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“Radu Hera – Romanian mountain guide

In mid-June 2019, I spent six days with a Romanian mountain guide called Radu Hera. I thought he was excellent, so I’ve written this post about the experience.
Some context:
I wanted to learn basic mountaineering skills and Radu agreed to teach me. Before the trip, I’d never worn crampons, held an ice axe or climbed outside. My experience amounted to several multiple-day treks and some indoor top-rope climbing. I’m sure Radu is also a great guide for people with more experience, but this review is written from the perspective of someone new to mountaineering.
 
How well does he know the area?
We spent six days in the Bucegi mountains, often on unmarked trails, and he didn’t look at a map once. He could name most of the peaks just by looking at them. He would tell me where each valley lead to and what was on the other side of each ridge. He knew the rough condition of each route before we did it (eg: “let’s go to this place, I was there a week ago and the snow is in good condition” or “we shouldn’t go there, it will be dangerous in this weather”). Radu is also friends with some of the people who run the mountain huts.
 
How experienced is he?
In our six days together, I failed to ask a question that he couldn’t answer. His climbing experience stretches far beyond Romania to the Alps and the Andes, where he has made ascents of high altitude peaks that are rarely climbed.
 
Is he a good teacher?
I felt a little embarrassed about my lack of experience before the trip, but he made me feel at ease. Since my time in Romania, I have hired two other mountain guides and can still say that Radu was the best teacher. He has worked on mountain rescue teams and therefore prioritises teaching safe techniques. Importantly, he has a way of teaching that makes you feel encouraged rather than anxious.
 
How expensive is he?
I contacted several Romanian mountain guides before my trip and found Radu to cost half as much as the next most affordable guide. Furthermore, his fee included transport, technical equipment and national park taxes, which the other guides I had contacted asked me to pay extra for. He expected me to pay for my own food and accommodation when we stayed in mountain huts, but he did not ask me to pay for his. He even let me sleep for one night at his own house so that I wouldn’t have to spend money on another night in a mountain hut. He was very kind to me and his guiding services were incredibly good value for money.
 
How good is his English?
I’m a stupid Brit, so can only speak English and yet I never struggled to understand him. His English is good.
 
Is he good company?
He isn’t the most talkative person, but when he does talk he has very interesting things to say. He told me about Romania’s history and his experience of communism.
All in all, it was a brilliant 6 days that I look back on with very fond memories even a year later. I intend to return to Romania several times in the future, because the landscapes are stunning and the people are welcoming. It is the country that I always tell people they should visit if they like the outdoors.

Piatra Craiului – trasee în abruptul vestic

În Parcul Național Piatra Craiului nu se poate circula pe trasee nemarcate decât însoțit de un ghid montan autorizat. O să mă contrazică multă lume spunând “ba uite ca eu pot, na!”. Nu arăt cu degetul spre nimeni, dar adaug și eu: nu uitați banii de amendă daca sunteți prinși de “cine-trebuie-unde-nu-trebuie”. Dixit!

În augustul torid am organizat o astfel de tură în “Crai”. Planul a fost parcurgerea unei văi de abrupt cu ieșire nu în creasta principală ci în brâurile suspendate ale acestui munte minunat.

Astfel, a fost parcurs de către o echipă de două persoane însoțită de un ghid autorizat traseul Vâlcelul cu fereastră-Brâul de sus-Brâul Ciorânga mare (ramura de nord)-Padina Popii.

Vâlcelul este un traseu relativ ușor, dar care necesită abilități minine de cățărare pe stâncă, ocolirea săritorilor fiind puternic nerecomandată.

Dacă până la intrarea în Brâul de sus orientarea a fost simplă, sau mai simplă, de aici înainte trecerea spre traseul marcat din Padina Popii nu este deloc o joacă de copii. Nici măcar o joacă pentru adulți! Pasaje aeriene cu treceri dificile, la care se folosește coarda și asigurările intermediare, dar și dificultățile de a găsi drumul corect fac din acest traseu o piesă de încercare din multe puncte de vedere.

Sunt esențiale, ca de obicei în teren de aventură, echipamentul adecvat (cască, ham etc), dar și o excelentă cunoaștere a locurilor, posibilitățile de rătăcire fiind nenumărate.

Este un traseu lung și sinuos, dar care oferă satisfacții unice și, fără să fie o realizare alpină de proporții, permite celor ce îl abordează să cunoască o zonă sălbatică și destul de puțin umblată.