Wednesday, April 23, 2008

La derdelus pe valea Priponului

So there was another weekend in a row in Busteni, taking the cable car up to Bucegi plateau.
This time, I got company from "" team ;) and some other friends, six people in total.
The idea was to do Gaura valley, or Morarul valley. But from the very sunny and hot plateau we were seeing and hearing a lot of powerful avalanches going down the mountain. So we've taught that Morarul will be for another time, due to the high exposure of the valley to the snow running streams. We've took a decision and turned back from the "Ceardac" and headed towards "Priponului" valley which looked much more safe at that moment.
It was the second time for me to do this valley, two years after I was caught in a small avalanches right there. For my friends it was the first time. The snow was quite wet, spring time type, quite a big layer, but in may places the rocks were in open air. The descent was too short altought 800m level difference, and then on "Cerbului" valley the bedrock steps were quite difficult to cross on skis or snowboards.
Here are the photos and keep visiting for more details.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Ecologizare: Tampa, Brasov

Cu ocazia zilei pamantului, ca in fiercare an, asociatia "Floare de Colt" din Brasov a organizat o actiune de ecologizare pe Tampa.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Ciucas: Gropsoarele and v. Tigailor

Last Sunday due to the high avalanches risk in the neighboring mountains, I've decided that it is the time to go in Ciucas, for the annual spring descent from the peak on Tigailor valley.
We've driven up to "Muntele Rosu"and then hiked up on nice flower fields near Gropsoarele.
There it was a funny ride down on some little valley and then on the trail again to Cab. Ciucas and towards the peak. It was quite a big snow and nobody was happy... Until we've reached the peak, there the view was great and the snow was perfect :) The upper part had snow a little bit hard, with a soft layer above, just nice to go full speed downhill. On the lower part of Tigailor valley the snow was very wet and hard to slide slide down. We had to stop about two hundred meters before the big step. Then hike down and up to Muntele Rosu. And then a very tasty dinner in Sacele, Angelescu ;)

Bucegi: fleosc, fleosc !

Last Saturday I've tried again to do a valley in Bucegi, after the failed attempt 6 days ago, due to the very bad weather. This time the wind was not strong enough, so we've took up the cable car to Babele. There it was hot enough such that even with my snow shoes, I was sinking deep to my knees :( I was horrible, I did 2 hours until the "Ceardac" the starting point downwards Ialomita valley. The snow was still to wet, not good at all for skiing and the girls were between comic and pathetic with their toy-skis...

Then after we've cross Sugarilor valley we went up to Babele and the we headed towards Urlatoarea valley. The girls had followed the Schiel trail down to Busteni, while I've really enjoyed riding down "Urlatoarea Mica" valley: perfect firn snow, zero chances of avalanches, soft snow in the lower part of the valley, it was the perfect time ! Too bad that in 15 min., photos included, I was down on the Schiel path crossroad.

Iuliana had written more in details, here: