ETDFRUR! – Fereastra Zmeilor to Plaiul Foii

* ETDFRUR! standing for Epic Two Day Fagaras Ridge Ultra Run I really wanted to sleep, but I encountered several problems. First, that sleeping pad again. Horrible. Second, sometime during the night water started dripping over my sleeping bag. Had to use the bivy sack to stay (somewhat) dry. Third, those Polish scouts staid up pretty late, singing, telling stories, saying prayers (I think, I don’t speak Polish). I almost felt sad Continue…

ETDFRUR! – Turnu Rosu to Fereastra Zmeilor

* ETDFRUR! standing for Epic Two Day Fagaras Ridge Ultra Run Well, it actually started with a train from Bucharest. After buying a couple pastry products and a breakfast from McDonalds, I considered myself prepared for the 5 and a half hours ride to Talmaciu. The town of Talmaciu was my last chance for a hot meal. Bought something that was advertised as a schnitzel sandwich. I didn’t care about the Continue…

Preparations for the Epic Two Day Fagaras Ridge Ultra Run (ETDFRUR!)

So what’s this two day ridge stuff? After reading last year about Silviu Balan’s record (13h18′) in running the whole Fagaras ridge, I thought I should try it as well. Knowing I’m about twice as slow, I estimated I needed around 27 hours to finish. Since I’m not a big fan of running at night, I decided to go for the two day approach. To have it done in a Continue…

I bike so you don’t have to: Neamtului (and Baiului)

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t! Neamtului Mountains feel a lot wilder than the neighbouring Baiului and aren’t very bike friendly. They can be hiked starting from Valea Doftanei. Otherwise, if you’re coming from Predeal or Azuga, it’s best you approach them trail running or biking. I started from Predeal. Left the train station at 8 AM. The original plan was to bike the Neamtului Ridge, then get down on Continue…

Macin Mountains

Macin Mountains are the smallest and oldest mountains in Romania. But besides old and small (which are usually used in a not-positive way) they’re also easily accessible and great to hike during spring, when real mountains are still too cold and snowy for most people. The main gateway to the park is the village of Greci. There’s an info office with a small museum. We found it closed during working Continue…