Once upon a time I wondered where to go on New Year's Eve to "and inexpensive, and nice and warm." then changes the meaning to fill the stomach food, sleep off and waste money (at least for me), you can, of course, to go to Greece or Egypt, but "beautiful".
So, for me it turned out to be the best option to go to the Crimea. Crimea - expensive pleasure, if you go savage: the main thing - to have time to buy train tickets. This is especially true of the New Year and May holidays. A rich nature here: the winter and you can see, and fall on the snow like autumn leaves and tread, and not too cold in winter.
At first, I wanted to go on their own, just to stay a week at sea, leaving one or two days to walk. But then he changed his mind and decided to go with a group: so much fun, and as shown by my practice, the best light possible to catch only to overcome difficulties when in good company.
Our journey began with the Angarsk pass. It can be reached by trolleybus from Simferopol (all 5 hryvnia), somewhere in an hour. From the pass there is a good path (and then the road) to Northern Demerdzhi. By the way - the forest, with a beautiful textured trees. Day started the storm: a large cloud sat on Demerdzhi, in the forest there was a fog. Demerdzhi I have always been associated with the weather from photographs: the mysterious forest, misty silence and autumn leaves underfoot.
A few hours we get to Demerdzhi. Weather quite deteriorated, almost nothing was visible within a radius of ten meters. Friends joked: here a sightseeing spot with beautiful views of the sea. And instead of a sea view - wet fog, frost settling on trees.
Snow on the summit of the Crimea are usually so formed: swoops misty cloud with strong gusts of wind - and condenses on something horrible. If there is a small minus - all frozen,.
In the evening we arrived at Southern Demerdzhi. In Crimea already at 5 pm darkens quickly. I had no choice but to go to bed and wait for the good weather until the morning. Rose from a tent under the rocky outcrops. There is just 2 seats under the tent and place under fire. In the morning we woke up with a crust of ice on the tent, and from the same cloud over Demerdzhi. But a few minutes the sun peeked several times, managed to remove most of the panorama of 2 rows, 10 frames, with a soft diffused light:
And one more view of 8 shots already from the main body of the pillars;
And so the morning looked more from one angle, 3 frames:
In Demerdzhi already had a lot of snow, and all the grass was beautifully laid by the wind. Another two-row panorama:
The cloud away with Demerdzhi not going. In the air hung like a wet slurry mist mixed with snow. All this is adhering to the camera, lens and finally misted:
In the most Demerdzhi growing at the edge of one of the outliers for triangulator, here is a beautiful tree. Probably, in good weather can be seen here and the sunrise and the sea. But the fog in his own good.
Down on the trail in Radiant, snow was already less.
When we reached the valley of ghosts, you have come autumn, after the winter. I went wet snow, which immediately melted. The grass was green between large boulders. And the smell of whether the fall, or spring. Mystical, magical this place - the valley of ghosts.
We descended lower and lower, have already reached the huge stones "Crocodile Gena", everything below the left in cloud:
Then we have enveloped the wet fog in the valley of ghosts. Quickly went down to the track, catch a bus to Alushta - and very soon warming up and dried in a house near the sea. House we found this: come to the bus station - it offers accommodation. And choose a house near the sea. Alushta was warm, quiet and not very crowded. New Year's mood somehow did not feel: roaring sea, sometimes dripping rain.
Alushta - old, a quiet town on the Black Sea. Destroyed piers, rusted canopies over the sea - all sleeping the winter. It is difficult to imagine that in this deserted beach are mountains of bodies of tourists in the summer. It is the Soviet Union with palm trees in miniature. Heavy place, but of course the soul of the Russian people. In winter, there is special situation: the loneliness, the shadows, the ghosts of the summer in a closed cafe, amusement forgotten.
The night falls on the city, the sea roars and breaks up on the rocks of broken breakwaters. After a couple of hours of the New Year. We come to our house. eating a little, pleasant Massandra Muscat as the fragrance of the Crimean night. Somewhere in the distance already shoot fireworks burst thud. And we are already asleep, even in Moscow, the New Year - and we get up early, go for new adventures.
At 7 am on the first day of the new year, hard to get up. But soon we were again under Demerdzhi. Again, disappointment, bad weather again. But this time, the clouds already high: the heavy sky, the cold wind. Met our comrades, they had come from Moscow, January 1: 7 people celebrated the New Year on the train. Now our task - to pass 1B pass on Demerdzhi. This couloir with small stone walls and steep takeoff. In the evening we tried to go through it, but it was too late - went back, set up tents.
In the evening I went back to the Valley of Ghosts. I really wanted to see this place at night. Blowing strong wind bore down. The wind roared in the pines, between the stones, talking and shouting at boulders Demerdzhi. It was somehow scary.
At the top, I think you could jump and fly up to the Alushta - what here the wind was blowing.
In the evening we gave each other Christmas gifts, symbolically. And the next day again we climbed the couloir and took 1B pass.
At the top was a fairy tale. This winter tale: the sun was shining, it was in the snow. Such an Crimean Lapland.
The trees all covered with snow:
On Demerdzhi offers a wonderful view of the sea, with stone pillars on the tops of the pine trees. It's time to get a telephoto.
And this is on the way to South Demerdzhi, it is now quite different than in the fog!
A tree on the top of Demerdzhi Yu:
Let's go on Northern Demerdzhi, in the side of the road and Chater-Dag. On the plateau, too fabulously beautiful: all the trees in the snow.
Meet and cyclists, and cars at the top. The sun will soon sit.
On the way took another panorama, snowy trees.
In the evening all over again overcast clouds. It is only through a small lumen managed to catch the moment when the sun winked us.
The next day, we went through a beautiful forest of winter in the autumn, from autumn to spring. And so it got to the plateau Chater-Dag, after going through the course. It was very warm, the sun was shining again. The photograph on this day is not rich. But the interesting thing happened in the evening: we got up close to Eklizi-breaker and I walked to dusk under Eklizi. Flashlight illumination side. And yet a full moon:
On the plateau offers a spectacular view of the whole of the Crimea:
Sunset lasted two hours. And over the plateau emerged very beautiful color.
smoldering flame of sunset:
And this is a big two-row view of the plateau with the glow of the sunset:
He came in the evening I was quite tired, ate a cold supper and went to bed. In the morning we woke up very early, at 3.30 to climb the Eklizi-breaker and the sunrise there.
The climb was severe, but it was easy to look at the starry sky. Soon the Eklizi all suffused with light:
So great to see the birth of the sun! In Moscow, I often find myself thinking that he would never see the sun here. All around there are houses. To work on the dark, with the work - the night too. Subway train - home. That's all the way every day. Therefore, each such birth of the sun for me - a miracle. It's a different world of light in which you live and breathe, which is happy.
With Eklizi see the sea:
And the mountains:
We will soon have descended from Eklizi down to the highway. 300 mm:
Again, we see the Southern Demerdzhi:
has gone down below to the forest:
Going down to the track, catch a trolley bus to Yalta. We took with them a lot of unnecessary (as it turned out) stuff such as cats, ropes, ice axes. We want to take more pass Ay-Petri, but changed their minds. In general, the Crimea is very difficult to combine hiking trails with the passage of difficult passes. Almost no motivation: for example, climb up, and then the tourists-mattress jeep stand. And then, through the Crimea to lug a heavy backpack with all snaryagu when everywhere - civilization. So we decided to leave all the iron in Yalta and go light on the Botkin path on the Ai-Petri. We stopped to spend the night near the trails. In the morning, watch the sunrise:
The trail is wide, to walk on it - a pleasure. Only in some places there is narrowing:
On the trail you can find such canyons:
And this is a photo taken by me 2 years ago, when I was also in the Crimea in the winter. Then the snow was more bottom, and the water flowed more strongly:
On the way, always with beautiful views of the sea:
In the evening we went to the Ai-Petri. On the road we went to the waterfall Su-Ucha, but nothing special there is not found. The waterfall was not as effective as 2 years ago. About Ai-Petri:
And this is the apex at sunset. 2 rows of 6 frames panorama.
And the sunset:
In the morning, I also wanted to see the sunrise on the Ai-Petri, but the weather was quite spoiled, nothing could be seen in the fog even in a radius of 10 m.
The fog in the twilight:
So last week in the Crimea: a bright, full of warmth of the sun during the first days of the New Year.