An incredible motivation, loads of talent and a great stubbornness: this is Adrian Vălean, in short, one of the most active climbers, skiers and mountain guides in Romania.
Adrian Vălean, an IT engineer, has been noticed in our alpine community due to its expeditions and ascensions in the Caucasus, the Himalayas, the Andes, the Alps and most important for setting foundation of some of the most ample and highly specialized projects in the Carpathians Mountains from Romania.
Since we had the chance to learn more about his initiatives in the alpine field, we bring Adi closer to our community through this special interview.
Adrian Vălean / portrait in the mountains.
[D.C. – Diana Ciorba]: When and how did you decide to shift – to “traverse” – from IT engineering to mountain climbing and guiding?
Adrian Vălean: I am not sure whereas I can define exactly when and how this “traverse” happened. There have been many activities who “rolled” in parallel for a lengthy time. Nevertheless, from a professional perspective, in 2013 I completely dropped out of the office and dedicated myself entirely to the mountains.
[D.C.]: What is the story behind the expression ”Free Country” ?
Adrian Vălean: It is as it is because the mountain has always been the land of those who assume the harsh paths of Freedom.
Adrian Vălean / ice climbing.