Walking and trekking guidebook to Romania's Carpathian Mountains. one of the wildest parts of Eastern Europe. This is a complete guide to exploring the Carpathian mountains and Transylvania, including both remote and more popular areas, such as Poiana Brasov, with detailed descriptions of main bases and ranges, and over 30 massifs, including the Eastern Carpathians, the Maramures, the Apuseni and Mountains of Banat and the Monasteries of Bucovina. The routes range from short, half-day excursions to 7 day hikes. The guidebook has over 40 maps and colour photographs and packed with vital information on language, local sights and attractions, travel issues, skiing, mountain biking and walking. Isolated for a long time, Romania's Carpathians offer some of the finest walking in Europe. There are well waymarked paths, adequate maps and a good network of mountain huts. More than just beautiful landscapes, Europe's wildest mountains offer a chance to discover a European scene that has now disappeared further west. There is a remarkable wealth of wildlife, the region being one of the last European strongholds of the wolf and bear. The author, James Roberts was a leading authority on walking in Romania, and guided walking groups there for several years. Sadly, although quite young, he died while this book was in the final stages of preparation.
James Roberts finished work on his guide to Romania just before his untimely death in 2002. Since the revolution he had spent more than half of every year in Romania and had travelled throughout the country. An experienced solo backpacker here, as well as in the Himalaya, the Atlas and other areas, he worked as a leader of mountain-walking and wildlife groups. Married to Elena, a Romanian, James spoke the language and had an unrivalled knowledge of the country, having explored every massif solo on foot. With his detailed knowledge of the human and natural history of the country, he was an expert interpreter of the Romanian scene.
Chapter Two: The Bucegi Massif Itinerary through the Bucegi massif Chapter Three: East of the Prahova The Piatra Mare massif The Garbova and Baiului The Ciucas massif Chapter Four: The Mountains around Brasov Across the Postavaru massif Chapter Five: The Piatra Craiului and Iezer-Papusa Massifs The Piatra Craiului The Iezer-Papusa massif Chapter Six: The Fagaras Chain Itinerary along the Fagaras ridge The Cozia massif Chapter Seven: From the Olt to the Jiu The Cindrel massif The Latoritei ridge The Parang massif The Sureanu massif The Capatan massif The Lotru massif Chapter Eight: The Retezat Mountains The Valcan massif The Retezat The Tarcu massif Chapter Nine: The Mountains of Banat Itinerary Chapter Ten: The Mountains of Maramure[ The Gutai mountains The Rodna mountains Chapter Eleven: The Apuseni Mountains The Gilau massif The Trascau The Bihor-Vladeasa region Chapter Twelve: The Eastern Carpathians The Suhard massif The Bargau massif The Rarau-Giumalau massif The Caliman massif The Ceahlau massif The Hasmas massif and Lacu Rosu The Harghita massif The Muntii Ciucului The Bodoc massif The Vrancea massif and Penteleu Chapter Thirteen: The Monasteries of Bucovina Itinerary