Sign Up  |   Log In:Login with Facebook
REI Community
Cesky Raj

Cesky Raj Rock Climbing 

Photos:  Recent | Best | Popular
Location: 50.5527, 15.1673 View Map  Incorrect?
Page Views: 1,182
Administrator: Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: rdlennon on May 5, 2009
You & This Area
Best climbs for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]


Česky Raj is the Czech for 'Bohemian Paradise'. It refers to the large region to the northeast of Prague, generally between the cities of Turnov and Jicin. Rolling hills, lakes tucked into narrow valleys, castles, and countless enormous sandstone towers are the name of the game here. While the towers dot the entire northeast corner of the country, it is here that they reach some of their highest concentrations and consequently where climbing is at its most popular.

The towers are soft, poorly protected sandstone and range up to 200' in height. To climb on them, you must have joined the national mountaineering association. You must also be familiar with the local ethics- chalk is prohibited on most of the towers since it can cause chemical damage to the rock, and metal protection is swapped for knotted ropes and slings on account of the rock's softness. A typical Czech rack consists of 5 or so differently sized monkey's fists or other knots, as well as a handful of slings for threading pockets, etc. Since most routes are poorly protected due to the pro restrictions and a general lack of fixed hardware, be a competent climber before attempting routes here.

Getting There 

The main climbing area is about 5km south of Turnov, where direct trains from Prague arrive every 1.5 hours or so. There are plenty of hiking maps in the region, detailing the major trails that take you out of town and up onto the ridge where the towers are. It is very difficult to get lost here.

Climbing Season

For the Europe area.

Weather station 16.8 miles from here

Featured Route For Cesky Raj
Photos of Cesky Raj Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Climb Bohemian Paradise
Climb Bohemian Paradise
Rock Climbing Photo: Slabby top out
Slabby top out
Rock Climbing Photo: The towers are unreal
The towers are unreal
Rock Climbing Photo: Leading up a burly crack that translates to "...
Leading up a burly crack that translates to "...
Rock Climbing Photo: leading up Prachov's Needle. One bolt for the seco...
leading up Prachov's Needle. One bolt for the seco...
Rock Climbing Photo: A classic rack for the Bohemian Sandstone
BETA PHOTO: A classic rack for the Bohemian Sandstone

Comments on Cesky Raj Add Comment
Show which comments
- none yet -

The Definitive
Climbing Resource

Inspiration & Motivation
to Fuel Your Run

Next Generation Mountain
Bike Trail Maps

Backcountry, Sidecountry
& Secret Stashes

Better Data. Better Tools.
Better Hikes!