Winter Mountaineering Tour in Dragus - Fagaras Mountains

Just before 2009 we had a window of clear weather that lasted about two weeks - it basically spanned from 2008 to 2009. It was freezing cold and the sky was clear, at least on the top of the mountains it was.

A seven hours hike brought us to the hunting cabin, up in Dragus Ridge - Fagaras Mountains, where we had our base camp. From there we hiked up on the ridge and took photos of the beautiful landscape.

This year the weather wasn't too great and thus we didn't have the opportunity to go there. Instead of snow and frost we only had rain and mild temperatures...

Here is a short list of useful things one should have when mountaineering in wintertime:
  • waterproof winter boots
  • vacuum flask with hot tea
  • mini stove (Primus)
  • snowshoes or cross country skis
  • gaiters
  • 4 season sleeping bag (filled with down or hollow fiber)
  • wind and waterproof pants and jacket
  • telescopic trekking poles
  • crampons
  • ice axe
View whole set of photos here, taken by Alex Scurtu.

Looking forward for some snow. Cheers!

Zanoaga Ridge

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  1. Wow - those pictures are spectacular! It almost makes me wish it would snow here! I am NOT a big fan of cold weather...I tend to be happiest on warm, sunny days. But I wouldn't mind seeing snow like that at least once in my life :)

  2. I love the pictures! Looks like you guys had a blast! Just out of curiosity did you use any gaitors? If so what kind did you use? I'm going to be going snowshoeing in the Pacific Northwest soon and I wasn't sure what would be the best choice for gaiters. Thankyou for the help.

  3. Regular Cordura gaiters, nothing fancy. :-)

  4. Wow! Looks like you had a great time! I'm headng to Romania in two weeks with a friend. We're taking backcountry skis and snowshoes. How hard is it to find resources/maps in english for off-resort skiing day trips and hikes? Is there good information for avalanche safety?
    Thanks for any advice,

  5. Hi Mary!

    A good resource would be the Romanian website

    Not sure what to say about English resources coz I usually just read our guidebooks or blogs (which are in Romanian).

    For avalanche info, one should consult what we call "Buletin Nivometeorologic" which can be found here:

    This is issued periodically by the national authority on meteorology. Just click the link on the landing page and you'll get a PDF in Romanian outlining the avalanche risk on different altitude levels.

    Write me an email and tell me where exactly you want to hike. I may be of some help. Cheers!


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