About me

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 the spring of 2013, again with Cosmin Andron, we managed the first ascent of Gandharva Chuli (6248m) in Annapurna Himal, alpine style by the SW ridge and the W ridge.

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.