26 September 2015

Hike on Ecomarathon route

 Although it is the end of September, it feels more like the end of August. It is still warm and everything is still green - no autumn colors in sight, even at higher altitudes. I really miss the fresh and cool autumn days, I am fed up with running in the warm weather. So when I was invited for a slower hike today I was happy to join the hikers party...

The plan was to hike high to the top on Bucegi mountain and back on the Northern Abrupt, but the unstable weather made us to change the plans and look for a route at lower altitudes.  So we  went to Moieciu and hiked along the beautiful third loop of Ecomarathon  race route. This route offers breathtaking landscapes of the mountains in the Bran area. It was a great choice for the half sunny, half rainy day. Below are some photos from the hike. And here are photos from  the same hike, two years ago in October.

29 August 2015

Rupicapra rupicapra

Chamois, (Rupicapra rupicapra) or Capra Neagra in Romanian is a wild mountain goat that can be met on the higher massifs of the Carpathian Mountains.

It was a beautiful day today, just perfect for a mountain hike, so I did a day hike with my daughter in Bucegi Mountains. We went up along the beautiful Malaiesti glacial valley.  It is one of the most beautiful mountain valleys in the area. I visit it a few times a year, hiking, running or sometimes during winter on skis.

In the upper glacial circus we had the surprise of the day! We came very close to flock of chamois that was grazing on the beautiful mountain pastures. To our surprise, although they were quite close to the trail, they did not seem to be concerned by our presence, so I had time to take a few shots with my little camera: