3 Days 3 Mountains MTB Ride – Talmaciu to Strategica

The TL;DR plan: Saturday morning train to Talmaciu, cross the Lotrului Mountains, sleep at a guesthouse in Voineasa, on Sunday ride to Obarsia Lotrului, climb Transalpina, cross the Latoritei Mountains, descend in Ciunget, sleep somewhere (?), on Monday climb Capatanii Mountains, descend west of Buila Vanturaritei and take a train from Ramnicu Valcea. Extremely long train ride to Talmaciu. At least that’s how I felt it, after Alex didn’t bring Continue…

Hiking Buila Vanturarita

Buila has been on my todo list for a while and I’ve just gotten the opportunity to check it out. We weren’t in a hurry, so we planned for a relaxed two day trip, with a night camped out at Curmatura Builei. There’s also a chalet in the northern edge of the massif, but we didn’t escape Bucharest to sleep indoors. We left the car in the village of Pietreni. Continue…

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…