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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!

Fagaras enduro and freeride singletracks

Weekendul trecut am plecat in Muntii Fagaras la vantoarea de singletrack-uri si am fost socati de ce am descoperit… :))) suna ca unul din titlurile acelea de te fac sa dai repede unlike la o pagina…

Totusi, fara nici o exagerare, am avut parte de toate tipurile de poteci si ne-a placut mult, desi va zic sincer ca nu as mai face acest traseu, trase pe care l-as incadra usor la seria “ambitii prostesti”. Daca credeam ca pushbike-ul de anul trecut de pe creasta estica a Fagarasului a fost greu, uite ca weekendul asta am resit sa facem de 5 ori mai mult pushbike/carrybike, adica gen 10 ore de asa ceva :)).

Pe scurt traseul nostru a implicat urcarea din Avrig la Cabana Barcaciu, apoi urcarea in creasta spre varful Scara, coborarea inapoi la Barcaciu si a 2-a zi urcarea in creasta, coborarea la lacul Avrig, urcarea unapoi in creasta, si coborarea pe la Cabana Suru in Sebesul de Sus.

Am facut traseul in 2 zile, cu dormit la cabana Barcaciu, unde ne-am odihnit si am mancat bine, ca de obicei caci altfel nu se poate la #barcaciu. In prima zi ne-a insotit si Mihai, Alex si gasca lor de biciclisti fanatici si ne-am bucurat cu totii de frumosul singletrail ce cobora dinspre vf. Scara. A 2-a zi ne astepta agonia si extazul :D.

Acum, hai sa intram mai in detaliu :). Daca ar fi sa impartim traseul, vorbim de o super coborare din platou de sub varful Scara pana in poteca de uneste cabana Barcaciu cu Negoiu. Sunt peste 10 min de super coborare (2h pushbike de la cabana) pe un singletrail ca in povesti dupa cum se poate observa si in primul filmulet de mai jos.

Apoi, ar fi drumul de creasta, coborarea la lacul Avrig, si urcarea inapoi in creasta care este segmentul ce incadreaza tura la “ambitii prostesti”. Sectiunea este foarte putin ciclabila, putin pe langa vf. Scara si dupa, vreo 20m pe coborarea la lacul Avrig si dupa urcarea inapoi in creasta devine ciclabil.

Apoi ar fi coborarea dupa vf Budislavul care este una grea dar faina pe niste pietre maricele si care tot continuau sa o ia la vale odata cu rotile bicicletei :D.

La final incepe coborarea din creasta din dreptul vf Suru spre cabana cu acelasi nume si apoi spre Sebesul de Sus. Aici vb de doua segmente distincte si total diferite. Coborarea din creasta pana la cabana Suru este daca nu grea, foarte grea, cel putin asa mi s-a parut mie. Iti trebuie skilluri serioase de trial ca sa stai toata coborarea pe bicla. Sunt bolovani mari si odata ce te apropii de padure sunt pietre desprinse care o iau cu tine la vale si daca mai iei in calcul si panta abrupta, coborarea noastra enduro/freeride se transforma in proba de supravietuire :).

La final, precum cireasa dupa tort, vine coborarea de la cabana Suru pana in Sebesul de sus. Aici vorbim despre cel mai fain singletrack pe care m-am dat pana acum. Chiar mi-a placut si nu cred ca exagerez. este plin de contrapante naturale si toate radacinile si pietrele sunt fain asezate parca plasate sa iti faca coborarea mai faina. Poti sa pompezi peste tot, mai ai 2-3 gaturi de pedalat dar in rest este vorba de singletrack de cea mai buna calitate!

Se interesecteaza la un moment data cu un forestier proaspat sapat dar pe care il pierde la scurt timp. Chiar a meritat tot efortul coborarea asta, dar, sincer, data viitoare daca mai vrem sa dam aceasta coborare urcam fie direct din Sebesul de Sus fie pe marcaj triunghi albastru ce vine dinspre Avig pe forestier. Nicicum pe creasta :).

Traseul din prima si a 2-a zi le gasit la acest link respectiv acest link. Mai jos va lasam cate un filmulet cu segmentele interesante ale turei si pozele ce s-au adunat. Pana data viitoare, ride safe!