For those tired of the crowd in Kompanj, there is a more private, lonely crag in the near vicinity – for a good reason. (For now) just a few routes offer quite a challenge to mostly better climbers, especially those skilled in climbing extreme overhangs and with a bit of a bouldering touch. They can be very impressed, once they get to know the crag. There is still room for new routes.
If you can get to Roč, you‘re almost there. Drive towards Kompanj, where at the intersection at the cemetery you take the left turn. The parking space is small. Please try to park as unobtrusively as possible before you cross the railway, then cross it on foot and soon turn left over the small bridge into the forest. From here the path is short and clear.
N 45°23’55.88”, E 14°3’18.90”
The trees offer shelter and shade, but spring and autumn are still the best times. You can climb also in the rain, but the routes tend to get wet after a while.
Krkuž is relatively new and well equipped. Quickdraws that hang in the routes can be very worn out. The rock is still a bit loose, but will be OK, once it clears. You will crumble footholds often. There is a lot of room under the wall. The routes are short, mostly 20 meters. But they are bolted close together, so bring at least 10 quickdraws. The routes are very specific and hard, mostly on overhangs and roofs. You need a lot of strength and extremely good technique for climbing in the roof. Because of that even any small hold or sloper is quite a crux, and there are plenty of those.
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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!
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