Another nice new interesting climbing addition close to the village Roč, near the big classic area of Kompanj, which shares the same parking lot as the small cave RockNRoč. Twenty routes in grade range from 6a to 8a offer nice climbing in gently overhanging wall full of stalactites, jugs and edges, all around 15 meters long. The approach is short and the climbing area is well appreciated in winter sunny afternoons when it is blessed with sun. Moreover it offers a beautiful view towards Buzet.
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 just before the train rails on the left side of the road. From the car continue by foot on a small trail which starts around 10-20 meters before the rails going left. Passing some small meadows and small trees you will in around 2 minutes reach some fixed ropes on the top of the wall. Descend using them and you will get under the wall of Sunset rock.
The crag is blessed with sun in the winter afternoons, so the climbing here is possible from autumn till spring. In the morning you can always find some shade while the sun in the afternoon will for sure warm you up. After rain tufas remain wet for quite a while.
The rock is typical Istrian limestone. Routes are still new, so maybe the helmet for the belayer would be a nice option.
You don’t need more than a 50 meter rope and a set of 10 quickdraws. Mind taking the helmet, at least for the belayer.
Holds vary from jugs, stalactites, edges to pockets and sloppers. Some routes are more slabby, some are more steep. Everyone can find a challenge for their own desires. Although the routes at the beginning appear to be quiet short, they are in fact not, so you will get pumped in them for sure.
The small cave of RockNRoč shares the same parking as Sunset rock and has as well a short approach. So if you feel still fresh and well prepared to try something harder and even much steeper, it’s for sure worth a visit.
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!
ROUTES (from left to right):
|Holy diver||6a||12 m|
|I am on my way||6c||13 m|
|Always the sun||6c+||13 m|
|Enter sandman||7b+||13 m|
|10000 days||8a||12 m|
|Wish you were here||6c||14 m|
|Kill Bill||6c||15 m|
|Dirty deeds||7b+||15 m|
|On the road again||6b+||12 m|
|Easy livin||6c||11 m|