This year we just had such a week with wonderful autumnal weather. Warmer than usual, dry, with deep blue sky and almost no winds high on the summits. The cooler and dry weather also means that the atmosphere is clearer than in summer, offering stunning views from the mountain tops. The air gets even clearer during the sunny and frosty winter days.
Last week I did two speed hikes up on the mountains to two famous peaks of the Southern Carpathians:
- Fagarasi Mountains: Moldoveanu Peak (2544m), the highest point of Romania
- Bucegi Massif: Omu Peak (2505) the highest peak in Bucegi Massif and just north of it, the prominent Bucsoiu Peak (2492m)
On both trips we were rewarded with beautiful views that reached far far away, over 100km in distance. I was surprised to recognize the silhouette of Bucegi mountains seen from Moldoveanu Peak!
In a straight line, the distance between the two peaks is not that great, about 59km, but there are many mountain crests in between. It is easy to recognize the shape of Bucegi mountains and the distinct triangular shape of Bucsoiu Peak from Moldoveanu Peak. However, looking the other way from Bucegi mountains, it is much harder to identify Moldoveanu peak among the multiple peaks and crests of Fagaras Mountains. I only identified it on the photo later at home, with the help of Google Earth software.
From Moldoveanu I could also see to the east another even more distant mountain. I was not sure what it was, until I got got home and checked with Google Earth. It was Ciucas massif, 93km away! On a winter day, with much clearer atmosphere, I may have recognize the rocky peak of Ciucas.
As I try to be as light as possible on my mountain runs and hikes, I only had the camera of my phone with me. It is just good enough for documenting the trip. Here are some of the best photos I took during the trips.
Power hiking in Fagarasi Mountains:
|Climbing on Vistea Valley on the north side of the main ridge|
|On Moldoveanu Peak|
|Looking west along the mighty Fagarasi ridge|
|Looking East from Moldoveanu Peak|
|Bucegi Mountains as seen from Moldoveanu Peak|
|Ciucas Mountains seen from Moldoveanu Peak|
|Looking East along the main ridge of Fagarasi Mountains|
|A look back to the main ridge of Fagarasi from Vistea valeey|
|Looking north from the western side of Bucsoiu Peak|
|Looking north from Bucsoiu Peak|
|Looking west from Bucsoiu Peak. In the distance, Fagarasi Mountains|
|I believe that this is Moldoveanu peak as seen from Bucsoiu Peak|
|The central, south looking valley of Bucegi Mountains. Obarsiei valley|
|View of Bucsoiu Peak from below Scara Peak|
|Looking to Bucsoiu peak, across Tiganesti valley|
|Looking east towards Piatra Craiului Massif|
|The amazing terrace of Malaiesti Challet, on the beautiful Malaiesti Valley|