Just arrived at Valea Berii, we barely get off the car and we are welcomed by a friendly dog who jumps around me 😊 then he greets each of us. He does not really let me put my snow protections on… nevertheless Cuțu (the dog) will be our companion for the entire hike and also our photo model exactly where needed : ) immersing himself into the white landscape.
Cuțu on an adventure / photo: Rodica Voicu
I watch my Garmin Instinct Solar smartwatch. It is 9:15 a.m. and I set it on hiking mode. After 2 hours of walking among the tall fir trees we reach Ciucaș Chalet where we make a break of ….one hou! In fact we were waiting for one of our colleagues who finally decides to stay at the chalet. The rest of us, we continue under the generous sun and calm wind, that we have “ordered” at the meteo.
The more we go up, the more the fir trees and the rocks are covered in snow. Pictures tell it all… far away you can see the Large Tigai, and Cuțu the dog turns his head from time to time and seems to make a large smile … he knows what to expect on the mountain top. 😊
As we progress, the snow becomes bigger and bigger, and soon we make a traversing in deep snow, near a rare fir tree area. Here and there, you can see some ice and some prefer using crampons. The landscape seems taken from a fairytale… everything covered in white powder and huge ice flowers; the trees, the rocks … Nature has gone wild. When we reach Babele la sfat (The Old Women Rocks) three skiers catch us and they stop for photos. The scenery is breath taking.
We can already see the summit and in about 1h40min from the chalet, we reach it. We meet some happy hikers on the way. Up on the summit it is cold and a little bit windy. Cuțu the dog is resting. My watch shows 13:58, 4h40 of activity since we left our car and 962 m climbed.
Rodica Voicu on top of Ciucaș Mountain / photo: Mihai David
Garmin Instinct Solar / photo: Rodica Voicu
We take some impressive photos and start going down filled with true winter tales. The dog gets back in its role, happy by our side… We leave the trail for a while just to make even more photos with the rocks on the ridge and the fir trees covered in heavy snow. We continue until the chalet where a well deserved ciorba awaits us 😊. We reached the car right after sunset.
Hiking in Ciucaș Mountains / photo: Mihai David
I check my watch: it shows 16,27 km walked, 999 m elevation gain, 8h27min, 2706 kcal … and since the sun has been with us all day long, the solar intensity on the daily chart is maximum!
author: Rodica Voicu / January, 2021.