Ascent to Moldoveanu-Varful Vistea Mare on 2011-09-26

Climber: Nick Down

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, September 26, 2011
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Moldoveanu - Varful Vistea Mare
    Elevation:8291 ft / 2527 m
    Remaining Elevation:55 ft / 16 m (1% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

An unsuccessful attempt to climb Moldoveanu from the Capra Bend on the Fagaras Road. I followed the yellow triangle markings and the rusty wire protection of the Three Steps From Death and then the ridge route as far as Varful Vistea Mare with only a short notched ridge Moldoveanu. I felt a strong sense of foreboding, whether a premonition or simply a manifestation produced by tiredness I don't know, and turned back, spending the night in a survival bag on the flat summit of Arpasul Mare rather than tackle the Three Steps by head torch.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:8291 ft / 2527 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Headlamp, Ski Poles, Bivouac
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:8291 ft / 2527 m
    Start Trailhead:0 ft / 0 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Capra Bend - Varful Vistea Mare (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Vârful Paru de Fier2011-09-26 
2Arpasul Mare2011-09-26 
4Saua Podragului2011-09-26 
5Saua Podul Giurgiului2011-09-26 
6Saua Uci Mari2011-09-26 
7Saua Orzanele2011-09-26 
8Viștea Mare2011-09-26 
9(Attempt) Moldoveanu2011-09-268291 ft / 2527 m
Total Trip Gain: 8291 ft / 2527 m

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