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News from the climbing scene in Istria

Klemen Bečan in Žila (8b+) in Krkuž @ photo by Anja Bečan

What happened on the climbing scene during the last days in Istria?

We can start with women this time. Lana Skušek climbed her hardest route, the long and beautiful Kaj ti je deklica (8b+) in Mišja peč. Vita Lukan took down the powerful Missing drink (8b+) on her second go.

Young and strong Andrea Chelleris returned to Mišja peč and redpointed the classic Mrtvaški ples (8b).

15 years old Pole climber, Tymon Herod, succedded in Sonce v očeh (8a+) and Corto (8a) in Mišja peč, while in Pandora he did Neytiri (8a).

In the big cave of Osp, Croatian teenager Adrian Grbac Lacković onsighted his...

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Martin Bergant on a sendtrain in Mišja peč

Photo @ Mišja peč in the evening

Slovenian World Cup competitor, Martin Bergant, was on a sendtrain in Mišja peč. He had two amazing days. First day he completed the first part of crimpy and bouldery Človek ne jezi se (8c). Next day he crushed another 8c, the powerful classic Talk is cheap in the left part of Mišja peč.

Teenagers from Balvanija bouldering center in Ljubljana visited Mišja peč again. 12 years old Tia Brnot Mrak ticked Oktoberfest and Mozaik (both 8a), Isak Naja climbed Samsara (8a), which was done also by Nace Sedmak. Crazy strong these teenagers! More to come for sure!

Projekt OSP has rebolted easy routes on the far right side of Mišja peč.

Photo @ Mišja peč today

Last weekend Slovenian teenagers visited Mišja peč. 12 years old Tia Brnot Mrak cruised the classic power endurance Mrtvaški ples (8b), while 17 years old Sara Čopar succeeded in Kaj ti je deklica (8b+) on her third go. Martina Čufar did the first female ascent of this amazing 35 meters long route back in 1997 as the fifth female on the world redpointing 8b+. Deklica (8b+) was also climbed by Lan Mastnak. Sara also sent the first part of Chiquita (8a), with ease on her second go. Bright future ahead of us!

Last Saturday, Projekt OSP reequipped the easy routes on the left part of Mišja peč. Great work, guys! This Sunday they are rebolting in the central part of Mišja peč, so please keep...

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Martin Krpan (9a) by 13 years old Andrea Chelleris

Photo @ Andrea Chelleris in Martin Krpan (9a) in Mišja peč

13 years old Andrea Chelleris has done his first 9a, Martin Krpan in Mišja peč. Interesting, at the same age, also Adam Ondra succeeded in his first 9a by clipping the chains of Martin Krpan (9a).

Martin Krpan (9a) was first ascended by Slovenian Jure Golob back in 2001. The futuristic line was bolted in the nineties of course by Tadej Slabe. It is about 60 moves long power endurance route without any proper rests. It starts in the first part of Strelovod (8c) and finishes almost through the whole of Konec mira (8c/c+).

Martin Krpan is a fictional character from the short story written by Fran Levstik back in 1858. A smuggler by profession, he makes a living by illegally transporting English salt. With the help of...

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Alex Megos does Martin Krpan (9a) on 2nd go

Alex Megos in Martin Krpan (9a) in Mišja peč @ photo by Franko Bilić

After not getting in to the finals, lots of World cup competitors showed up in Mišja peč on Saturday. The highlight of the day was Alex Megos's second go ascent of Martin Krpan (9a). The redpoint looked quite easy, like Alex had still some juice left in the tank. He found it soft, but admitted that it suited his style perfectly. After he did also Konec mira (8c/c+), Marjetica (8b+) and Missing drink (8b+). Marjetica was climbed on second go by two Swiss climbers, Dimitri Flick and Nino Grunenfelder.

German Martina Demmel onsighted the easier variation of Pingvin (8a).

In freshly re-opened Baratro young Andrea Chelleris crushed Il sicario sanguinario (8c) and "onsighted" Apache kid lunga (8b). The first part he tried like five years...

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Baratro is re-opened!

Photo @ Baratro

Baratro is re-opened! Thanks to association "Proghetto Verticale Trieste"! Please follow the rules written here!

Climbing area Baratro

Association "Proghetto Verticale Trieste" welcomes all the climbers.

Association was founded to save the access and frequency of the climbing areas around Trieste and the first result is in saving this magnificent climbing area named Baratro. It is wanted to mantain direct communication with all the climbers.

Anyways, you are asked not to share the GPS location of the spot, climbing guidebooks or lists of the routes.


• Respect the signs for access and park on a main road in civil manner.
• It is asked to act...

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Fabrizio Masoch climbs his first 8c

Fabrizio Masoch in Helikopter v pošasti (8c) in the big cave of Osp @ photo by Carla Buscaglia

35 years old Fabrizio Masoch climbs his first 8c by adding Helikopter v pošasti (8c) in the big cave of Osp to his ticklist. Helikopter v pošasti (8c) is a 55 meters long tufa wrestle that starts in Helikopter v omaki (8b) and after the chain turns to the left to finish in Osapska pošast (8c). It is characterized as an endurance route on tufas. The summer heat and lots of humidity in the last days didn't help him, but Trieste based climber resisted and clipped the chains. His hardest routes until now were La peste nera (8b+) and La Supercanna (8b) in Baratro. He is climbing for 10 years and last year he even became a father but has kept climbing with focus and persistence. Respect!...

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Rebolting routes – interview with Projekt OSP

rebolting routes in Črni kal @ photo by Katja Jemec

We have a new problematic issue to publish on our site: rebolting of existing routes in Istria. We got in contact with Slovenian Projekt OSP and have had an interesting interview with them. Three main Projekt OSP members Štefan Wraber, Jurij Ravnik and Rajko Zajc have given their answers to our questions.

From our point of view, first we have to thank and congratulate Projekt OSP for this outstanding work of rebolting hundreds of routes, replacing hundreds of anchors and thousands of bolts in Črni kal, Osp and Mišja peč. Nobody is saying thanks to Projekt OSP and it is even harder to donate some money to them, but of course it's...

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World Cup lead climbing Koper 02.-03. September

On 2nd and 3rd of September first World Cup in lead climbing will be held in Koper, Slovenia, Istria. On a brand new wall in Koper lead competitors from all over the world will compete in Friday's qualifications at 9AM and semifinals at 8PM in the evening and Saturday's final's at 8PM in the evening. After the finals there will be a party and a concert of Queen tribute band.

The chief routesetter is Adam Pustelnik from Poland with the help from Brad Weaver from USA and Spaniard Sergio Verdasco.

There are 60 women and 63 men competing from 25 different countries. Link to the official site. The competition in Koper is the fifth of the season in World Cup lead climbing and there are still three ahead.

The official opening ceremony of the brand new wall in Koper...

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Chipped holds


To boil this letter down to bullet points for people skimming:

- Our natural climbing walls in Italy, Slovenia and Croatia are getting chipped, drilled, and glued to death

- It’s not a few routes, or a few holds, it is substantial manufacturing

- Reports from locals are of entire crags put up with heavy fabrication

- We want it to stop

The following is an open letter to the climbing community on ethics. We care deeply about our climbing areas, its history, and its future.

We regret not bringing these issues to your attention sooner, but have been torn on how to bring them forward until we understood the severity and had definitive proof. Over the past months we have received pleas from...

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