The Cozia Massif rises to the left of the Olt River, across Calimanesti spa resort, and represents an association of almost radial ridges that split from Cozia Peak (Ciuha Mare), forming a unitary massif, a rocky monolith, in the central-southern part of the Southern Carpathians.
It is bordered by Lovistea Depression to the north, the Topolog River to the east, the sub-Carpathian hills of Jiblea-Calimanesti Depression to the south, and by the Olt River to the west. The highest peaks are Cozia Peak (Ciuha Mare) 1,667 m, Ciuha Mica Peak 1,627 m, Durduc Peak 1,504 m and Bulzu Peak 1,565 m.
Cozia Massif is an anticline with a series of secondary folds on the southern flank. From a geological point of view, Cozia Massif has an interesting structure. In fact, it is part of the crystalline schist area of the Southern Carpathians, and the depressions at the edge of the massif - both to the south and to the east - consist of tertiary rocks, but yet most of the central region of Cozia is made up of granite gneiss with large microclines, the so-called Cozia Gneiss.
The geology of the massif gave rise to natural formations specific to Cozia: the Olt River Gorge; the Stone Gate, Rosia Rocks, Stanisoara Gate, the Fence’s Precipice, the Dragons’ Garden, the Scissors’ Edge; Gardului Waterfall, Urzicii Waterfall. The Orthodox monasteries such as: the Monastery dedicated to the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Turnu Monastery), the Monastery dedicated to the Great Martyr George (Stanesni Monastery), Holy Trinity Monastery (Cozia Monastery), the Hermitage dedicated to the Birth of St. John the Baptist (Cozia Veche Hermitage).
The map of Cozia Massif (MN18) is the 18th map of the new Muntii Nostri collection.
The map was edited using the latest mapping techniques and it was printed on moisture resistant paper. It is easy to read and simple to use due to the mapping styles, specific to Schubert & Franzke company, and as a result of practical information structuring. It is handy and everything is exactly where it should be. The map is useful for both hiking enthusiasts and professionals.
All the trails have been recorded in the field using a GPS. They are described in detail in both Romanian and English, some trails having representative images attached to them. Each trail has a technical box containing: trail marking checked in the field, trail route, profile with major landmarks, data on difficulty, length, total ascent, total descent, round-trip time, practicability depending on the season and so on. The map also contains the UTM grid, a projected coordinate metric system useful in the quick measurement of distances on the map. Shading and contour lines highlight the landscape and facilitate orientation.
The application created for iOS and Android will dissipate the nostalgic aura of the map, giving the product the technical complexity required for this century.
Enjoy this map up on the sunny peaks of Cozia Massif, scrutinizing the horizon for the neighboring peaks, which will soon give the names of the following maps of Muntii Nostri hiking map collection.