RockNRoč is a small impressive cave that you see high up on the left side of the road towards Roč (Kompanj), short after passing the village of Čiritež. After rainy days it is blessed with a scenic waterfall falling down over the center of the cave. The routes are mainly short but nice with typical limestone formations of Istria. For those who like short approach, steep routes and a peaceful climbing area, this is the destination you were looking for.
Enter in the medieval Roč, drive through it and on the end of the village you will find the big Cimos (Citroen) factory on your right side. Park here at the beginning! From the parking lot go a bit back until the last evident meadow on your rihgt side of the road. Pass it on not so obvious trail till you reach the tree with the fixed ropes to help you descend and reach the crag. 5 minutes in total.
The cave is south-west oriented that’s why it offers perfect climbing in winter afternoons. There are no trees to get some shade, so if you are in spring or in autumn try to reach it as early as possible. The sun afterwards will burn you out. In summer better check for some other areas. After rainy periods there is a waterfall falling, so the stalactites in the routes remain wet for a while and also the ground gets quite muddy and not so pleasant.
The rock quality is prime as well the routes were equipped recently and in a proper way.
You don’t need more than a 50 meters rope and a set of 10 quickdraws.
The climbing over there is mainly super steep and on good holds (tufas, jugs,…) except of the »warm up« routes on the left and on the right side of the cave. They are vertical on a perfect solid Istrian limestone in a vertical rock full of edges, pockets,…
The Sunset rock area shares the same parking as RockNRoč and has as well a short approach. So if you get tired of hard routes but remain still in the will to climb some easier ones check it up, it’s for sure worth a visit. The routes are much better than they appear at first.
SLEEP we had experienced…
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 8€ 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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