Head circumference? Horrific cliff? Huckleberry Crawford? …or simply HardCore crag between Buzet and Roč. For a long time in plain sight, for a long time not interesting, deemed too hard at first sight. But not for Klemen Bečan, who kindly added a couple of 7s for common mortals to his hobby projects. But a second sight reveals much more potential, once the wall is cleared and explored – let‘s hope it happens soon.
Drive from Buzet towards Roč. After a small ascent you will drive through the village Selca. Continue for 1,5 km, when the road turns right, you take the turn left to a narrow road towards Strana (this road will also take you on top of Pandora). When you see the crag on your right, park your car beside the road.
N 45°24’24.2”, E 14°00’22.1
The wall is not overhanging apart from a few small roofs, so you will need nice weather without too much heat. The shade from the trees can extend the climbing season in HC.
The routes are mostly vertical with hard cruxes, often at the start. Strong fingers, perfect technique and sometimes dynamic solutions are the key to success. For some routes it seems that they favour tall climbers. Since the routes are new, the rock can sometimes be loose. But they are bolted nicely and the base of the crag is comfortable.
People with children (did you seriously bring them here to climb?), be mindful – under the crag lies the road, although the traffic is almost non existent. Some climbers think the grades are quite harsh.
SLEEP we had experienced…
Apartments Dolores, Roč 57, 52425 Roč, Croatia
Peacefully set in historic little village of Roč, under the famous climbing area Kompanj, Apartments Dolores enjoy a green surrounding and offer fully equipped modern apartments with kitchen and terrace, as well as free WIFI and private parking. You can choose between a big apartment for 4-5 persons or a small one for 2. They offer offroad 4-wheel drive adventure in the heart of Istria and are willing to pick you up on the nearest airports and drive you to the crags if desired.
Agroturizam Cerovac, Roč 58, 52425 Roč, Croatia
In the center of the picturesque medieval village Roč, under the rocks of Kompanj lies Agroturizam Cerovac. It has a big camping and 3 apartments for 18 person. Camping costs 10€ and apartment 15€ per person. They offer as well on demand prepared breakfast for 4€ and dinner for 8€ per person. A really beautiful venue, only 25 kilometers away from the sea and just couple of minutes from some of the best crags in Istria. Please, make a reservation!
ROUTES (from left to right):
|Napaka v sistemu||P||15 m|
|Velikonočni zajec||7b||15 m|
|Welcome to HC||8a+||15 m|
|Pterodaktil style||8b||15 m|
|Ak si kraći, skači||7a+||15 m|
|Super Krek||6c||15 m|