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Balea lac freetouring powder days

This is not a recent one, but we just haven’t had  time to write something about it.

It happen last mouth in one of the perfect weather weekends that we had. It was an weekend with all inclusive, powder, joy, happiness, problems, panic, doctors and again… powder :))). But all turned out alright as you will see. And we have the pictures to back it all up :P.

The plan was to claim a room that we paid over 2 months ago at Paltinu mountain hut (nice place by the way, VRR approved :D). We hunted this good weather weekend and now it’s here.

I haven’t been to Balea on more then one occasion, doing an avalanche course last year so I was pretty eager to go and better discover the place. Once up by the cabin we went directly to Paltinu to live Bubble (Cosmin’s dog) and go touring.

We climbed to Capra Lake and on the ridge of the mountain to Vaiuga peak. It was the most beautiful ridge walk I have taken so far, man that feeling. After this we made a first descent from under Vaiuga peak to Balea valley and on to the start of the cabin.

After this we took the cabin back up and go again to Paltiu to check how Bubble was doing. It seemed he driven the guys from the hut mad, so we had to take him with us. Bad idea! It was pow day and the dog is like 15 cm tall :))). This being told, Cosmin ended up carrying the dog almost all descent. Then, after following Cosmin on an narrow couloir and straight underneath Balea Cascada, disaster stroke. Cosmin took a silly fall and had his operated shoulder injured. We then had to go to Sibiu and go to hospital to check his shoulder out. We had some luck because Nicu stayed at Paltinu for this last descent and he could send to us some stuff and my car keys in order to go with Cosmin to hospital…. after the hospital experiences, Cosmin’s arm was immobilized and he took the next day off from riding. That night we go out to grab a pizza and then straight to a colleague of mine that helped us with accommodation for that night, thanks!

Next day was a bit cloudy. Cosmin stayed at Balea Cascada, at the start of the cabin, and I have gone up for one last ride with Nicu that ramaind at Paltinu to claim the room :)). We did a nice run to Doamnei Valley and back to the cabin. It was also powder day and the clouds ware low and over 2000m we had such a beautiful day.

After some further consulting, it turned out that Cosmin shoulder was ok and only needed some rest. One important advice, don’t take small dogs on powder days! :)))

Here are the pics and an edit. Enjoy!

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.

Ciucas skitouring reloaded

Last Sunday we made it back to Ciucas mountains for a second ascent to the peak. We did this almost same track in the second day of the new year, in similar conditions :D. Ciucas mountains are perfect for ski touring. You have a south face that is perfect when it hasn’t snowed much and it’s a sunny day, you will have the perfect snow (but avoid the south part when is clouded, cold and windy. P.S.: It’s always windy in Ciucas mountains), and you have a north face that is perfect when it snowed recently, you have every chance to find some perfect pow there. Personally, I haven’t skied the north part of the mountain, but I can’t wait for a fresh snow to head back to Ciucas mountains.

This track was similar with the one from the beginning of the year, second and last descent ware  a bit different but not so much, you have the track here, and bellow some pics and a video so enjoy and ride safe!

Iezer mountains skitouring day

Iezer mountains skitouring day. This happen on Sunday. The avalanche risc was a bit high because of the heavy snow so we decided on a more mellow terrain that implies no such risk. We went from Voina Mountain hut, near Campulung to almost Batrana peak in Iezer mountains on so called Plaiul lui Patru. It is a beautiful skitouring track that takes you to the ridge of Iezer mountains an an nice accessible “ridge”. You can find the track here. Next time in Iezer mountains, probably we will do the classic refuge ride :D. Until next time, ride safe!

Fagaras mountains skitouring day on Lespezi Peak

This one is from last weekend, best day so far this season. It was a close call, we were not so sure we wanna go to Lespezi peak but decided in the last moment and it turned out to be the best decision. It was the perfect day, the weather was as such that we felt the harness of the mountain because of the cold (-15 degrees Celsius) but also the beauty of it because of the bright sunny day and the beautiful pow that awaited for us on descent…

Lespezi peak is also called corporate Everest because it is an easy accessible peak from Fagaras mountains that happens to have a good height of 2517m. We took the ridge track that takes us from Transfagarasan road (Piscu Negru) and passes near a shepherd hut where you can sleep in the winter (1h from the road) and up on the highest ground till the very peak (4h from the road).

All the way, if you have good weather, you will have great view over Fagaras mountain range.

You can find the track right here, don’t mind the ending point, I forgot to stop the activity when we reach our car, but I stopped it when we reached Conacul Ursului where we had a great meal!

We leave you the video and the pics bellow. Until next time, ride safe!

Cabana Barcaciu ReReloaded, skitouring Fagaras

HAHA, nici nu am postat bine experienta de la Ski de tura la Cabana Barcaciu ca nu am putut sta departe de locul asta prea mult.

Vremea buna si gasca de la Barcaciu ne-au adus iara in muntii Fagaras si nimic nu ne-a putut tine departe ;).

Planul l-am incropit rapid in timpul saptamanii dupa ce Mihai ne-a activat cu cateva poze faine de la cabana si cu prognoza nesperat de faina, pt weekend. Imediat temerarii s-au activat asa ca vineri dupa munca plec acasa sa imi iau bagajul, cu mici obstacole :D, si apoi fuga sa ii culeg pe Alex si Gabi. La cabana ne mai asteptau Mihai cu Ovidiu si alti cativa doritori de adrenalina.

Ajungem… greu, mai ales cu iesirea din Bucuresti, orasul capcana, care ne-a luat peste 1h. Pe la ora 10 si ceva seara eram in Poiana Neamtului si pe la 10:45 cu rucsacii si schiele in spate 😦 gata de urcarea vietii… o placere. Nici nu am ajuns la cabana mai devreme de 1 noatea :))). Totusi, drumul ii faini cand il imparti la mai multi :D. Si racoarea noptii ne-a facut urcarea mai placuta desi ultimele 45 de minute parca au durat o vesnicie :P.

Ajungem la cabana si suntem intampinati de nea Petre care ne astepta cu ceai cald si bere :)) tot ce e nevoie.

Mai stam la un pahar de vorba si peste 1 ora ne bagam la somn… noapte buna.

Dimineata la 7, Mihai da trezire… nu ma misca din pat decat gandul la omleta buna facuta de tanti Mariana si ceaiul la halba, ca altfel, nici ca ma ridicam, aveam si motiv de data asta.

Incepem sa ne echipam, facem cunostinta care cu care nu ne stiam si pe la 9 cred ca ne punem si in miscare. Urcam de-a dreptul printre jgheaburi ca sa mai scurtam putin. In ciuda prognozei favorabile, zapada la primele ore ale diminetii este bocna si ma chinui cu urcarea in zig-zaguri pe zapada inghetata de la fiecare intoarcere ma incordam din tot corpul ca sa nu o iau la vale. Gata, urmatoarea investitie, cutite la schie ca nu mai tine! Ajungem cu greu in paltou si aici incepe negocierea, care ce vrea sa faca pe unde vrea sa se dea. Incepem de incalzire cu o coborare clasica in Puha, apoi urcam pana in creasta, negociem o coborare in Serbota dar o lasam pe alta data si ii dam iara la vale in caldare dar de data asta cu plecare din creasta. Faina coborarea, este prima data pt mine si chiar mi-a placut. Lasam planurile mai marete pentru ziua urmatoare :D. Coboram pana sub pragul glaciar in cararea de Negoiu si apoi o luam iara in sus spre platou ca sa facem o ultima coborare la cabana. Faina zi si faina zapada! Seara stam iara la povesti iar oboseala acumulata ne doboara pe rand, repede. Eu cred ca am cedat primul :D.

A 2-a zi incepe lafel de… matinal. Ma dau jos prin rostogolire din pat si astept sa ma dezmeticesc. Curand se trezeste si Alex si iesim afara sa bem un ceai. Dupa, incepm sa ne echipam, luam micul dejun si la deal cu noi. Aceasi urcare pe zapada inghetata… as da orice pentru niste cutite de schie, Tiberiu, sper ca citesti :))).

Totusi, parca ajungem mai repede in platou si de aici la ultima urcare in creasta unde ne si punem coltarii. Ajung pe varful Scara in urma lui Gabi si tocmai cand ii fac semn sa ma astepte, o si ia la vale. Asta e, echiparea si hai la vale. Am facut o mica coborare, pe partea sudica de Scara dar apoi am urcat iara in creasta si am coborat in Puha unde restul grupului tocmai ce urcau dupa ce au dat o coborare in caldare. Cobor cu Gabi pana in cararea de Negoiu si apoi urcam iara in platou pentru a face o ultima coborare spre cabana. Curand ne-au urmat si restul. Caldura mare isi cam spune cuvantul si abia astept sa ajung la cabana si sa imi deschid o bere rece … the end :P.

Cam ce ati citit mai sus este una din retetele unui weekend reusit. Printre ingrediente se numara vreme buna, gasca faina, un hobby minunat si un loc pe masura care sa le lege pe toate ;).

Incercati si nu veti regreta. Plecam pe la 4 de la cabana si nu dupa mult timp si cu ajutorul lui Mihai ajungem la masini in poiana Neamtului si apoi plecam spre Bucuresti refugiul temporar pana la venirea weekendului. Va lasam mai jos pozele si filmuletele care sa ateste cele de mai sus. Photocredit eu, Mihai and Jean pe numele sau de scena. Pana data viitoare, ride safe! 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!