Sector Srnjak, The big wall and The big cave
Geomorphologically this is a part of Osp, but there are actually three different crags. Srnjak is a nice sector, but in the shade of other areas, the climbing in the Big Wall is slowing down for a while, but your true attention should be directed at the magnificent Castle cave or Spider‘s roof with epic routes in a sea of tufa. Great 7s soon transform into 8s and even higher – two 9a‘s are accompanied by some projects that are at least as hard. So join Bečan, Škofic, Sova,… at the creation of the exciting Slovenian climbing future.
After you park your car at the appropriate spot (if there is no official parking space in the village use the parking space for Mišja), return to the beginning of the village and turn uphill at the bridge until you reach an old playground, from where you follow the path up towards the wall, over three bridges and some slopes. For Srnjak go left before the steep slope and cross the dry riverbed, which can also lead you to Luknja with some creative walking. There is also a shortcut between Banje and Srnjak (that passes some boulders). There are three points to lower off the Big Wall: on top of the routes Steber spominov, Medo and Italijanska smer. You can also walk and the path will lead you to Banje sector.
N 45°33’50.1”, E 13°51’46.6”
For Srnjak and Big Wall you will need a nice day, but Luknja is dry and sheltered. As it is in the shade of Big Wall, you can also climb here in summer. Climbing can be stopped by the unpredictable lake – the source of Osapščica river, which depends more on the weather in northern regions – unless you are ingenious like MacGyver and use a boat. After the rain the tufas get wet.
In Luknja the rock is excellent – but a tufa or two may break off (so belayers watch out!). On the edges the rock is sometimes quite rotten. Big Wall deteriorates more on the upper part, where you also need some courage and experience with climbing multi pitches. Routes are bolted nicely, but do mind the worn out quickdraws. There is room for the entire village under the wall.
Routes are looong, even over 50 meters, but due to the overhang you can use 70-80 meter rope. You will also need a lot of quickdraws, at least 16. For the Big wall you usually don‘t need extra gear (nuts, friends,…), but they can come in handy.. Watch out, as the sand deteriorates you gear. In Srnjak and Big Wall it is advised to wear a helmet.
Srnjak offers easier vertical routes with sharp holds and small footholds. There are some nice multipitches in the Big Wall, but take your time with those. Luknja has classic endurance pieces, the best from 7a and more. The holds are good, with many tufas and mushrooms. You will get a a lot of pumping until you get cramps, true 3D climbing and many interesting cruxes. Of course you need to adapt to this style a little, but once you get going, it‘s the best.
EAT & DRINK we recommend…
Under the Karst edge in the Osp valley lies the village of Osp, world famous for its karst collapse. Tourist farm Vovk provides space for camping (camp) and typical local food (grilled dishes, seasonal dishes, side dishes: potatoes, cabbage, turnips, prosciutto cold cuts, pancetta, pork neck salami) and country wines. The campsite is open all year round and is suitable for families who appreciate peace and intact nature.
SLEEP we had experienced…
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Hostel Ociski raj is located in the heart of climbing areas. From hostel to Črni Kal is only 7km, 11 km away are world-famous Mišja peč and Osp. Also climbing areas like Risnik (Divača) and Val Rosandra (Italy) are really close. In the vicinity of the hostel there are many walking paths, as well opportunities for cycling and other trips. Hostel offers you accommodation in private rooms and in dorms with shared kitchen and bathrooms.
Rooms Hrpelje are located in a new building in Hrpelje, really close to climber’s paradise of Mišja peč, Osp, Črni kal,… Rooms Hrpelje offer private rooms with a private bathroom for 2,3 or 4 persons, common kitchen, parking place, free wi-fi and TV. In the same building complex, there is a small market and a restaurant where you can buy or order your breakfast in advance, respectively.
Climbing in Luknja dates to the very beginning of conquering the Osp wall, only then, in the 80s it was mostly aid climbing, with ladders and pulling on ropes. Spider‘s roof was at the time the longest traversed roof in the world with 190 meters, which was accomplished by mountaineering legends Karo, Jeglič and Knez.
You are still in the Osp area, so the strict rules about behaviour and especially parking still apply! Also mind the prohibitions applying to the Big Wall.
ROUTES (from left to right)
|Lijin vrt||6b+||30 m|
|T.O. Zelena dolina||7a+||30 m|
|Hopla konopla||7c||30 m|
|Govorna driska||7a||32 m|
|Me cago en el amor||6c+||35 m|
|Judežev poljub||7a+||32 m|
|Poletna noč||6c||30 m|
|Bolj star, bolj nor||6a+||36 m|
|B.F. – posestnik iz Ospa||6b||36 m|
|Sveta preproščina||6c+||37 m|
|Urad za nepremičnine||7a+||37 m|
|Silvo Faruški||6c+||45 m|
|Noč čarovnic||6a||25 m|
|Ptičja gripa||5b||25 m|
|Angel Gabriel||6a||22 m|
|Javornik||6c (6c, 6b+, 6b)||50 m|
|Čudna so pota ljubezni||6a+||20 m|
Sector The Big Cave/Luknja/Spider’s roof:
|Steber spominov||7a+ (6a, 7a+, 6c+, 6b, 6a)||85 m|
|Vitez iz Poljan||7a||30 m|
|Z balonom do sreče||7a||30 m|
|Pooping without peeing||7b+||30 m|
|Dance without sleeping||7b||30 m|
|Poskus ni ples||7b+||30 m|
|Try (just a little bit harder), L1||7b||30 m|
|Try (just a little bit harder)||7b+ (7b, 6c+, 7b+, 7b, 6c, 7a)||140 m|
|4 bis||7b+||30 m|
|Tržaška smer L1||7b||25 m|
|Tržaška smer (L1 + L2)||7b+||35 m|
|Tržaška smer||7b+ (7b+, 7b+, 7a, 6b+, 6a)||95 m|
|Varianta Tržaške-Supernova||7a+ (7b, 6b, 6a)||80 m|
|Mamka Bršljanka||6c||20 m|
|Working class hero||8b+||35 m|
|Water world||9a||55 m|
|Poletna poč||6c+||20 m|
|Osapska pošast L1||7c+||25 m|
|Bala Bala||8b (8b, 7c, 6c,7c,7a+)||140 m|
|Osapska pošast||8c||55 m|
|Helihopter v pošasti||8c||55 m|
|Helihopter v omaki||8b||26 m|
|Bitka s stalaktiti||8b||55 m|
|Baram Baram||8a||20 m|
|Halupca 1979||9a||27 m|
|Couch surfing (extension of Troja)||8c+||55 m|
|Trojanski konj||7c+||18 m|
|Laokoon (extension of Trojanski konj||8a||33 m|
|Active discharge L1||8a||25 m|
|Active discharge (to the top)||8b+||55 m|
|Šatida Bagaba||6a+||15 m|
|The secret project (extension of Rudolfo)||8c+||55m|
|Aktivna burja||7b+||35 m|
|Leva burja||7b+||30 m|
|Črna burja – Bora scura (L1)||7b||30 m|
|Črna burja – Bora scura (to the top)||7c (7b, 7c, 7b, 7c, 7a+, 6c)||140 m|
|Magična goba – Fungo magico (L1 + L2)||7b||50 m|
|Magična goba – Fungo magico (to the top)||7c (6b, 7b, 6c, 7b+, 7c, 6b)||140 m|
|5 prijateljev||7c||30 m|
Sector The big wall
|Štafetna logika (L1)||6b||20 m|
|Štafetna logika||6c+||37 m|
|Stara||8b+ (5a, 7a, 8b+, 7a, 4b, 5c, 6b+)||130 m|
|Zimska simfonija||7b+ (5a, 7a, 7b+, 7a, 6c, 6b+)||130 m|
|Una storia||6a+||35 m|
|Bereit, wenn sie es sind dr. Lecter||5c||25 m|
|Prečenje||7a (3, 4c, 4a, 7a, 4b, 5c, 6b+)||110 m|
|Velika zveza||7a (3, 4c, 4a, 6b+, 7a, 6a+, 6b)||110 m|
|Internacionala||7a (3, 4c, 6a, 7a, 6a, 6b+, 6b+)||110 m|
|Netopir||6b+ (3, 6b+, 6b+, 6b+, 6b+)||110 m|
|Špargelj direkt||7b+ (7a+, 7b+, 7b)||115 m|
|Svinjam diamante||7b (6b, 7b, 6c+)||115 m|
|Medo||5c (3, 5b, 5c, 5c)||110 m|
|Super muha||6b+ (5b, 6b+, 6a+)||70 m|
|Goldfinger||6c (5c, 6b, 5a, 6c, 6b+)||85 m|
|Fuga da Alcatraz||6b (6a+/b, 6a+, 6a+, 6a)||80 m|
|N.N.||6c+ (6c+, 6a, 6b)||80 m|
|Italjanska smer||6b||80 m|
|Angel nero||7a+||80 m|
|Trst je naš||6c+||80 m|
|Cosa nostra||7a||70 m|
|Il signore degli elementi||7a||70 m|
|Piccola troia||6b+||45 m|