I was pretty pleased with my activity in the mountains in 2015 having done trips from the Alps to Alaska, to Northern Africa in Morocco, and of course, climbing a lot at home in the Carpathians. Although I felt in my best shape after all those climbing days, the end of the year arrived with a few unfulfilled plans and less motivation to push things as hard as before. Changing from “summer mode” to “winter mode” when the actual winter conditions were failing to show up was even more frustrating especially during the holidays when feasting on the Christmas meals was the main “entertainment”. Now looking back I’m tempted to say: “well, we all have our ups and downs! 🙂 .
2016 settled in and I was now hopefully looking for the “ups” and the motivation I thought I’d lost.
A first winter weekend spent at Bâlea, in the Fagaras Mountains, along with Alex and Ioana, on a great weather and good climbing conditions attracted us to climb a probably new line on the West face of Vânătoarea lui Buteanu. Once we found ourselves on the face we easily lost our planned route among the small rocky spires and narrow couloirs, but kept climbing to the top and joined the last part of Adi Valean’s route.