Essential summit info
Target summit: 8 pointer YO/EC-065 "Pietrosu" - https://summits.sota.org.uk/summit/YO/EC-065
Our Route: By car: Suceava - Câmpulung Moldovenesc - Pojorâta - Chiril - Zugreni Lodge (and back). On foot: Zugreni Lodge - Bogolinu Peak - Pietrosu Peak - Cojoci - Chiril - Zugreni Lodge (21 km).
GPS Track: http://www.wandermap.net/en/route/3639170-zugreni-pb-cojoci/
(download the track by clicking on "Export GPS data").
GSM coverage: Decent.
Summit conditions: Exposed, rocky, bushy, no real shade. In 2020 could open at least three repeaters (Suceava, Rarau, Toaca).
Left Suceava at 8 in the morning and picked up Marian on the way. As the traffic was light we've decided to approach Pietrosu from Pojorîta to Chiril (not as planned initially, from Frasin to Chiril via Ostra). Climbing started at 11 at the Zugreni Lodge. The lodge is on an island formed by two of Bistrita's River branches and is currently closed. On the first kilometer the trail poses a few slipping risks, although chains are mounted on the more sketchy parts. Still, careful foot placement and some handwork is required. After we crossed the river the second time (off the island), we've encountered a short rocky climb. Climbing up is fairly easy, even though there is one section with no holds and no rock either, just slippery dirt. Climbing down is another story and I wouldn't advise it unless you know what you're doing. From there onward the trail is safe, but steep. You gain 1 kilometer of altitude in about 4 kilometers of trail. The mountain is forested for the most part, except the top section. Some alpine shrubs tend to block the trail, but this time the trail was cleared recently for some running contest. The vistas at the top are really special - you can see Suhard, Rodnei, Călimani, Ceahlău, Bistriței Mts, Stînișoarei Mts, the Rarău and Giumalău peaks. The river below and the villages are also a very cool sight.
Met four tourists on the way up who were descending via our route. We climbed Pietrosu in 4 hours. As many of the local radio hams were out of the area, the activation failed. I only got two valid contacts (YO8BDV and YO8CLN, thank you both for the contacts!).
Around 1600 hrs we went down by continuing on the trail away from the starting point for about 1.5 kilometers. Near the top we met another three guys going up - busy day. Then we took a left turn and followed a creek off the mountain. Amazingly, the creek posed no problems and we actually made very good progress walking directly on the bedrock. The 12 kilometer stretch of dirt and tarmac roads that followed killed our feet and is, by far, the most hurtful.
Hi, we're a team of hams from Romania. We're into SOTA and other activities. Thanks for stopping by!