Oslea Night Ridge is a mountain cross-country event that takes place in the Retezat Mic – Oslea – Iorgovanului Cliff area and is organized by the Valea Jiului Alpine Club. Oslea Night Ridge is, in fact, the continuation of the Iorgovanu Night Run event. The night route runs along the neighboring mountain, Oslea and maintains a vertical race pattern on the descending portion of the old night route.
The landscape is a fairy tale: two legendary mountains, Oslea and Iorgovanului Cliff, invite us to a unique competition of courage that tests the limits of all the competitors, but also the passion for mountain cross-country.
In 2019 the competition included two different teams that started from the same place:
1. Vertical Race – Iorgovanului Cliff- on the 10th of August – departure time at 09:00 a.m.
2. Oslea Night Ridge –on the 10th of August – departure time at 9:00 pm.
The Vertical Race Iorgovanului Cliff route starts at the Iarului Valey Camping area. It crosses through the entrance in the Retezat National Park through the climbing route toward the Peak that bares the same name, Iorgovanului Cliff. It is a 3.6 kilometer climb route, a difficult and demanding climb, with 800 meters difference in level. Secular deciduous and coniferous forests, alpine pastures of emerald green, stained with the colors of flowers and plants that grow only here, but also the limestone formations specific to the Retezat area and the splendid view that opens to the eyes once reached the top, make this route not just a challenge, but a delight as well. After the difficult departure, the running path turns into a progressive ascent, sprinkled with flat areas, and towards the finish it goes up to an alpine pasture, which is Iorgovanului Cliff, located at 2,014 meters altitude.
The Oslea Night Ridge route – represents, according to the organizers’ website, http://oslea.nightridge.ro, a loop that has as its starting point Iarului- Câmpusel Valley Camping site, climbs to the Jiu-Cerna Pass and crosses almost the entire ridge to Oslea mountain, with a 3 km route along the 2,000-meter line, then descending gradually through areas with alpine pastures and forest roads.
The route includes asphalt, forest road, mountain paths, challenging climbs, running routes, technical sections, climbs and descents and paths created by sheep. After more than 11 kilometers of route you will reach Ursu sheepfold – revitalization point as well as the 9th control point, from where the descent continues 2.5 km on a forest road, and after a 700 meters gentle climb you will reach the finish line – at Valea Iarului Campsite. The total distance traveled is 14.2 kilometers, with a level difference of 900 meters and 10 support point (hydration, feeding, orientation). As in the case of the Iorgovanului Cliff route, the mountain experience is absolutely necessary.
The registration calendar for the next edition, as well as the competition rules, can be found on the website http://oslea.nightridge.ro.