Elevation: 2,201 ft
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Shared By: Merrick Schaefer on Jul 16, 2019
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Description

The Rugova Canyon starts a few kilometers out of the little mountain town of Peja (also written as Peć, Пећ, or Pejë) and it is one of Europe's longest (25k and deepest 1,000 meters) canyons. The rock is limestone and as of 2019 there are at least 6 sport climbing crags established, and others being developed, as you drive up the canyon. The rock quality is low with a number of climbs having broken and grades changed significantly from when they were put up. The bolting also is not always done with safety in mind. The Rugova canyon is beautiful and some of the approaches are very short and given different sun aspects climbing is potentially possible year round.

The areas are all accessed by driving up the Rugova Canyon on route M-9. The main established areas and their distance from the beginning of the canyon are

* Europe Crag (3km)
* Solarium (4km)
* Jezera (turn at the 4km, take 4x4 for 25 min, hike for 60-90 minutes)
* VIP - Balcony (also called 5th km area) (5km)
* Marimanga Beach (5.3km)
* Drelaj (17km)

There is a guiding service which also offers a zip line and Via Ferrata if you don't want to clip bolts. Information on the local scene, sport climbing areas and more can be found here:

http://www.marimangat.org/ngjitje.html

and less detailed information can be found here:

https://bnadventure.com/rock-climbing-html/

Getting There

Drive to the town of Peja in the east of the country (about 1.5 hours from the capital Prishtina). The the M-9 through town and it will take you up into the Rugova canyon. The climbing areas are located by kilometers you need to drive up the canyon with the first area at 3km. A number of the areas are right off the road.

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