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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!

 

Oslea backcountry skiing

So this year I decided to visit Oslea and Valcan Mountains again, near Straja ski resort. Last year I took part of Oslea hike and ride contest that is organised by Red bull and takes place each year, here, near Oslea peak. This year I did not get a place in the contest, looks like its a very popular one, in like 5 minutes all places ware filled up :))), maybe next year.

But, I did something else, I have gone to do some backcountry skiing there, and it was B E A U T I F U L ! It was such a nice 3 days mini vacation that I am seriously consider to do the same next year. First day, being an 5-6h drive from Bucharest (depending when you leave), I’ve been to Straja ski resort. It’s been a while science last time I have been here (first year when I learned how to ski :D). Such a nice resort, like all the ones in the west. Now I really discovered it, finding the second chairlift was a blast, that is where the fun off piste skiing is :D.

After a day at the ski resort, we took our accommodation in Lupeni and went to technical meeting for the contest to learn about the snow conditions on the mountain :D. So they took the contest in the old place, not the one that took part last year. That means that part of the mountain will be all free :D. The snow was perfect and the whether to. The forecast showed clouds but the clouds ware around Retezat mountains that are near and a little bigger so we had like the perfect ski touring day as you can see it from the pictures :D. At the evening we went to the contest party to see who won :D. Big surprises there, places switched and I am glad that the freeride scene is moving on here in Romania.

Next day was powday. We made a track to the contest place. In the ridge of the mountain was 50cm deep pow! It was the best snow I have encountered science I start skiing, balls deep powder! Too bad we had to make only one run because it was the last day and we had to get back home. Oh well, till next year! I leave to you some pics and some short edits for better resemblance of this beautiful mountains. Enjoy!

Photo credit: me and Alexandra Popescu.