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Climbing the big classic alpine faces – Croz Spur Grandes Jorasses

The Croz Spur on The North Face of Grandes Jorasses This spring I managed to take another step forward in my project called "Alpine Adventures" and returned to Chamonix with the goal in mind to climb bigger routes than I usually climb in the area and something more attractive and challenging. I partnered up again with Alex Prigoana who has already become the most constant and like-minded climbing partner for "scarry, bold and unplanned style" climbing. I am pretty sure we both had the same main climbing objective in mind but neither of us would have said it out loud, [...]

Climbing the big classic alpine faces – Croz Spur Grandes Jorasses2020-06-28T15:03:55+00:00

Gastein Ice

I have been planning for a couple of years a short return in the winter season in the Austrian Alps. As this is a favourite destination for my skier friends, I wanted to look for far more interesting ways to spend a few days in these mountains besides skiing. In my case, this time ICE seemed to be the main attraction and in Austria there is plenty of ICE.... I chose to meet the Ice Giants. And the best place to do that is near Bad Gastein, in Anlauftal valley. I joined forces with Alex Sava (climber and photographer) and [...]

Gastein Ice2020-06-28T15:03:56+00:00

Cuxi Memorial Weekend

In the photo: Cuxi (Alexandru Brăduț Ștefan) on his solo ascent of Matterhorn on August 12, 1982. I recently returned from the Retezat Mountains where I was grateful to attend as I traditionally do, year by year, the Cuxi Memorial Weekend. Even if the weather didn't promisse to be very friendly a large group of friends and colleagues from the Romanian Alpine Club joined the event at the Gentiana Hut. Cuxi (Alexandru Bradut Serban) was a very talented young climber in the early 80's who was tragically killed in an avalanche while descending from Pietrele Ridge not far away from Gentiana [...]

Cuxi Memorial Weekend2020-06-28T15:03:56+00:00

TOPO – Peretele Caltun-Lespezi

Pentru că am fost recent în zona Călțunului (vezi aici) dar și pentru că am devenit curios de istoria mai recentă a ascensiunilor acestui perete am considerat utilă inițiativa de a începe realizarea unui topo al peretelui Căltun-Lespezi. Cautând informații pe internet și apoi întrebând alpiniștii despre care știam că s-au mai cățărat pe acest perete am reușit să trasez peste o fotografie de ansablu liniile traseelor parcurse de ei. Redau mai jos câteva informații generale: Peretele Călțun - Lespezi este localizat în vecinatatea Lacului Călțun din Muntii Fagarasului, prezintă o expunere nordică și culminează în punctul cel mai înalt [...]

TOPO – Peretele Caltun-Lespezi2020-06-28T15:03:56+00:00

Alpiniști clujeni hoinărind prin Mont-Blanc

Dragi prieteni, Clubul Alpin Universitar Cluj vă invită marți 03 februarie 2015 începând cu orele 20:00 la Casa Tiff, strada Universității nr.6 să urmăriți o compilație de prezentări foto și video despre trasee parcurse de alpiniști clujeni, ai clubului nostru, în Masivul Mont Blanc. La poalele Mont Blanc-ului, se află pitorescul orășel de munte Chamonix, așa-zisă capitală mondială a alpinismului. Acest loc de întâlnire preferat de toți oamenii de munte este și punctul de pornire pentru sute sau chiar mii de trasee de alpinism pentru toate gusturile și de toate dificultățile. Avem plăcerea să vă prezentăm o mică parte din [...]

Alpiniști clujeni hoinărind prin Mont-Blanc2018-01-23T20:04:08+00:00

BPTL – Peretele Călțunului

Când nu apuci să îți faci un plan bun de weekend din timp și lași totul pe "ultima sută" sunt șanse mari să nu faci mare lucru. Dar, se mai întâmplă uneori, dacă se mai aliniază un pic și planetele, să iasă un weekend super fain. La mine totul "s-a organizat" cam așa: Coechipierul ''Suna telefonul vineri pe la prânz: "Dude, ce faci în weekend? Ai chef să ne "rupem" pe ceva traseu?" Era, evident... Alex Prigoană. Obiectivul Tot Alex: "Hai să facem Peretele Călțunului! Oricum vroiai să-l faci, așa că, hai să mergem mâine! Vremea e bună, le putem [...]

BPTL – Peretele Călțunului2020-06-28T15:03:56+00:00

Back to the old playground

Years ago, during my studies in Cluj-Napoca, I chose to attend a two days local climbing camp. I can't really remember what exactly drove me to try it, but I am sure I was as a curious person back then as I am right now. I couldn't learn everything about climbing safety and techniques that weekend. What I remember is the cold weather, receiving so much information in a very short period of time and a lot of hardware around me I had never seen before. At the end of the climbing camp everything was a mess in my head, [...]

Back to the old playground2020-06-28T15:03:56+00:00

First Ice Climbing & Dry Tooling for 2015

As I've almost forgotten the last year's winter climbs with freezing belays, spindrifts, screaming barfies, wet ropes and cold metallic carabiners dangling around the waist, I felt the need to experience all these feelings again on my first weekend in the mountains in 2015. Although climate change may have delayed the start of the ice climbing season by a few weeks mostly everywhere (compared to last year), this last week the temperatures dropped below 20 degrees Celsius in Cluj. The thought came to my mind: let's go check the waterfall from Rachitele... it might have frozen! And yes, on Saturday I [...]

First Ice Climbing & Dry Tooling for 20152020-06-28T15:03:56+00:00

Looking for the winter

Winter was about to settle in the Carpathians and I was keen to taste some climbing somewhere close to home. The weather forecast wasn`t very promissing so we chose the Retezat Mountains where I knew we could try some climbing routes regardless the weather. We were a little disappointed to see there was no snow lower in the valley. There was no snow in the forest either, so we enjoyed an approach along the Pietrele Valley filled with lots of green grass and wet boulders. Higher up we noticed the grey clouds covering the peaks and we saw that winter [...]

Looking for the winter2020-06-28T15:03:56+00:00

Discovering Taghia. Climbing in an arid paradise

On September 1st I flew to Marrakech to join the rest of the "Climb Again" project team. Along with Cosmin Andron, Claudiu Miu, Hargur Jaggi and Nora Dorian I was up for this interesting adventure meant to prove that anybody passionate and motivated enough can climb. I had heard a lot of nice stories about the town of Marrakech and indeed, I really liked the atmosphere, the culture and the people. Exhibiting a strong influence of the western culture - shopping malls, McDonalds, fancy cars - and thousands of tourists on the streets, it was the old town of Marrakech that [...]

Discovering Taghia. Climbing in an arid paradise2020-06-28T15:03:57+00:00

Mihnea Prundeanu. Alpinist. Geographer. IFMGA Mountain Guide.

I love the mountains and the sports. I also love to travel, to discover the beauty of nature, to meet new people and learn about different cultures. My semi-nomadic lifestyle revolves around my family and my two passions: alpinism and geography, that have blended so well together. I believe that authentic alpinism means exploration, discovery of new ways of getting to the top, minimalist, fast and clean ascents and these are the values I try to reflect in my personal projects.

Mihnea Prundeanu. IFMGA Guiding with Alpine Tours.

My passion for the mountains started when I was a child when I would often make small excursions around the city or go camping with the scouts. Since then I visited or guided expeditions in the Alps, Himalayas, Andes and other remote areas. When I am not involved in personal projects I enjoy sharing my passion for the mountains with those wishing to discover it. To get in touch, you can write at mihnea@mihneaprundeanu.com.

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