Essential info for activators
Target summit: 8 points YO/EC-185 "Bivolul" - www.sota.org.uk/Summit/YO/EC-185
Our Route: We've left the car parked at the top of the Stanisoara Pass, near the huge concrete cross (Crucea Talienilor), then continued on the dirt road east-bound (it follows the ridge, more or less). When we reached the base of the mountain, we've lost the track and climbed through a difficult and very thick forrest. On the descent we've followed the planned track, which turned out to be slightly better: a very old, unmaintained trail.
GPS Track: www.wandermap.net/en/route/3543762-bivolul-yoec-185-latest/
(download the track by clicking on "Export GPS data").
GSM coverage: Not so great.
Summit conditions: Mixed, you can choose between open or forested.
Other info: Beautiful vistas. In summer you will run into many sheepfolds, dogs.
We've been 3 on this trip: Marian, YO8SSQ and YO8SBR. At the top of the Stanisoara Pass, next to the big cross, there is a huge puddle that never seems to dry out. We've left the car next to the puddle and walked on the south-east ridge dirt road. It's a pretty good surface and you can probably drive on with an SUV, but is different from that on the main road. The mud is pretty remarkable, though, being exceptionally slippery, so you might check it out first before getting stuck.
The weather was fine and the view quite spectacular. Suceava is visible from up there and so are many other peaks. The road took us through a couple of sheepfolds (unoccupied from late-autumn to spring). At the base of the main climb, the trail faded out and so we've lost it. The forest there seems pretty wild, very thick and hard to advance through. After battling the multitude of branches, we've reached the top and decided to set up the rig in the open space so we could enjoy the sunshine. It was the first time we activated a summit in 7MHz and it worked reasonably well.
Hi, we're a team of hams from Romania. We're into SOTA and other activities. Thanks for stopping by!