Rock Climbing Adventure in Croatia!
Despite its image as an athletic sport, you do not need to be super-fit to rock climb. Good technique is more important than physical strength, although the more you climb the stronger and ﬁtter you will become. Good footwork, body positioning and problem solving will get you up many more climbs than just brute strength. Climbing uses many muscle groups, both in the upper and lower body. Your back, abdominal and leg muscles all are exercised as well as your ﬁngers, shoulders and arms. Regular climbing can improve stamina as well as muscle strength. In addition, all the reaching and stretching for holds improves ﬂexibility and agility. Each climbing route is like a puzzle, which requires patience, planning and analysis to complete. Beginners will typically work out their ascent as they go up, but with experience, they learn to visualise their climb and spot tricky sections before reaching for their first hold.
Over time, regular rock climbing can help develop concentration, determination and problem-solving skills. As you improve, you will naturally want to push yourself further and try harder climbs. The amount of goals you can set yourself is limitless. Setting yourself goals and meeting them gives you a great sense of achievement, which in turn can help build everyday self-confidence.
While on one level rock climbing is an individual pursuit, it also has a very social component because you’re never alone. You will either be climbing with a group of friends, schoolmates, colleagues or family. You tend to develop strong friendships with your climbing partners due to the level of trust involved and through sharing challenges and experiences!
I see rocks, great grey and solid, with wonderful cracks, holes, gapes and handles to grab; small and even smaller, sometimes invisible steps (but holding) or big shelves to stand on! At that moment, it is just the rock, and me. I climb, higher I go more powerful I feel, I have conquered one more meter! I search high above myself what to grab, and then I find it, and keep going happy that I am climbing, that I CAN do it! With only wind in my hair, above small people on the ground. And then I reach top, I clip-in to the last spit, clip-into the stand and yell that final “take” to my partner! Winner again! At the top of the world! As my partner is lowering me slowly to the ground, I just want to do it again, and again, until my hands cannot grab anymore and they hurt, but the feeling of ascent and feeling of being braver than any fear, feeling of being better keeps me moving. Usually until it is too dark or too cold to climb…That is how I feel when climbing. It is a passion. You either like it or not. There is always fear. It is normal; our body tells us that being high above the ground is not safe. However, we manage the fear, and we get stronger! This feeling I would like to share with you on one of rock climbing tours in Croatia!
We climb OUTDOOR and sport routes only, which means approximately up to 30 m high, with all security bolts already in place fixed in stone and ready for climbers to clip into. Check out a video of one of our instructors climbing, see how it looks like from climber’s perspective!
Sport climbing routes in Croatia have length up to approximately 30m and are graded by Free climbing French grading system, from 3 or 4a being the easiest and till 9b+ being the hardest. Free climbing comparison table gives you understanding of French grades if you are using other grading system.