Ascent of Peleaga on 2014-09-25
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Thursday, September 25, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||8232 ft / 2509 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAfter my Parangul ascent I drive back down to Petrosani then an unusually easy drive along a good road leads to Ohaba de sub Piatra where I turn L (N45.546, E22.9896). Just after a river bridge the road becomes unpaved and the last 6km are slow, needing care in places.
Apparently it is forbidden to drive beyond Carnic N45.43407 E22.89347, although I accidentally drive 1km further, discovering it's pretty rocky, then checking my notes and driving back to the last buildings, where at Carnic in Cabana Codrin I enjoy a simple meal and a beer and take a bed in a dorm (which I have to myself) - all for about £12.
Next morning I start hiking at 0650, first light, frosty. Walk 4x4 road then L at N45.40749 E22.88559, 1368m onto trail, stepping stones, footbridge: trail then turns immediately L following riverbank before climbing thru nice forest. I fork L at N45.39999 E22.88351 signposted Valea Rea; neat footbridge; trail then turns L downstream before climbing away from river. At deep boggy section I keep a bit R inside wood,4 keeping feet dry, rejoining trail 50m further on. Trail climbs steadily, out of woodland, thru pine scrub, crosses a rocky bluff, then open grass and rock terrain where I follow a cairned route: seem to be very few paint markings. Martin Richardson came this way a month ago and his track is very useful, as is openstreetmap although less accurate here.
Scenery is impressive with plenty of rock glowing in the early sunshine. I keep R of a boggy stream then follow cairns across a boulder field (mapped trail is too far L) to gain paintmarked path traversing slopes of Papusa heading for the Peleaga col.
Gaining the col I decide to first visit Varful Papusa as it is mapped as only 1m lower than Peleaga hence needing a precautionary visit. Good slightly intermittent trail thru stonefields: boot prints of an earlier party. Sign at summit (N45.36987 E22.90796) indeed reads Papusa 2508m. However my GPS reads only 2504m after settling for a few minutes - elsewhere in Romania it has generally read c.5m higher than mapped elevations. I visit the cairned summit 130m to SE, N45.36891 E22.90909: probably 1m lower.
I head down, checking the saddle elevation N45.36948 E22.89767, 2283m suggesting P220m for the non ultra. Decent trail up Peleaga, snowy higher up; nice little arete (easily avoidable) leading to the summit boulder N45.36565 E22.89283, 2519m. I'm reading 15m higher than on Papusa; comparison with background hills behind Papusa which are considerably lower, seems to confirm Papusa is significantly lower then Peleaga. A little further R (SE), yesterday's snowy summit Parangul is very clear.
This is my 200th ultra, as I'd expected for some months that it would be. Fine scenic summit for the occasion; nice dusting of snow; nice weather too.
I follow MR's route down the NW ridge then shortcut R on a route shown on openstreetmap. No sign of a trail on the ground (possibly hidden by snow) but the crucial descent point is marked by cairn at N45.36915 E22.87978 then trail descends R before cutting sharply back L and dropping beneath a crag. I then descend a boulder slope then follow mapped line (again nothing seen on ground) across grass and stony ground to join obvious paintmarked trail at N45.37309 E22.87405 which I follow down past Gentiana hut, further down crossing a bouncy footbridge, passing a couple of parties of walkers, the first of the day. Lower down I branch R at xxxx and soon rejoin my upward trail thru forest, which I follow down via the footbridge to the 4x4 road which I follow back to car.
Timings: 3h40 to Papusa; 20 mins at summit; 50 mins to Peleaga, 15 mins at summit; 2h40 back to car. I'm quickly on my way as it's a fair drive to my next summit Bihor / Cucurbate Mare and I want to avoid night driving if I can. Just as well, as the road is being widened...
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||5608 ft / 1709 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||5608 ft / 1709 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||14 mi / 22.6 km|
| Grade/Class:||YDS 1 (2)|
| Quality:||7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Breezy, Clear|
| Gain on way in:||5608 ft / 1709 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 4886 ft / 1490 m; Extra: 722 ft / 220m|
| Loss on way in:||722 ft / 220 m|
| Distance:||7.8 mi / 12.6 km|
| Route:||Valea Rea|
| Start Trailhead:||Carnic (N trailhead) 3346 ft / 1019 m|
| Time:||3 Hours 40 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||4886 ft / 1489 m|
| Distance:||6.2 mi / 10 km|
| End Trailhead:||Carnic (N trailhead) 3346 ft / 1019 m|
| Time:||2 Hours 45 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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