is the president of The Romanian Mountain Club was
born in Piatra Neamt, Romania
He complete his Seven summits on
December 10, 2001 (Vinson).
Make sure you read his climbing
resume after his Seven summits list !
His Seven Summits list:
1) ELBRUS/5642m/: 1990, July: East Peak: Romanian team, summit with Ted
Tomov (Romania) 1993, June 27: West Peak: only 3 hrs 50min from Priut
reffuge; Romanian team (Viorel Tofan, Aurelian Vivirschi, Lucian Mihai,
Daniel Duta, Lucian Constantinescu, Sorin Baciu)
2) KILIMANJARO/6960m/: 1995, February 4: Marangu route, 2 days (12 hrs.of
climbing), with S.Baciu (RO)
3) EVEREST/8848m/: 1995, May 17: North Col-North Ridge-NE
Ridge, summit reached at 13.45 Nepali time, alone from first step, oxygen
used from top camp (8250m) to the bottom of 2nd step (8650m) on the way up;
international expedition led by Russel Brice (N. Zealand); *1994: we reached
8100m on a new route, NNE Face.
4) ACONCAGUA/6960m/: 1996, February 16: Normal route from Plaza de Mulas, summit
with Oliver Batar (Romania); 2 men 7 days expedition.
5) McKinley/6194m/: 1997, June 4: West Butress route, summit with Cornel
Galescu (Romania); Romanian 8 days expedition.
6) CARSTENSZ-PYRAMID/4884m/: 2000, April 25: East Ridge route, team and
summit with Joby Ogwyn (USA).
7) VINSON/4897m/: 2001, December 10: normal route, teamed with Michael Hodges
(USA); summit day: left Camp 3 the last (2 hrs. after before the last
one), arrived summit the 1st, waiting half an hour for my friend BERNARD
VOYER (Canada), 4 meters below the summit, to make last steps together !
- INTERNATIONAL CLIMBING
1990 --- CAUCASUS : Elbrus East
(5633m), Ushba-North summit (4700m)- one of the most difficult4000m-s in the
world, Pic Sciurovski (4259m), Chatin-Tau W (4200m);
--- SAXON SWITZERLAND (Germany,
Elbsandsteingebirge): Difficult rock climbing routes (6-8) ;
1991 --- CAUCASUS : Donguz Orun
(4468m) –first Romanian ascent, solo, 3 days, Ullu Tau W (4200m);
1992 --- HIMALAYA-KARAKORUM
(Pakistan): Broad Peak (8047m), August 2 – first Romanian 8000m ascent, the
only ascent of Broad Peak in 1992: a mixed group of 1 Romanian, 2 Americans
and 3 Spaniards out of 70 different alpinists from 14 countries (10 different
1993 --- CAUCASUS : Nakra
(4451m) – first Romanian ascent, Keishi (3702m) – first Romanian ascent, Nakra
Donguz Orun Traverse (7 days) –
national first, Elbrus W (5642m)- The “Roof of Europe” 3hrs50’, Pic Sciurovski
(4259m)- The North Wall / Herghiani route (TD+, 3 days) – first Romanian
1994 --- HIMALAYA : Everest
(8848m) – 8100m on a new route on the NNE Face (Tibet); several rescue actions
for some climbers in trouble from Canada, US, Italy, New Zealand.
International team including world famous woman high altitude climber Chantal
Mauduit (France); “Fair-Play Trophy”(awarded by the Romanian Olimpic
---SWISS ALPS: Monte Rosa
(4634m) – the highest Swiss summit, first Romanian team ascent; Breithorn
(4160m) – NW Wall / Welzenbach route (TD+, 2 days)- first Romanian ascent,
Matterhorn (4478m) and Rimpfischhorn (4199m) – first Romanian ascent;
1995 ---AFRICA : Mount Kenya /
Batian (5199m) – 2-nd highest in Africa, - first Romanian ascent, Point Lenana
(4985m), Kilimanjaro (5895m)-The “Roof of Africa” – 2-nd Romanian ascent in a
record time (2 days, 12hs effect.);
---HIMALAYA : Everest (8848m) –
“The Roof of the World”, North side (North Ridge/NE Ridge) – first Romanian
atop Mount Everest (17th of May), International team (Romania, N. Zealand,
France, Canada, Finland, Nepal); Emerit Master of Sport (Romanian Youth and
Sport Ministery); expedition led by Russell Brice (NZ) included Alison
1996 ---CORDILLERA DE LOS ANDES
(Argentina): Aconcagua(6985m)–“The Roof of South America” and Cerro Cuerno
(5462m) / SW Face (TD) – first Romanian ascent;
---HIMALAYA (Nepal) : Dhaulagiri
(8167m) – the world’s 7-th highest mountain, NE Ridge. leader of a Romanian
expedition , first ever to climb over 7500m; altitude reached=7850m; all high
camps destroyed by 2 weeks storm.
1997 ---SCOTLAND :
International Winter Climbing Meet organized by the British Mountaineering
Council and the Scottish Sports Council; representatives of 26 countries all
over the world; difficult mixed climbs on ice/rock/snow together with British
climbers; conferences and symposium focused on mountain environment, adventure
tourism and international mountaineering;
---ALASKA (USA) :
McKinley=Denali (6194m), “The Roof of North America”, first Romanian team
ascent in only 8 days from base camp /2200m to the top /6194m in severe arctic
conditions; 3 days blocked at 11,000 ft camp.
1998 --HIMALAYA (Tibet): Cho-Oyu
(8201m) – the first Romanian attempt on a new variant of the world’s 6-th
highest peak; altitude reached=7500m in bad, deteriorating weather (C.Lacatusu
& Cornel Galescu);
--FRENCH ALPS / CHAMONIX-MONT
BLANC: International Stage for Mountain Leaders organized by French Federation
of Mountain and Climbing (FFME) and world famous National School of Ski and
Alpinism (ENSA, France); rock and ice ascents in Mont Blanc area; Certificate
of International Mountaineering Instructor;
--HIMALAYA (Tibet): Cho-Oyu
(8201m) –SOLO- the first Romanian successful self-supported 8000m expedition,
first Romanian ascent of the mountain, the fastest Cho-Oyu ascent of the year
in only 11 days since arriving in Base Camp (5500m) to the top (24th of
1999 --HIMALAYA (Nepal):
Dhaulagiri (8167m), autumn season – International team (11 members from 5
countries of 3 continents); successful expedition on the “Mountain of Storms”;
in bad weather, Lacatusu reached the NE peak (8140m) of the summit ridge,
alone; 2 other team mates made it to the summit a day before, then weather
has changed dramatically; expedition led by Gary Pfisterer (US), fellow team
member Ginette Harrison killed in avalanche 2 weeks later;
2000 --FRENCH ALPS –
International Winter Ice Fall Climbing Meet in Les Ecrins National Park;
Member of the “Access & Conservation” commission of the UIAA (International
Union of Alpinism Associations);
--NEW GUINEEA / IRIAN JAYA (Indonezia):
Carstensz Pyramid (4884m) – “The Roof of Australia-Oceania”, first
Romanian ascent, very difficult
route (East Ridge/Messner line, probably first repeat, C. Lacatusu & Joby
2001 --ANTARCTICA – Mount Vinson
(4897m); 15 days on the White Continent. Summit reached on December, 10th.
Last step of the Seven Highest Continental Summits project.
Digital Altimeter, Barometer, Compass and Thermometer. Time/Date/Alarms.
Chronograph with 24 hour working range. Timer with stop, repeat and up
function. Rotating Bezel. Leveling bubble. Carabiner latch. E.L. 3 second
backlight. Water resistant. 4" x 2-1/4" x 3/4" 2 oz. Requires 1 CR2032
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