This week's Istrian rock climbing scene has been buzzing with impressive ascents across various challenging routes and crags. Let's delve into the highlights, starting with Mišja peč. Italian climber Stefano Carnati embarked on a few days of intensive training, resulting in remarkable achievements: a retroflash of Mrtvaški ples (8b) after 13 years, a training session on Missing drink (8b+) and Strelovod (8c), a flash/onsight of

Attention all climbing enthusiasts! Exciting news awaits in Rijeka as BoldeRI, the city's newest bouldering gym, is set to open its doors this Saturday at 10 AM. Conveniently located at Popovićev put 2, 51211, Matulji, BoldeRI promises an exhilarating experience for climbers of all skill levels. The grand opening festivities will kick off with a vibrant ceremony, followed by the inaugural bouldering competition of BLIK (Boulder

It is with heavy hearts that we share the somber news of the passing of Arci - Andrea Varnerin, who bravely battled a significant illness. Arci, a devoted husband and father to his son Stefano, was not only a beloved family man but also one of the most distinguished climbers and developers of climbing areas around Trieste. Arci was a pioneer of sport climbing in Trieste,

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

Merry Christmas to the entire climbing community! In the spirit of the season, Jernej Kruder received an incredible gift from Santa—a redpoint ascent of Martin Krpan (9a), the infamous "monster traverse" in Hladilnik, also known as The Freeze, situated on the right side of Mišja peč. Jernej Kruder shared his reflections on the challenging route, expressing, “I would like to expose something here: I spent many

Italian powerhouse, Stefano Carnati successfully clipped the chains of 20 meters long roof called Sanjski par extension (9a) in the left part of Mišja peč after dedicating three days of effort to it. For Carnati said: "As I moved to Slovenia for my studies, Mišja peč is one of the closest winter crags. I climbed there a few times 12 years ago and it was

Jure Piršič recently made a first ascent in Costiera, successfully clipped the chains of the long-standing project, Gratton pour homme. This vertical slab route spans approximately 15 meters, featuring delicate climbing on small holds and even smaller footholds. The proposed grade for the route is around 8b. Translated to English, Gratton pour homme means "perfume for men." It now stands as the most challenging route

Autumn has fully embraced Istria with its vibrant colors. After some initial rain at the beginning of the month, the weather has now settled into a perfect rhythm of sunshine, creating ideal conditions for challenging climbs. Our journey begins with Kompanj, a picturesque crag situated just above the medieval village of Roč. Stefano Carnati, an Italian climbing powerhouse, conquered Klemen Bečan's masterpiece All in, I'm out