Author: Klemen Vodlan

Lenka Piesta - Micicova, a 45 years old woman from Slovakia crushed La Peste Nera (8b+) in Baratro. Lenka has a full time job, but still she climbs a lot. She is almost local to climbing areas around Istria, where she has been climbing from Buzet to Mišja peč/Osp to Baratro for many many years. Last summer she climbed Masochismo (8b) in Baratro and this year

Gonzalo Larrocha, a 39-year-old math teacher from Huesca, Spain, along with his wife Silvia, embarked on a memorable summer holiday along the stunning sea coast of Slovenia and Croatia. As previously mentioned in our climbing news, their journey commenced with a visit to the Osp cave. There, Gonzalo redpointed the challenging 55-meter overhang route named Helikopter v pošasti. Impressively, even in the face of sweltering

This summer has brought about a whirlwind of weather patterns. From scorching heatwaves to daily downpours, the situation has escalated to floods in the northern part of Slovenia. Nevertheless, amidst these challenges, the climbers in Istria continue to tackle hard summer sends on a daily basis. This time, let's journey from the south to the north. In the Croatian section of Istria, precisely within the Buzetski

Baratro stands as the top-notch summer spot for hardcore climbing in Istria. Being in the shade all day and benefiting from the occasional north wind, it offers ideal conditions for challenging climbing activities. As a result, many of the latest impressive ascents have emerged in Baratro. Curious about the recent climbs? Local climber from Trieste, Andrea Pustetto, successfully conquered the extension of Apache Kid (8b), while 14-year-old

Summer vibes are in full swing in Istria! The temperature has soared above 30 degrees Celsius, and the Adriatic Sea is delightfully warm. Climbers, seeking refuge from the scorching sun, have retreated to the shaded climbing areas scattered around Istria. In Italy, at the "secret" crag above Trieste called Baratro, Sebastian Castenetto completed the demanding, chipped, 40-move endurance testpiece La Peste Nera (8b+). Within the same

Klemen Bečan has completed another first ascent in Kompanj. This time, he climbed the Rainini extension, which was bolted by Goran Matika - Gogo. It provides a beautiful finish to the existing route Rainini (8b). Bečan suggests a grade of 8c and names it Go go monster. Currently, Kompanj boasts three of Klemen Bečan's 8c routes, all awaiting their first repeats: Bubamara madness (8c) and

Summer has arrived in Istria! The temperatures have already reached 30 degrees Celsius, but you can always cool down in the refreshing waters of the Adriatic Sea. It seems that Croatians don't mind the heat. Aleksandar Zagorec - Aco climbed his first 8b by clipping the chains of the first part of Helikopter v pošasti (8b) in the big cave of Osp. His colleague Igor Čorko

Ana Ogrinc Wagner achieves a remarkable feat by climbing Helikopter v omaki (8b) shortly after giving birth to her twins less than two years ago. This impressive ascent took place in the expansive cave of Osp. It's worth noting that her husband also conquered the same route a few weeks prior. You can find more information about this in the related news. Additionally, 52-year-old Polish climber

There were climbers all around Istria during the 1st of May holidays, taking advantage of the great weather, which was mainly cloudy, allowing for climbing on the south faces. Goran Matika, also known as Gogo, returned from a holiday trip in Saint Leger du Ventoux in France with his family in top shape. He immediately went back to Kompanj, specifically to spectacular sector Olymp on the

Alex Ventajas has just sent Halupca 1979 (9a) in Osp cave in just five tries. He tried the route three times last November, and on Saturday, he sent it on his second go just before the big cave of Osp got flooded. The Spaniard is no stranger to 9th grade climbs, having already climbed two 9a+'s and 10 9a's. A 17-year-old Polish climber, Martyna Syzmanska,