Piatra Mare

Posted: March 6, 2011 in Mountains

After the nice trek to Curmatura I decided to continue my knee rehabilitation with another short and easy route: Dambu Morii – Drumul Familiar – Piatra Mare Hut – Prapastia Ursului. Although I spent most of my life in Brasov I have to admit that I’ve never been on Piatra Mare. I know … shame on me.

We’ve started at 9 Am on Drumul Familiar. I have to admit that is a nice route through the woods. A little long for my taste by nice and easy.

After1,5 hours we’ve finish the woody section and entered into a beautiful glade. The sun was shining and a lot of hikers were on the track.

These are the final meters before reaching the plateau where the Hut is built.

After 2.5 hours we’ve reached the hut. The view was incredible along with the weather.

And the city of Brasov … not a very clear view.

It feels great to just sit on a rock and feel the warm of the sun …

The Piatra Mare plateau is quite big and needs more exploration this year. Its beauty is in the upper part of, after passing the long route through the wood. Next time I need to try its most famous route – 7  stairs canyon. Piatra Mare seen from the city of Brasov it doesen’t look more than, well a Big Woddy Rock, but after exploring it a bit I saw its big potential for Rock Climbing.

Because we had a lot of time we’ve decided to do some climbing also. On our way back we saw some nice cliffs on the right side of the route. Tudor and me climbed by side and mounted a rope. Unfortunately we couldn’t see the route from above and we ended up with an awful one. Tudor first gave it a try.

I also gave it a try … most of the rocks I used as holds were falling down. And several times me along with them 🙂

I had to really stretch and do some acrobatic moves to finish the route because neither of us wanted to climb again from the side to recover the rope.

Piatra Mare was a pleasant surprise for me. It has a lot of bolted routes for Rock Climbing and I’m really looking forward for the spring or another warm day to try some routes in Prapastia Ursului.

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