Mountaineering in Piatra Craiului Mountains – Valcelul cu Fereastra

April 2011

This was a one day trip on a famous route in Piatra Craiului Mountains, Valcelul cu Fereastra (The Route with Window). This is a medium difficulty alpine route, having 1200m elevation. The climb started from Plaiu Foii and took about 6 hours. Crampons, ice axes and a short rope were necessary on this spring tour. The good weather and joy accompanied us all the way to the top, making the climb easier. After a lunch brake on Ascutit Peak (2150 m) we descended on Padina Popii Route which goes right under the famous climbing wall. On the way down we met a small herd of black goats, the pride of Piatra Craiului Mountains. Back at Plaiu Foii we got some rest and quenched our thirst with a cold beer. This was the end of a very good day!

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