acumulatorul extern este foarte fain si suprinzator de puternic, putand deservi vreo 4 goliri de rezervoare adica un numar considerabil de spalari.

Un alt accesoriu util este adaptorul pt priza, facand astfel jet2go mai versatil, in sensul ca il poti lua in casa sa iti speli balconul, sau, sa iti speli bicicleta pe balcon daca nu ai un balcon prea fancy.

Si, cred ca cel mai tare accesoriu care inclus este dusul. Nu cred ca sunt singurul care visez la ture lungi, la explorat poteci noi si la concedii nomadice in locuri indepartate in care sa campez langa masina dupa o zi de date pe poteci faine. O astfel de tura nu trebuie sa lipseasca din nici un sezon, macar una pe an. Ca e de bikepacking, ca te muti cu masina de la poteca la poteca, este foarte fain atunci cand campezi langa masina si este si mai fain atunci cand stii ca poti sa faci chiar si un dus. Accesoriul asta chiar este super fain si chiar daca il folosesti o singura data pe an, parca isi justifica indeajuns scopul :).

oki, hai sa cumulam mai jos specificatiile tehnice ale acestui aparat:

  • greutate: gol 4,1 kg; plin 18 kg
  • capacitate: 13,25 L (oficial 15)
  • dimensiuni: 41,5x23x35 cm
  • alimentare: 12V
  • putere: 60W
  • presiune apă: reglabil între 3 și 9 bar
  • flux apă: 2,2 L pe minut
  • lungime furtun apă: 6m
  • lungime cablu alimentare: 3m
  • accesorii incluse: piese de schimb duză, duș, perie, conector
  • accesorii opționale: acumulator extern, adaptor priză 220, pistol cu recipient sampon
  • autonomie acumulator extern spălare: 20 minute (mai mult după formatare)
  • autonomie acumulator extern lanternă: 50 ore (oficial)
  • timp golire rezervor (13 L la jet maxim): 5 minute
  • preț Jet2Go la data publicării recenziei: 590 Lei
  • preț acumulator extern: 299 Lei
  • preț adaptor priză: 100 Lei
  • preț pistol cu recipient șampon: 60 Lei
  • importator: Jet2Go România

Nu as vrea sa dau mai multe detalii despre acesta aparat si v-as redirecta catre articolul de pe freerider.ro care este mult mai detaliat.

Am vrut doar sa va impartasesc parerea mea legata de acest aparat. Este un aparat care merita si isi justifica pretul si o astfel de ustensila nu trebuie sa lipseasca din portbagajul celor care weekend de weekend ies la dat.

Verificati articolul lui Dan la urmatorul link, Test de lunga durata – spalator portabil cu presiune jet2go, si de asemenea verificati si materialul foto video de mai jos.

Keep on riding all year long!

 

Un articol inspirat de freerider.ro 😉

METAL ENDURO 2019 RAW LINES

Sorry for the late post, but only now I found the time to do this 😅

I have some videos from this season that I am going to make, probably in winter, most of them from Enduro stages that happen this year.

Now is the time of Metal Enduro RAW lines. It is fun to see how some of the top 10 riders in RO treated the technical parts of the tracks, a real joy to watch.

Until next video, enjoy and ride safe because the season is not over yet 🤙. Check the you tube channel for videos of metal enduro special stages, all 8 of them 😁

Yeah, and with my thanks to the friends from Bike Attack Resita for this wonderful enduro season! 🚵‍♂🥇🏆👊

MEHEDINTI RELOADED

Yep, another superb one in Mehedinti county 😜, this time 3 new trails and some fun riding on the old ones.

We cant get enough of this place, it has something different to it, something like an… wonderland 😀 and our buddies here are just cool to ride and hang out with, so no wonder we always come back here with great pleasure. And I have a feeling is not the last stop here for this year 😅🤙.

So, this time we did Domogled descent with Feregari descent, and afterwords we go to Tasnei valley and did some hardcore riding, and when I say hardcore I really mean it. That trail made you look very hard for the word flow in it … But it worked out ok 💪🤭.

After this totally hardcore Saturday, we did the Mehedinti Enduro trails on Sunday, but with a surprise one, the old but new Priest trail which is pretty awesome let me say :D, just check out the video bellow.

Here you can find the videos and some pics from that great weekend. Aaaa, and don’t let me forget, Thanks Jan and Alex for the great pictures and for the great riding, it was a pleasure riding with you and follow you on the trail 👊🍻.

You can find the links to the trails here: Domogled Trail; Feregari Trail; Priest Trail.

Until next time, ride safe! 🚵‍♂

Epic one in Bucegi Mountains, Omu peak – Tiganesti – Clincea – Bran descent

Another epic one in Bucegi Mountains, Omu peak – Tiganesti – Clincea – Brand descent.

This one was pure gold! Glad I listen to Petre Paraschiv on this one because it was so epic. Been a while science I’ve been to Omu peak in Bucegi mountains, classic route, peaty crowded…. that’s why I don’t look so eager to go there. The scenery is just breathtaking but I kind of like less crowded trails.

But the descent was just so good, and meet up just 2 groups of hikers.

The weather was almost perfect, at Omu peak it was looking like it’s about to snow, we had our hands and feet cold as ice, and pretty hard breaking in these conditions… But after we pass Scara peak, the temperature was better. And that’s where the fun part begun!

A trail with lots of flow, but also some steep technical parts that challenged us.

Be careful because you have some carry bike to do, and some chains in sight, almost like via ferrata :P. But after that part, that is also very amazing, the fun part begins.

Check out the track HERE, and the video also. On youtube channel if you look it up you will find the extended version of the video ;). Enjoy and ride safe!

Harghita Enduro CNE 2019

5th national cup race, and second time at Harghita Enduro, and it was uberfine!

All things lined up for a perfect weekend, the crew, the accommodation, the weather, the weekend (with world cup dh finals in line) just perfect. We had lots of fun hanging together, catching up with the boys from other areas of the country and just riding perfect trails.

At these events its not all about the racing. Maybe for the top places it is but for middle riders its more about hanging together and about the atmosphere that creates around the event.

Last year it rained like crazy and this year it was dry like desert. Totally different conditions and the trails are to. In dry conditions I think you really get to see the harder part of Harghita trails.  When trying to ride them fast, they really bite you 😉

There are 3 different trails here, one harder then the other, the last PS being the dh course with a hard steep part at the top and a flow line at the bottom.

All specials decent around 300m elevation and have almost 2km in length. The transfer is on a fire road that is used for reaching all PS starts. For exact map of the contest trails, check out trailforks here ;).

There are a lot of options for accommodation in the area all with great stuff, clean spaces and good food. This year we stayed at Vitus Pension with more o fa mountain hut feel, and all we can say is that the food was just GREAT! Sugo pension, where the race office was, is a great option to ;).

Madaras peak is near, around 30min hike, and is a great peak to reach because of the view and the unique appearance.

For a different story, also check out the article from last year here.

Special thanks to Ride more crew and Bike Attack Resita for organizing the event and the cup!

Until Metal Enduro, ride safe and have fun! See you there 😉

 

Semenic Enduro first edition #CNE 2019

Year of firsts ;), Semenic Enduro. I think all riders that didn’t knew the area, ware very surprised of Semenic trails, we for sure were. Man, the dirt, the rocks, the lines… just sick!

This one is not to be missed next year, you must trust us on this. Or better, check out the clip above and the pics bellow and we are sure it will be enough 🤣🤟.

The trails are technical, with rocks and different lines, loam and dirt. All of these make it quite difficult and changeling to ride at higher speed. Don’t get us wrong, they have lots of flow, but you have to pay attention and to work a bit to get it back from the trails ;).

One second of distraction and you will pay for it :)). The stages are demanding and long and you will feel it, for sure on ps2. When you think you finished it, bam! the hard part begins :D.

The top of the mountain has some different feel to it, the view, the abandoned mountain hotels make it that way. We enjoy riding here a lot, and being so close to Resita, makes this place a destination to visit even beside the contest ;).

Thanks again Bike Attack Resita for putting another spot on the map, you can look up the contest trails here, on trailforks!

Until next time, ride safe!

Ciocanu Enduro First Edition 🤟

And, it happen. The contest was way earlier then this article 🤣👊 It was the second stage of the Romanian National Enduro Cup 2019, back in June, organized with the help of the crew from Bike Attack Resita that took the whole cup under their wing.

They picked up in each location a local organizer and here at Ciocanu MTB Trails they found us and Geo Simion, the godfather behind the trails here! It was a bit of a struggle to understand all involved but looking back, it ain’t such a hard job. You need some planing, a week off from work and a good welded crew to help out. The trails did gain some customization for the contest but otherwise they ware the same good old trusty trails that Geo build ;).

We had a bit of bad luck with the other, I think it was the only contest that received some rain. The bottom part of the trails war full of mud, but what can you do about it…

The feedback was great, I think it was the first contest to reach 150 riders, full number of chips that we had for the contest.

The local people from Bughea de Jos ware for sure impressed by the event end the number of riders that came.

Next year we will make it bigger, better and maybe with less pedal sections 🤣👊 public demand 🤭.

So, for some more exact information about Ciocanu enduro, it has 4 special stages and a transfer segment that will be used to reach the starting area of ​​each route. Each special stage will have between 2 and 3 km and an elevation of about 300m.

First one is a speedway, low difficulty, for the riders to enter their paces and prepare for the next 3.
Second one, technical route, with many rhythm breaks and spectacular ramps. There will be exposed areas, with wide openings near the path.
Third one, similar to route 2 as difficulty, but the positioning is in a wooded area, especially beautiful, welcoming for tourists and spectators.
Forth one, it has common parts with route 2, which alternates fast and technical areas with lighter points, this is the latest route built in the area.
The main characteristic of the routes is their fluidity, making them accessible for any level of preparation. “BE FAST OR BE LAST!”

Also, check out the trail forks maps for the contest here. This year, all contest have maps like this. Its a smart thing because this way, you shoot tow rabbits with one fire, the contest and putting Romania on Trail forks with some great trails ;).

We also had an donation box, where riders could donate used equipment to be given to the local kids in the area. I think next year we will put more thought into this idea :).

Util then, have fun riding you’re bikes and check out Ciocanu Enduro or Romanian National Cup next year. Its awesome!

Photo Credit: Cristina Ion, Bogdan Vlad, Crina Elena! 👊🍻🤟

SHAPING THE SOUTH, STARTING WITH MEHEDINTI ENDURO

This year will be a year of firsts. First Mehedinti Enduro, first Ciocanu Enduro, first Semenic Enduro, first Ebike enduro contest end the list will go on.

The hole Romanian cup is looking pretty good and its all thanks to this people, Bike Attack Resita and the ones that they engaged in their youthful ambitions :D.

In this short movie you can see a glimpse of Mehedinti Enduro and whats to come. Things are happening, good things.

Mehedinti is an area that deserves much more attention. If you pay some attention to this county you will find a place of tales not long forgotten and you will ride trails that tell stories…

For us is one of those magic places that we want to visit each year, a peaceful and friendly place. Good memories ware build here and that made our bound with this place strong :).

Oky, now back to some more accurate informations :D.

The contest was awesome, and all thanks to Alexandu Pufan and the guys from Bike Attack Resita! Cheers mates for making it happen, not just Mehedinti but the hole cup!

The 5 special stages from the first edition of Mehedinti Enduro are located on the Topolnite Valley, a very varied area from a geographical point of view, this aspect making each route quite different from the others.

The first route is the rockiest and longest (and also the hardest to reach, with a transfer of almost 7km), with several exposed and loose areas. Completely natural, this is actually an old tourist trail brought to life on the occasion of the event.

On the other hand, the second special stage will be the shortest, but especially interesting. It will pass through the ruins of a fortress and descend along a natural roller coaster, and at the end a rocky and open area will be crossed.

The next two routes have the same starting point, being built from scratch over the last 3 years. Much easier from a technical point of view, they will probably be to the liking of bike parkers. Thus, the route no. 3 will test the skills of riders with several tens of berms, while the next one will show us who is best in the air, here being built the biggest gaps in the entire competition.

The last route, completed this month, is actually a combination of everything you have encountered so far. The technical areas alternate with the flow areas, including particularly tight switchbacks, straight portions of speed, drops and gaps, on unpredictable terrain.

The total distance to be traveled is somewhere at 28km, of which 8 are downhill, along the special stages :D. That sounds like fun right! For exact map of the contest trails, check out trail forks here :D. With this new format cup, Romania will appear on the map with some awesome trails ;).

This be said, make sure you don’t miss it next year because it will be better :D.

Cheers mates and enjoy the rest of the cup! Also check out this articles for more footage from the area ;).

Photo credit: Cornel Pufan

Straja and Parang quality trail riding

Ok, so we haven’t posted for ages, that’s true, but we hope to make a recovery this fall.

Somehow, the plans didn’t go exactly as we wanted and sacrifice the writing for riding and working :P, but we have a lots of stories to tell and a lot more going on. Mainly we want to make an article about each stage of Romanian Enduro Cup, that was just sick as so far. This weekend is Harghita Enduro, you can read more here, and then final stop, Metal Enduro Resita.

Ok, that’s it for now with apologies, lets say something more meaningful. This weekend we went to a short trip to Valcan mountains (Straja resort on trailforks) and Parang mountais, 2 places that we never ridden on.

Man, it was a good choice because we found out some serious trails here.

At Straja, we knew the terrain from last year, from Straja Enduro, but we only been there as photographers. This year we got to ride the place. Still sorry we didn’t manage tot reach the contest but next year for sure we will not miss it.

Straja has mainly 4 trails, 2 at the top of the mountains, a bit more alpine and you can reach them with a chairlift or by peddling out, and 2 long descents at the bottom where you have a gondola to help you out. The gondola and the chairlift do not always work so is good to check it out before you head it there.

There is also shuttle service but it has a minimum number of riders that gets it started, at least 5 so check this out to.

The 2 main trails, the ones that run both sides of the gondola, Lupilor and Baloo by there names are just sick! you really feel that you are alive when you ride them. You’re arms to :))))

For accommodations if you enjoy a basic mountain hut with cosy beds, shower ad a great view, and oh yeah, a great host, please check Allma Pension ;).

After a fuzzy evening with the fellas, next morning we headed out to Parag mountains after a quick breakfast at Medieval restaurant in the center of Petrosani (P.S. very good omelet there :D)

In Parang we took the chairlift up. Its an old chair lift with no support for bikes. Its something improvised so please take care of you’re bikes. Check out the way they put them on the chairs and pus some protections for the frame, just bellow the saddle because they will hang out by the saddle. We used our knee pads for this :).

From where the chair lets you of, we headed for Parangul Mare peak. Its only pushbike from here, or, if you’re name is Ludo May, you might be able to ride it out… not us.

After 3 hours of pushbike, carrying or hiking it, we gave up and headed back. It was a bit late so we decided to head back early. It was a bummer but the descent from Carja peak was awesome. Steep, rough, loose technical, a real jem :D.

Form where the chairlifts let us, we ride fox trail, that takes you back to the base of the chairlift, you can find it on trailforks.

Man, that’s a very nice trail, with lots of flow! it is a bit obscured at the middle or at the end but its ok, just ask the locals for directions.

Overall it was a nice weekend, really fun with quality riding. Ckeck the videos and photos bellow to convince yourself :D. Ride safe!

 

SHAPING THE SOUTH, MEHEDINTI ENDURO

This year is the first edition of Mehedinti enduro, courtesy of Alexandru Pufan aka The Pufalot who has worked his ass of for us to have an awesome contest on 12 of May here in Topolnitei Valley, Mehedinti county.

Yep, this guy has shaped some awesome trails here and took the time to show us around. Is the second time coming here and we had the same feeling, being amazed of what this place has to offer.

The contest itself has around 27.5 km with and elevation of 1350m and 5 downhill stages varying between 1 and 2 km long. Here’s a description of them made by The Pufalot, on which we agree 👊.

The 5 specials from Enduro’s first Mehedinti edition are located on the Topolnita Valley, a diverse geographically area, making the trails quite different from each other.

The first trail, La Muerte Peluda, is the most rocky and the longest (and the most difficult to reach, with a transfer of nearly 7km), with several exposed and inadequate areas. Completely natural, this is in fact an old touristic trail brought back to life on the occasion of the contest.

On the other hand, the second special PS2, Imaginationland, will be the shortest but most interesting. It will pass through the ruins of a fortress and will descend along a natural carousel, so that in the end it will pass through a rocky and open area.

The following two PS3 and PS4 have the same starting point, being constructed from scratch over the past 3 years. Much easier from a technical point of view, they will probably please those who prefer more of a bike park type of trail with lots of berms and jumps.

PS3, Stevie Niks will actually be a berm skill test for the riders, having a dozen of berms, while the next one, PS4, Blame Canada, will show us who is best in the air, building the biggest gap in the competition. And yes, this guy’s a South Park die hard fan 🤣🤟.

The last trail, Taming Strange, completed this month, is actually a combination of everything we’ve ever met. Technical areas alternate with flow paths, including very tight switchbacks, straight-forward portions, drops and gaps, on unforeseeable terrain 😳.

Hope this words made you an image of what to expect, and if not check up this edit that we made form our first day of riding here.

Second day we took a short trip to Herculane baths to check up some sick exposed trails that we will be uploading soon on youtube. Beside this we will upload all 5 contest trails in the next days so stay tuned on VRR youtube channel 🤙.

Also, you can find the complete map of the contest here: MEHEDINTI ENDURO ON TRAILFORKS! 🚵‍♂

Yes, it was a sick weekend and all we have to say is that we can hardly wait for the contest and also to come back here to check out more trails. For sure in automn we plan another trip here, there are so much more trails to be ridden.

This guy is actually shaping the south of this country! Cheers mate! 🍻

P.S.: Remember 12 mai 2019 – Valea Topolnitei.  Photo credits: Alexandru Pufan.

You can also check out this article about Mehedinti county: MEHEDINTI FTW

WHITE VALLEY SPRING SKIING

WHITE VALLEY SPRING SKIING

Maybe this was the last run of the season, and what a season has been. Great snow, great touring days, great slopes and great friends. One to remember with lots of new places discovered and new things learned. That’s most important, always to learn something, never to settle for less. Another one added to the pile of memories. Cheers mates! ⛷❄🍻

LESPEZI PEAK SKI TOURING DAY

This one has to be one of the best ski touring days of this season. Second time I have been on Lespezi Peak, both on skis. This beautiful 2.5k peak is also known as Corporate Everest because of the shape and realtivly easy access even in winter conditions, making it pretty crowded…😅❄⛷

Its a nice peak that offers a terrific view over Fagaras mountains range. As you climb you can see the hole south valley of Transfagarasan road with great peaks on each side and when you reach the top you can see Negoiou peak and Caltun lake with the great Caltun wall in all of his steepens…

As descent route you can either go back the way you climb, or get back 100m elevation and then enter the valley beneath the peak, or, if conditions are good, as we catch them, you can enter the valley almost directly from the peak on one of the ridges (almost spines) that forms underneath the peak.

Either way, check the conditions and get all information.

For us, was a great climb, a little windy, and a terrific descent on a sunny afternoon.

For sure we will try it next year too. Cheers and ride safe! Enjoy!

BARCACIU SKITOURING, BARRYVOX LIMITED EDITION

BARCACIU SKITOURING, BARRYVOX LIMITED EDITION.

Last weekend we managed to reach Barcaciu mountain hut in Fagaras Mountains. It has become  tradition to go ski touring here each winter. Barcaciu is holding an event, each year around this time, event aimed to promote the ski touring possibilities in this area of Fagaras Mountains. We could not be present at the event so we decided to go 1 week earlier and make our own limited edition of Barcaciu Ski Touring, Barryvox Edition 🤪👊🍻.

It was a full weekend and did almost everything that we wanted in terms of ski touring. This winter really delivered big time. We had some top score powder and some good weather with no wind. A little problem with visibility on Sunday but we managed anyway. Because of the grate amount of snow this year, the couloirs are very generous, larger then before and you can descent greater. But all this comes with a risk and you have to be cautious and know your way around the area. We did some cool descents in powder and on Sunday we played a little with some equipment from Mammut that Mihai had for testing and presentation. Cool stuff, light but reliable equipment as I have seen so far.

After making a snow profile and fool around with an avalanche backpack, we did a classic descent in Puha Valley.

Overall it was, as I said, a full weekend and we now have some fresh memories of Barcaciu to last us a while.

As one said to me, you never regret going, so, go explore! Ride safe!