I was born in 1984 in Romania. My initial profession was that of civil engineer while now I work full time as mountain guide. I’m a fully certified IFMGA Mountain Guide and member of the East European Mountain Guides Association (EEMGA) and the Syndicat National des Guides de Montagne (SNGM).
Following 9 years of competitive track and pole-vault I began climbing in 2004 after joining the Romanian Alpine Club. Beginning with 2005 I took part in numerous bouldering, sport climbing and ice climbing competitions in which I managed to win, by 2016, 36 prizes of which 20 first places.
In 2011 I ranked 6th in the speed competition at the Ice Climbing World Cup at Busteni and in 2012 I ranked as 8th in the same international championship.
Climbs I’m proud of:
In 2008 I reached the summit of Khan Tengri (7010m) by the by the North -East ridge. This was my first major expedition (not counting Elbrus before that) and my first foray into high altitude. Although I climbed in a traditional style this expedition opened my appetite for more and better.
In the autumn season of 2011 I attempted, together with Cosmin Andron (RO) and Waiwah ‘Geordie’ Yip (UK) a new route, alpine style, on the South West face of Shishapangma (8013m) in the Himalaya. We reached 7200m from where we were forced to retreat.
In autumn of 2014, Bhagirathi I (6856 m), SW face, attempt of a new line. 27-29 September, Garwahl, India, again with Cosmin Andron.
Spring of 2016 found us in Zanskar, India where we attempted T13 (6436 m by the, NW Ridge, attempt that ended at 5900m, on 11 June 2016. We were in the team: Cosmin Andron (RO), Prerna Dangi (IN) and Karn Kowshik (IN).
In the same expedition I managed, however, together with Cosmin Andron the first ascent of T16 South Summit (6431m), S face, “Supercouloir” +1200m, ED snow 75* max, WI 4+, M5/6, 6b, C1, 15-17 June 2016, Zanskar, India.
I regularly take part in bouldering and rock climbing competitions and I enjoy all aspects of mountaineering, including those that see me on skis.