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Ski touring and romanian mountain hut, Barcaciu, Fagaras mountains

Ok, this country has some faults, nothing is perfect, but if you come to live with them and you love nature, you will find happiness here. We have traveled some and we liked what we sow over our borders, but somehow, I for one am always drown back here, to Romanian mountains. not the tallest, not the steepest, not the most beautiful, but they resemble us… complex, complicated :))

One thing I like about romanian mountains are the mountain huts. Basic, old, rugged but in a cozy kind of way. One place in particular that I’ve always come back to with pleasure is Barcaciu hut in Fagaras mountains.

Here I found knowledge, friendship, beauty, and will. The will to do something in the area, to develop and to offer free know how and that pleased me a lot.

This place is nice, Mihai, the guy in charge of the hut, along with his parents are making a great job on keeping the old hut alive.

This place is just great and if I would have lived closer in the area, I would visit it a lot more, along side with the other huts in the north west part of Fagras mountains.

This part of Fagaras is the greatest, lots of trails, great amazing ridge, lots of snow in the winter and great people!

And don’t forget the food, they know how to cook a great meal! Mrs. Mariana, Mihai’s mom it’s a terrific cook and half of the reason I go to Barcaciu is for the meals i get :))), no lie here :D. The other half wold be the trails and the snow in the winter. There are some spots there where you cold have some great ski touring days if the weather and the mountain allows it.

We’ve been there already this winter and we got half lucky. Great day, not to cold and not to windy, and with decent snow conditions. We had some bad visibility, flat light on Puha descent but we had to deal with it. You can not have it all, and you have to learn how to be grateful for what you received.

If on Saturday we had a bit o luck and we had a full ski touring day, on Sunday the snow came and we had to stay near the hut because of the bad visibility and unstable snow. But Mihai didn’t let us to rest, he made sure we remembered how to use our avalanche safety and rescue equipment and had some avalanche rescue drills near the hut. We tried also to ski some of the fresh pow but the visibility was just to bad so we called it a day. Not bad for the fist ski touring weekend of the season.

If you want to discover the area in terms of ski tourin, the event held by Mihai each spring its a good start, just check out Schi de tura la Barcaciu in first weekend of spring :D. And here, another beautyful weekend spend here!

Thanks Barcaciu for alt the good times! Cheers mate!

Ski touring on Lespezi peak, Fagaras mountains, Romania

Ok, judging from the first pic of this post, this is a proper winter shredding… but take a look at the other pictures… and this happens in January 12, 2020… this is critical…

Not even in Spring we didn’t catch this conditions here. Don’t look to far, we, ourselves are the cause. But how radical can we become in order to change this… I’m really curious if technology or something else will save this one…ok, lets leave this beside, for now.

This weekend we did the Lespezi descent, a bit too early because of the poor snow and spring conditions.

Lespezi peak is one of the most easy to access 2500m peak in Fagaras mountains, and one that you can ski from the very top.

It’s a nice tour, the pictures from the last part of the climb, and from the peak are just awesome, the descent to. This one calmed my appetite for ski, but not for long. I really hope it’s one of those late winters that shows their strength in march :D, how awesome wold it be!

Until then ride safe!

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!

Cabana Suru and Chica pietrelor. Enduro bikepacking trip

This weekend we remade a track from last year, the one from Suru mountain hut and rocky ridge in Fagaras Mountains. It’s a must do for each year, really is one of the most beautiful and epic ride we took lately.

It’s a 2 days experience and you get to ride 2 awesome trails, one of 7km with 1000m descent and the next of 12km with over 1500m descent, and you get to stay at one cool mountain hut (Suru mountain hut) in the Romanian Carpathians, Fagaras Mountains. It’s just epic, you don’t have to take our word for granted, just watch the videos and the pics bellow and you will convince yourselves :D.

Also check out our last year trip to Suru, here: Cabana Suru si Chica Pietrelor enduro singletracks.

You can download the tracks here: day 1, day 2. Enjoy the bellow material and ride safe!

Barcaciu skitouring camp VIII edition

When March comes, we know is time for Barcaciu ski touring event! This year it come in the last weekend of March, on an not so skier friendly weather… but how cares, like we say, make haven of what you got, so that’s what we did :D.

We ware pretty happy just before the weekend because some fresh snow was in the forecast, but by the time of the event, the sudden warm up of the weather screw up the conditions and we had a consistent layer of heavy melting snow that made our skis not want to turn when we did :))).

But that didn’t ruin our skiing, at least the snow didn’t but the wind… trying to ski at almost 100km/h winds its something you must try :)))).

But, even that didn’t stop us and we almost made it to Puha Valley :D… but it was beautiful. The hut, the food, the friends and the whole picture of the event make it that way. We had a great time and new experiences like all the years before.

Barcaciu mountain hut is situated at 1550m altitude, in the west part of Fagaras mountains. It’s the second mountain hut in Fagaras, starting from west, and a very casual and welcoming one. Mihai and his parents make it like that, oh, and the food, so great :))).

From the hut you can reach, very easily Scara peak, or Serbota peak and you can ski some pretty nice lines from there right in Puha valley and then all the way down to the trail that goes from Barcaciu hut to Negoiu hut. It’s a beautiful descent that offers lots of lines and is easily accessible if the snow conditions allows it!

Ski touring at Barcaciu is an event held by Mihai in order to develop the ski touring practice in the area. There are marks pointing to the hut and above and you can always count on Mihai to give you some advice about the routes and the conditions there, the guy knows the area like the back of his hand!

The event usually is held during 2 or 3 days and includes a bed over night, food and guiding thru the area as the weather allows it. His main purposes is, as I said, to develop the ski touring in the area and the costs merely covers the goods and the trouble needed for the event.

As these been said, please feel free to check out Barcaciu Mountain Hut whenever you want, summer or winter, it’s always there waiting for you to discover all skiing and biking routs 🙂 . Oh, have we mentioned biking? check this trip out to 😉 you might enjoy it: Fagaras enduro and freeraid tracks.

Bellow we leave you some foto/video material to better get a feel of Barcaciu ski touring event and here are the links for some of the routes we take day 1, day 2. Enjoy!

 

Ski de tura la Cabana Barcaciu reloaded

Odata cu primavara vine si Ski de tura la Cabana Barcaciu, iar evenimentul asta este precum vinul, parca devine mai fain pe an ce trece. La noi a fost a 2-a editie la care participam dar evenimentul este la a 7 a si deja s-a format un grup omogen in centrul eventului care nu doar participa ci se si implica. Eu unul ma bucur ca l-am descoperit, imi face placere sa particip in fiecare an si sper sa ajung cat mai des la Barcaciu.

Anul asta am avut considerabil mai multa zapada dar si riscul de avalansa a fost mai mare. Am plecat dupa acelasi model, de vineri dimineata doar din dorinta de a prinde si vineri o zi de schi. Tiberiu din pacate nu m-a insotit dar cu siguranta nu va rata editaia de anul viitor :D.

Am ajuns pe la 10 in Poiana Neamtului, Avrig, si pe la 10:30 eram cu rucsacul si schiurile in spinare, pregatiti de urcare, eu si Daniel. Singurul lucru care nu imi place la traseul pana la cabana, este noroiul din prima parte a drumului cauzat de exploatarile forestiere din zona. Traseul pana la cabana este foarte frumos dar doar daca faci abstractie de mocirla de la inceput… Pe la jumatatea traseului deja am dat de destula zapada cat sa ne punem schiele in picioare si sa ii dam mai cu spor la deal asa ca pe la 12:30 eram la cabana si faceam o mica pauza. In 30 de minute am halit ceva rapid, am golit mare parte din bagaj si i-am dat inainte sa il prind pe Mihai Petre si brigada, care au plecat cu vreo 2 ore mai devreme. Mihai Petre schiorul nu dansatorul :))) sau ii poti spune si dansatorul daca se apuca de balet pe schiuri :P.

I-am prins in traseu spre platou, facand un profil de zapada. Si ce profil, cica doar a pus lopata pe el si a luat-o la vale :(… oups!

Urcam pana aproape de platou si ii dam la vale pe marcaj si apoi in drepapta pana in traseul catre cabana Negoiu. O coborare distractiva, mereu o facem de incalzire si chiar imi place segmentul asta, poti sa ii dai viteza, nu este nici un risc si mai ai si cateva movile cu care te poti distra :D. In carere ne punem schiurile in picioare si mai facem o urcare pana in platou si apoi o coborare pana la cabana. Cam asta a fost prima zi, total regulamentara avand in vedere ora la care am ajuns la cabana.

Seara am stat la clasicele povesti, am halit cea mai delicioasa mancare si am stabilit ce facem a 2-a zi. Ne-am primit si pachetul de “concurs” format dintr-un tricou marca Barcaciu si deja traditionalul buff :D.

A 2-a zi vremea s-a schimbat radical. De la ziua insorita de ieri am trecut la ceata si vant care batea cu 60km/h. Super! Urcam pe acerlasi traseu ca in prima zi, facem coborarea de incalzire si apoi o luam iara la deal. Pe o vreme ca asta doar Puha ramane ultima reduta. Ajungem in platou si grupul se sparge in 2. O parte o apucam spre Puha in “adierea” vantului si o parte ramane sa se dea pe traseu. Dupa ce infruntam cu vitejie iuresul reusim sa coboram in caldare unde conditiile erau mult mai bune. Zapada putin cam dubioasa caci dadeai ba de crusta (probabil a si plouat putin cu o seara inainte) ba de zapada viscolita si daca aveai noroc de putin pufulete. Facem caldarea de 2 ori si apoi coboram iara in traseul de Negoiu doar ca sa vedem restul grupului cum incearca sa urce in puha pe muchea opusa, cea din stanga cum te uiti la caldare.

Aici ne mai despartim iara, un grup care o apucam spre cabana cu speranta sa mai faca o ultima coborare pe fata de coboara din platou spre cabana si un grup care se iau dupa ceilalti ce incearca sa urce pe muchie.

Ajungem iara in apropierea cabanei dar nu e rost sa iesim in platou. Ceata mare si viscolul ceva mai starnit. Am inteles ca grupul din spate, i-a mai dat si ultima coborare dar aveau ghidul cu ei :P.

Ajungem repede la cabana pe la ora 15 si ne bagam la uscat cu totul. Seara 2 se termina tot cu stat la povesti ba din ziua ce a trecut ba din alte evenimente. Seara are loc si o tombola, premiul fiind o pereche de piei de foca date de catre Lucian Clinciu, Charpatian Man :D. Mihai A. a fost norocosul castigator ca tot zicea el ca nu urca bine din cauza focilor :D.

Ultima zi nu aduce nici o schimbare in materie de vreme. Se anunta ceva ninsoare mai tarziu dar vantul pe sus bate cam lafe. Alegem ceva mai clasic, o tura spre valea Avrigului. Ne chinuim putin pe carare dar ajungem repede la stana din vale. Stam sa ne halim pachetelul si apoi facem o mica urcare spre unul din culoare si bagam o coborare prin cel mai fain pulver. Ne intoarcem devreme la cabana, mai mancam ceva si ne pregatim de coborare. S-a mai dus o editie dar stim ca cabana nu pleaca nicaieri si muntele nici atat. Sper doar sa mai apuc sa mai fac o tura pana la cabana sa cobor si eu odata de pe Scara, ca de Ciortea nici nu mai zic. Acum am si motiv ca a trecut Mihai pe tricou toate varfurile pe care nu le-am facut :)))).

Facem o ultima coborare pe schie pana la masina lui Mihai lasata la jumatatea drumului. De acolo ne ia el bagajul si noi ii dam in pas alergator pana jos. Plecam spre Bucuresti parca cu parere de rau caci mie unul dupa un astfel de weekend prelungit, nici ca imi mai vine sa ma mai intorc la “dragul” meu Bucuresti. Sigur ma asteapta o zi depresiva de luni :)))).

Va las mai jos materialul foto/video cu care v-am obisnuit. Sper sa va convinga de frumusetea locului si sa ii faceti o vizita cat de curand. Eu unul, daca nu mai ajung anul asta sa cobor pe schie de pe Scara, o sa ajung cu siguranta cu bicicleta. Deja am stabilit cu Alex sa facem o nefacuta :D, abia astept. Pana atunci, enjoy! life!