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BALEA LAKE POWDER DAYS

An experience of some weekends ago, probably the only powdered days of the year.
Balea Lac and Fagaras mountains remain one of the coolest back country and freeride areas in RO and probably the only mountains with serious lines. Easy to admire but dangerous to approach 😆😅💪… I m glad we chose to go there. In the first day we skin our way up from Capra cottage to Balea Lac, then ski down to Doamnei valley, skin up again and made a final descent on Balea Valley, just under the cable car. We had fresh snow and was nice to remember how that feels. Then we took the cable car up and parked out skis at Balea Lac.
We sincerely liked to stay at Balea Lac or Balea Lac 2 cottage, clean rooms, clean bathrooms, hot water and good food, we clearly recommend it.
The second day spent at Balea we skin our way up vaiuga , near Vanatoarea lui Buteanu peak, made a descent to Capra lake, skin up again and then chose to go down the south part, in the sun and at a later hour, following a group of austrian skiers that had a guide. I would honestly  recomand to avoid this area on clearer days and with temperatures over 5-6C degrees, especially when there is fresh snow accumulations. I found the snow quite heavy…
Ofcourse, we had to go down anyway because we had our car at Capra and we would either go down now or later…The transfer to the south part during the heating periods is very debatable.
Until next time, ride safe!

Bucegi White Valley, last ski day of the season

White Valley is one of the most iconic steep valleys in Bucegi mountains and a pleasure to ski it in spring conditions. Otherwise its pretty dangerous to be here on a full power winter and better to be with someone that knows the terrain pretty well and also do all precautionary test before heading into the valley.

White valley was the first step valley that we skied and it seams the last for this winter. We started the season with it and ended with it and it was beautiful. Always a pleasure to do some back country skiing in Bucegi Mountains because they are so beautiful and they have so much to offer in terms of ski, bike, hike and many related activities. And the landscape is just superb!

We leave you with some pictures and movie about our experience on White Valley and we hope that next ski season will be as good as this one! Cheers!

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!

Bucegi mountains backcountry skiing

Bucegi mountains backcountry skiing, Romania.

The pictures and the movie are from Sunday. After on Saturday we stayed on the slopes of Valea Dorului (Sinaia, Bucegi mountains), on Sunday we said to our self that we have to take advantage of the beautiful weather and made some touring skiing to Paduchiosu’ peak. First we climbed on Varful cu Dor peak and made a descent near Vanturis waterfall, then we climbed on Paduchiosu” peak and then back to the slopes.
It took us almost 5h, with snack breaks, pictures and all inclusive. Nice touring day.

You find the track here: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/2421291173

Regarding the snow, there ware tow little avalanches spotted, but poor snow, you can see it in the pictures. Until next time, ride safe! Enjoy!

Ciucas mountains ski touring

02 of January was the last day of my winter holiday so I tried to make it count :P. The snow on the mountains is not too present these days so I decide to go to Ciucas Mountains. It was a track that I made it 1 year ago (much more snow then). It follows the same climb as in Ciucas Enduro contest, Bratocea ridge, but in the place called “La Tigai”, you follow the peak track to Ciucas peak (1954m). The weather, at the start of the track was not that promising but in the last part, the sky open up and I had the most beautiful landscape view from the peak. We have a call here in Ro, the weather looks at a person soul and reflects it :D… just saying :P.

After the peak, I decide to make a descent on the first valley that you see when looking south from the peak. This takes you to the marked track that runs between La Tigai and Ciucas Hut, so it was perfect to do so. The snow was ok, a bit hard at the start, near the peak, but then spring goodness after :D. No risk involved.

After, I took the way back to La tigai and then follow the track back on Bratocea ridge to Bratocea pass where I left the car. Bratocea pass makes the passing between Ciucas and Grohotis mountains, we did a bike track on these to mountains that you can find it here :).

On my way back I did another short descent. There are many valleys on the south face, and on the north, not very steep, just perfect! The track of the run you can find it here and I leave you a short edit and some pictures to confirm my landscape affirmation :))). Enjoy and 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!