Friday, December 21, 2007

Baiului: Zamora

In the weekend of 1st December I had planned to go to Costila refuge to take some pictures of dry tooling climbers but the great weather and sun changed our mind: we've taken up to Baiului on Zamora unmarked ridge.

Very beautiful weather and panorama, a sunset to remember, like you see once per year and a brief encounter with former club mates from "Floarea de Colt Bucuresti" were the notable events of this well chosen and inspired hike. (si pt. Emi: rusinica ! hotarasem sa mergem in Leaota in ziua respectiva)

more sunset photos will be added soon...

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Bucegi: Cota 2000

Half a month ago, I've made another (unsuccessful) try to reach Vanturis waterfall, in Bucegi mountains. We've left with ropes and climbing equipment, in order to abseil the waterfall, or at least to try to kill ourselves :D But again the chairlift didn't worked and by foot was a too long quest to the waterfall in the big snow. We've entered deep in the forest following the tracks of the big bears...
Finally the forest was to dense to advance, so we got out toward Cota 2000, where a very strong chilly wind had hit us, frozen our bones. So, we've just reached Mioritza and we've assisted at a magnificent sunset, then we've descended back to Cota 1400.

Maybe I should say some bad words about Sinaia's mayor, which remember us each time that we leave in Romania, like in Somalia: the very icy road toward Cota 1400, no salt or something, a lot of cars turning back; hours of waiting at the cabin queue to go up the mountain while the chairlift doesn't function, the cratered road in which I've entered while driving down to Sinaia :( no parking lots, and much more...

Monday, December 10, 2007

Ssssuuuperrr Model !

... Burton Supermodel ! it is my new snowboard and last weekend the big layer of snow allowed me to try it for the first time.
It is like passing at a higher level of ride and slide because of the new technologies incorporated in the board (Supermodel is about 7 years younger that my old Johan board...). It is smaller lighter faster, most responsive and the first tests in the forests of Poiana Brasov were astonishing :) Thumbs up ! and a big thanks to Mishu for recommending and bringing me this board !

The snow was like this, below, on Saturday and Sunday and my friends were in a great shape too ;)

A big thumb down to 'copos' for his visit in Poiana Brasov, leading at a significant rise in the price of cable transportation :((( but without any improvements of the ski domain...
70 lei for 4 hours of ski is more expensive than in Austria of France...