25 November 2013

Climbing in Limski Kanal, Croatia

For our last two days in Croatia, we found some truly spectacular climbing in Limski Kanal. Situated right along a tributary from the Adriatic Sea, these limestone walls were truly a climbers paradise. With so many routes in the 5s and 6s, we had our pick of high-quality, highly rated climbs. That's not to say that we didn't have good climbing the other days in Croatia, but....okay, fine, once we landed in Limski we could definitely admit the previous climbing had been pretty sheit by comparison.

Beautiful, interesting limestone

This is what love looks like

Pretty awesome view

On the first day we had the crag completely to ourselves. Quickly pairing off, I think we all put up 8 routes that day. Impressive, given that two of those routes required the full use of our 70m ropes. The climbs were long, sustained, but most of all super fun.

Sarah leading the way: day 2 at left, day 1 at right
Ed's rock bite

Linnea showing of her guns; Playing on the sharp end of the rope

At the end of our first day, I decided to put on my big-girl-pants and try to on-site a 6a+, which is equivalent to a 10c. I've only ever led one other 10c outside (in Mexico) and that was after sending it clean on top-rope. This would be my first true 10c onsite.

I'm happy to report: it went! I got it clean and came down super stoked. Maybe I will be able to lead an 11a in time to check it off of the 30 Before 30 List! 


Warming up day 2; My first 10c on-site.

This giant grasshopper was cheering me on

For our last night in Rovinj (after our first day of climbing in Limski), we had dinner at the amazing Sidro Restaurant, owned by the fellow who rented us the AirBnB apartment. Should you find yourself in Rovinj, go to Sidro and ask for Vanja and tell him we said hello. The food was delicious, the view was incredible, and the hospitality was far and above what was expected or necessary. The perfect place to spend your last night in climbers paradise.


The view from Sidro

Party boar

Rovinj

Happy Climbers

Thanks everyone for reading my (obnoxious) blogs about Croatia. And thanks to Sarah, Linnea, and Ed for an amazing trip. Who's ready for Thailand Christmas 2014?!?!

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