April 2016

Gogo in Snejkulčica (8b) in Kamena vrata @ photo by Anja Bečan Last week we saw climbing action all around Istria. The most remarkable ascents were: Italian guy Fabio De Cesero from Belluno achieved in his first 9a ever - Halupca 1979 in the big cave of Osp. Besides his first 9a redpoint, he also onsighted Helihopter v omaki (8b) in the same cave. In Mišja peč Slovakian

Domen Škofic in Medveja @ photo from his FB profile Domen Škofic has showed up after some years at a small »secret« Croatian crag Medveja. He easily onsighted Venga vecchio (8a) and Colpo di Fulmine (8b+), while for the bouldery Outdoorfingerspiele (8c) he needed only two tries after blowing his onsight attempt, of course everything in one short afternoon. Many hard routes to onsight and even

Andrea Maruna in Der Berg ruft (8b) @ Photo by Bernhard Fiedler (Andrea Maruna FB) Good weather forecast and perfect spring climbing conditions can’t keep the climbers to stay at home. The Austrian Andrea Maruna climbed the classic Der Berg ruft (8b) in the small cave on the far right side of Kompanj. Also in Kompanj, local Goran Matika aka Gogo made the first ascent of the

Luka Krajnc freed the last BIG project of the big wall in Osp – Stara (translated as “The old one”). This was the first route across the whole big wall of Osp which was done there, back in 1977, with aid climbing and was freed as the last one. The first ascensionists needed 10 days or 120 hours of effective climbing to reach the top

Yesterday, 18 years old Ukranian Fedir Samoilov, became the first Ukranian climber to clip the chains of a 9a. He succeed in Martin Krpan, the hardest route in the right part of Mišja peč. It is the 11th ascent of the route after first ascent done by strong Slovenian Jure Golob back in 2001. The futuristic line was bolted in the nineties of course by

Photo @ Vanda Michalkova in Marjetica (8b) in Mišja peč Everybody probably already heard about Adam Ondra crushing almost everything in Istria. Something else? There were so many climber for Easter holidays in Istria, for sure many hard redpoints were done. So, where to start? With the youngest, the new generation rockin around the Osp I guess? 13 years old Slovakian girl, Vanda Michalkova, just walked through Marjetica