January 2024

Winter in Istria this year is treating us well. The weather conditions have been excellent—sunny, dry, and crisply cold. As a result, numerous challenging ascents have been accomplished on a daily basis. Let's highlight a few notable ones from the past weeks. Italian powerhouse Stefano Carnati returned to Mišja peč and Osp. In Mišja peč, he likely achieved the first onsight ascent of the crimpy Lahko

Stefano Carnati sent Xaxid hostel (9a) in Mišja peč. The route was first ascended by Tomasz Mrazek in 2009 and initially graded as 9a+. Stefano, currently pursuing a Ph.D. in environmental chemistry in Ljubljana, has become a regular visitor to Mišja peč lately. A month ago he already redpointed Sanjski par extension (9a). Sharing the triumph on his Instagram, Stefano reflected on the rare ascent of:

First of all, happy and healthy 2024! We wish you lots of of fun on the rocks! New year holidays in Istria passed with mainly great weather, so many climbers came here and even more hard routes were climbed everywhere around Istria. Pepa Šindel, a talented 16-year-old climber from the Czech Republic, enjoyed a highly productive week at Mišja peč. His achievements included the successful