Essential summit info
The summit is on the northern side of Campulung Moldovenesc, accessible by crossing the Moldova River and climbing on the road to the former Deia cabin. Then it's a continuous climb to the top. Bears are known to live in the area, but so far they didn't cause trouble. GSM signal available, nice views, Bodea, Runc and Magura Rungului are visible across the town to the south. Rarau mt. is visible in the distance, too.
On this trip we were accompanied by Marian.
In Suceava the weather was pretty dry, yet overcast. In Ilisesti, 25 kilometers away, some sort of blizzard started and it snowed pretty much all the way to Campulung, where Tomnatec is.
The first two kilometers or so of climbing were done on a dirt road which at the time was covered in a thick layer of ice, which in turn was hidden under ten centimeters of fresh snow. I slipped and fell on my first step and, as pain surged through my tender ankle, uttered a few words that don't worth mentioning. I then proceeded with extra care, a solid plan considering that I only slipped and fell only twice more.
As soon as we've left the icy road, progress was a lot easier, despite the increased gradient. It snowed all the way, but it was really beautiful. At times the sun would come out which made for some dramatic visual effects. On top we've installed the antenna and rig and worked a few stations in 7 MHz, but at -10 degrees Celsius it was fairly cold. The descent was harder, slipping and sliding a lot on the snow covered grass. The thought of walking the last two kilometers on the icy road after dark bugged me a bit, but as soon as we got there I've found out that it wasn't as bad as I expected.
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