Czech Republic Rock Climbing
The Czech Republic, perhaps best known as having produced some of the world's top climbers in recent decades, is packed like most other European countries with excellent climbing opportunities. Its two most noted destinations are the Northeastern Bohemian sandstone towers, made famous in the film 'The Sharp End' and by the scary local trad ethics. Petrohrad, which could be considered the Pawtuckaway of Eastern Europe, is a major regional draw for those who want an abundance of granite bouldering in a magical forest. In between lie countless smaller limestone, sandstone, and granite crags, quarries, and boulders. The Czech Republic is rich with rock and is a great destination.
The majority of the climbing is sandstone with mostly traditional crags. However, there is one particular sandstone area with a mixture of sport and trad climbing- Labské Údolí (Elbe-Valley or "Labák").
In some sandstone crags, ethics play are a strong issue. Protection on the ringbolts or pieces of cord with knots in them are allowed (no other protection made of metal is allowed). Chalking is forbidden in many areas.
Non-sandstone crags are mostly sport crags with a few traditional climbing exceptions.
Prague has a major international airport. There is a stable train connection from all major European countries as well. Bus or train connections, either from the airport or major cities, can take you to any part of the country in under four hours.
Climbing Season For the Europe area.
Weather station 29.6 miles from here
3 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Czech Republic
Teplicke skaly (Teplice rocks)
BETA PHOTO: Prachov-Bic, VIIa (5.8) spliter crack in CESKY RAJ...
Primator Double Bock. Photo by Blitzo.
Primator Maibock. Photo by Blitzo.
beautiful little spires...
By Maciej Fijalkowski
May 15, 2010
Regarding sandstone areas in Czech Republic - ethics vary. Not all of them are as scary as one depicted on the Sharp End. Worth noting is an area called Labak which is on the German/Czech border and contains a whole lot of sport (hard!) routes.
By Sam Feuerborn
From: Durango, CO
Jun 19, 2011
The sandstone routes get better bolted the harder they get, expect to be placing knots and threads on more moderate grades but I would highly recommend checking it out!